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Pregame: Celtics at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 31, 2012

Boston Celtics (9-10) at Cleveland Cavaliers (8-11)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (17.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.8 apg), SG Anthony Parker (6.0, 2.4, 2.2), SF Omri Casspi (8.1, 2.8, 1.2), PF Antawn Jamison 15.0, 5.3, 1.6), C Anderson Varejao (9.9, 11.0, 1.7)
Celtics probables: PG Avery Bradley (3.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), SF Ray Allen (15.3, 3.1, 2.4), SF Paul Pierce (17.8, 5.4, 5.3), PF Kevin Garnett (13.4, 7.5, 2.7), C Brandon Bass (11.9, 6.3, 0.8)
Injuries: Cavs -- Daniel Gibson (neck) out, Anthony Parker (back) out; Celtics -- Rajon Rondo (wrist) questionable, Keyon Dooling (hip) questionable, Jermaine O'Neal (knee) probable
Officials: Joe Crawford, Bennie Adams, Karl Lane

Notes
* Byron Scott is still undecided who he'll start at shooting guard tonight. With both Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson unavailable, Mychel Thompson and Alonzo Gee seem the most obvious candidates and a decent case could be made for starting either.

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Monday update: Cavs have hole at SG, Gibson still in Boston

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 30, 2012

The Cavs will have a new shooting guard for Tuesday's game against the Boston Celtics, but coach Byron Scott isn't sure yet who it will be.

Anthony Parker's stiff lower back will keep him out of the game and Daniel Gibson was left behind in Boston for more tests on his stiff neck. Scott already ruled out both players for Tuesday's rematch against the Celtics.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 88, Celtics 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 29, 2012

Maybe this is how it all works. Maybe this is how it is supposed to be. On the very court where LeBron James played his final game in a Cavs uniform, Kyrie Irving rose to make his first game-winning basket in a Cavs uniform.

There will be many more like it. The kid is too explosive, too good and too fearless for it not to happen again and again. Byron Scott said he saw it in the kid's eyes. He wanted the ball. He's earned the ball in clutch situations. The rest of the players, some nearly twice his age, know it, too. Set him a screen and get the hell out of his way. Let the kid do his thing.

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Final: Cavs 88, Celtics 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 29, 2012

Kyrie Irving’s drive and basket with 2.6 seconds left gave the Cavs a stunning 88-87 road win at the Boston Celtics on Sunday after the Cavs trailed by 10 with five minutes left.

The Celtics didn’t have a field goal over the game’s final 4:58 and the Cavs slowly chipped their way back. After missing two open looks, the Cavs retained possession with 22 seconds left when Anderson Varejao dove for a loose ball and the Cavs called timeout.

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Final thoughts: Nets 99, Cavs 96

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 28, 2012

Daniel Gibson didn't agree with me on this, but it sure seems like the Cavs have fallen into a habit lately of playing to the level of their opponent.

That certainly wasn't the case in humiliating losses to the Bulls and Hawks, but the Cavs played pretty well against the Heat and Knicks before dropping a clunker tonight against a struggling Nets team.

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Final: Nets 99, Cavs 96

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 27, 2012

Deron Williams had 27 points and 10 assists and the New Jersey Nets have their first winning streak of the season following a 99-96 win at Cleveland on Friday.

Kris Humphries had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Anthony Morrow added 22 points for the Nets, who also won at Philadelphia on Wednesday for consecutive victories for the first time this season.

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Pregame: Nets at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 27, 2012

New Jersey Nets (6-13) at Cleveland Cavaliers (7-10)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Quicken Loans Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (16.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.9 apg), SG Anthony Parker (6.3, 2.5, 2.2), SF Omri Casspi (8.1, 2.1, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (15.0, 5.4, 1.7), C Anderson Varejao (9.8, 11.2, 1.6)
Nets probables: PG Deron Williams (18.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 8.6 apg), SG Anthony Morrow (12.4, 2.6), SF Deshawn Stevenson (2.9, 1.3), PF Kris Humphries (13.1, 10.8), Mehmet Okur (7.6, 4.8)
Injuries: Cavs -- Tristan Thompson (ankle) probable; Nets -- Brook Lopez (foot) out, Damion James (foot) out, MarShon Brooks (Achilles) questionable, Kris Humphries (illness) questionable, Mehmet Okur (back) questionable
Officials: Dick Bavetta, Kevin Cutler, Zach Zarba

Notes
* Tristan Thompson is probable tonight after missing the last two games with a sprained left ankle. This is a good night to get him back to help on Kris Humphries, who destroyed the Cavs on the boards last season. The Cavs held Humphries to just five rebounds in the first meeting this season on New Year's Day. Humphries, however, is questionable with a stomach virus and did not participate in the team's morning shootaround today. The Nets are loaded with injury problems. More on that later.

* Thompson has exactly two assists in 15 games this season, prompting coach Byron Scott to refer to his rookie as a "hole" instead of a "hub" in the offense -- the same terms he used to describe Samardo Samuels last season. Over the last couple of days, Thompson has worked a little bit on dumping the ball off. But he had no idea his assist total was so low.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 91, Knicks 81

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 26, 2012

The Knicks are a mess. A full blown, New York style, six car accident in the Lincoln Tunnel at rush hour type of catastrophe. They don't play defense, they barely run an offense right now and more times than not Wednesday, they looked like five parking cones the Cavs had little trouble driving around for dunks and easy baskets.

That's not to take anything away from the Cavs' effort or victory. If nothing else, the Knicks serve as the perfect example of how not to build a winner. Put it this way: One New York writer after the game admitted the Knicks were putting a whole lot of hope and faith on Baron Davis' weak back and busted knee. That's a sure recipe for trouble.

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Final: Cavs 91, Knicks 81

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2012

Anderson Varejao had 10 points and 16 rebounds and the Cavs continued their dominance over the New York Knicks with a 91-81 home victory on Wednesday to snap a four-game losing streak. The Cavs have won 12 of the last 13 meetings against the Knicks, who haven’t won in Cleveland since Nov. 29, 2006.

Amar’e Stoudemire had 19 points and 12 rebounds and Carmelo Anthony had 15 points, but shot just 5 of 14. The Knicks committed 23 turnovers and shot just 3 of 20 on 3-pointers. It was the Cavs' first victory on the second night of a back-to-back, improving to 1-4. The Knicks were also playing for the second-straight night.

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Pregame: Knicks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2012

New York Knicks (7-10) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-10)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Knicks probables: PG Iman Shumpert, SG Landry Fields, SF Carmelo Anthony, PF Amar'e Stoudemire, C Tyson Chandler
Injuries: Cavs -- Tristan Thompson (ankle) questionable; Knicks -- Baron Davis (back) doubtful, Josh Harrellson (fractured wrist) out.
Officials: Bill Kennedy, Kane Fitzgerald, Scott Twardoski

Notes
* The Cavs' turnover epidemic seems to be getting worse, not better, although it could be a product of the teams the Cavs are facing.

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Final thoughts: Heat 92, Cavs 85

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 25, 2012

Here is the perfect illustration to what was a strange night in Miami: Kyrie Irving threw the ball away for the Cavs' 17th turnover with 4:17 left in the third quarter and the Cavs trailing 55-51.

Shane Battier came up with the steal on Irving's pass and tried to fire it down the court in transition, but Omri Casspi was quick to get back and picked the ball off. Upon trying to bring it back up the floor, he threw an alley-oop pass to ... well, I still don't know who. The ball wasn't really directed at anyone, flew into the stands and the Cavs had their 18th turnover of the night.

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Final: Heat 92, Cavs 85

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2012

Chris Bosh had 35 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and the Heat held off the Cavaliers 92-85 at AmericanAirlines Arena tonight.

The Heat (12-5) struggled to shake the pesky Cavs (6-10), who trailed by three on a 3-pointer from Kyrie Irving in the final minute. But Bosh scored nine points in the final 2:36 to give the Heat their fourth win in their last five games.

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Pregame: Cavs at Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 24, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (6-9) at Miami Heat (11-5)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (17.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg); SG Anthony Parker (6.0, 2.4, 2.2), SF Omri Casspi (7.9, 2.9, 1.4), PF Antawn Jamison (15.7, 5.6, 1.5), C Anderson Varejao (9.7, 10.9, 1.5)
Heat probables: PG Mario Chalmers (11.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg), SG James Jones (4.5, 1.4, 0.3), SF LeBron James (29.7, 8.3, 7.3), PF Chris Bosh (20.5, 7.9, 2.1), C Joel Anthony (3.8, 4.8, 0.2)
Injuries: Cavs -- Tristan Thompson (ankle) questionable; Heat -- Dwyane Wade (ankle) questionable
Officials: Tony Brothers, Kevin Fehr, Michael Smith

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Practice update: Gibson back, Eyenga rejoins team

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 23, 2012

MIAMI: Byron Scott said after Saturday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks that the Cavs hadn't hit rock bottom, but they were well on their way.

By the end of practice today he was much more upbeat.

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Final thoughts: Hawks 121, Cavs 94

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 22, 2012

The Cavs are officially taking Sunday off. They unofficially took Friday and Saturday off, too (ba-dump-bump!).

It had to be a long flight home from Atlanta late Saturday night for a team wondering where all that good mojo went so quickly. The good vibes from a 6-7 start are all gone, washed away in the bloodbath that was consecutive losses by a combined 66 points.

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Final: Hawks 121, Cavs 94

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2012

The Cavs were run off the floor for the second time in as many nights, falling to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday 121-94. They've now lost two games in the last 48 hours by a combined 66 points.

Kyrie Irving had 18 points, but turned it over seven times and had a game-worst plus/minus ratio of minus-28.

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Pregame: Cavs at Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (6-8) at Atlanta Hawks (11-5)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Phillips Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Hawks probables: PG Jeff Teague, SG Joe Johnson, SF Marvin Williams, PF Josh Smith, C Jason Collins

Notes
* The Cavs had their worst showing of the season Friday against the Bulls, but have done a pretty good job of bouncing back in the next game after dismal performances. They've haven't had to do that on the second night of a back-to-back, however.

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Final thoughts: Bulls 114, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2012

It didn't take long after the Cavs suffered their worst home loss in team history until people started questioning Cavs coach Byron Scott's rotation patterns. Specifically, why he took Kyrie Irving out of the game in the first quarter when Irving clearly had the hot hand.

Really?

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Final: Bulls 114, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 20, 2012

The Cavs scored just 49 points after the first quarter against the NBA's best defense and suffered their worst home loss in franchise history, 114-75 to the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls.

Rose, the league's reigning MVP, missed the game with a toe injury, but the Bulls didn't need him. Carlos Boozer had 19 points and 14 rebounds and C.J. Watson had 15 points and seven assists in place of Rose, but the game was won with defense.

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Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 20, 2012

Chicago Bulls (10-3) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-7)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (17.7, 3.5, 5.2, SG Anthony Parker (6.4, 2.7, 2.2), SF Omri Casspi (7.6, 3.0, 1.5), PF Antawn Jamison (17.0, 5.6, 1.4), C Anderson Varejao (9.8, 11.4, 1.5)
Bulls probables: PG C.J. Watson (10.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.6 apg), SG Richard Hamilton (12.2, 3.0, 3.5), SF Luol Deng (15.3, 7.4, 2.5), PF Carlos Boozer (14.6, 8.1, 1.4), C Joakim Noah (7.1, 8.2, 1.7)
Injury report: Cavs -- Anthony Parker (back) probable; Bulls -- Derrick Rose (toe) questionable.
Officials: Derrick Stafford, Curtis Blair, Violet Palmer

Notes
* Anthony Parker participated in shootaround this morning and is expected to play tonight, bringing the Cavs back to full strength for the start of a difficult stretch on the schedule.

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Zydrunas Ilgauskas rejoins organization as special assistant to GM

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 18, 2012


Zydrunas Ilgauskas is back with the Cavs as a special assistant to General Manager Chris Grant, the team announced on Wednesday. Ilgauskas played 12 of his 13 seasons in the NBA with the Cavs and holds team records for games played, blocks, rebounds and offensive rebounds. He is second all-time in scoring.

"I am really excited to come back to the Cavaliers, a team that I have so much history with and contributing to our future success," Ilgauskas said in a release. "I'm also looking forward to learning more about this game that I love so much."

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Final: Cavs 102, Bobcats 94

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 16, 2012

Kyrie Irving had 25 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers erased a 14-point, third-quarter deficit to win at Charlotte 102-94 on Monday.

The Bobcats held a 94-93 lead on a short D.J. Augustin, but went scoreless over the game’s final 2:11 to lose for the seventh time in their last eight games. Augustin had 24 points and eight assists, but scored just five points in the second half. Gerald Henderson had 17 points and Kemba Walker had 14 for Charlotte.

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Pregame: Cavs at Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 16, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6) at Charlotte Bobcats (3-10)
Time: 2 p.m.; Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (17.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (7.0, 2.9, 2.3), SF Omri Casspi (6.7, 2.4, 2.5), PF Antawn Jamison (16.5, 5.5, 1.1), C Anderson Varejao (9.5, 11.2, 1.5)
Bobcats probables: PG D.J. Augustin (14.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 7.3 apg), SG Kemba Walker (11.1, 2.8, 3.0), SF Gerald Henderson (14.4, 4.8, 2.0), PF Tyrus Thomas (7.8, 4.5, 0.5), C Byron Mullens (13.0, 5.0, 0.5)
Injuries: Cavs -- None; Bobcats -- Corey Maggette (knee) out, Eduardo Najera (knee) out, Reggie Williams (knee) out
Officials: Monty McCutchen, Leon Wood, Haywoode Workman

Notes
* The Cavs were able to swing through Cleveland and give the players a night at home Saturday night. They stayed in Los Angeles Friday night, flew home Saturday, practiced later than usual Sunday and arrived in Charlotte Sunday night for today'sddd game.

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Final thoughts: Lakers 97, Cavs 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2012

When Omri Casspi was defending Matt Barnes on an inbounds play in the second quarter, Barnes took the ball and tapped it off Casspi's nose. The move clearly angered Casspi and perhaps ignited him on to his best night of the season, although he said it had nothing to do with his improved performance.

But he certainly was irritated by the move from Barnes, which is illegal and should've been whistled by the officials.

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Kobe scores 42, Cavs fall to Lakers 97-92

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES: When the Cavs limped into the locker room trailing by 18 Friday night, Antawn Jamison’s mind quickly flashed back to last season’s debacle in Staples Center, when the Cavs suffered their worst loss in franchise history.

The ingredients were there for a sequel. The Cavs looked lethargic, weren’t taking care of the ball and were allowing Kobe Bryant to have the run of the place. Just as he did last year in the same locker room, coach Byron Scott again challenged his players’ pride and manhood to see how they’d respond.

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Final: Lakers 97, Cavs 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 14, 2012

LOS ANGELES: The Cavs cut a 19-point, third-quarter deficit down to three in the fourth quarter before falling to Mike Brown and the Los Angeles Lakers 97-92 Friday night. Kobe Bryant had 42 points, his third consecutive game with at least 40 points.

Kyrie Irving had 21 points and four assists, Ramon Sessions had 12 points off the bench and Omri Casspi had 11 points, four rebounds and three assists in one of his better performances this season.

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Pregame: Cavs at Lakers

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 13, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-5) at Los Angeles Lakers (8-4)
Time: 10:30 p.m.; Venue: Staples Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Lakers probables: PG Derek Fisher, SG Kobe Bryant, SF Matt Barnes, PF Pau Gasol, C Andrew Bynum
Injury report: Cavs -- none; Lakers -- Steve Blake (ribs) questionable, Kobe Bryant (wrist) probable, Derrick Caracter (knee) out, Pau Gasol (shoulder) probable, Josh McRoberts (toe, thumb) doubtful, Troy Murphy (gastroenteritis) questionable.
Officials: Scott Foster, Dick Bavetta, Karl Lane
Notes
* The Cavaliers and Mike Brown will be reunited tonight. Just as in Cleveland, Brown is paired with another moody superstar who just wants to win, but can be difficult on coaches. Brown is trying to install his defensive principles into a team that has long been known for firsst its "Showtime" offense and then later Phil Jackson's triangle offense.

* You can be sure Byron Scott will remind his guys of last season's horrendous debacle, when the Cavs were whipped 113-57 here. It was easily the worst loss of the season in a filled with many contenders. It was so bad, it took Scott about 36 hours to shake the loss. Normally when he wakes up the next day, he is over the previous night's game and ready to move on. But not that one.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 101, Suns 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 13, 2012

PHOENIX: Byron Scott tried to slip out of the desert without using the old guy and The Kid in the fourth quarter. But when the lead dipped below 10, he was left with no choice.

Scott had Antawn Jamison, the second-oldest player on the team, and Kyrie Irving (the youngest) tucked away on the bench Thursday night. With a big game Friday against the Lakers that Scott would love to win, and remembering how lousy Irving looked in his last attempt at playing on consecutive nights, Scott unsuccessfully hoped to make it out of Arizona without having to go back to his two top scorers.

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Final: Cavs 101, Suns 90

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 13, 2012

PHOENIX: This was supposed to be Kyrie Irving’s big defensive test. His coach just told reporters he sometimes takes plays off on defense and relaxes when his man doesn’t have the ball. Now he was facing a two-time MVP in waterbug Steve Nash, who has made a career of spinning opposing point guards into the ground.

Instead of Nash challenging Irving, it was the other way around. Sure, Nash still had his required double-double, but Irving set a career high with 26 points and the Cavs claimed their second win on this West Coast trip with an impressive 101-90 victory at the Phoenix Suns Thursday night.

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Pregame: Cavs at Suns

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 12, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-5) at Phoenix Suns (4-5)
Time: 9 p.m.; Venue: U.S. Airways Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (15.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (7.2, 2.6, 2.0), SF Omri Casspi (6.3, 2.3, 1.3), PF Antawn Jamison (16.7, 6.0, 0.9), C Anderson Varejao (9.4, 10.2, 1.6)
Suns probables: PG Steve Nash (12.1 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 9.6 apg), SG Jared Dudley (11.0, 3.9, 1.7), SF Grant Hill (9.2, 3.7, 1.7), PF Channing Frye (7.9, 7.1, 0.7), C Marcin Gortat (12.7, 7.3, 0.7)
Injuries: Cavs -- None; Suns -- Marcin Gortat (fractured thumb) probable
Officials: Joe Crawford, Tommy Nunez Jr., Gary Zielinski

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Wednesday update: Cavs asking a lot of Kyrie Irving

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2012

Kyrie Irving is second on the Cavs in scoring and leading them in assists. He's shooting the highest field goal percentage of all the guards and he's second on the team in shots taken.

The Cavs are asking an awful lot of a 19-year-old rookie, but thus far, he's delivering.

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Video: Byron Scott shooting around

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2012

Cavs coach Byron Scott hoisted a few jumpers of his own after practice today at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.

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Final thoughts: Jazz 113, Cavs 105

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2012

As the Cavs wind deeper and deeper into this road trip, a few glaring flaws are beginning to creep up on both ends of the floor.

The 3-point shooting the last two games has been woeful. I asked the question earlier this season whether or not this was a 3-point shooting team and the consensus seemed to be no. The Cavs have guys who can shoot the 3, but it isn't a 3-point team. That certainly has looked true this week.

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Cavs beaten up inside in 113-105 loss to Jazz

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 11, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY: They knew it was coming, their coach told them as much earlier in the day. But the Cavs were still powerless to stop it.

Prior to Tuesday’s 113-105 loss to the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena, coach Byron Scott said his biggest fear entering the game was Jazz center Al Jefferson.

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Pregame: Cavs at Jazz

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 10, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-4) at Utah Jazz (5-3)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: EnergySolutions Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (15.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.1 apg), SG Anthony Parker (7.1, 2.3, 2.1), SF Omri Casspi (6.5, 2.3, 1.5), PF Antawn Jamison (16.0, 5.9, 0.9), C Anderson Varejao (9.1, 10.1, 1.6)
Jazz probables: PG Devin Harris (9.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 4.5 apg), SG Raja Bell (3.3, 1.5, 1.3), SF Gordon Hayward (9.3, 2.9, 3.0), PF Paul Millsap (11.9, 8.4, 1.3), C Al Jefferso (18.1, 8.4, 1.3)
Injury report: Cavs -- None; Jazz -- None
Officials: Zach Zarba, Mark Lindsay, James Williams

Notes
* The Jazz enter tonight's game winners of four straight after a choppy 1-3 start. The Cavs will have their hands full with center Al Jefferson, who is averaging 18.1 points and 8.4 rebounds. He is averaging 20.8 points during the winning streak.

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Monday update: Casspi's spot is safe, Samuels' in jeopardy

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2012

Byron Scott used every 10 games as a measuring stick last season to gauge progress and plans to do the same this season, but don't expect major changes to the lineup when the Cavs surpass the 10-game mark Thursday at Phoenix.

Scott said he's still content with the way Omri Casspi has performed despite his shooting woes, but one player in danger of losing time now is Samardo Samuels.

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Weber State's Damian Lillard dazzles in front of NBA executives

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2012


When the NBA draft rolls around next summer, remember the name Damian Lillard. He's the nation's leading scorer, a junior at Weber State and his presence Saturday night attracted a handful of general managers to the Portland area over the weekend.

Among them were Bulls GM Gar Forman and the Cavs' Chris Grant, both of whom watched Lillard score 38 points in a win over Portland State. Grant was already here for the Cavs' game against the Trail Blazers, but Forman made the trip just to see Lillard, who leads the nation with a 26.3 scoring average.

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Final thoughts: Blazers 98, Cavs 78

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 9, 2012

He'll never say this out loud, but this trip seems to be proof to Kyrie Irving he's going to have to score -- a lot -- for the Cavs to be successful.

That's why he had seven turnovers against the Timberwolves Friday and at least three shots swatted away underneath the basket on Sunday.

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Icy shooting, turnovers doom Cavs in loss to Blazers

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 8, 2012

PORTLAND, ORE.: Samardo Samuels was wide open under the basket waiving frantically for the ball. Daniel Gibson dribbled around a defender and hit him in the hands with a bounce pass, but it bounced off Samuels’ hands and trickled out of bounds.

When Omri Casspi missed a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter, failed to follow his shot and failed to get back on defense, he was immediately yanked from the game and chewed out by Cavs coach Byron Scott.

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Pregame: Cavs at Blazers

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 8, 2012

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) at Portland Trail Blazers (5-2)
Time: 9 p.m.; Venue: Rose Garden; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (14.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.3 apg), SG Anthony Parker (7.4, 2.1, 2.0), SF Omri Casspi (6.0, 2.1, 1.6), PF Antawn Jamison (17.9, 5.1, 0.7), C Anderson Varejao (9.3, 10.1, 1.6)
Blazers probables: PG Raymond Felton (11.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.7 apg), SG Wes Matthews (14.4, 4.0, 1.1), SF Gerald Wallace (14.9, 6.7, 1.4), PF LaMarcus Aldridge (21.9, 7.7, 1.9), C Marcus Camby (3.3, 9.0, 3.1)
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) doubtful; Blazers -- Greg Oden (knee) out
Officials: Bill Spooner, Derrick Collins, Scott Wall

Notes
* There remains a chance Semih Erden could make his season debut tonight, but Cavs coach Byron Scott seems inclined to give Erden another practice first on Monday, then playing him Tuesday at Utah.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 98, Timberwolves 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 7, 2012

Since I have a flight to catch in six hours, this is going to be brief.

Kyrie Irving said tonight's game wasn't about his matchup against Ricky Rubio and he's right, but I have to believe his seven turnovers were in part because he was extra motivated playing against another highly-touted rookie.

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Recap: Cavs 98, Timberwolves 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 6, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS: Antawn Jamison had 22 points and Anderson Varejao had 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and four steals in the Cavs' 98-87 win on a night the team's veterans outshined all the rookies on the floor.

The night was supposed to feature rookie point guards Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio, the only two rookies to make the All-Star ballot, but the two rarely squared off because Irving is a starter and Rubio comes off the bench.

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Pregame: Cavs at Timberwolves

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 6, 2012


Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3) at Minnesota Timberwolves (2-4)
Time: 8 p.m.; Venue: Target Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving (14.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.3 apg), SG Anthony Parker (7.7, 1.8, 1.8); SF Omri Casspi (6.2, 2.8, 1.8), PF Antawn Jamison (17.2, 5.0, 0.8), C Anderson Varejao (8.7, 9.8, 1.0)
Timberwolves probables: PG Luke Ridnour (11.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), SG Wesley Johnson (5.8, 2.2, 1.0), SF Michael Beasley (13.5, 6.2, 1.2), PF Kevin Love (25.7, 15.0, 2.0), C Darko Milicic (6.7, 5.7, 0.3)
Officials: Mike Callahan, Rodney Mott, Tommy Nunez Jr.
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Timberwolves -- Jose Barea (hamstring) questionable, Malcolm Lee (knee) out, Brad Miller (knee) out, Nikola Pekovic (groin) questionable, Martell Webster (back) out.

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Final thoughts: Raptors 92, Cavs 77

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 4, 2012

Antawn Jamison looks like a prophet right about now. He warned the youngsters throughout the preseason that they need to get their rest, stay off their feet and not be out on the town in visiting cities. The lockout was going to make this condensed schedule even more grueling.

The proof of that was evident in the Cavs' first back-to-back of the season. Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson combined to shoot 3 of 18 and the Cavs shot less than 30 percent as a team in losing to the Raptors for the second time in as many weeks.

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Recap: Raptors 92, Cavs 77

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 4, 2012

TORONTO: The Cavs were playing their first set of back-to-back games and it showed, particularly with the rookies.

Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson combined to shoot 3 of 18 from the floor and the Cavs shot 30 percent as a team in falling to the Raptors 92-77 to kick off a grueling seven-game road trip.

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Pregame: Cavs at Raptors

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 4, 2012


Cleveland Cavaliers (3-2) at Toronto Raptors (2-3)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Air Canada Centre; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Raptors probables: PG Jose Calderon, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF Rasual Butler, PF Andrea Bargnani, C Amir Johnson
Officials: Ron Garretson, Eric Dalen, Eric Lewis
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out, Samardo Samuels (passport) out; Raptors: Jerryd Bayless (ankle) questionable, Aaron Gray (heart) questionable, Linas Kleiza (knee) out.

Notes
* Samardo Samuels did not make the trip north of the border because he lost his passport weeks ago and was unable to complete the required paperwork in time. Samuels remains in the U.S. and will presumably rejoin the Cavs tomorrow in Minneapolis.

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Samardo Samuels misses trip to Toronto, Christian Eyenga sent to D-League

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 4, 2012

TORONTO: Samardo Samuels was uanble to make the trip to Toronto for tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors because of passport/visa issues and Christian Eyenga was sent to the Cavs' Development League team in Canton.

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Pregame: Bobcats at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 3, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats (1-3) at Cleveland Cavaliers (2-2)
Time: 7 p.m., Venue: Quicken Loans Arena, TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WTAM, WAKR, WHBC

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Monday practice update: Semih Erden cleared to return

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 2, 2012

Cavs center Semih Erden had his broken right thumb cleared medically and he participated in his first full practice of the season on Monday. When he'll return to a game remains to be seen.

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Transcript of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's meeting with media

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2012

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert met with reporters tonight prior to the Cavs' game against the New Jersey Nets. Gilbert was one of the many owners who voted to accept the CBA even though he wasn't overjoyed by it and said he was "disappointed" his e-mail to Commissioner David Stern last month was leaked to the press. The following is a full transcript of the interview:

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Final: Cavs 98, Nets 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2012

Antawn Jamison had 23 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers made 16 3-pointers, one shyof the club record, to hand the New Jersey Nets their fourth-straight loss with a 98-82 home win on Sunday.

Daniel Gibson, Alonzo Gee and rookie Kyrie Irving combined for 11 of the 16 3-pointers, the most the Cavs have hit in a game since also making 16 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 31, 2010. They shot 62 percent (16 of 26) on 3-pointers Sunday night.

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Pregame: Nets at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 1, 2012

New Jersey Nets (1-3) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2)
6 p.m.; Quicken Loans Arena; Fox Sports Ohio
Cavs probables: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Anthony Parker, SF Omri Casspi, PF Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao
Nets probables: PG Deron Williams, SG Sundiata Gaines, SF Damion James, PF Kris Humphries, C Mehmet Okur
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (thumb) out; Nets -- Brook Lopez (foot) out.
Officials: David Jones, Mark Lindsay, Derek Richardson

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