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Final: Celtics 86, Cavs 83

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2012

Anthony Parker's 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim and the Cavs fell to the Celtics after trailing by 16 in the first quarter.

Kyrie Irving had 24 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts, but Boston's Kevin Garnett picked him up on the Cavs' final possession, which began off an inbounds pass from Parker with 2.4 seconds left.

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Pregame: Celtics at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2012

Boston Celtics (15-17) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-18)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (6.0, 2.4, 2.2), SF Omri Casspi (7.6, 3.4, 1.4), PF Antawn Jamison (17.4, 6.5, 1.9), C Semih Erden (3.3, 2.6, 0.4)
Celtics probables: PG Rajon Rondo (14.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 9.5 apg), SG Ray Allen (14.5, 3.1, 2.8), SF Paul Pierce (17.6, 5.0, 5.3), PF Kevin Garnett (14.4, 7.9, 2.6), C Chris Wilcox (5.2, 3.8, 0.5)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out; Celtics -- Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) out
Officials: Jason Phillips, Nick Buchert, Leon Wood

Notes
* Anthony Parker will return to the starting lineup after missing the last 12 games with a strained lower back. Parker's last game, coincidentally, came against these Celtics in Boston on Jan. 29. Scott needs to confer with trainer Max Benton before setting a minutes limit on Parker.

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Anthony Parker returns to lineup Tuesday vs. Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2012

Anthony Parker will return to the starting lineup Tuesday night when the Cavs open the second half of the season by hosting the Boston Celtics.

Parker has missed the last four weeks with a strained lower back. His last game came against the Celtics in Boston on Jan. 29. Scott gave Parker the option of starting or coming off the bench, but Parker deferred to Scott, who is electing to start him.

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Irving's MVP performance leaves LeBron James fumbling for words

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 25, 2012

Kyrie Irving's 34-point MVP performance in Friday's All-Star game was so dazzling, it left LeBron James fumbling for the right words. James inadvertanly started to call Irving a future Hall of Famer today before catching himself and calling him a future All-Star.

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Hornets-Cavs final thoughts: Problems center in the middle

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2012

Byron Scott will head home to Los Angeles to get some golf and R&R in over the next couple of days. When he returns on Monday, he'll still have a major problem at center.

The loss of Anderson Varejao might leave the Cavs with the worst collection of centers, statistically speaking, in the NBA. Ryan Hollins is averaging 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds, while Semih Erden is averaging 3.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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Final: Hornets 89, Cavs 84

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2012

Kyrie Irving had a career high 11 assists, but equaled his career low with six points on 2 of 13 shooting in the Cavs' 89-84 loss to the New Orleans Hornets in their final game before the All-Star break.

Antawn Jamison had 22 points and 12 rebounds, but Irving and Daniel Gibson combined to shoot just 3 of 22 on a night the Cavs struggled miserably shooting the ball. They shot just 32 percent from the floor, 22 percent on 3-pointers (6 of 27) and 65 percent at the free-throw line (24 of 37).

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Pregame: Hornets at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2012

New Orleans Hornets (7-25) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-17)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.9 apg), SG Daniel Gibson (8.0, 3.0, 2.1), SF Omri Casspi (7.7, 3.5, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (17.2, 6.3, 1.9), C Semih Erden 3.3, 2.5, 0.4)
Hornets probables: PG Greivis Vasquez (8.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.8 apg), SG Marco Belinelli (10.6, 2.6, 1.2), SF Trevor Ariza (12.3, 5.7, 3.4), PF Gustavo Ayon (5.7, 4.5, 0.9) C Chris Kaman (11.2, 7.3, 1.7)
Injuries: Cavs -- Anthony Parker (back) doubtful; Hornets -- Eric Gordon (knee) out, Carl Landry (knee) out, Emeka Okafor (knee) out, Jason Smith (concussion) out.
Officials: Ken Mauer, Michael Smith, Ben Taylor

Notes
* Much to the surprise of the rest of the league, the Cavs refuse to excuse themselves from the playoff race. They're now 4-3 on this homestand and can clinch a winning record on it with a victory tonight in the final game before the All-Star break.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 101, Pistons 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2012

Alonzo Gee was a power forward in the SEC. He was a shooting guard Sunday night with the Cavs. Stop and think about that for a minute.

It's a testament to Gee's athleticism and flexibility that he can play so opposite of positions and do well. Gee struggled a bit when he was starting in place of Daniel Gibson at the 2, but it didn't take him long to shine again when he was back in his comfort zone tonight against the Pistons.

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Final: Cavs 101, Pistons 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2012

Kyrie Irving had 25 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and Antawn Jamison had 32 points as the Cavs erased a 17-point deficit with a huge fourth quarter for a 101-100 victory over the Pistons.

The Cavs entered the fourth trailing 77-66, but began with a 10-3 run to get back in the game. Irving took it from there, going 3 of 3 on 3-pointers in the fourth and finishing with eight assists.

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Pregame: Pistons at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2012

Detroit Pistons (11-22) at Cleveland Cavaliers (12-17)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg), SG Daniel Gibson (8.0, 3.0, 2.1), SF Omri Casspi (7.7, 3.5, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (16.7, 6.2, 1.9), C Semih Erden (3.2, 2.5, 0.4)
Pistons probables: PG Brandon Knight (12.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), SG Rodney Stuckey (14.7, 2.8, 4.0), SF Tayshaun Prince (12.5, 4.3, 2.3), PF Jason Maxiell (5.4, 4.9, 0.6), C Greg Monroe (16.2, 9.7, 2.4)
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) probable, Anthony Parker (back) doubtful; Pistons -- Charlie Villanueva (ankle) out.
Officials: Scott Foster, Eric Dalen, Gary Zielinski

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Cavs sign Manny Harris to 10-day contract

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2012

The Cavaliers signed Manny Harris to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, bringing their roster back to a maximum 15 players.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 93, Kings 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 20, 2012

I like J.J. Hickson. A lot. He's a good kid, but he drives coaches nuts. Tonight is a good example why.

Hickson played 16 minutes, but accomplished nothing except fouling Antawn Jamison on a 3-pointer. It could've been a four-point play, but Jamison missed the free throw.

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Final: Cavs 93, Kings 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 19, 2012

Kyrie Irving sank a pair of free throws with 0.4 seconds left and the Cavs defeated the Kings 93-92 for their second win in their last five games.

After DeMarcus Cousins hit a reverse layup to put the Kings up 92-91 with 2.9 seconds left, Irving inbounded the ball to Antawn Jamison coming out of a timeout and immediately got it back. He was fouled on a drive to the basket by Tyreke Evans and made both free throws for his second game-winning basket of the season.

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Final thoughts: Heat 111, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 18, 2012

I'm not at all sad to see the Heat train pulling out of the station for the fil time this season. After the last 48 hours, the Cavs and Heat could use a nice, long break from each other.

For those who don't believe Dan Gilbert would ever take LeBron James back, tonight's game showed exactly why he will -- if this story ever really reaches that point. James dominated at both ends of the floor, swatting Kyrie Irving and dunking four times -- despite not playing the fourth quarter.

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Final: Heat 111, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 17, 2012

LeBron James had 28 points and Dwayne Wade had 22 despite neither playing the fourth quarter and the Heat smashed the Cavs 111-87 on Friday.

The Heat scored 21 of the game’s first 23 points to negate an energized sold-out crowd that showed up to boo James a day after the former Cav said he’d be open to returning to the organization some day.

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Pregame: Heat at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 17, 2012

Miami Heat (23-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-16)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Alonzo Gee (9.8, 3.8, 1.6), SF Omri Casspi (7.9, 3.1, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (16.7, 6.2, 1.8), C Semih Erden (3.2, 2.4, 0.1)
Heat probables: PG Mario Chalmers (11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.6 apg), SG Dwyane Wade (21.2, 4.2, 4.8), SF LeBron James (28.0, 8.2, 6.8), PF Chris Bosh (18.6, 8.1, 2.1), C Joel Anthony (3.4, 4.3, 0.1)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Daniel Gibson (ankle) doubtful; Heat -- Dexter Pittman (shoulder) out.
Officials: Marc Davis, Derrick Collins, Scott Twardoski

Notes
* LeBron James didn't back off his comments today about someday returning to play for the Cavs, but he reiterated that he is happy and committed to Miami and that Heat fans "have nothing to worry about at this point." Interpret those last three words as you wish.

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LeBron says he's happy in Miami, answered questions 'truthfully'

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 17, 2012

LeBron James didn't back off his comments from a day ago, but said he is happy in Miami and Heat fans have nothing to worry about.

"The question was asked to me could I see myself playing back here. I said yeah, in the sense I don’t know what my future holds and I don’t want to take that out," James said Friday. "But I love the fans of Miami and I have everything invested with this team. I’m looking forward to the years to come."

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LeBron James leaves open possibility of someday returning to Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 16, 2012

LeBron James says he's happy in Miami, but he hasn't closed the door on a possible return to the Cavaliers.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 98, Pacers 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2012

Ramon Sessions is a very nice point guard and will be a great addition to a contender in the coming weeks, but this team has an electric feel when Kyrie Irving is on the floor.

Of all the things Irving did well tonight, I was most impressed with how he pushed the tempo. The Cavs haven't been a walk-it-up-the-floor type team at all this season, but coach Byron Scott keeps asking for Irving to play faster and faster.

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Recap: Cavs 98, Pacers 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2012

Kyrie Irving had 22 points and five assists in his return from a concussion and Semih Erden had season highs of 18 points and eight rebounds in the Cavs' 98-87 victory over the reeling Indiana Pacers.

Irving showed no ill-effects from his concussion, going right at Pacers All-Star center Roy Hibbert for his first basket of the game. Irving missed a week with the concussion, but hit 8 of his first 10 shots (including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers) and the Cavs took an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter.

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Pregame: Pacers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2012

Indiana Pacers (17-11) at Cleveland Cavaliers (10-16)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving 18.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Daniel Gibson (8.1, 3.0, 2.1), SF Omri Casspi (7.8, 2.9, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (16.8, 6.1, 1.7), C Semih Erden (2.1, 1.9, 0.1)
Pacers probables: PG Darren Collison (11.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.4 apg), SG Paul George (12.1, 5.5, 2.1), SF Dahntay Jones (5.5, 1.8, 0.9), PF David West 12.4, 6.7, 2.3), C Roy Hibbert (13.1, 9.4, 1.8)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (wrist) out, Anthony Parker (back) out; Pacers -- Jeff Foster (back) questionable, Danny Granger (ankle) doubtful, George Hill (ankle) out.
Officials: Greg Willard, Brian Forte, Matt Myers

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Anthony Parker could return next week

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2012

Anthony Parker's injured lower back is progressing and he could return to the lineup next week, coach Byron Scott said Wednesday.

Parker has been out for nearly three weeks with a stiff lower back and Scott said last week that improvement had reached a plateau. Now he is hopeful Parker can return to practice on Friday, at least for the non-contact portions, and that he would be available either Tuesday or Wednesday for games against the Pistons and Hornets.

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Kyrie Irving active, will play tonight for Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2012

Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers.

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Tuesday notes: Irving participates in full practice

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 14, 2012

Kyrie Irving participated in a full practice Tuesday and will play Wednesday against the Pacers provided he is cleared by team and league doctors prior to tip-off. Barring a setback, that looks like a formality.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said Irving will start and play his usual minutes if he is cleared. Irving was able to do everything at practice today, but did not speak to reporters.

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Monday notes: Irving participates in practice, no update on Varejao

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 13, 2012

Kyrie Irving participated in non-contact drills today at practice, inching him closer to a return to the court Wednesday night when the Cavs host the Indiana Pacers.

Irving has not been medically cleared from the concussion he suffered last week, but the running, agility and non-contact work are the final steps before he can receive clearance from team and league doctors.

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Final thoughts: Sixers 99, Cavs 84

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2012

I walked into the Cavs' locker room in Phoenix last season when Anderson Varejao was sitting on the trainer's table with his foot in a boot. He had just learned earlier in the day his season was over after 31 games and he wore a blank expression on his face.

Varejao was in a little better mood tonight, but only slightly. It's amazing someone who plays with an all-out, aggressive approach can suffer two freak injuries like this in consecutive seasons. He tore a ligament in his ankle running wind sprints last year, he fractured his wrist Friday when he was hit on the hand going up for a shot.

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Kyrie Irving begins reinstatement process following concussion

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2012

Kyrie Irving rode an exercise bike on Saturday, the first step in the process he must take to be cleared following his concussion last week.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said Irving rode the bike, but did nothing else. Now he'll have to jog, do agility work and complete some non-contact drills. The final step is a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a neurologist at the University of Michigan and the director of the NBA's new concussion program.

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Varejao out indefinitely with fractured wrist

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2012

Anderson Varejao has a non-displaced fracture in his right hand and will be sidelined indefinitely. While no timetable has been given for his return, it will be a matter of weeks, not days.

Varejao had his right hand hit early in the third quarter of Friday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. X-rays taken Friday were negative, but an MRI on Saturday revealed the break.

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Pregame: Sixers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2012

Philadelphia 76ers (18-9) at Cleveland Cavaliers (10-15)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Sixers probables: PG Jrue Holliday, SG Jodie Meeks, SF Andre Iguodala, PF Elton Brand, C Nik Vucevic
Injuries: Cavs -- Kyrie Irving (concussion) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Anderson Varejao (wrist) questionable; Sixers -- Spencer Hawes (Achilles) out.
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Brent Barnaky, Zach Zarba

Notes
* With no shootaround this morning, Anderson Varejao's status won't be updated until he arrives at the arena tonight and team trainers can examine his injured right wrist again. Varejao injured the wrist early in the third quarter Friday and did not return, although X-rays were negative.

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Final thoughts: Bucks 113, Cavs 112

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2012

Around halftime I start kicking around different ledes for the next day's paper. Tonight I was thinking how a Cavs victory would push them past the Bucks and into the eighth seed in the East, depending on how the Knicks fared.

Now at the end of the night, I'm wondering how long Anderson Vaerjao will be out and if this is the beginning of the Cavs' ending. If the Cavs are going to make a legitimate playoff push, they need to do well on this homestand. But if they don't have Varejao and Kyrie Irving for the bulk of the homestand, that's simply not possible.

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Kyrie Irving to miss weekend games with concussion

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 10, 2012

Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving will miss tonight's game against the Milwaukee Bucks and tomorrow's game against the Philadelphia 76ers because of the concussion he suffered earlier in the week. Coach Byron Scott said Irving will be re-evaluated after the weekend games before another decision is made on his availability.

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Concussion in review: Cavs rookie Kyrie Irving hit head on Dwyane Wade's knee

By Nate Published: February 9, 2012

Rookie guard Kyrie Irving sat out Wednesday during the Cavaliers' 99-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers because he suffered a concussion the previous night when he smacked the back of his head against the left knee of Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade.

There is no timetable for Irving's return. He was evaluated this afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic, and his status remains day-to-day. Irving must be symptom free before he is allowed to practice again.

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Final thoughts: Cavaliers 99, Clippers 92

By Nate Published: February 9, 2012

When Ramon Sessions received news that Kyrie Irving was going to be sidelined with a concussion, he knew the Cavaliers would need him to rise to the occassion.

He did in a major way.

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Cavs rookie guard Kyrie Irving out vs. Clippers with concussion

By Nate Published: February 8, 2012

Cavaliers rookie guard Kyrie Irving has been ruled out for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because he suffered a concussion Tuesday night against the Miami Heat.

Ramon Sessions will start tonight in Irving's absence. Irving is averaging 18.0 points and 5.1 assists per game this season.

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Cavs rookies Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson selected to participate in Rising Stars Challenge

By Nate Published: February 8, 2012

Cavaliers rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are among 18 players who have been selected by NBA assistant coaches to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge Feb. 24 in Orlando as part of All-Star weekend.

The Rising Stars Challenge will feature a new format. In the past, rookies and second-year players have faced each other. This year, TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will each draft a nine-man roster from a pool of 18 players. The draft will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 and aired on NBA TV.

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Pregame: Clippers at Cavs

By Nate Published: February 8, 2012

Los Angeles Clippers (15-7) at Cleveland Cavaliers (9-14)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC.
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Alonzo Gee (9.3, 3.7, 1.6), SF Omri Casspi (8.0, 2.8, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (15.5, 5.7, 1.7), C Anderson Varejao (10.8, 11.8, 1.7).
Clippers probables: PG Chris Paul (18.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 8.9 apg), SG Randy Foye (7.3, 1.4, 2.1), SF Caron Butler (14.8, 3.9, 1.6), PF Blake Griffin (21.2, 10.9, 3.1), C DeAndre Jordan (8.5, 9.0, 0.3).
Injuries: Cavs — Daniel Gibson (neck) TBD, Anthony Parker (back) out, Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) out; Clippers — Chauncey Billups (torn left Achilles) out.
Officials: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher and Scott Wall.

Notes
*The Cavs are looking to bounce back after suffering a 107-91 loss on the road Tuesday night against the Miami Heat. The Cavs will play in their seventh back-to-back of the season tonight. They’re 2-4 in the second game of a back-to-back.
*On Feb. 11, 2011, the Cavs snapped their NBA-record, 26-game losing streak with a 126-119 win in overtime against the Clippers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs have won their past nine home games against the Clippers.
*The Cavs will begin a nine-game homestand tonight, the longest in team history and the third-longest in NBA history. Eleven of their next 13 games will be at Quicken Loans Arena.
*Gibson has missed the Cavs' past five games with a soft tissue infection in his neck, but coach Byron Scott said there's a chance Gibson could face the Clippers tonight. Meanwhile, Parker (back) is expected to sit out for the fifth consecutive game, and Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) is expected to be sidelined for the fourth in a row.
*Guard Mo Williams will play in Cleveland for the first time since the Cavs traded him to the Clippers on Feb. 24, 2011. The Cavaliers acquired guard Baron Davis and an unprotected lottery pick from the Clippers in exchange for Williams and forward Jamario Moon. The Clippers' first-round pick became the No. 1 overall selection, and the Cavs used it to draft guard Kyrie Irving.
*The Clippers will play for the first time since Billups suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon Monday in Orlando.

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Irving on matchup with Chris Paul

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 7, 2012

Here's what Kryie Irving had to say about Wednesday night's matchup against All-Star point guard Chris Paul of the L.A. Clippers.
"They’ve made comparisons for me to Chris Paul, he was my favorite player in high school and college," Irving said. "We do some similar things. Two different players. We do have similarities, but I’m not exactly like Chris Paul.
"He’s a great point guard and I’m going to have to do my best to try to stop him."

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Pregame: Cavs at Heat

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 7, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (9-13) at Miami Heat (18-6)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC.
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.0 apg), F Alonzo Gee (9.0, 3.9, 1.6), SF Omri Casspi (8.0, 2.9, 1.2), PF Antawn Jamison (15.1, 5.6, 1.7), C Anderson Varejao (10.8, 11.9, 1.7).
Heat probables: G Dwyane Wade (21.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.2 apg), G Mario Chalmers (11.3, 2.7, 3.9), SF LeBron James (29.2, 8.5, 6.8), PF Chris Bosh (19.7, 7.7, 2.2), C Joel Anthony (3.5, 4.2, 0.1).
Injuries: Cavs — Daniel Gibson (neck) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) out; Heat - None.
Notes
Gee is averaging 14.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals and shooting 48.6 percent in his last four games.
Backup point guard Ramon Sessions has handed out eight or more assists in three consecutive games. The last Cav to do that off the bench was Brevin Knight in March, 2000. In those three games, Sessions is averaging 8.7 points and 8.7 assists.
The Cavs are averaging 35.6 points off the bench, which ranks second in the Eastern Conference and seventh in the league.
On Jan. 24, the Heat defeated the Cavs 92-85 in Miami as the Heat's Chris Bosh scored 17 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter.
Last season Miami won the series 3-1.
The Heat is 46-39 all time vs. the Cavs and 30-13 in Miami.
The Heat has won 10 of its past 12 games.
A win tonight would mark the Heat's best 25-game start in franchise history. Three times it has opened 18-7. It would also be the Heat's sixth consecutive home victory.
James has scored 30 or more points in 13 games.
Wade has scored 20 or more points in a season-high four consecutive games and in five of his last six.
Miami has scored at least 50 points in the paint in eight games after reaching that figure only 11 times last season.
Bosh has turned in four 30-point games, surpassing his total of three last season.
Anthony has blocked a team-high 24 shots.
After tonight, the Heat's next six games are on the road, a stretch that concludes with a Feb. 17 game in Cleveland. (A boat show is taking over downtown Miami next week, with many streets blocked off.)
Chalmers has made three or more 3-pointers in a career-best four consecutive games. That's the longest streak for a Heat player since former Ohio State Buckeye Daequan Cook did it in seven consecutive games in December, 2008. Chalmers is hitting 61.9 percent from the field (13 for 21) in his last four games and 46.6 percent (48 for 103) for the season.
"He worked hard this summer, put a lot of work on his shot," Wade said of Chalmers. "When we worked out together, I let him know his shot looked real good. He’s brought that into the season. His confidence is sky-high. He’s going to go through a stage where he’s not going to make any many. You’ve got to stick with it and stay confident."

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Scott optimistic about Gibson's condition

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 7, 2012

Cavs coach Byron Scott didn't seem overly alarmed about the soft tissue infection in guard Daniel "Boobie" Gibson's neck that will force him to miss his fifth consecutive game tonight against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.
After showering following practice in Independence Monday, Gibson told the Cavs his neck was still "a little stiff," Scott said, so the team elected to keep him home.
"We’re not real concerned right now," Scott said at Tuesday morning's shootaround. "After practice he felt a little discomfort, so we felt it wasn’t in his best interest to fly. We said, ‘Let’s stay at home, wait until we get back, see how you feel Wednesday morning and we’ll go from there.’ Hopefully it was just a very minor setback.
"We’ve got a stretch of home games coming up after tonight, so we feel pretty comfortable he’s going to be able to play pretty soon."
The Cavs will also be without guard Anthony Parker (strained lower back) and rookie forward Tristan Thompson (left ankle sprain). Parker will miss his fourth consecutive game, Thompson his third.
Asked if the Cavs were getting used to playing shorthanded, Scott said, "I don’t think you ever get used to it. It puts more pressure on guys because their roles are different, guys’ minutes go up. For the most part a lot of guys like that. I always talk about opportunity. ‘When you get that opportunity you’d better be ready to take advantage of it and you never know when it’s going to come.’"
Asked if he could activate himself, Scott joked, "I was thinking about it. Ten years ago, maybe. Now, no."
And what about Cavs' television analyst Austin Carr?
"Twenty years ago, maybe," Scott said.

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Change of plans: Cavs guard Daniel Gibson ruled out vs. Heat

By Nate Published: February 6, 2012

Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson told reporters he felt "great" after going through a full practice this afternoon for the first time in more than a week. Coach Byron Scott said he expected Gibson to play Tuesday against the Miami Heat, barring any setbacks.

Well, apparently the soft tissue infection in Gibson's neck flared up. Shortly after practice, Gibson told the team trainer he felt discomfort in his neck. As a precaution, Gibson will not travel with the team to Miami, the Cavs annnounced tonight. He will miss his fifth consecutive game with the infection.

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Not a bad place to go to work every day

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 6, 2012

Just to get you ready for Tuesday

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 6, 2012

Practice update: Daniel Gibson returns, rookie Mychel Thompson waived

By Nate Published: February 6, 2012

Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson practiced today for the first time since he was sidelined with a soft tissue infection in his neck. Gibson missed the past four games, but coach Byron Scott expects him to play Tuesday against the Miami Heat, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

With Gibson back in the fold, the Cavs waived undrafted rookie guard Mychel Thompson this afternoon. The move gives the team roster flexibility as the March 15 trade deadline approaches. Mychel Thompson started the past three games because of injuries. In five games this season, he averaged 3.6 points on .292 shooting, one rebound and 1.4 assists in 19 minutes per game.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 91, Mavericks 88

By Nate Published: February 4, 2012

Add this to rookie Kyrie Irving's short pro resume: Drove to the basket and made two clutch layups in the final 2 minutes, 35 seconds to lead the Cavaliers to victory over the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.

Irving made his first game-winning shot on Jan. 29, when he slashed through the Boston Celtics' defense to make a layup with 2.6 seconds left.

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Pregame: Mavericks at Cavs

By Nate Published: February 4, 2012

Dallas Mavericks (14-10) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-13)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC.
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (18.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.0 apg), SG Mychel Thompson (3.0, 1.0, 1.3), SF Omri Casspi (8.0, 3.0, 1.2), PF Antawn Jamison (14.9, 5.4, 1.6), C Anderson Varejao (10.5, 11.6, 1.7).
Mavericks probables: PG Rodrigue Beaubois (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg), SG Vince Carter (11.0, 2.9, 2.4), SF Shawn Marion (12.2, 6.3, 1.9), PF Dirk Nowitzki (16.9, 6.0, 2.3), C Brendon Haywood (5.4, 6.9, 0.4).
Injuries: Cavs — Daniel Gibson (neck) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) out; Mavericks — Jason Kidd (strained right calf) not with team; Sean Williams assigned to Texas Legends (D-League).
Officials: Monty McCuthen, Curtis Blair and Tre Maddox.

Notes
*The Cavs have lost their past two games and seven of their last nine. They suffered a 102-94 defeat on the road against the Orlando Magic on Friday night. In their loss to the Magic, the Cavs continued their recent trend of falling behind and rallying in the fourth quarter only to come up short.
*The Cavs will play in their sixth back-to-back of the season tonight. They're 1-4 in the second game of a back-to-back.
*The Mavericks have also lost their past two games, including a 98-87 defeat at home against the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. The Mavericks, though, are 6-2 this season while playing in the second game of a back-to-back..
*Gibson is expected to miss his fourth consecutive game with a soft tissue infection in his neck. Parker (back) is expected to sit out for the third game in a row, and Tristan Thompson (sprained left ankle) is expected to be sidelined for the second in a row.
*With Gibson and Parker ailing, undrafted rookie Mychel Thompson is in line to make his third start in as many games. In his first career start, Mychel Thompson finished with eight points and four assists and shot 2-4 (.500) from three-point range in 31 minutes. He didn't fare as well in his second start, going scoreless (0-of-6 from the field) with an assist and a turnover in 30 minutes.
*Alonzo Gee led the Cavs in scoring Friday against the Magic with a career-high 20 points (7-of-12 from the field) in 31 minutes off the bench. In the Cavs' past three games, Gee is averaging 15.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals while shooting 52 percent from the field.
*Irving had 18 points, four rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes against the Magic, but he struggled from the field, shooting 7-of-21.
*Cavs coach Byron Scott realizes the Mavericks became fan favorites in Cleveland when they defeated LeBron James and the Miami Heat for the NBA title last year. However, Scott doesn't want to hear cheers for the Mavericks tonight at the Q. “I don’t want them cheering for the Dallas Mavericks,” Scott said earlier this week. “This is our home. I understand how a lot of fans here feel about Dallas winning, but that was in June. That was seven months ago. That’s over with. It’s a new season. When they come here, you might have one player that a lot of fans cheer for, but as a team, do not cheer for the Dallas Mavericks.”

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