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Final thoughts: Pacers 98, Cavs 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2011

Byron Scott said Friday morning that Kyrie Irving has a little "old soul" to him. This is what he meant:

As Irving was buttoning his dress shirt tonight after the game, about 15 to 20 reporters were waiting for him to talk. Most players like to be fully dressed for the cameras before the interview begins, but Irving turned around and locked eyes with an Indianapolis radio reporter.

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Final: Pacers 98, Cavs 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 30, 2011

Danny Granger’s 3-pointer with 1:29 left sealed the Pacers’ 98-91 overtime victory over the Cavaliers on Friday.

Granger, plagued with foul trouble in the first half, hit a driving layup with his left hand on Indiana’s previous possession, blocked a 3-point attempt by Antawn Jamison and then sank the 3 to put the Pacers up 93-87.

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Pregame: Cavs at Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 30, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) at Indiana Pacers (2-0)
7 p.m.; Bankers Life Fieldhouse; Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM

Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Pacers probables: PG Darren Collison, SG Paul George, SF Danny Granger, PF David West, C Roy Hibbert
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Pacers -- Jeff Foster (back) out, Jeff Pendergraph (knee) out.
Officials: Bill Spooner, David Guthrie, Josh Tiven

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Final thoughts: Cavs 105, Pistons 89

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 28, 2011

They won't all be this easy. In fact, none of them might be this easy until the Cavs play the Pistons again on Feb. 21.

I thought the Pistons were better than the Cavs before tonight, but maybe not. Whispers around Detroit are that coach Lawrence Frank is working the players too hard in practice and they might have tired legs already. Between video sessions and practice, the Pistons are working up to four hours a day. By comparison, Scott is limiting practice to about two hours.

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Recap: Cavs 105, Pistons 89

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 28, 2011

The Cavaliers scored 52 points in the paint and smashed the smaller Pistons on the glass for a 105-89 win at Detroit on Wednesday. It was the Cavs’ first road win in their first attempt after winning just seven games away from home all of last season.

Samardo Samuels had 17 points and Ramon Sessions had 16 off the bench for the Cavs (1-1), who placed six players in double figures. Top overall pick Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists despite sitting the game’s final 17 minutes.

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Pregame: Cavs at Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 28, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (0-1) at Detroit Pistons (0-1)
7:30 p.m.; The Palace of Auburn Hills; Fox Sports Ohio

Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Pistons probables: PG Rodney Stuckey, SG Ben Gordon, SF Tayshaun Prince, PF Jonas Jerebko, C Greg Monroe
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Brent Barnacky, Michael Smith
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Pistons -- Charlie Villanueva (suspension) out.

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Tuesday practice update: Gee fine, no one panicking over Irving

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 27, 2011

Alonzo Gee has experience at falling on his head. That's why he knew he was fine Monday night when he lost his grip following a dunk and crashed hard on the back of his head and neck. Turns out, Gee also slipped and fell on his head following a dunk in high school.

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Final thoughts: Raptors 104, Cavs 96

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2011

For much of the night, I really felt like Alonzo Gee and Ramon Sessions were the two best players on the floor. I'm not sure if that's a credit to their vast improvement or an indictment on the rest of the team.

Kyrie Irving looked lost at times, but I'm chalking it up to simply first game jitters. There will likely be many more nights like this, but he will also have nights where he dazzles. All part of the learning curve for a rookie.

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Final: Raptors 104, Cavs 96

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2011

Jose Calderon had 15 points and 11 assists, one of seven Raptors in double figures, and Toronto spoiled the debut of top pick Kyrie Irving in its 104-96 victory Monday.
Irving had six points and seven assists, but shot just 2 of 12 from the floor. He had seven assists.
Leandro Barbosa had 14 points off the bench, Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and Amir Johnson had 12 points and 12 assists for the Raptors, who shot 53 percent from the floor and 43 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 21). The Cavs were the worst team in the league at defending the 3-pointer last season.
The Raptors built a 15-point lead in the third quarter before the Cavs’ reserves cut the deficit to four early in the fourth. Ramon Sessions had 18 points and six assists and Tristan Thompson, the fourth pick in the draft, had 14 points and five rebounds for the Cavs.

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Pregame: Raptors at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2011

Toronto Raptors (0-0) at Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0)
7 p.m.; Quicken Loans Arena; Fox Sports Ohio

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Kyrie Irving will start tonight for Cavs in opener against Toronto

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2011

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving will start at point guard for the Cavs tonight in the season opener against the Toronto Raptors. Irving came off the bench during the two preseason games, but coach Byron Scott said he wanted Irving with the veteran starters and Ramon Sessions to provide a veteran presence to a young second unit.

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Cavs release Manny Harris, Mychel Thompson appears to have made the team

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 22, 2011

The Cavaliers waived guard Manny Harris today in a mild surprise. Harris has missed all of training camp with a burn on his right foot suffered during the lockout and is expected to miss another week or two. The Cavs also waived guard Kenny Hayes, bringing the roster to 15.

Unless they pick up a free agent waived by another team, it would seem Mychel Thompson has made the team as an undrafted rookie.

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LeBron on Dwight Howard: 'He ain't going through what I went through'

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 21, 2011

LeBron James on Wednesday scoffed off any comparisons between Dwight Howard's saga with the Orlando Magic and how James left the Cavaliers.

"No, he ain't going through what I went through, don't say that," James said Wednesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel, before the Magic hosted the Heat. "He's nowhere near going through what I went through."

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Ryan Hollins' play upsets Byron Scott, backup center job wide open

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 21, 2011

After Ryan Hollins fouled out of Tuesday's preseason loss to the Pistons, he was greeted by an irritated coach Byron Scott who chewed him out after a poor fourth quarter. Hollins had three turnovers and four fouls in the quarter, angering Scott and leaving open the debate over who will back up Anderson Varejao at center.

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Final: Pistons 90, Cavs 89

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 20, 2011

Luke Harangody missed an open look at the buzzer and the Cavs fell to the Detroit Pistons 90-89 Tuesday in the preseason finale for both teams.

Omri Casspi had 18 points and five rebounds, Kyrie Irving had 11 points and three assists and Tristan Thompson had eight points and five rebounds in the loss.

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Pregame: Pistons at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 20, 2011

Detroit Pistons (0-1) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0)
7 p.m.; Quicken Loans Arena; Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM
Cavs probables: Ramon Sessions, Anthony Parker, Alonzo Gee, Antawn Jamison, Anderson Varejao
Pistons probables: Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Damien Wilkins, Charlie Villanueva, Greg Monroe
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out, Omri Casspi (probable) questionable, Manny Harris (foot) out; Pistons -- None.
Officials: Tom Washington, Pat Fraher, Elie Roe

NOTES
* Omri Casspi will play tonight, but coach Byron Scott hasn't determined yet how many minutes and whether or not he'll start. Casspi has been hampered by a sore knee and still wears a protective sleeve on it during games.

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Monday practice notes: Irving off bench again

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 19, 2011

Kyrie Irving will come off the bench again tomorrow night when the Cavs host the Detroit Pistons in their second and final preseason game.

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Final thoughts: Wine & Gold scrimmage

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 18, 2011

I'm not sure yet if Omri Casspi can play, but he's serious when he's on the court. That's a start. Byron Scott likes the intensity Casspi brings to a team that desperately needs it. The Cavs were blown out too many times last year and players didn't seem to care.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 91, Pistons 86

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 17, 2011

* Kyrie Irving was quicker than I was expecting. Maybe not John Wall fast, but pretty fast. Byron Scott swore he's better defensively than he showed, which is a good thing. He got beat off the dribble by Will Bynum and Brandon Knight. Fine players, but he's not exactly Derrick Rose or John Wall or Rajon Rondo, if you know what I mean. He needs to be better.

* Scott pointed out Irving's five turnovers, but don't read too much into it. First game jitters, although Irving seemed to tire late in the fourth quarter. He got sloppy with the ball and his decisions later in the game, but that was his first extended time on the floor in a long, long time.

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Recap: Cavs 91, Pistons 86

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 16, 2011

Kyrie Irving had 21 points, six rebounds and five turnovers in his NBA debut and Tristan Thompson had eight points, four rebounds and two blocks in the Cavs' 91-86 win over the Detroit Pistons in the preseason opener.

Irving did not start, but entered with two minutes left in the first quarter. He played the entire second quarter and fourth quarter, making 5 of 6 free throws in the final minute to clinch the win.

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Pregame: Cavs at Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 16, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0) at Detroit Pistons (0-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Palace of Auburn Hills; TV: FS Ohio
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Pistons probables: PG Will Bynum, SG Ben Gordon, SF Damien Wilkins, F Charlie Villanueva, C Greg Monroe
Injuries: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out, Omri Casspi (knee) out, Daniel Gibson (tooth) out, Manny Harris (foot) out; Pistons -- None.
Officials: James Capers, Curtis Blair, Olandis Poole

NOTES
* Byron Scott chose Sessions as his starting point guard tonight for two reasons: So Kyrie Irving has to earn his spot and to give him more time to adjust. Scott said when he started Chris Paul in his first preseason game, Paul had the benefit of summer league and he joined the team a month before training camp began to get acclimated. The lockout prevent Irving from all of that.

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Kyrie Irving will come off the bench tonight vs. Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 16, 2011

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Ramon Sessions will start at point guard and Kyrie Irving will come off the bench in his first professional game tonight when the Cavaliers play at the Detroit Pistons in the preseason opener.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said he wants Irving to earn his position, plus he missed out on some key learning opportunities during the offseason because of the lockout. Scott started Chris Paul in his first preseason game when Paul was a rookie point guard, but Scott said the circumstances were much different.

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Even after Baron Davis' release, Byron Scott not ready to anoint Kyrie Irving as the starter

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 15, 2011

INDEPENDENCE: Even though Baron Davis is gone, the Cavs' starting point guard spot won't automatically fall to Kyrie Irving. Coach Byron Scott said Thursday the rookie will still have to earn it.

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Baron Davis waived by Cavaliers under amnesty provision

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 14, 2011

Baron Davis was released by the Cavaliers using the amnesty provision on Wednesday night, making him a free agent. The move erases $28 million off the Cavs' cap and can give them roughly $7 million in cap space to use between now and the trade deadline.

A byproduct of the move signals the beginning of the Kyrie Irving era, since Irving will likely take over the starting point guard duties immediately.

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Baron Davis has bulging disc in his back, Manny Harris has severe burn on his foot

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 14, 2011

Cavs point guard Baron Davis was diagnosed with a herniated L2-3 disc in his back and remains sidelined indefinitely as Friday's amnesty deadline looms. In addition, Manny Harris will miss two weeks with a burn on his right foot from an accident at the Nike facility in Oregon he suffered before training camp began.
The injuries may put their roster spots in peril. Without counting any camp invites, the Cavs have 16 players under contract and must release one prior to the Dec. 24 deadline to set rosters for the regular season. Harris has yet to practice with his teammates, but was out shooting after practice Wednesday during the portion the media is allowed to watch. Scott is hopeful Harris can return to practice sometime next week, ahead of the official diagnosis.
"It's hard when you have all these other guys out here on the floor and he's not on the floor," Scott said. "I want him to be able to get out there because it would be a shame to have to let go of a guy that hasn't had his chance to fight for his job. But the bottom line is when we have to make decisions, we're going to make the decisions for the best of this team."
Harris was an undrafted rookie free agent last year and is still working on a non-guaranteed contract. Scott said Davis initially injured the back prior to camp and felt it tighten on the first day of workouts last Friday.
Both players may have made it back to the court by now if not for the lockout, which left team training facilities and medical staffs off-limits to players.
"If there wasn't a lockout, he'd probably be a whole lot better," Scott said of Davis. "But it is what it is. The lockout happened, we couldn't have our hands on our players and when you do that, a lot of times things hit you when it's over that you're not really ready for."
Scott insisted the Cavs haven't yet decided what to do with Davis, although the deadline is two days away. When asked directly if he wants Davis on the team, Scott said he wants what's best for everyone.
"I love Baron, but I also want the best for him and the best for this team and the organization," Scott said. "Whatever we do is fine with me."

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Baron Davis still absent from Cavs practice, Byron Scott putting in offense slowly

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 13, 2011

Baron Davis missed his third straight day of practice while seeking a second opinion on his back as Friday's amnesty deadline looms.
Cavs coach Byron Scott said Davis is still away from the team and isn't sure when to expect him back. If he even comes back at all.
"I'm going to coach the guys who are here ready to play," Scott said. "If Baron is here, ready to go. If he's not, we move on."
Scott had initially thought he'd start installing concepts of his Princeton offense by today, but said after practice he hasn't done anything with it yet and will continue to keep it simple. Scott said it was likely the only time he would run plays out of the Princeton offense was coming out of timeouts when guys can line up properly.
Scott said the Princeton takes away some of the spontaneity and creativity of players on offense, so he's keeping the concepts simple. Besides, players were still struggling with the basics during a recent scrimmage.
"Guys were calling one play, but running a whole different play," Scott said. "I figured if it works, we might put it in. Since it wasn't, we wanted to make sure they understand exactly what they're doing."
Rookie Kyrie Irving said on Monday many of the plays the Cavs are running now are similar to what he ran at Duke. Scott said that is simply a coincidence.
"It's just something we felt would be real good with us," Scott said. "At the end of the day, if he's everything we think he can be, he'll have the ball in his hands plenty of times."
Other practice notes from Tuesday:
* Ryan Hollins took a broadcasting course at Syracuse during the lockout, then did some studio work as an analyst on UCLA men's basketball broadcasts. Hollins loved the experience and wants to get into the media full-time after his career ends.
* Hollins, now entering his sixth season in the NBA, said this is the first time in his career he's had the same head coach for consecutive seasons. Incredible.
* Samardo Samuels was a senior at St. Benedict's High School in New Jersey when rookie Tristan Thompson was a sophomore there. Now they've been reunited again as teammates in the NBA.
Samuels was the top player in high school his senior year and obviously a big star around school, but he entered the NBA as an undrafted free agent and Thompson was the No. 4 pick in the draft.
"It's weird, that's how the NBA works," Samuels said. "He's the No. 4 pick, but I still have the same talent that I did in high school, so I don't think that changes anything. We're both talented guys going after it, just like it was in high school."
* Omri Casspi missed practice with a bruised knee, but did some shooting afterwards. He's expected to miss a few more days.

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Video: Anthony Parker returns to Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 12, 2011

Cavs re-sign free agent Anthony Parker

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 12, 2011

The Cavaliers signed free agent shooting guard Anthony Parker to a one-year contract on Tuesday, their first free agent signing of the season.

Parker, 36, averaged 8.3 points in 72 games last season. He had been the top target of the Cavs throughout the offseason. Parker said he had other options, but chose the Cavs again because they showed the most interest and it felt like the best fit.

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Cavs maintain no decision made on Baron Davis, Scott says he is best mentor for Irving

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 9, 2011

Cavs General Manager Chris Grant said no decision has been made regarding Baron Davis and the amnesty clause, but in the boldest statement yet, coach Byron Scott dismissed the idea of Davis serving as a mentor for rookie point guard Kyrie Irving.

"You know who the best mentor for Kyrie is? You're looking at him," Scott said. "I'm the best. But we have a lot of good veterans who will help him along the way."

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Report: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert calls proposed trade a 'travesty' in e-mail to NBA Commissioner David Stern

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 9, 2011

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was so upset over Hornets star Chris Paul's reported trade to the Los Angeles Lakers, he called it a "travesty" in an e-mail obtained by Yahoo! Sports early Friday morning.

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Antawn Jamison arrives, expects to play all season with the Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 7, 2011

Antawn Jamison arrived in Cleveland Tuesday night and worked out with his teammates today, giving the Cavs 10 of 16 players under contract already in camp, which is expected to officially open on Friday. Jamison's left pinkie finger is permanently crooked (think St. Louis arch), courtesy of season-ending surgery in March that inserted nine screws and two plates, but Jamison is mentally preparing himself for both the grueling season ahead and his role as mentor to a very young roster.

Jamison will make $15 million this season in the final year of his deal, making his expiring contract appealing to teams looking to clear cap space. But Jamison believes he'll last the season in Cleveland.

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Cavs open Dec. 26 at home against Toronto; LeBron James comes to Cleveland on Feb. 17

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 6, 2011

The Cavaliers will open the season at home against the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 26 and will host LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Feb. 17. It will be the Heat’s only trip to Cleveland, which is one more than the Los Angeles Lakers will make.

The Lakers and former coach Mike Brown will not come at all in this lockout-shortened season.

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Alonzo Gee happy to be out of Poland, back in the NBA

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 6, 2011

After the Cavs had played a preseason game last year, Leon Powe was sitting at his locker exhausted with ice on his knees (the ice part is fairly common, but he just looked worn out). Byron Scott had just worked the guys pretty hard at shootaround that morning and I asked him if that's why he looked so whipped.

"We had practice this morning. That wasn't no shootaround, that was practice," Powe said. "I ain't never practiced before a game. Never."

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Tristan Thompson, Omri Casspi eager to begin their first season in Cleveland

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 5, 2011

Cavs rookie Tristan Thompson spent a fair amount of time during the lockout in San Antonio scrimmaging against elite NBA players. Thompson worked out with a number of Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder players, including Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

"That was a great experience," Thompson said. "It was a good taste for what the NBA is about."

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Cavs open preseason play Dec. 16 at Detroit

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2011

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson's first game in a Cavaliers uniform will be Dec. 16 when the Cavs play at the Detroit Pistons in the first leg of a home-and-home preseason series. The Pistons travel to Cleveland on Dec. 20 and wedged in between is the Cavs' annual Wine and Gold scrimmage, which is Dec. 18 at Quicken Loans Arena.

The lockout has forced teams to slice the preseason schedule down to a home-and-home series with a geographical neighbor, which is why the Pistons make perfect sense. The regular season will be announced at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBA TV. The Cavs were originally scheduled to play Toronto at the Q on Dec. 26. Since the arena is already reserved for basketball that night, it makes sense for the Cavs to open at home then, even though the opponent might change.

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Cavs will pursue Anthony Parker in free agency

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2011

The Cavaliers got back to work on Thursday. Sort of.

Ramon Sessions, Anderson Varejao, Samardo Samuels and Manny Harris returned to the practice court at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Thursday, the first day facilities were open to NBA players. They were not allowed to have contact with the coaching staff or front office and they did not speak to reporters.

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