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Cavs win finale, finish with 2nd-worst record

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 13, 2011

Ramon Sessions had 27 points in his return to the starting lineup, J.J. Hickson had 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Cavs avoided history with their 100-93 home victory over the Washington Wizards.

The Cavs finish the season 19-63, two games better than the Minnesota Timberwolves to avoid becoming the first team in league history to finish with the league’s worst record a season after earning the best.

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Cavs-Wizards In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 13, 2011

Half: Wizards 50, Cavs 47
* Much better defensive effort in the second quarter for the Cavs, who held the Wizards to 7 of 25 shooting for the quarter.

* Ramon Sessions has 12 points, Joey Graham has six points and played nearly the entire second quarter. J.J. Hickson has seven points and eight rebounds.

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Cavs win fight against Pistons, 110-101

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 11, 2011

J.J. Hickson had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Cavaliers beat the Detroit Pistons 110-101 on Monday in a game featuring a brief fight and double ejection between Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva and Cleveland’s Ryan Hollins.

The two players got tangled on a screen with 5:47 left in the game and the Cavs up 11. Villanueva threw the first punch and Hollins retaliated, then both continued grabbing each other’s head and jerseys before being separated by coaches and officials.

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Cavs-Pistons In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 11, 2011

End 3Q: Cavs 86, Pistons 75
* Great close to the quarter for the Cavs, who outscored the Pistons 16-5 over the final 4 1/2 minutes. The Cavs benefited from a big five-point play by Daniel Gibson.

* Gibson hit a 3-pointer late in the quarter and was fouled by Richard Hamilton. Then Hamilton was given a technical and Gibson made both free throws. Suddenly, the Cavs' lead was 79-72 with 2:51 left.

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Cavs lose to Bucks 108-101

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 9, 2011

MILWAUKEE: The last time the Cavs were here, the team held a meeting that lasted nearly 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game.

Not much has changed in the last month.

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Cavs-Bucks In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 9, 2011

Bucks 60, Cavs 44
* The Cavs have really missed J.J. Hickson's work around the glass. Hickson hasn't played since picking up his second foul less than five minutes into the game. As a result, they've been outrebounded 24-11 and they've been outscored in second-chance points 12-2.

* The Bucks are the league's lowest scoring team, averaging 91.4 points per game. At this rate, they'll have that by the start of the fourth quarter.

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Pregame: Cavs at Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 9, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (17-62) at Milwaukee Bucks (32-47)
Time: 8:30 p.m.; Venue: Bradley Center; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Bucks probables: PG Brandon Jennings, SG John Salmons, SF Carlos Delfino, PF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, C Jon Brockman
Officials: Ron Garretson, Kane Fitzgerald, Courtney Kirkland
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) questionable, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (groin) questionable; Bucks -- Jon Brockman (shoulder) probable, Andrew Bogut (elbow) out.
Who's hot/who's not: J.J. Hickson has eight double-doubles in his last 10 games. He is averaging 22 points and 14.7 rebounds in his last three games. ... Rookie Luke Harangody missed all five of his shots off the bench Friday and has made 2 of his last 12. ... Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings exploded for 31 points Friday, just the second time since the start of December that Jennings has scored at least 30 points. ... Carlos Delfino wet scoreless after missing all seven of his attempts on Friday. He is shooting 24 percent (12 of 50) over his last six games.

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Bulls clinch East's top seed with win over Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 8, 2011

Carlos Boozer scored 22 points and the Chicago Bulls clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference with a 93-82 victory Friday over the host Cleveland Cavaliers.

It’s the first time the Bulls will finish with the East’s best record since 1997-98, which was also the last time the Bulls won an NBA championship.

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Cavs-Bulls In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 8, 2011

End 3Q: Bulls 78, Cavs 63
* The Bulls have been the quicker team most of the night and outhustled the Cavs in the quarter.

* The Cavs were within three at 60-57 when the Bulls ripped off a 10-0 run. The Cavs have yet to recover.

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Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 8, 2011


Cleveland Cavaliers (17-61) at Chicago Bulls (58-20)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Bulls probables: PG Derrick Rose, SG Keith Bogans, SF Luol Deng, PF Carlos Boozer, C Joakim Noah
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Nick Buchert, Derrick Collins
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (groin) out. Bulls -- G Keith Bogans (knee) questionable.

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LeBron James makes his animated debut

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 6, 2011

(Note: As previously stated, I understand LeBron is a polarizing figure in Northeast Ohio these days. People either love him or hate him. I understand this is a Cavaliers blog and James no longer plays for the Cavs, but he is still an Akron native playing in the NBA and will be covered as such.)

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Pregame: Cavs at Raptors

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 6, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (16-61) at Toronto Raptors (21-56)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Air Canada Centre; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Christian Eyenga, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Raptors probables: PG Jerryd Bayless, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF James Johnson, PF Amir Johnson, C Ed Davis
Officials: Mike Callahan, Matt Boland, Brian Forte
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (groin) doubtful. Raptors -- Andrea Bargnani (ankle) questionable, Jose Calderon (hamstring) questionable, Leandro Barbosa (pinkie) questionable, Linas Kleiza (knee) out.

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Cavs end three-game skid with win over Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 5, 2011

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 19 rebounds, one short of his career high, and the Cleveland Cavaliers dealt a crushing blow to the Charlotte Bobcats’ playoff hopes with a 99-89 victory Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs opened an 18-point lead after the first quarter and weren’t really threatened again, although the Bobcats temporarily cut the lead to four on a basket by Gerald Henderson with 2:51 left. They couldn’t get any closer.

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Cavs-Bobcats In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 5, 2011

End 1Q: Cavs 34, Bobcats 16
* Fantastic start for the Cavs, which ranks among the best. They've scored 20 points in the paint and they're shooting 59 percent.

* The Bobcats, meanwhile, look nothing like a team fighting for their playoff lives. They were shooting 18 percent at one point and finished the quarter shooting 29 percent. They're letting the Cavs get inside with ease.

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Pregame: Bobcats at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 5, 2011


Charlotte Bobcats (32-44) at Cleveland Cavaliers (15-61)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q: TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Bobcats probable starters: PG D.J. Augustin, SG Gerald Henderson, SF Dante Cunningham, PF Boris Diaw, C Kwame Brown

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Recap: Knicks 123, Cavs 107

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2011

Friday night against Washington it was offensive rebounds. Tonight against the Knicks it was turnovers. Such is life with a young team, where as soon as one hole in the dam is plugged, another pops loose.

The Cavs lost to the Knicks tonight because they couldn't hold onto the ball. The Knicks average 7.5 steals per game, but they had 13 against the Cavs. Every starter had a turnover. Point guards Baron Davis and Ramon Sessions combined for seven turnovers and rookie Samardo Samuels had five.

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Cavs fall to Knicks, who clinch playoff berth

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2011

The Cavs were held to one basket over the first 4:45 of the fourth quarter and the Knicks ended an 11-game losing streak against the Cavs with a 123-107 victory Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs rallied from a 19-point deficit in the first half to make it a one-possession game late in the third quarter. They trailed 93-88 to start the fourth, then went cold from the floor and turned the ball over as the Knicks again took control.

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Cavs-Knicks In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2011

Half: Knicks 67, Cavs 57
* Baron Davis scored 11 straight points in 78 seconds to keep this game from getting out of hand. The Cavs were down 19 when Davis hit three consecutive 3-pointers and a layup. He's the reason this game is this close.

* Byron Scott said before the game the Knicks can't overpower anyone. What he could've added is that since they don't play any defense, no team is really out of any game. As the Cavs have just illustrated.

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Pregame: Cavs at Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-60) at New York Knicks (37-38)
Time: 6 p.m.; Venue: Madison Square Garden; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Knicks probables: PG Chauncey Billups, SG Landry Fields, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Shelden Williams, C Amar'e Stoudemire
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Brent Barnaky, David Jones
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (wrist) questionable; Knicks -- Ronny Turiaf (ankle) questionable, Andy Rautins (knee) out.
Who's hot/who's not: Ramon Sessions has scored 50 points in his last two games, both off the bench. ... Daniel Gibson, shooting 42 percent for the year on 3-pointers, is shooting just 28 percent (5 of 18) in his last five games. ... New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire is averaging 31.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in three games against the Cavs this season. ... Since March 13, Chauncey Billups is shooting 29 percent on 3-pointers (21 of 72).

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Cavs smashed on boards in 115-107 loss to Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 1, 2011

Andray Blatche tied a career high with 36 points and set a career high with 19 rebounds, while rookie Jordan Crawford had his first triple-double as the Wizards beat the Cavs 115-107 Friday without their top two scorers.

John Wall served his one-game suspension for punching Miami’s Zydrunas Ilgauskas and leading scorer Nick Young is out with a knee injury, but the Wizards didn’t need them. Blatche set a franchise record with 16 offensive rebounds and the Wizards outrebounded the Cavs 56-38, grabbing 27 offensive rebounds along the way.

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Cavs-Wizards In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 1, 2011

Half: Cavs 57, Wizards 52
* The Cavs are shooting the heck out of the ball for the third consecutive game. They shot 58 percent against the Heat, 52 percent Wednesday against Charlotte and they're shooting 54 percent tonight. All of this from a team that entered the night shooting 43 percent, which ranks 29th in the league.

* The Cavs are shooting 68 percent (19 of 28) on shots inside the 3-point line. They're 2 of 11 on 3s, but if those start to fall, watch out.

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Pregame: Cavs at Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 1, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-59) at Washington Wizards (18-56)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Verizon Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Wizards probables: PG Jordan Crawford, SG Maurice Evans, SF Yi Jianlan, PF Andray Blatche, C JaVale McGee

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