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Cavs 120, Lakers 111; Jason Lloyd's thoughts on Kobe, LeBron, Kyrie & past, present, future greats

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty-three thoughts for 33 defensive rebounds in Wednesday’s 120-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers to put a bow on the first half of the season…

1. When Kyrie Irving was a rookie, Byron Scott handed him the keys to the Cavaliers and told him to drive. He burned out the clutch and banged up the fenders a few times, but Irving kept steering. Every game. If he was healthy, he was starting – and taking the pressure shots in the fourth quarter.

2. Scott hasn’t been as lenient with Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell. He benched the former Ohio State star in December and concedes now he’ll go back to starting sometime after the All-Star break, but he won’t commit to when. The handling of the two young point guards is startling in contrast, but Scott insists there is a perfectly valid reason for it.

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Kyrie Irving scores season-high 35 points, Cavs lose Kevin Love to shoulder injury in 120-111 win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: The night began with Cleveland saying farewell to Kobe Bryant. Now Cavs fans can only hope they aren’t waving goodbye to Kevin Love, too.

Love left the game in the final minute Wednesday with a left shoulder injury and did not return in the Cavaliers’ 120-111 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in both teams’ final game before the All-Star break. It is the same shoulder Love had surgically repaired last spring after he dislocated it in a playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who enter the break on a three-game winning streak and focused on the health of their power forward.

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Kevin Love departs with another left shoulder injury, will not return

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love left the game in the final minute of the first half Wednesday night with a left shoulder injury and will not return, the team said. It is the same shoulder Love had surgically repaired last spring.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Love was injured or the severity of the injury. He ran off the court with 46.5 seconds left in the second quarter with his left shoulder dangling and walked immediately to the locker room. He had eight points, six rebounds and three assists against the Los Angeles Lakers before exiting.

This is the final game prior to the All-Star break, which will give the Cavs time to assess the seriousness of the injury. The trade deadline is eight days away.

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Kevin Love left off All-Star team again; Pau Gasol named injury replacement

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love was snubbed – again. Love was again passed over when the league appointed Bulls forward Pau Gasol as the injury replacement for guard Jimmy Butler on the East All-Star team.

Gasol’s numbers across the board are superior: He is averaging 17 points, 10.9 rebounds and is shooting 48 percent. Love, by comparison, is averaging 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. He is shooting a career-low 42 percent.

But Love plays on the best team in the East, while the Bulls have slid to seventh. Gasol, however, gives the Bulls at least one representative after losing Butler to the knee injury.

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Cavs 120, Kings 100; Jason Lloyd's 22 thoughts on Kyrie Irving's legs, J.R. Smith's defense and Kobe

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-two thoughts for 22 points from J.R. Smith in Monday’s 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings

1. Over his last seven games, Kyrie Irving has scored 28, 21, 25, 26, 19, 29 and now 32 points. His five 3-pointers Monday were a season high and his 13 baskets were one shy of a season high. Better yet, he’s shooting 54 percent over that stretch, which dates back to Jan. 29.

2. Bottom line: Irving is coming along. The last part of his game to return following his knee surgery seems to be his 3-point shooting, which makes sense in a way. Tyronn Lue reiterated after this one he just needs to regain more strength in his legs, which the team believes is why he entered Monday shooting under 26 percent from deep. That’s why his 5-of-8 performance Monday was encouraging.

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LeBron James notches triple-double, Kyrie Irving matches season high with 32 points in Cavs win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James recorded his first triple-double of the season and Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points in the Cavaliers’ 122-100 victory against the reeling Sacramento Kings on Monday.

James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double, while Irving matched a career high with 12 assists.

The stumbling Kings have lost their last four games and eight of their last nine. They conclude the first half of the season Wednesday at Philadelphia and coach George Karl could be fired at any time between now and the break.

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Kevin Love probable, Matthew Dellavedova out tonight when Cavs host Sacramento Kings

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love is expected to play Monday when the Cavs host the Sacramento Kings, although Matthew Dellavedova remains sidelined with a sore left hamstring.

Love missed one game with the bruised left thigh, but he participated in shootaround Monday morning and is listed as probable.
Dellavedova will miss his fourth game with the hamstring. The Cavs have just one game left prior to the All-Star break and coach Tyronn Lue already hinted a few days ago Dellavedova may not be back until after the break.

“I think the most important thing is just getting his health right going into the second stretch of the season,” Lue said on Saturday.

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Pregame: Kings at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Cavs 99, Pelicans 84; Jason Lloyd's 18 thoughts on a Wild Thing, 3-pointers, Kyrie's All-Star goal

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 7, 2016

CLEVELAND: Eighteen thoughts for 18 Pelicans assists in Saturday’s 99-84 win over New Orleans

1. LeBron James didn’t let go of Friday’s loss to the Celtics until 1-year-old Zhuri woke him up Saturday morning by running into his arms. J.R. Smith held onto it even longer – all the way up until he returned to Quicken Loans Arena to play the Pelicans.

2. Given the way they kicked away the game against the Celtics, the Cavs needed a victory. Any victory will do. But one win doesn’t make it all better. This team still isn’t happy with the way they’re playing right now. Tyronn Lue tried calling two different offensive sets. The Cavs botched both of them. The Pelicans entered with one of the league’s worst defensive ratings and the Cavs couldn’t crack 100 points.

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Kyrie Irving scores 29 points, LeBron James scores 27 as Cavs end skid with 99-84 win over Pelicans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: After so many games focused on scoring and pushing the tempo, the Cavs went back to an old school approach Saturday.  

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and LeBron James had 27 points and eight assists in a 99-84victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Guard J.R. Smith made six 3-pointers for 20 points and Tristan Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds while starting at power forward in place of an injured Kevin Love.

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