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Spurs 103, Cavaliers 74: Marla's 35 shots from Beyond the Arc on leadership, Lue's lesson

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 28, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 103-74 to the San Antonio Spurs Monday night at AT&T Center.

1. It is time for leadership. It is time for attention to detail, time to realize that the regular season may not matter, but putting something together in the final nine games that resembles a playoff team might.

2. And, gasp, I can’t believe I’m saying this, it might be time for some cryptic tweets, unless LeBron James can find another way to inspire a better effort than his teammates have put forth in the past week.

3. Beaten in every facet of the game at Denver on Wednesday. Giving up 71 points in the first half Saturday at home against Washington. Destroyed in the Spurs in a 36-point second quarter.

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Update: Cavs shut down Kyle Korver for three games; Iman Shumpert out vs. Spurs

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 27, 2017
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Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and the training staff decided Monday to shut down shooting guard Kyle Korver for the next three games so he can rest and undergo treatment for his sore left foot.

Korver will miss tonight's game at San Antonio, Thursday's at Chicago and Friday's home game against Philadelphia. After that, the Cavs said Korver's situation will be re-assessed.

Lue said Monday night that Iman Shumpert will be out for the second consecutive game with right knee soreness. Shumpert was a pre-game scratch Saturday against the Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Wizards 127, Cavs 115: Marla's 29 shots from Beyond the Arc on fast break points, LeBron's goggles

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 26, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Washington Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 127-115 Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. Foes have found the way to beat the Cavaliers – run. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he sees opposing coaches waving at their teams to get moving.

2. It certainly makes sense. Seven players on the Cavs’ roster have double-digit years in the league. LeBron James is 32 and must pace himself during the regular season since his 199 career playoff games have added 2.7 years to his career, according to ESPN.com.

3. Opponents have had the edge in fast break points in six of the Cavs’ last nine losses, but only twice would the point differential have enabled the Cavs to tie or win the game.

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Cavs 112, Hornets 105: Marla's 22 shots from Beyond the Arc on LeBron's eye, taking a punch

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 112-105 Friday night at the Spectrum Center.

1. The sight of LeBron James afterward offered a sobering jolt of reality as the Cavaliers seek to defend their NBA championship.

2. James couldn’t keep his right eye open during his post-game interview. He said he was experiencing blurry vision. Soon afterward, he headed to the Hornets’ locker room to see a doctor, and Cleveland.com reported he suffered a scratched cornea.

3. James was poked in the eye by the Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb as he drove for a layup and was fouled with 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter. He called a timeout so he could be attended to, then came back out and made the ensuing free throw.

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Cavaliers' Larry Sanders unlikely to play Friday vs. Hornets

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2017

Big man Larry Sanders, trying to make a comeback after being out of the league for two years, was called up from the D-League’s Canton Charge on Thursday, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he had no plans to play him Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.

Sanders has seen action in only one game for the Charge. He scored two points and had three blocked shots in 11 minutes of a 104-101 home victory Saturday against the Windy City Bulls.

Because the Cavs departed for Los Angeles on March 17, the Cavs wanted Sanders around the team for a few days. The team considers practice more valuable than games for Sanders at this point in his career.
 

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Nuggets 126, Cavs 113: Marla's 31 shots from Beyond the Arc on toughness, defense, Ty's tech

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 23, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 126-113 to the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

1. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has been on fire in his post-game press conferences the last two games and didn’t spare his players’ feelings after the ugly loss. The Cavs were outscored 70-30 in the paint, allowed the Nuggets to shoot 53.1 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range. The Nuggets had a 44-38 rebounding edge, 10-7 on the offensive glass.

2. It marked only the second time this season a Cavs’ opponent had reached the 70 mark in points in the paint. The Bulls powered home 78 points in Chicago on Dec. 2.

3. It was a defensive collapse, and Lue knew it.

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