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Cavs complete winless month of January

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2011

MIAMI: He stood near the foul line posing, wiping his face and ``cleaning'' his jersey after a foul knocked his headband off in the third quarter. LeBron James wanted to savor the moment a little longer.

His old teammates can't wait for it all to end.

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Cavs-Heat In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2011

End 3Q: Heat 89, Cavs 72
* Sunday night at Orlando, the Cavs got the deficit down to 9, then scored one basket over the next 6 1/2 minutes and the Magic put the game away. Tonight they pulled within three, then went nearly four minutes without a basket as the Heat pushed the lead back to 10. Those droughts are crippling this team.

* The Heat scored 10 of the last 11 points of the quarter. Wade has 27 for the game, James has 24 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas has a season high 13 rebounds. His length has been troubling tonight, since J.J. Hickson is giving up six inches.

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Pregame: Cavs at Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-39) at Miami Heat (33-14)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: AmericaAirlines Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Manny Harris, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Heat probable starters: PG Mario Chalmers, SG Dwyane Wade, SF LeBron James, PF Chris Bosh, C Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle/quad) doubtful, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, Mo Williams (hip) out; Heat -- Udonis Haslem (foot) out.

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Recap: Magic 103, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2011

It's apparent to anyone watching the games every night, but coach Byron Scott and Antawn Jamison acknowledged after the game that the Cavs simply don't have the talent anymore to match up with some of these teams in the league.

Again, it may sound like a "Well duh!" type moment, given the 8-39 record and 20 game losing streak, but Scott and Jamison are two of the biggest competitors on the team. When they start conceding the talent isn't there anymore, you have to wonder how bad it is for some of the other guys on the team.

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Final: Magic 103, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2011

The Cavs set a new team record with their 20th consecutive loss, 103-87 to the Orlando Magic on Sunday, surpassing the old record of 19 set during the end of the 1981-82 season.

The Cavs surrendered 38 points in the paint to the Magic in the first half and trailed for all 48 minutes in losing their 23rd straight on the road -- also a team record that continues to grow. They've lost 30 of their last 31 games.

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Cavs-Magic In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2011

Half: Magic 56, Cavs 43
* The Magic are just destroying the Cavs inside, outscoring them in points in the paint 38-20.

* Antawn Jamison and J.J. Hickson are a combined 0 for 10 from the floor for 1 point, although they do have 15 total rebounds. With those two essentially scoreless, it's amazing the Cavs are only down 13.

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Pregame: Cavs at Magic

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-38) at Orlando Magic (30-17)
Time: 6 p.m.; Venue: Amway Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Magic probable starters: PG Gilbert Arenas, SG Jason Richardson, SF Hedo Turkoglu, PF Brandon Bass, C Dwight Howard
Officials: Monty McCutchen, David Guthrie, Derek Richardson
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, G Mo Williams (hip) out; Magic -- Malik Allen (ankle) probable, Jameer Nelson (knee) questionable, Daniel Orton (knee) out.

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Recap: Nuggets 117, Cavs 103

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 28, 2011

This is how far the Cavs have fallen: Nuggets coach George Karl referred to them before the game as a "wounded animal" and said -- more than once -- that he hoped his players would take them seriously.

Ouch.

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Final: Nuggets 117, Cavs 103

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 28, 2011

The Cavaliers cut a 22-point deficit to six in the fourth quarter, but ultimately fell to the Denver Nuggets on Friday 117-103 to lose their 19th consecutive game to tie the franchise record for consecutive losses in a single season.

J.J. Hickson had 24 points and 14 rebounds. His basket with 6:13 remaining cut the deficit to 101-95, but Chauncey Billups countered with a huge 3-pointer with three minutes remaining and the Nuggets held on to win their fourth in five games.

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Cavs-Nuggets In-Game Recap

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 28, 2011

Halftime: Nuggets 70, Cavaliers 50
* The Nuggets' firepower took over in the second quarter. They have 16 second-chance points and 32 points in the paint to take a commanding lead.

* The longer Christian Eyenga is on the floor, the more often he comes up with a play or two that makes you notice him. He's already had a couple of nifty baskets on offense and big blocks defensively.

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Pregame: Cavs vs. Nuggets

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 28, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-37) at Denver Nuggets (27-18)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Nuggets probable starters: PG Chauncey Billups, SG Arron Afflalo, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Kenyon Martin, C Nene
Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Kane Fitzgerald, Courtney Kirkland
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, Mo Williams (hip) out; Nuggets -- Chris Andersen (knee) out, Nene (calf) questionable.

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Road Diaries: Boston Flee Party

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 26, 2011

So I get an e-mail last night during the Cavs game that my 6:30 a.m. flight on U.S. Air into Philadelphia this morning had been cancelled. Never a good thing. I called U.S. Air and they rebooked me on a 7:15, meaning I'd still make my connection into Cleveland and be home in time to have lunch with Mrs. Lloyd. Or not.

We boarded the plane as usual at 7 this morning, only to have the pilot come on and tell us we'd been grounded because of weather in Philly until 8:15 (why exactly they waited until we were on the plane to tell us is the first of many mysteries of the day). Given the new delay, I had about 15 minutes to make my connection ... in another terminal in Philly. I had about as much chance of making the connection as the Cavs did at beating the Celtics last night.

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Recap: Celtics 112, Cavs 95

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 26, 2011

So the Cavs now have the longest road winning streak in club history. That's the least of their worries. More glaring losing streaks -- single-season consecutive losses (19), overall consecutive losses (24) -- are right around the bend.

I will boldly predict that the Cavs will win another game this season, just don't ask me to say when it will come. I've already swung and missed once on when this streak will end (vs. the Bucks). In all likelihood, they're going to set the record for consecutive losses in franchise history Sunday at Orlando. But it could be worse -- they could've set that one night later against LeBron and the Heat. So they've got that going for them.

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Cavs set record for consecutive road defeats

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2011

J.J. Hickson had 12 points and 17 rebounds, but Boston's Paul Pierce scored the final 13 points of the first quarter and the Celtics didn't trail again to beat the Cavs 112-95 Tuesday night. It was the 22nd consecutive road loss for the Cavs, a new franchise record.

The loss surpasses the previous mark set from Jan. 13 to April 14, 2003 – the year before LeBron James arrived. Christian Eyenga had 15 points and Antawn Jamison had 11, but nine of those came in the first quarter. Ramon Sessions had 14 points and seven assists.

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Cavs-Celtics In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2011

End 3Q: Celtics 91, Cavs 69
* Good quarter for Christian Eyenga, who had eight points and showed off his crazy leaping ability again. That's about all that went right for the Cavs.

* Daniel Gibson has only taken three shots tonight. That's not nearly enough for the best perimeter shooter on the team.

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Pregame: Cavs at Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-36) at Boston Celtics (33-10)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: TD Garden; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Celtics probable starters: PG Rajon Rondo, SG Ray Allen, SF Paul Pierce, PF Kevin Garnett, C Semih Erden
Officials: Mike Callahan, John Goble, Scott Twardoski
Injury report: Cavs -- Ramon Sessions (abdominal) probable, Anthony Parker (back) questionable, Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Celtics -- Shaquille O'Neal (hip) out, Jermaine O'Neal (knee) out, Delonte West (broken wrist) out, Kendrick Perkins (knee) out.

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Recap: Nets 103, Cavs 101

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2011

The Cavaliers didn't lose this game when Daniel Gibson's final shot of the night bounced off the rim. They lost it slowly and methodically over the last eight minutes of the fourth quarter.

The Nets ended with 52 points in the paint by pounding away at the Cavs' interior defense late, making 11 of their last 12 shots. Eight of those 11 were from 11 feet and in. Conversely, the Cavs also scored 52 points in the paint, but took just four shots from inside 10 feet over the final eight minutes. Stop penetrating, give up baskets inside. Perfect formula for disaster.

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Cavs tie franchise mark for consecutive road losses

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2011

Brook Lopez had 28 points, including the game-winner with 1.4 seconds left and the New Jersey Nets handed the Cleveland Cavaliers a historic loss with a 103-101 victory on Monday.

Daniel Gibson had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but his 3-pointer from the baseline bounced off the back of the rim. The Cavs have lost 21 straight on the road, equaling the franchise record for longest road losing streak. They’ve also lost 17 in a row – two shy of the single-season record for longest losing streak.

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Cavs-Nets In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2011

End 3Q: Cavs 77, Nets 73
* Antawn Jamison, who has struggled with his free throws since joining the Cavs, is 10 of 10 from the line tonight. On the flip side, J.J. Hickson is shooting just 5 of 16 from the floor.

* The Nets are having the same problem with Brook Lopez as Byron Scott was having with Hickson the first couple months. Just not showing much effort in rebounding. Lopez has a good three or four inches on Hickson, but Hickson is outrebounding him. That's the kind of stuff driving coach Avery Johnson batty.

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Pregame: Cavs at Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-35) at New Jersey Nets (12-32)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: Prudential Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Nets probable starters: PG Devin Harris, SG Stephen Graham, SF Travis Outlaw, PF Derrick Favors, C Brook Lopez
Officials: Dan Crawford, Derrick Collins, Scott Wall
Injury report: Cavs -- Ramon Sessions (abdominal) questionable, Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, Anthony Parker (back) out. Nets -- Damion James (broken foot) out.

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Recap: Bulls 92, Cavs 79

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 23, 2011

I'm tired of writing about losses. I took the night off when the Cavs beat the Knicks in overtime last month, meaning I haven't written about a win since Thanksgiving. Seriously.

The last time I wrote about a win was when the Cavs beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 27, two days after I binged on turkey and stuffing.

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Final: Bulls 92, Cavs 79

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2011

CHICAGO: The Cavaliers lost another game Saturday night and lost two more players to injuries. In other news, Groundhog Day is only 10 days away.

The Cavaliers seem to keep reliving the same miserable day over and over and over. A loss, followed by an injury, followed by another loss and then another injury.

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Cavs-Bulls In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2011

End 3Q: Bulls 72, Cavs 62
* The Cavs have now missed their first seven shots in both the second and third quarters. They've done well to fight back both times to make it a close game, but another slow start to the fourth will doom them.

* The Cavs have trailed by as much as 20, but got it down to seven late in the third quarter. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was so shocked, he was whistled for a technical.

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Gibson, Eyenga return to starting lineup

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2011

Daniel Gibson and Christian Eyenga will both start tonight against the Chicago Bulls, replacing Manny Harris and Alonzo Gee.

Scott had wanted to try to keep Gibson as a reserve for extra scoring punch off the bench, but that lasted two games. Scott pulled Harris from the starting lineup after he went scoreless Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks and played less than three minutes in the second half.

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Parker out tonight vs. Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2011

Anthony Parker's nagging back is nagging him again.

Parker didn't make the trip with the team to Chicago for tonight's game at United Center. He played 14 minutes Friday against the Bucks, his first appearance in nearly three weeks, and it was enough to aggravate his lower back strain.

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Pregame: Cavs at Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-34) at Chicago Bulls (29-14)
Time: 8 p.m.; Venue: United Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Bulls probable starters: PG Derrick Rose, SG Keith Bogans, SF Luol Deng, PF Taj Gibson, C Kurt Thomas
Officials: Greg Willard, Nick Buchert, Gary Zielinski
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Bulls -- Carlos Boozer (ankle) probable, Joakim Noah (hand) out.

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Recap: Bucks 102, Cavs 88

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2011

The most disturbing part about this horrific season isn't so much the losses (although they're pretty bad). What's worse is the regression in this team from early in the season.

This is a team that began the year 7-9 and even spent time -- during the first two weeks of the season -- in first place in the Central Division. Since then the wheels have blown off, the engine dropped, the radiator is smoking and the oil is dripping all over the league.

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'Final: Bucks 102, Cavs 88

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2011

The Cavaliers used a 10-0 flurry to cut a 19-point deficit down to nine entering the fourth quarter, then went scoreless from the floor for the first four minutes of the fourth to fall to the Milwaukee Bucks, 102-88.

Antawn Jamison and Ramon Sessions each had 22 points for the Cavs, but starters Alonzo Gee, J.J. Hickson and Manny Harris combined for four points. The Cavs have now lost 15 straight and 25 of 26. They are inching closer to the single-season, franchise record losing streak of 19 in a row.

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Pregame: Bucks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2011

Milwaukee Bucks (15-24) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-32)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Bucks probable starters: PG Keyon Dooling, SG Chris Douglas-Roberts, SF Corey Maggette, PF Ersan Ilyasova, C Andrew Bogut
Officials: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, Eli Roe
Injury report: Cavs -- Christian Eyenga (ankle) probable, Joey Graham (quad) probable, Mo Williams (hip) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Bucks -- Carlos Delfino (concussion) questionable, John Salmons (day to day) hip, Drew Gooden (foot) day to day), Brandon Jennings (foot) out, Michael Redd (knee) out.

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Graham, Eyenga returning; Scott irritated

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 20, 2011

Joey Graham and Christian Eyenga went through a full practice today and both are expected to play tomorrow night when the Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks. Graham, who revealed today he had a torn quadriceps tendon at his right kneecap, has missed the last month. He can provide the type of tough, physical defensive presence coach Byron Scott has been searching for lately.

But Scott also wants to see improvement on the offense. Scott said today he called out a play during Wednesday's loss to the Phoenix Suns that left the players confused since they hadn't run it in a couple of weeks. He called out a few more oldies during practice today and the players were equally baffled. That left Scott fuming.

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Poll: What should the Cavs do from this point?

By Dan Published: January 20, 2011

After starting the season 7-9, the Cavs have gone 1-24. At 8-33 overall, they're 19.5 games behind the division leading Chicago Bulls. The Cavs are 27th in the league in scoring and 26tth in points allowed.

At the midpoint of the season, the team is on pace to finish with fewer wins than the year before selecting LeBron James first overall in 2003. What should they do?

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Recap: Suns 106, Cavs 98

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 19, 2011

It's no coincidence that the one defense Cavs coach Byron Scott has chosen to stick with is the one that Mike Brown had a lot of success with during his time with the Cavs.

The players are used to it, they're comfortable when they "show" off a pick-and-roll and it was a staple to the teams ranked among the best in the league defensively the last few years. Put as simply as possible, the "show" defense in a pick-and-roll stops the ball handler from going directly to the basket.

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Final: Suns 106, Cavs 98

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 19, 2011

The Cavs went six minutes without a field goal after pulling within three in the fourth quarter to fall to the Phoenix Suns 106-98 for their 14th straight loss and 24th in 25 games.

J.J. Hickson had 16 points and 15 rebounds, his second big game in as many weeks against Phoenix, and the Suns missed their first eight shots of the fourth to allow the Cavs to pull within 93-90 on a 3-pointer by Jamario Moon with 6:25 left. That was their last basket from the floor until Daniel Gibson scored with 24 seconds left. By then, the game was over.

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Cavs-Suns In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 19, 2011

End 3Q: Suns 90, Cavs 77
* This is why the Suns are a veteran team and why the Cavs are young and struggling. They just got the deficit down to six when Ramon Sessions drove into the lane, jumped in the air and had nowhere to go. He threw it away to Vince Carter, who flipped it ahead to Grant Hill. Manny Harris tried to foul Hill, but didn't get enough of him and it turned into a bad foul and a three-point play. Within seconds, the six point deficit was back up to 11.

* Daniel Gibson is proving how tough he is despite his size. He came up with a great defensive play to stop an easy basket for Grant Hill, but he slammed his head into the padding under the hoop. Visibly shaken, he stayed in the game and stuck a 3 at the other end.

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Mo Williams out with hip injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 19, 2011

Cavs point guard Mo Williams is out indefinitely after receiving a cortisone shot Wednesday in his ailing left hip.

Williams has battled groin and hip injuries all season, and as a result is posting some of the worst shooting numbers of his career. He said last week the only reason he was still playing was because the rest of the roster was ravaged with injuries.

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Pregame: Suns at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 19, 2011

Phoenix Suns (18-21) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-32)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Manny Harris, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Suns probable starters: PG Steve Nash, SG Vince Carter, SF Grant Hill, PF Channing Frye, C Robin Lopez
Officials: Ken Mauer, Mark Ayotte, Brent Barnaky
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (hip) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Joey Graham (quad) out, Christian Eyenga (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Suns --

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Recap: Nuggets 127, Cavs 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 16, 2011

There isn't much left to say about this night, this trip or even this season. The Cavs were bad before the injuries. Now they're nearing unwatchable.

It's difficult to truly gauge where this team is at because of all the injuries. Antawn Jamison is the only remaining starter from the lineup Byron Scott was using just a couple of weeks ago. Daniel Gibson is expected back for Wednesday's game against the Suns, and right on time. Otherwise, I'm not certain the Cavs could find eight healthy bodies to dress.

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Williams injured, Cavs complete winless trip

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 15, 2011

DENVER: Beaten up, beaten down and smacked around, the Cavaliers concluded their dreadful West Coast trip Saturday night. It wasn't any different than all of the other stops.

Another injury, another lopsided defeat, another game closer to the end of a miserable season.

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Cavs-Nuggets In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 15, 2011

End 3Q: Nuggets 105, Cavs 70
Cavs leaders: Antawn Jamison 17 pts, 7 rebs; J.J. Hickson 11 pts, 9 rebs; Manny Harris 11 pts, 5 rebs
Nuggets leaders: Nene 22 pts, 7 rebs, Chauncey Billups 21 pts, 8 assists, Aaron Afflalo 17 pts, Carmelo Anthony 12 points

* Not much left to say. The Nuggets seem to be calling off the dogs. Their work here is done.

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Pregame: Cavs at Nuggets

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 15, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-31) at Denver Nuggets (22-16)
Time: 9 p.m., Venue: Pepsi Center, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Nuggets probable starters: PG Chauncey Billups, SG Aaron Affalo, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Kenyon Martin, C Nene
Officials: Tom Washington, Tony Brown, David Guthrie
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Christian Eyenga (ankle) out, Joey Graham (quad) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Nuggets -- F/C Chris Andersen (knee) out.

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Recap: Jazz 121, Cavs 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 15, 2011

Byron Scott was interested to see how the Cavs would respond after such a historic mauling Tuesday night against the Lakers.

Turns out, they played exactly how he didn't want -- at least in the first half. The Cavs did nothing right defensively in the first half against the Jazz, then everything right in the second half. OK, not everything. But it was much better.

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Defensive breakdowns lead to Cavs' 12th straight loss

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY: In 10 years as a head coach, Byron Scott hasn't seen this too often. He can spend all morning discussing certain ways to defend pick-and-rolls and screens, then watch his players forget absolutely everything at tip-off.

Such was the case again during Friday's 121-99 loss to the Utah Jazz. Scott was interested to see how his players would respond following the worst loss in franchise history on Tuesday. Turns out, they did everything he didn't want them to do.

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Cavs-Jazz In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2011

End 3Q: Jazz 93, Cavs 83
Cavs leading scorers: Antawn Jamison 24 points, Mo Williams 14 points
Jazz leading scorers: Deron Williams 24 points, CJ Miles 16 points, Raja Bell 15 points

* The Cavs did well to cut a 20-point deficit to six, but Deron Williams seems to hit a big shot every time the Jazz need one. The Cavs are still searching for that type of player.

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Report: Cavs in trade talks with Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2011

The Cavaliers are in trade talks with the Charlotte Bobcats for Gerald Wallace, according to a report on Yahoo! Sports. The Cavs had no comment on the proposed deal, which would land them a quality small forward and perhaps a lottery-protected first-round pick for their trade exception.

The Bobcats are losing money and dealing Wallace, the team's highest paid player at nearly $10 million this season, would be a fast way to cut costs. Wallace is due about $10.5 million next season and holds a player option for $11.5 million in 2012-13. The Cavs' main objective has always been to use the trade exception to land a first-round pick. If the Bobcats are desperate enough to cut salary, they may agree to it.

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Pregame: Cavs at Jazz

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-30) at Utah Jazz (26-13)
Time: 9 p.m., Venue: EnergySolutions Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C J.J. Hickson
Jazz probable starters: PG Deron Williams, SG Raja Bell, SF Andrei Kirilenko, PF Paul Millsap, C Al Jefferson
Officials: James Capers, Mark Lindsay, Sean Wright
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Christian Eyenga (ankle) out, Joey Graham (quad) out; Jazz -- None.

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Thursday practice report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 13, 2011

Just as Daniel Gibson was arriving at practice, Anthony Parker was headed back to Cleveland.

Gibson participated in practice Thursday, but is unlikely to play Friday night at Utah or Saturday at Denver. But the Cavs allowed him to join them on the west coast trip because he was clamoring to get back with his teammates.

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LeBron backs off Twitter comments

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 12, 2011

LeBron James gave a mixed explanation Wednesday for his tweet Tuesday night toward the end of the Cavs' worst loss in franchise history, but said it wasn't directed at his former team.

"It's just how I was feeling at the time," James said. "It wasn't even a comment from me, it was someone who sent it to me and I sent it out. It wasn't toward that team. It definitely wasn't a good showing by that team last night, I know they wish they would've played better."

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Ted Williams going to rehab

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 12, 2011

Ted Williams, the homeless man with a golden voice, is entering rehab for drugs and alcohol, according to a report on TMZ.com.

Williams returned to the Dr. Phil show for an episode that will air tomorrow after he was detained by police in Hollywood for an altercation he had with his daughter. In a press release from the show obtained by TMZ, Williams "has been drinking daily, despite his adamant claims of sobriety."

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Recap: Cavs at Lakers

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 12, 2011

A scout from an opposing team was packing up his papers and shaking his head when he looked over to me.

"What's wrong with this team?" he said.

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Cavs hit rock bottom in historic loss to Lakers

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 12, 2011

LOS ANGELES: All of the anguish from last summer, all of the losses from this season, all of the frustration from two prolonged losing streaks and all the aggravation from a roster ravaged by injuries cumulated into a crashing, reprehensible, resounding thud Tuesday night at Staples Center.

The woeful Cavaliers have finally hit rock bottom.

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Cavs-Lakers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2011

Half: Lakers 57, Cavs 25
* I have to think there is a bit of stage fright in situations like tonight, when the Cavs have so many youngsters playing on one of the league's biggest stages.

* That said, the Cavs have no chance. They can't compete with the Lakers' size advantage. Case in point: Pau Gasol grabbed two or three rebounds over top of J.J. Hickson, then swatted Hickson on the other end. There was nothing J.J. could do. He had no chance.

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Pregame: Cavs at Lakers

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-29) at Los Angeles Lakers (27-11)
Time: 10:30 p.m., Venue: Staples Center, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Antawn Jamison, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Lakers probable starters: PG Derek Fisher, SG Kobe Bryant, SF Ron Artest, PF Pau Gasol, C Andrew Bynum
Officials: Ron Garretson, Marat Kogut, Olandis Poole
Injury report: Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Joey Graham (quad) out, Anthony Parker (back) doubtful, Christian Eyenga (ankle) questionable; Lakers: Matt Barnes (knee) out, Steve Blake (ankle) probable, Andrew Bynum (knee) probable.

Notes
* Byron Scott is going with a big lineup tonight, whether or not Christian Eyenga can play. Scott is starting all the bigs he can find to combat 7-footers like Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. The problem with starting Antawn Jamison at small forward is his defensive problems, but Ron Artest isn't really an explosive scorer anymore.

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Recap: Suns 108, Cavs 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 10, 2011

This season's focus stopped being about this season a long time ago. That's why the breakout games by Manny Harris and J.J. Hickson are so important moving forward.

Both Hickson and Harris have been outstanding during the first two games of this West Coast swing. Hickson set career highs with nine offensive rebounds and 17 total rebounds Sunday and now has 26 boards in his last two games. He didn't have that many in his previous four games combined.

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Final: Suns 108, Cavs 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2011

PHOENIX: The change in J.J. Hickson began a couple of weeks ago, when Cavs coach Byron Scott sat him down to discuss his attitude and demeanor both in practice and games.

Hickson was quiet and keeping to himself. He was unhappy with his role and inconsistent minutes, the fact he lost his starting job and always seemed to be doing something that made Scott unhappy. Just when he seemed to be improving, he skipped a mandatory practice and was suspended for one game last week.

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Varejao lost for season

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2011

Anderson Varejao has a tore tendon in his right ankle and is lost for the rest of the season, the Cavaliers announced today.

Varejao had a second MRI on the ankle this morning, which revealed the tear. He had an MRI before the team plane departed on Thursday, but the details were fuzzy because of the inflammation. The Cavs had been hesitant to give any sort of timeframe on Varejao's recovery and this was why. They were waiting on the results of the second MRI.

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Pregame: Cavs at Suns

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-28) at Phoenix Suns (14-20)
Time: 8 p.m., Venue: U.S. Airways Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C Ryan Hollins
Suns probable starters: PG Steve Nash, SG Vince Carter, SF Grant Hill, PF Channing Frye, C Robin Lopez
Officials: Dan Crawford, Matt Boland, Brian Forte
Injury report: Cavs -- Anthony Parker (back) questionable, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Leon Powe (knee) out, Joey Graham (quad) out; Suns -- Gani Lawal (knee) out.

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Recap: Warriors 116, Cavs 98

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 8, 2011

After assaulting J.J. Hickson in the last post-game wrapup, it's only fair to praise him for his efforts tonight. In two games when injuries really left the Cavs needing a big night from Hickson (New Year's Day at Chicago and Friday at Golden State), Hickson delivered.

He still could stand to spend more time in the paint and he's still taking too many outside jumpers -- he shot just 5 of 13 from the floor. But he also displayed a rare hunger to really go after rebounds and hold onto them. He grabbed nine and would've had 10 if not for Christian Eyenga ripping one way when both players went up for it in the fourth quarter.

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Costly errors cripple short-handed Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 8, 2011

OAKLAND, Calif: The Cavaliers had chopped a 21-point deficit down to 11 early in the fourth quarter Friday night when Christian Eyenga soared high for a rebound following a Warriors miss. In his haste to keep the momentum on the Cavaliers' side, he fired the outlet pass to Manny Harris, only Harris wasn't there. Eyenga threw the ball without really looking for a carless, needless turnover. At the time, it was the 13th of the game.

Two minutes later, Alonzo Gee had a wide open jumper in the corner. He hesitated to take the shot, then began dribbling. J.J. Hickson was standing in the lane, expecting Gee to shoot. When the ball didn't go up, Hickson couldn't get out of the lane and the Cavs were whistled for three seconds.

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Cavs-Warriors In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 7, 2011

End 3Q: Warriors 88, Cavs 77
* Figures. As soon as I write that Manny Harris is looking tentative, he gets more aggressive at both ends of the floor. Harris had a couple rebounds and a couple of nice baskets, attacked the basket and stepped into a passing lane for a steal late in the quarter. All of a sudden, he's got 16 points in the game. Next time I'll just keep my mouth shut.

* J.J. Hickson is really playing well tonight. Was interested to see how he would respond after skipping a practice and serving a one game suspension. He's responded with 14 points, 8 rebounds.

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Pregame: Cavs at Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 7, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-27) at Golden State Warriors (14-21)
Time: 10:30 p.m., Venue: Oracle Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Manny Harris, SF Alonzo Gee/Christian Eyenga, PF Antawn Jamison, C Ryan Hollins
Warriors probable starters: PG Stephen Curry, SG Monta Ellis, SF Dorell Wright, PF David Lee, C Andris Biedrins
Injury report: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (ankle) out, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Anthony Parker (back) out, Joey Graham (quad) out, Leon Powe (knee) out; Warriors -- None.

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Varejao out tonight as injured list grows

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 7, 2011

Anderson Varejao has joined the Cavaliers' growing injury list and won't play Friday night at Golden State after injuring his right ankle during non-contact drills at practice on Thursday. Varejao says he'll be out five to 10 days, but Cavs coach Byron Scott didn't have an official prognosis.

Varejao joins Daniel Gibson (ankle) and Anthony Parker (back) as starters who won't play tonight. Neither will Joey Graham (right quad strain) or Leon Powe, who had surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus and will miss at least six weeks. Gibson and Powe did not make the trip.

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Cavs Head West Without Gibson

By George Thomas Published: January 6, 2011

Already on an eight-game skid, the Cavs will head out west for the first time this season without guard Daniel Gibson.  Gibson sprained his ankle during Wednesday night's game against the Raptors.

Averaging 13.7 points per game and 3.1 assists, the Cavs will miss Gibson's offense, but his defense will be missed as well.

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Recap: Raptors 120, Cavs 105

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 5, 2011

I don't have it in me to dissect another feeble effort and another dreadful loss to another dreadful team. So I'll just mention that the Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves are a combined 4-0 against the Cavaliers and 17-50 against the rest of the league. Yep, that about covers it.

The most disappointing aspect of this loss to me is J.J. Hickson. He and Cavs coach Byron Scott just had a clear-the-air chat last week. Scott essentially told him "I'm the leader, you're the follow. Now I'll lead and you follow." And Hickson did, for about 45 minutes. Then he got off at the wrong exit again.

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Pregame: Raptors at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 5, 2011

Toronto Raptors (11-23) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-26)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: Quicken Loans Arena: TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Daniel Gibson, SF Anthony Parker, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Raptors probable starters: PG Jerryd Bayless, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF Linas Kleiza, PF Amir Johnson, C Andrea Bargnani
Officials: Jason Phillips, Bennie Adams, Scott Bolnick
Injury report: Cavs -- Joey Graham (quad) out; Raptors -- Jose Calderon (sprained right ankle) questionable, Jerryd Bayless (sprained left ankle) questionable), Andrea Bargnani (strained left calf) probable, Reggie Evans (fractured right foot) out, Sonny Weems (back spasms) out, Peja Stojakovic (swollen left knee) out.

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Cavs offer Ted Williams, homeless sensation, a job

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 5, 2011

Ted Williams, the homeless man from Columbus who captured America's heart overnight and received a full-time job offer from the Cavaliers, has a lengthy felony rap sheet according to The Smoking Gun.

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Varejao, Gibson expect to play vs. Raptors

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 4, 2011

Both Anderson Varejao and Daniel Gibson expect to play tomorrow night against the Toronto Raptors, meaning the Cavaliers should be back at full strength.

Varejao was fitted for his mask on Monday and went through practice with it today. He says he was surprised at how light it was and how it didn't fog up on him. The cheek bone is still tender, so he'll be in the mask for a little while.

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Recap: Mavericks 104, Cavs 95

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 2, 2011

Christian Eyenga, Manny Harris and Alonzo Gee played a combined 57 minutes in the loss to the Mavericks. That may not be changing anytime soon.

Granted, Boobie Gibson will get his typical allotment of minutes once his thigh heals, but Cavs coach Byron Scott seems grudgingly inclined to taking a long look at the youngsters.

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Cavs-Mavericks In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 2, 2011

End 3Q: Mavs 79, Cavs 69
* Antawn Jamison and Ramon Sessions are doing what they can, but the Mavs keep hitting big 3s just when the Cavs start to make a game of it.

* Jamsion scored 10 points in the third quarter and has 22 for the game, while Sessions has 15 points and eight assists, which ties his season high. But the Cavs aren't getting much help from anywhere else.

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Cavs recall Christian Eyenga

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 2, 2011

The Cavaliers have recalled Christian Eyenga from the NBA Development League and he will be available for tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Eyenga appeared in 15 games for the Erie BayHawks (13 starts), averaging 12.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Over his last three games, he averaged 17.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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Pregame: Cavs vs. Mavericks

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 2, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-25) at Dallas Mavericks (24-8)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR, WTAM

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams/Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson/Manny Harris, SF Anthony Parker, PF Antawn Jamison, C Leon Powe
Mavericks probable starters: PG Jason Kidd, SG DeShawn Stevenson, SF Caron Butler, PF Brian Cardinal, C Tyson Chandler
Officials: Ron Garretson, Olandis Poole, Sean Wright
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (hip) questionable, Daniel Gibson (thigh) questionable, Anderson Varejao (cheekbone) out, Joey Graham (quad) out; Mavericks -- Dirk Nowitzki (sprained right knee) day to day, Rodrigue Beaubois (fractured left foot) out.

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Recap: Bulls 100, Cavs 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2011

The Cavaliers showed something on Saturday that was missing for most of the first 32 games -- an ability to fight back.

Anytime the Cavs fall behind by double figures this season, it usually means a loss. This one was no different, except that it was. The Cavs trailed the Bulls by 15 entering the fourth quarter, but kept fighting and kept chipping. By the time Antawn Jamison completed a three-point play, that 15-point deficit had been trimmed to three with 2:48 remaining.

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Bulls 100, Cavs 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2011

CHICAGO: The Cavaliers followed up their best half of the season with what was most certainly their worst offensive quarter in Saturday's 100-91 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Despite missing starters Mo Williams, Daniel Gibson and Anderson Varejao, the Cavs carried a 61-53 lead into the half before the Bulls took command of the game in the third quarter. The Cavs helped them by making just 3 of 21 shots and scoring a season-low nine points.

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Cavs-Bulls In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2011

End 3Q: Bulls 85, Cavs 70
* Remember that 4-5 minute stretch Jamison was talking about? It struck again. The Cavs went nearly seven minutes between field goals, missing a slew of shots in the paint in the process. They finished the quarter 3 of 21 from the floor and scored just nine points.

* The Bulls, meanwhile, did a much better job of attacking the basket. With both teams missing their centers, the paint has been wide open tonight. The Bulls have just finished better.

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Williams, Gibson also out vs. Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2011

The Cavs will be without three regulars tonight when they face the Chicago Bulls. In addition to Anderson Varejao, who did not make the trip because of a fractured cheekbone, Mo Williams (hip) and Daniel Gibson (thigh) are also out.

Both Williams and Gibson went through pregame stretching and shooting, but neither felt good enough to play. The Cavs will start Ramon Sessions and Manny Harris in the backcourt and Leon Powe in place of Anderson Varejao.

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Pregame: Cavs at Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (8-24) at Chicago Bulls (21-10)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: United Center, TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR, WTAM

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams/Ramon Sessions, SG Daniel Gibson/Manny Harris, SF Anthony Parker, PF Antawn Jamison, C Leon Powe
Bulls probable starters: PG Derrick Rose, SG Keith Bogans, SF Luol Deng, PF Carlos Boozer, C Kurt Thomas
Officials: Marc Davis, Pat Fraher, Derek Richardson
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (hip) questionable, Daniel Gibson (thigh) questionable, Anderson Varejao (cheekbone) out, Joey Graham (quad) out; Bulls -- Joakim Noah (right thumb, hand) out.

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