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Cavs will remain patient in offseason, stick to long-term plan

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 27, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers will have two first-round picks and about $20 million in cap space this summer, but no one around Cleveland Clinic Courts is expecting the team to contend for a championship next season.

Their winning percentage improved from .232 to .318 this season and another step is expected next year. But one step and legitimate contention are two entirely different topics.

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Cavs will select no lower than seventh in NBA draft

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 27, 2012

CHICAGO: The Cavaliers finished the regular season 21-45 and tied with the New Orleans Hornets for the league's third-worst record. 

That means a drawing will be held at the league office on Friday to determine the draft order in case neither is chosen in the lottery.

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Final: Bulls 107, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2012

CHICAGO: The season ended Thursday with Kyrie Irving stuck to the bench and D.J. Kennedy playing big minutes against the best team in the Eastern Conference. It ended with Antawn Jamison missing more shots than he made in his Cavs finale and Luke Harangody playing more minutes than Anthony Parker.

Most importantly, the season simply ended.

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Final thoughts: Wizards 96, Cavs 85

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 25, 2012

Antawn Jamison said goodbye to Cleveland tonight, making official what already seemed so obvious. Tonight was his last home game and Thursday's game at Chicago will be his last game in a Cavaliers jersey.

Jamison has been everything the Cavaliers could have hoped for this season and more, despite his low shooting percentage and defensive struggles. What he has meant to Tristan Thompson's development and in the locker room in general has been invaluable and will be difficult to replace. I already wrote about it a couple weeks ago.

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Final: Wizards 96, Cavs 85

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 25, 2012

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving played less than 10 minutes because of a stomach virus, while Washington's John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists as the Cavs fell into a three-way tie for the third-worst record in the NBA with a 96-85 loss to the Wizards.

Irving initially wasn't expected to play when he woke up with the stomach flu, but took part in pregame warmups and was medically cleared to play. Coach Byron Scott said he would limit his minutes and he certainly did. Irving, who averaged better than 21 points in his last three games, played 9:47 in the first quarter and didn't return. He finished with five points and an assist.

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Irving doubtful tonight with stomach flu

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 25, 2012

Kyrie Irving is doubtful to play tonight because of the stomach flu, coach Byron Scott said today.

Scott said he received a text this morning from trainer Max Benton, who told him Irving felt ill. The Cavaliers host the Washington Wizards in a game with lottery implications at stake.

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Final: Grizzlies 109, Cavs 101

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 24, 2012

MEMPHIS, TENN.: Kyrie Irving had plenty of time in the second half to sit and think about his sensational night. When he did return late in the fourth quarter Monday, the Cavs’ rookies went cold from the free-throw line in a 109-101 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.


Irving had 25 points and four assists in his finest game since returning from a sprained right shoulder. Since Byron Scott is still limiting his minutes over the season’s final week, Scott pulled him with 3:11 left in the third quarter and didn’t put him back in until four minutes remained in the game. Meanwhile, 28 minutes had elapsed and Irving was cold again by the time he was allowed back in.

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Final thoughts: Spurs 114, Cavs 98

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2012

This seems as good a time as any to break down the teams in lottery contention with the Cavs and their upcoming schedule. Five teams are clustered with between 42 and 44 losses, which will determine the third through eighth spots in the lottery. That should make for an interesting final week at the bottom of the standings.

Just as the loss column is the most important for teams trying to make the playoffs, the win column is all that matters for teams trying to pile up losses. The Cavs will enter Monday in a virtual tie with Sacramento for the league’s fourth-worst record, but there are plenty of games left. Here are the contenders:

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Final: Spurs 114, Cavs 98

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 22, 2012

SAN ANTONIO: Antawn Jamison scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving had 19, but the Cavs went without a basket for four minutes in the fourth quarter as the Spurs pulled away for an easy 114-98 victory on Sunday.

San Antonio won its seventh straight despite resting Tim Duncan to keep him fresh for the playoffs. The Cavs fell to 4-16 in their last 20 games.

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Cavs sign swingman D.J. Kennedy

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2012

The Cavaliers signed guard/forward D.J. Kennedy from Erie of the Development League on Saturday. Kennedy takes the roster spot of Lester Hudson, who signed with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.

Kennedy started 44 games for the BayHawks, averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He shot 45 percent from the floor and 38 percent on 3-pointers. The 6-foot-6, 215-pounder 

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Final thoughts: Cavs 98, Knicks 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 20, 2012

Baron Davis sat this one out with the stomach flu. By the end of the night, there were plenty of Knicks players nauseous watching the Cavs smack them up and down the floor.

The Knicks' starters gathered 14 rebounds in about 131 minutes. Manny Harris had 12 in 41 minutes. 

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Final: Cavs 98, Knicks 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 20, 2012

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving had 21 points, Manny Harris made a 42-foot shot and recorded his second career double-double in the Cavs' 98-90 win Friday over the New York Knicks. 

They led nearly the entire night, building a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter to win their 10th straight over the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Anderson Varejao will not return to Cavs this season

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 20, 2012

CLEVELAND: Anderson Varejao has been shut down by the team and will not return for the final week of the season. He is, however, still committed to playing for Brazil this summer at the London Olympics.

Varejao's fractured right wrist, which he injured on Feb. 10, has been slow to heal. The fracture itself healed fine, but Varejao is still experiencing pain and discomfort around the wrist. This is the second consecutive season Varejao had cut short with an injury.

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Cavs' handling of Hudson's second 10-day contract upset agent

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 20, 2012

CLEVELAND: Lester Hudson’s agent thought his client did enough during his first 10 days with the Cavaliers to warrant a guarantee for the rest of the season. The Cavs’ front office disagreed and Hudson is now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.


Keith Glass, Hudson’s agent, told the Beacon Journal on Friday that Hudson gladly would’ve signed for the rest of the season had the Cavs extended the offer on April 9, when they instead signed him to a second 10-day deal.

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Cavs, Hudson part ways

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 19, 2012

Lester Hudson will not return to the Cavaliers after his second 10-day contract expired following Wednesday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. It was Hudson's choice not to return, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Hudson totaled 74 points during a three-game stretch. He had some huge games and hit some big shots in his time with the Cavs, but shot just 39 percent from the floor and 25 percent on 3-pointers. He averaged 12.7 points and cooled considerably during his second 10-day contract.

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Final thoughts: Sixers 103, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 18, 2012

I still disagree with the decision to play Kyrie Irving. The risk is entirely too high and the reward is too little for my tastes.

That said, it was encouraging to see Irving get up quickly after taking a hard shot from Elton Brand with 3:45 left in the first half. Brand hammered him on the foul and Irving landed on his right arm and shoulder before crashing into the stanchion under the basket.

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Final: Sixers 103, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 18, 2012

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving had nine points and four assists in his return, but the Cavs went scoreless for five minutes in the third quarter and were pounded by the Philadelphia 76ers, 103-87 for their 18th loss in their last 22 games.

The Sixers scored 19 consecutive points in the third quarter and outscored the Cavs 24-2 behind Jrue Holiday, who made four 3-pointers in the run and made all six of his 3-point attempts for themade a career-high six 3-pointers

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Kyrie Irving will start tonight for Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 18, 2012

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving will return to the starting lineup tonight after missing 10 games with a sprained right shoulder.

His minutes will be limited, although coach Byron Scott wouldn't disclose how many, and Scott said Irving may not play in all of the remaining games. But Irving was adamant he wanted to return and the medical staff assured the Cavs his shoulder is fully healed, so Scott said he is trusting his medical team and Irving that he is telling the truth.

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Final thoughts: Pistons 116, Cavs 77

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 18, 2012

The Cavs have played six games in eight nights with another one coming up tonight. They were down three starters. Their leading scorer was having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day.


Still, they can’t
fall behind to the Detroit Pistons 100-50 after three quarters.

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Final: Pistons 116, Cavs 77

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 17, 2012

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: The Cavs trailed by 50 points entering the fourth quarter and shot just 34 percent from the floor in their 116-77 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, which ties for the worst loss this season.

Antawn Jamison was 0 for 10 and Lester Hudson was 2 for 10 for the Cavs, who have dropped 14 of their last 17.

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Pregame: Cavs (20-39) at Pistons (22-38)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 17, 2012

Jamison named finalist for NBA Sportsmanship Award

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 16, 2012

Antawn Jamison was named a finalist for the NBA's Sportsmanship Award as voted on by a panel of five former NBA players.

Each team nominates a player for the award and Jamison was selected as the Central Division winner. A league winner from the six division finalists will be announced after the season.

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Final thoughts: Magic 100, Cavs 84

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 15, 2012

Lester Hudson provided a few days of excitement, but the experiment might be dying. After averaging 29.3 minutes over a stretch of seven games, he played less than 20 minutes in all three of the Cavs’ weekend games.

Byron Scott said tonight he sat Hudson so he could get a better look at Manny Harris, who scored 10 points off the bench, but turned it over three times.

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Poor first half dooms Cavs in 100-84 loss to Magic

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 15, 2012

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers set a season-low with 30 points in the first half and had the look of a team playing its third game in three nights in their 100-84 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday.

The Magic were playing without Dwight Howard (back) and lost his backup, Glen Davis, early on with a knee injury. They didn’t need them. The Cavaliers mustered just four baskets in the first quarter, trailed by 20 in the second quarter and never really recovered in losing for the 13th time in their last 16 games.

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By Jason Lloyd Published: April 13, 2012

Cavs' mascot Moondog treated at hospital, released

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 12, 2012

CLEVELAND: Cavaliers mascot "Moondog" was treated and released at a local hospital Wednesday night after receiving an errant blow to the face from the Pacers' David West during pregame warmups.

Moondog often plays around with opposing players during timeouts and before games. He and West were exchanging playful slaps and punches when West caught him a little too hard.

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Final: Pacers 104, Cavs 98 OT

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 11, 2012

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers missed seven of their first eight shots in the overtime session and squandered a seven-point lead over the final six minutes of regulation to fall to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, 104-98, officially eliminating them from playoff contention.

The Pacers missed 3 of 4 free throws in the final 21 seconds of the fourth quarter, allowing Lester Hudson to tie the game at 98 on a floater in the lane with 1.2 seconds left. But the Cavs, who led 86-79 with six minutes left, went cold again in overtime.

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Pregame: Pacers (35-22) at Cavs (19-36)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 11, 2012

Knicks loss means Cavs stave off elimination

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 11, 2012

The Cavaliers aren't going to the playoffs. We all know that. But they still haven't officially been eliminated, although they came close tonight.

The New York Knicks' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday simply kept their playoff lives on life support and prolonged the inevitable. The next Cavs loss or Knicks win will officially eliminate the Cavs from the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 103, Bobcats 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2012

The brief postgame chat amongst reporters in the press room went something like this: "We can't keep writing about Hudson." Followed by, "Yes we can, there's nothing else compelling on this team."

I am siding in the "nothing else compelling" camp. I have no idea if Hudson will make this team next season, but with every passing day, I think he's giving himself a legitimate shot. Besides, he's making a miserable death march to the end of the season a little more bearable.

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Final: Cavs 103, Bobcats 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2012

CLEVELAND: Lester Hudson had 25 points off the bench, including 14 in the fourth quarter and the Cavaliers used an early explosion in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 103-90, handing them their 13th consecutive loss.

The Bobcats held a lead in the second half for the first time in three games, but the Cavaliers scored 10 consecutive points over a 2 ½ minute stretch early in the fourth quarter to take command.

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Pregame: Bobcats (7-48) at Cavs (18-36)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2012

Parker probable for tonight's game against Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Anthony Parker is "probable" to play tonight, Cavs coach Byron Scott said, after he missed the last two games with a bruised sternum. No final decision will be made until he arrives at the arena tonight, but Parker would likely return to the starting lineup if he is cleared to return.

Parker is averaging just 6.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, but matched his career high with 27 points in his most recent game last week at Milwaukee. 

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Varejao, Irving ruled out for Tuesday's game against Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 9, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao were limited participants at practice on Monday and neither will play Tuesday when the Cavaliers host the Charlotte Bobcats.

Coach Byron Scott said Varejao was limited to non-contact activities at practice and simply ran through a few offensive sets, but there is still no timetable for his return. Scott, however, remains optimistic Varejao will return at some point before the season ends -- provided he is cleared medically.

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Final thoughts: Nets 122, Cavs 117

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 9, 2012

Who would have guessed at the start of the season that in April, the Cavs' most exciting player would be ... Lester Hudson? Or that the point guard dishing out 14 assists would be Donald Sloan?

Hudson and Sloan are the types of players teams like the Cavaliers have to find in order to expedite the rebuilding process. They're cheap, they can fill a role and they don't come with the price tag of a draft pick. All they need is an opportunity to prove they belong.

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Final: Nets 122, Cavs 117 OT

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 8, 2012

NEWARK, N.J.: Lester Hudson had a career-high 26 points, including 18 points and the shot that forced overtime, but the Cavs lost for the 13th time in their last 15 games.

Hudson, playing on the final day of his 10-day contract with the club, has scored 49 points in his last two games. His corner 3-pointer with three-tenths remaining tied the game at 109. He hit the shot while falling out of bounds and with Deron Williams' hand in his face, but the Cavs couldn't capitalize in overtime despite the Nets missing their final five shots.

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Parker to miss next 2 games with bruised sternum

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 6, 2012

Anthony Parker will miss tonight's game at the Toronto Raptors and Sunday's game at the New Jersey Nets after he suffered a bruised sternum in Wednesday's loss at Milwaukee.

Manny Harris will start in Parker's place.

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Final thoughts: Bucks 107, Cavs 98

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 4, 2012

The Cavs could have, and perhaps should have, won this game tonight. The Bucks have absolutely no interior defense, but the Cavaliers missed 19 shots from inside 3 feet. Ten of those misses came in the first quarter, when the Cavs fell behind 29-14 and coach Byron Scott rightfully said “we couldn’t throw it in the ocean.”

When Kyrie Irving isn’t on the floor, it forces the Cavaliers to play a completely different brand of offense. Where Scott always wants the rookie pushing and pushing the tempo faster and faster in transition, without him, the Cavs are forced to slow the game down and rely on their half-court offense.

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Without Irving, Cavs lose ninth straight in 107-98 loss to Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 4, 2012

MILWAUKEE: Anthony Parker matched his career high with 27 points, but the Cavs fell behind by 19 in the first half and couldn't recover to lose their ninth straight, 107-98 to the Milwaukee Bucks in a game they played without Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs missed 19 shots from 3 feet and in, a big reason why they couldn't win despite chopping the big deficit down to six on four separate occasions in the game's final 3 1/2 minutes.

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Irving will miss at least a week after re-injuring shoulder in loss to Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 4, 2012

MILWAUKEE: Kyrie Irving reinjured his right shoulder during Tuesday's 125-90 loss to the San Antonio Spurs and will miss at least a week. He did not accompany the team to Milwaukee for tonight's game, but instead remained in Cleveland for another MRI on the shoulder.

Irving will be shut down for a few days and the Cavs are projecting him to miss seven to 10 days. The Cavaliers, who have lost eight in a row and 11 of their last 12, play seven games in the next 10 days. The earliest he could return would seem to be a home game against Indiana next Wednesday, although the Cavs will likely proceed cautiously since he has already reinjured the shoulder once.

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Pregame report: Cavs (17-34) at Bucks (25-28)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 4, 2012

Final thoughts: Spurs 125, Cavs 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 4, 2012

Will this team win another game this season? I'd have to think so, but I'm not sure why I'm so confident based on how this team is playing lately.


They've lost their last seven games by an average of 23 points. They've lost their last two home games by an average of 36 points. Their worst home loss entering the season was 35 points. They've now equaled or surpassed that three times this season. Three times. Incredible.

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Cavs crushed at home again by Spurs 125-90

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2012

CLEVELAND: The Spurs scored 16 consecutive points in the first quarter to bury the Cavaliers on Tuesday 1250-90. The Cavs have now lost consecutive home games by 72 points and have suffered three home losses by 35 or more points this season.

Kyrie Irving had 13 points and five assists in his return from a sprained shoulder, but the Spurs turned a 16-all tie into a 32-16 lead late in the first quarter. The Cavs never threatened again.

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Pregame: Spurs (36-14) at Cavs (17-33)

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2012

 

Cavs probables

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Irving expected to play tonight vs. Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving participated in the Cavaliers' shootaround Tuesday morning and is expected to play tonight against the San Antonio Spurs. He will likely wear a protective sleeve over his right shoulder, which he sprained last week in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

"He said he feels great," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "Just watching him shoot today, it didn't look like he had any ill-effects from the other day. I think we're good to go."

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Gibson to have surgery today in California

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 2, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Daniel Gibson will have surgery today in California to repair a torn tendon in his left foot and ankle. The Cavs will update a timeline for his return following the surgery, but with just over three weeks left in the season, Gibson likely won't be healthy until next season.

Gibson tore the tendon in a win at New Jersey two weeks ago -- the Cavs' most recent victory -- and surgery was recommended by the Cavs' medical staff. He spent last week seeking more opinions, including visiting the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., before electing to have the procedure done by Dr. Richard Ferkel at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys, Calif.

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Irving wins rookie of the month, remains questionable for Tuesday's game against Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 2, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving was a limited (non-contact) participant in practice today because of his sprained right shoulder and remains questionable for Tuesday's home game against the San Antonio Spurs.

After practice, he was named the Eastern Conference's Rookie of the Month again for March and is an April award away from sweeping it every month this season.

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