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Cavs' offensive improvement more because of turnovers than pace

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: The biggest difference in the Cavaliers’ offense since Tyronn Lue took over has more to do with turnovers than pace.

When they began this quest to play faster, Lue made it clear he wasn’t necessarily trying to create more possessions, he simply wanted to make the possessions better. Sure enough, the Cavs’ scoring is up while their pace is actually down. Along with a higher shooting percentage, the reason most likely is fewer turnovers.

The Cavs are averaging the third-fewest turnovers under Lue, which has allowed their scoring to increase by nearly 8 points per game on about 1.5 fewer possessions than they were under Blatt.

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Cavs 111, Pacers 106; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on Ty Lue, Kevin Love's defense in OT victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: Thirty thoughts after allowing 30 points in the third quarter of Monday’s 111-106 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers

1. Tyronn Lue’s quick evolution as a head coach was apparent in the second half Monday. It’s also apparent in the film room, although only the players see it there.

2. Lue pulled an old Phil Jackson trick in the third quarter when he refused to call a timeout while the Cavs were getting pummeled. (Gregg Popovich has often pulled the same stunt, although Pop has also been known to call a timeout and walk away, leaving the players to yell at each other on the bench and solve their own problems).

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LeBron James scores 24, Cavs survive for 111-106 overtime win to end long losing streak at Indiana

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: LeBron James was stifled throughout the second half Monday night, but came up with key baskets and a big offensive rebound when the Cavs needed it most.

James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Cavs held on for an ugly 111-106 overtime win against the Pacers, ending a 10-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Prior to Monday, the Cavs hadn’t won here since Jan. 29, 2010 – when Kyrie Irving was still in high school. Irving had 25 points and seven assists in his first career win here and Kevin Love added 19 points, eight rebounds and a big block in overtime.

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Pregame: Cavs at Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

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

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Ty Lue happy to take a seat while coaching, focuses on 3-point shot when judging defense

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: Jack Nicholson will be thrilled next month when the Cavaliers visit Staples Center. He’ll finally have a good view of the court.

Nicholson famously stood up from his courtside seat to scream at David Blatt during the Cavs game against the Lakers last season because Blatt was standing up and constantly blocking Nicholson’s view of the game. Lue is proving to be that unique coach who rarely stands during games.

“Those people buying those great front-row seats, you don’t want to be standing up in their way the whole time,” Lue joked Monday. “They paid a lot of money for those seats. I’d rather not stand up. I don’t like being seen that much. I really don’t.”

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Cavs 117, Spurs 103; Jason Lloyd's 24 thoughts on Kevin Love's comfort and signature victories

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 points from Kawhi Leonard in the Cavs’ 117-103 win Saturday against the San Antonio Spurs

1. It took Tyronn Lue one week to make Kevin Love feel more comfortable in this offense than he did in 18 months under David Blatt. It won’t always look this pretty, and it won’t always come this easy, but Love has played some of his best basketball (at least offensively) for the Cavs since the coaching change.

MORE: Cavs-Spurs box score

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Cavs' Big Three shines again in 117-103 win over Spurs for signature win of season

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2016

CLEVELAND: For the second time in as many nights, the Cavs’ Big Three played like three superstars. As a result, a team in turmoil for the last week notched their much-needed signature win of the season.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving scored 21, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to give the Cavs a 117-103 win Saturday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

James added seven assists and Kevin Love had 21 points and 11 rebounds, the second time in as many nights all three Cavs stars scored at least 20 points in a game. They controlled the tempo from the start and took advantage of a Spurs team playing without Tim Duncan on the same night LaMarcus Aldridge was fighting foul trouble.

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Cavs 114, Pistons 106; Jason Lloyd's 21 thoughts on big nights from Big 3 and an attacking Irving

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Twenty-one thoughts for 21 minutes from Matthew Dellavedova in Friday’s 114-106 win against the Detroit Pistons.

1. Remember all those neat stats Tyronn Lue wrote on the white board prior to Wednesday’s game against the Suns? The ones about how the shooting percentage climbs higher and higher the more the Cavs pass the ball? Well they don’t apply to Kyrie Irving, the Cavs point guard. At least not right now.

2. Follow along: Lue went to Irving prior to Friday’s game at Detroit and told him to attack, attack, attack. Irving hasn’t looked like himself since that 32-point outburst at Washington more than three weeks ago. In the 11 games prior to Friday, he was averaging 14.2 points and shooting 38 percent. He was shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers.

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Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love enjoy big nights in 114-106 win vs. Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 29, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Kevin Love said he didn’t need any extra motivation after he was left off the All-Star team this week, but he certainly appeared motivated against the Detroit Pistons.

Love scored 29 points and made five 3-pointers in the Cavs’ 114-106 victory Friday night at the Palace. He was aggressive in looking for his shot early and quickly heated up from 3-point range. The 29 points were the most he has scored in more than two months and was easily his best offensive night since Kyrie Irving returned to the lineup last month.

LeBron James had 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Irving had 28 points and two assists.

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