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Final thoughts: Knicks 91, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2012

The Knicks were without two of their best players tonight. They shot 39.5 percent for the game. They only had 78 points with 4 1/2 minutes left.

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Without Irving, Cavs fall to Knicks 91-75

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2012

 

NEW YORK: Kyrie Irving walked into a small room adjacent the Cavs’ locker room 50 minutes prior to tip-off and pled his case to play Saturday night in a private meeting with coach Byron Scott.

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Irving ruled out tonight against Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2012

Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving will not play tonight against the New York Knicks after spraining his right shoulder during Friday's home loss against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Irving went through pregame shootaround and met with coach Byron Scott and trainer Max Benton before the decision was made. Irving pled his case to play, but was overruled.

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Pregame: Cavs (17-32) at Knicks (26-26)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2012

Final thoughts: Bucks 121, Cavs 84

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2012

Suddenly this 37-point loss doesn't seem to matter anymore. Not if Kyrie Irving is forced to miss a substantial amount of time with this shoulder injury.

Irving scored 29 of the Cavs' 84 points on Friday. If he doesn't play, the Cavs may struggle to break 70 points. Seriously. If Antawn Jamison has an off shooting night, forget it.

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Irving sprains shoulder in loss to Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2012

Kyrie Irving sprained his right shoulder in Friday's 121-84 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He was expected to fly with the team to New York after the game and will be re-evaluated Saturday morning before a determination is made whether or not he will play against the Knicks on Saturday night.

"I'm in pain right now, but getting through it," Irving said. "Taking a lot of Advil and anti-inflammatories and go from there."

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Cavs hammered by Bucks 121-84 for sixth consecutive loss

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2012

CLEVELAND: The Bucks made eight consecutive 3-pointers in the first half outscored the Cavs 20-1 over the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to hand the Cavs their sixth consecutive loss and eighth in nine games.

Kyrie Irving had 29 points and five assists, but did not play in the fourth quarter after spraining his shoulder earlier in the game. Irving made all six of his 3-point attempts, but the Cavs couldn't defend the perimeter against a Bucks team that shot 61 percent in the first half and 57 percent for the game. The Bucks finished with 32 assists and just six turnovers.

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Pregame: Bucks (28-27) at Cavs (17-31)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2012

 

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Cavs' Daniel Gibson visits Steadman Clinic, surgery likely

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2012

Cavs guard Daniel Gibson visited The Steadman Clinic this week in Vail, Colo. for a second opinion on the torn tendon in his left foot, a source close to Gibson confirmed on Thursday. He will likely need surgery to repair the tear.

Gibson injured the foot at the start of a road trip at New Jersey last Monday, but the tear wasn't discovered until he was examined by team doctors over the weekend. 

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Final thoughts: Pistons 87, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 28, 2012

I've made the mistake before of giving this team their Last Rites, only to watch them crawl out of the casket to win at Denver and Oklahoma City and briefly flirt with the playoffs again. But this sure feels like the end.

This loss moves Detroit ahead of the Cavs (17-31) in the standings, meaning they're now the seventh-worst team in the league. The Raptors (17-34), Nets (17-35) and Kings (17-32) aren't far behind, meaning the Cavs could easily be one of the five worst teams in the league by the start of next week.

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Cavs drop fifth straight with 87-75 loss to Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 28, 2012

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving and Antawn Jamison combined for more than half of the points, but the Cavs stumbled to their fifth consecutive loss with an 87-75 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday.

Tayshaun Prince tied a season high with 29 points and Detroit scored 11 of the game's final 15 points to end a four-game losing streak to the Cavs. The Pistons won despite scoring just 38 points in the second half, but the Cavs shot just 35 percent for the game.

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Cavs' Daniel Gibson season in jeopardy

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 27, 2012

It is possible that Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson, who has a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle, could miss the rest of the season.

Gibson initially hurt his ankle March 19.against the Nets. X-rays were negative, but the Cavs said this afternoon that Gibson’s ankle has not progressed. He underwent an MRI that revealed the torn tendon. The Cavs said in a statement that Gibson is undergoing further evaluation and seeking additional evaluations to determine treatment.

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Pregame: Cavs at Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 27, 2012

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Scott won't use Sessions trade as excuse for poor play

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 26, 2012

 The Cavs were two games out of the playoffs when they traded Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers. They're now 5 1/2 games out, they've lost four of five since the move and coach Byron Scott conceded after the loss to the Lakers that "we're just not a very good team right now."

But Scott insists the Sessions trade and the losing streak aren't as connected as they appear.

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Final thoughts: Magic 93, Cavs 80

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 24, 2012

This was a strange game from the start with no real flow or pace. The Cavs fell behind early and spent the rest of the night scrambling to catch up. The Magic were simply the more talented team and really just toyed with the Cavs most of the night.

That said, I thought Tristan Thompson did well to hold his own against Dwight Howard, who had his usual 16 points and 13 rebounds. But it could've been worse and often is against the Cavs.

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Cavs drop eighth straight to Magic

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2012

Antawn Jamison had 16 points and nine rebounds and Kyrie Irving had 13 points and six assists, but the Cavs shot just 38 percent in losing 93-80 at Orlando on Friday for their eighth consecutive loss to the Magic.

The Magic led 66-46 midway through the third quarter before going nearly five minutes without a basket. The Cavs cut the deficit down to seven during the scoring drought, but never threatened the Magic in the fourth quarter.

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Pregame: Cavs (17-27) at Magic (30-18)

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 23, 2012

Cavs fall to Hawks in overtime 103-102

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2012

ATLANTA: The Hawks’ closer hit his final shot. The Cavs’ closer didn’t.


As a result, the Cavs staggered out of Philips Arena on Wednesday with a difficult 103-102 overtime loss to Atlanta, extending their losing streak in the series to seven games after they squandered a six-point lead in the final 1:27.

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Pregame: Cavs (17-26) at Hawks (26-20)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2012

 


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Hollins' departure was mutual decision

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2012

Ryan Hollins was released by the Cavs on Tuesday in a surprising move that culminated quickly.

Hollins was the starting center just last week, but coach Byron Scott replaced him with rookie Tristan Thompson over the weekend and Thompson had his best game as a pro in Monday's win over New Jersey.

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Cavs waive Ryan Hollins

By Ron Ledgard Published: March 20, 2012


In a surprising move, the Cavs waived center Ryan Hollins today, GM Chris Grant announced in an emailed statement.

Hollins, 27, averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game in 24 games (seven starts) this season. He has career averages of 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game in 299 games (54 starts).

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Final: Thompson, Irving lead 105-100 victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2012

NEWARK, N.J.: Kyrie Irving entered the Prudential Center to cheers Monday night and he left to them, too.

In between, he and Tristan Thompson put on the type of performance expected when the Cavs selected them first and fourth overall in this same building nine months ago.

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Pregame: Cavs at Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (16-26) at New Jersey Nets (15-31)

Time: 7:30 p.m., Venue: Prudential Center, TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

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Final: Hawks 103, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2012

The Cavaliers fell behind by 19 points in the third quarter and couldn't recover in dropping their third straight.

Alonzo Gee tied his career high with 20 points and Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 10 assists for the Cavs, who were playing their first game since trading backup point guard Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline. The Cavs used a 10-0 run late in the third quarter to close the deficit to 76-68 entering the fourth, but didn't score over the first three minutes of the fourth quarter.

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Kyrie Irving's minutes will increase, Cavs sign PG Sloan

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2012

Kyrie Irving's minutes will increase to about 36 minutes a game as a result of the trade that sent Ramon Sessions to the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Byron Scott said Friday.

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Cavs trade Sessions, Eyenga to Lakers for Walton, Kapono, first-round draft pick

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2012

The Cavaliers traded Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a first-round pick (top 14 protected) in the 2012 NBA draft.

Sessions is averaging 10.5 points and 5.2 assists and has been a valuable leader of the Cavs’ second unit, but he has a player option for next season that he is not expected to pick up. The Cavs felt forced to trade him rather than lose him to free agency after the season for nothing.

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Trade deadline special on NBA TV

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2012

For fans who can't get enough of NBA deadline day, NBA TV will televise a special trade deadline show from 2-4 p.m. today. Vince Cellini, Dennis Scott, David Aldridge and Sekou Smith will be part of the coverage.

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Source: Sessions will be dealt prior to deadline

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2012

Cavs point guard Ramon Sessions will be traded by the end of the day, one source with knowledge of the Cavs' thinking told the Beacon Journal this afternoon. Sessions can be a free agent at the end of the season, increasing the urge for the Cavs to trade him now and receive value for him.

The Cavs have been in discussion with the Los Angeles Lakers regarding Sessions for weeks. The Lakers are desperate for a point guard, but their first priority is to acquire Timberwolves small forward Michael Beasley in a three-team deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. If the Lakers can convince the Blazers to take back point guard Steve Blake, they would have an extra first-round pick to send the Cavs in exchange for Sessions.

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Final thoughts: Bucks 115, Cavs 105

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2012

Cavs players and coach Byron Scott credited the Bucks with moving the ball from side to side Wednesday night and taking advantage of the creases it created in the Cavs' defense. Scott wasn't critical of the effort, as he has been in a few defeats this season. Instead, he said the Bucks simply played better than the Cavs on Wednesday.

There's a reason for that. The Bucks are a better team. Even without Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson, even with Monta Ellis in street clothes, the Bucks are better. The Cavs' inconsistency the last few weeks is consistent with a young team still figuring out how to play in the NBA.

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Final: Bucks 115, Cavs 105

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 14, 2012

MILWAUKEE: Byron Scott reminded his players Wednesday morning of the opportunity in front of them. With the Cavs locked in a tight playoff race against the Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks – and a total of five head-to-head games remaining against the two – now would be a great time to find another hot streak.

Instead, the Cavs continued to struggle against the East’s best in their 115-105 loss at Bradley Center on Wednesday.

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Final: Raptors 96, Cavs 88

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2012

CLEVELAND: Antawn Jamison had 20 points, Kyrie Irving had 14 points but struggled with his shot again and the Cavs fell for the third time in three meetings to the Toronto Raptors 96-88 on Tuesday.

Irving finished 5 of 17 shooting and is now 10 of 42 against the Raptors. He's 14 of 44 overall in the Cavs' last three games, although he did have seven rebounds and seven assists on Tuesday.

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Pregame: Raptors at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2012

Toronto Raptors (13-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (16-23)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.4 apg), SG Anthony Parker (6.1, 2.2, 2.1), SF Alonzo Gee (10.3, 4.3, 1.6), PF Antawn Jamison (18.6, 6.6, 2.0), C Ryan Hollins (3.9, 2.3, 0.3)
Raptors probables: PG Jerryd Bayless (10.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg), SG DeMar DeRozan (16.3, 3.5, 1.9), SF James Johnson (8.4, 4.9, 2.0), PF Andrea Bargnani (21.7, 6.3, 2.1), C Amir Johnson (7.5, 6.7, 1.3)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Raptors -- Jose Calderon (ankle) out
Officials: Michael Smith, David Jones, Kevin Scott

Notes
* The Raptors will be without starting point guard Jose Calderon tonight, which is a big loss. Calderon has played well in two meetings against the Cavs this season, averaging 14 points, six rebounds and 11 assists. Jerryd Bayless will replace huim in the starting lineup, but Bayless has a scorer's mentality and Calderon is a true facilitator.

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Monday practice update: Jamison expects to be with Cavs after deadline, focused on making playoffs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 12, 2012

Antawn Jamison doesn't mind hearing his name come up in so many trade rumors, but he doesn't expect to be moved before Thursday's 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline.

Cavs General Manager Chris Grant is actively looking for ways to acquire another first-round pick in this summer's draft. That may include moving Jamison and his $15 million expiring contract. Jamison joked that he has heard his name pop around around this time every year since about his second or third year in the league.

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Cavs will not pick up Manny Harris' contract

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 11, 2012

The Cavaliers informed Manny Harris on Sunday they will not pick up his contract for the remainder of the season, choosing to leave the roster spot open in advance of Thursday's trade deadline. The roster now stands at 14.

Harris had signed two 10-day deals with the Cavs, meaning they had to offer him a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season in order to keep him. Instead Harris will become a free agent Monday morning, but he has not decided if he will report back to the Cavs' Development League team in Canton.

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Final: Cavs 118, Rockets 107

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 11, 2012

Antawn Jamison scored 28 points and Kyrie Irving had 16 points in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers their first three-game winning streak in more than 16 months.

The Cavs scored 12 consecutive points during a three-minute drought for the Rockets early in the fourth quarter, turning a five-point deficit into a 93-86 lead with 8:36 left. The Cavs led the rest of the way thanks to Irving, who scored nine points in the final minute to clinch the win.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 96, Thunder 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 10, 2012

This brief but gruesome two-game trip started out as a survival tour. It ended as a redemption tour.

The Cavs lost at Denver last season by 28 points and lost at Oklahoma City by 29. Given how the week started with a six-game losing streak, odds of coming away with two wins on this trip seemed as likely as an NFL team being foolish enough to give up three first-round picks for Robert Griffin III.

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Pregame: Cavs at Thunder

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 9, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (14-23) at Oklahoma City Thunder (31-8)
Time: 8 p.m.; Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio, WUAB/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.2 apg), SG Anthony Parker (5.8, 2.3, 2.2), SF Alonzo Gee (10.2, 4.2, 1.6), PF Antawn Jamison (18.3, 6.6, 2.0), C Ryan Hollins (3.5, 2.1, 0.3)
Thunder probables: PG Russell Westbrook (23.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 5.6 apg), SG Daequan Cook (5.7, 2.6, 0.3), SF Kevin Durant (28.1, 7.9, 3.3), PF Serge Ibaka (8.5, 7.8, 0.4), C Kendrick Perkins (4.4, 6.5, 1.0)
Injuries: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist), Thunder -- Eric Maynor (knee) out, Thabo Sefolosha (foot) out
Officials: James Capers, Matt Boland, Tony Brown

Notes
* This is why it was so important for the Cavs to steal that win in Denver on Wednesday. The Thunder have the league's best home record (17-1) and an incredible home-court advantage. They've won 14 straight at home and they have the best overall record in the NBA. In other words, the task facing the Cavs tonight is enormous.

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Byron Scott prefers full-court basketball when time permits

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2012

The Nuggets had possession, trailing by a point, when they called a timeout with 24 seconds left Wednesday night. The situation sparked a small debate amongst Cavs coaches.

The Nuggets could've ran the clock all the way down and taken the game's last shot, but assistant coach Joe Prunty told Byron Scott he had a feeling the Nuggets were going to go early in the clock. Scott thought they'd run some clock and go for the win with precious few seconds left.

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Irving's driving basket gives Cavs thrilling win over Nuggets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2012

DENVER: He wanted a better effort, for his Cavs to take the fight to the opponent and to play with the same type of hard charging, aggressive effort the Cavs gave so many times throughout the first half of the season.
Wednesday night at Denver, Byron Scott finally got it – with another huge assist from rookie Kyrie Irving.
Irving’s driving basket with four seconds left gave the Cavs a 100-99 victory and the top overall pick in last summer’s draft his fourth game-winning basket of the season in a wild game that had eight lead changes in the final 3:17.
Irving took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor against Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, getting the ball up over four Nuggets defenders with little resistance. They were all standing under the rim, but helpless to stop him.
“He picked me up full court and I take that as a test when people pick me up full court,” Irving said. “I’m pretty confident in my offensive skillset in the fourth quarter and the lane opened up when I got down there. It was a tough shot.”
Irving scored 10 points in the final 2:36 – all on drives to the basket and continuation fouls on two of the four plays.
“We’re accustomed to seeing him night in and night out, but for our opponents who only see it on film, it’s totally different when you’re trying to guard him,” said Antawn Jamison, who scored 33 points (26 in the first half). “He’s always under control. He does a great job of setting opponents up and he finishes around the rim better than anyone I’ve ever played with.”
The Nuggets had a shot to win it at the buzzer when Lawson, who hit the game-winner in the Nuggets’ overtime victory over the Kings on Monday night, beat Irving off the dribble, but his driving layup bounced off the rim as Irving jumped back into position to defend the shot.
The Cavs had lost eight of their last 10 in this series and nine of the last 11 at Pepsi Center, but escaped when Irving did what he has done best this season – take over games in the fourth quarter.
“Just think about how good KI is going to be when he turns 20 years old!” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert tweeted right after the game. “Are you kidding me?!!”
Jamison helped Irving’s cause with a huge first half, when he scored 22 of the Cavs’ first 42 points.
“Without him in the first half,” Scott said, “I don’t know what would’ve happened.”
Nene gave the Nuggets a 99-98 lead when he posted up and scored over Tristan Thompson, forcing the Cavs to call a timeout with 15 seconds left. Irving took the inbounds pass and drove the length of the floor.
When the shot fell, Nuggets coach George Karl called timeout and shook his head in disbelief.
When Lawson missed the Nuggets’ final chance at the buzzer, Anthony Parker grabbed the rebound and pumped his fist in celebration as the Cavs finished off a stunning road win over a Denver team likely headed to the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Alonzo Gee had 19 points and four steals for the Cavs, who travel to Oklahoma City feeling a little better about themselves. Their six-game losing skid is dead and their defense played a big role in escaping Denver with the victory.
“Playing hard doesn’t guarantee you anything, but without it you have no chance,” Scott said. “I thought we did that tonight. We competed. We played hard for 48 minutes and we got a victory.”

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Pregame: Cavs at Nuggets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-23) at Denver Nuggets (22-17)
Time: 9 p.m.; Venue: Pepsi Center; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (5.9, 2.3, 2.2), SF Alonzo Gee (9.9, 4.1, 1.6), PF Antawn Jamison (17.9, 6.6, 2.0), C Ryan Hollins (3.6, 2.2, 0.2)
Nuggets probables: PG Ty Lawson (15.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.8 apg), SG Arron Afflalo (13.9, 2.9, 1.9), SF Corey Brewer (10.2, 3.2, 1.0), PF Kenneth Faried (8.8, 6.8, 0.4), C Timofey Mozgov (5.9, 4.7, 0.5)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Nuggets -- Timofey Mozgov (ankle) questionable, Kosta Koufos (knee) questionable, Rudy Fernandez (back) out.
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Eric Lewis, Tre Maddox

Notes
* The Cavs drag a six-game losing streak into Pepsi Center tonight to face a Nuggets team in the initial phase of a lengthy nine-game homestand. The Nuggets have stayed afloat in the Western Conference not with a superstar, but with a collection of pretty good players.

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Final thoughts: Jazz 109, Cavs 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2012

Byron Scott thought about it for a second, then said no. I disagree.

This is where the season begins to run off the rails for the Cavaliers.

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Mike Krzyzewski will return as Team USA coach in 2016, Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving says

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2012

Mike Krzyzewski will coach Team USA again in 2016, Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving said following Monday's 109-100 loss to the Utah Jazz. As a result, the coach will be reunited with his former star point guard.

Irving was born in Australia, giving him dual citizenship and the opportunity to play with the Aussies this summer. But he bypassed the opportunity to play with Australia in order to play for Krzyzewski again in four years.

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Kyrie Irving won't play for Australia in Olympics, holding out for USA in 2016

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2012

Kyrie Irving said Monday night he will not play for Australia in the Olympics this summer, but will stay with Team USA in hopes of making the Americans' Olympic team in 2016. Irving received confirmation that his college coach, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, would be back to coach the Americans in four more years. That was enough to convince him to stay.

"It was the right decision," Irving said. "I found out Coach K would be coaching in 2016. It made my decision so much easier to play for my coach again. That was the deciding factor."

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Final: Jazz 109, Cavs 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2012

Al Jefferson had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Gordon Hayward had 23 points off the bench for Utah, which handed the Cavs their sixth straight loss.

Kyrie Irving had 22 points, and 21 of them came in the second half following an 0 for 6 start to the night. Antawn Jamison added 22 points, but the Cavs were smashed on the boards 46-30 and again failed at controlling Jefferson.

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Pregame: Jazz at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2012

Utah Jazz (17-19) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-22)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.2 apg), SG Anthony Parker (5.9, 2.4, 2.3, SF Alonzo Gee (9.8, 4.1, 1.5), PF Antawn Jamison (17.7, 6.6, 1.9), C Ryan Hollins (3.6, 2.1, 0.2)
Jazz probables: PG Devin Harris (9.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4.6 apg), SG Gordon Hayward (9.4, 2.8, 3.1), SF Josh Howard (8.5, 3.8, 1.2), PF Paul Millsap (15.7, 9.0, 2.0), C Al Jefferson (18.5, 9.3, 2.1)
Injuries: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Jazz -- Raja Bell (adductor) probable

Notes
* Byron Scott conceded today that the Cavs have lost a little bit of confidence during this five-game losing streak. The aren't playing with that same killer instinct and they're blowing leads lately, something that was a rarity during the first half of the season.

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Final thoughts: Bulls 112, Cavs 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 3, 2012

Byron Scott has remained steadfast for weeks that his goal is to make the playoffs. If that's the case, the Cavs just let a tremendous opportunity slip away.

They had three consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents all likely heading to the postseason and they lost all three. Their defense has been so abysmal over the last two games that Scott is now threatening to make lineup changes.

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Final: Bulls 112, Cavs 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2012

Antawn Jamison had 22 points, but the Cavs were blasted by the Bulls again on a night they were forced to play without Kyrie Irving.

Irving has been ill since the All-Star break, but skipped shootaround Friday morning and was scratched just before tipoff. The Cavs have been smashed at home twice now by the Bulls, losing by an average of 30 points.

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Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2012

Chicago Bulls (29-8) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-20)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena: TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (5.9, 2.2, 2.3), SF Omri Casspi (7.6, 3.5, 1.4), PF Antawn Jamison (17.3, 6.6, 1.8), C Semih Erden (3.4, 2.8, 0.5)
Bulls probables: PG Derrick Rose (22.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 7.6 apg), SG Richard Hamilton (12.5, 2.8, 3.5), SF Luol Deng (15.6, 7.1, 3.2), PF Carlos Boozer (15.6, 8.2, 1.7), C Joakim Noah (9.7, 10.2, 2.5)
Injury report: Cavs -- Kyrie Irving (ill) questionable, Christian Eyenga (toe) out, Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Bulls -- Richard Hamilton (thigh) probable
Officials: James Capers, John Goble, Tommy Nunez Jr.

Notes
* There is a chance Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose won't meet at all this season. Rose missed the first game last month with a toe injury and now Irving is sick and questionable for tonight's game. Irving skipped shootaruond this morning, which isn't a good sign. The two teams don't meet again until the final game of the season in Chicago on April 26. By then, the Bulls should know their playoff positioning and might rest their starters.

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Cavs to re-sign Manny Harris to second 10-day contract

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2012

Manny Harris will re-sign with the Cavaliers this morning for another 10 days, a team source with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Harris' first 10-day contract with the club expired Thursday.

Harris made one appearance, playing only six seconds, during his first 10 days with the team. The Cavs had four games over the last 10 days because of the All-Star break. They'll play six games over the next 10 days.

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Irving named Rookie of the Month again

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 1, 2012

Kyrie Irving was named the Eastern Conference's Rookie of the Month after averaging 19.3 points and 5.6 assists in 10 games during the month of February.

Irving also won the award in January and appears to be halfway to the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.

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