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Gee's basket at buzzer gives Cavs stunning 113-111 win over Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2012
Gee dunk

ATLANTA: Alonzo Gee caught Dion Waiters' misfire and put it back in at the buzzer and the Cavaliers escaped with a stunning 113-111 win Friday over the Atlanta Hawks, ending the league's longest winning streak at six games.

Waiters was terrific most of the night, finishing with 21 points and seven assists. The seven assists ties a career high he set in the Cavs' previous game against the Phoenix Suns.

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Pregame: Cavs (3-12) at Hawks (9-4)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2012

Cavs sign Kevin Jones

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 29, 2012
Jones, Kevin

The Cavaliers signed Kevin Jones on Thursday and released Luke Harangody. In three starts with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League, Jones averaged 27 points and 13.7 rebounds.

 

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Pregame: Cavs (3-10) at Grizzlies (9-2)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 26, 2012
Zach Randolph dunk

Time: 8 p.m.; Place: FedEx Forum; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

Injury report: Cavs: Kyrie Irving (wrist) out; Clippers: Tony Wroten (personal) out.

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Final thoughts: Magic 108, Cavs 104

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2012
Waiters going up vs Magic

ORLANDO, FLA.: Final thoughts from Friday’s 108-104 loss to the Magic.

* Byron Scott said he wanted to review the film, but thought the Cavs’ defense actually played relatively well despite the Magic scoring 63 points in the second half, shooting 50 percent for the game and more than doubling their typical output on 3-pointers.

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Cavs defense falters in 108-104 loss to Magic

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2012
Pargo vs Magic

ORLANDO, FLA.: The Cavaliers defense regressed and J.J. Redick was perfect from the free-throw line in the game's final minute to give the Orlando Magic a 108-104 victory over the Cavaliers on Friday.

The Cavs led by 12 in the first half, but the Magic shot 52 percent in the second half and made 11 of 21 3-pointers. They held a slim lead for most of the fourth quarter and Redick sealed the victory at the line, making all eight of his attempts once the Cavs were forced to foul.

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Cavs' Pargo scores career-high 28 points in 92-83 win over Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 21, 2012
Pargo drive Sixers

CLEVELAND: Jeremy Pargo had a career-high 28 points and C.J. Miles came off the bench to hit a huge 3-pointer with 2:43 left as the Cavaliers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 92-83 Wednesday in their first game without Kyrie Irving. The win snapped a six-game losing streak. 

Pargo, making his sixth career start and first this season after sitting the bench for much of the first 10 games, shot 11 of 19. He added a career-high five rebounds and four assists in 39 stunning minutes.

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Pargo will replace Irving in starting lineup

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 21, 2012
Pargo dribbling

INDEPENDENCE: Jeremy Pargo will start tonight at point guard when the Cavaliers host the Philadelphia 76ers, Cavs coach Byron Scott said.

Pargo has been inactive most of the season, but moved ahead of Donald Sloan recently and into the backup role. He is replacing Kyrie Irving, who is expected to miss about a month with a fractured left index finger.

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Irving 'had a feeling' finger was broken, Cavs shut him down rather than risk surgery

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 20, 2012
Kyrie with official

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving says he "had a feeling" his left index finger was broken when he initially injured it Saturday night. Now the Cavaliers must face life without their best player, which isn't a very good feeling at all.

Irving was on the court shooting around after practice on Tuesday with his left index finger in a splint. Coach Byron Scott said Irving could play with the injured finger, but would risk further injuring it and perhaps requiring surgery.

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Kyrie Irving expected to miss a month with fractured finger

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2012
Kyrie dribbles 76ers

A miserable start to the Cavs’ season just got a whole lot worse.

Kyrie Irving fractured the tip of his left index finger and will miss at least a month, leaving the Cavaliers without their leading scorer and best player. It’s another freak injury to a growing list for Irving, who has suffered a concussion, a separated shoulder, a fractured wrist and now a fractured finger since entering the league.

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Cavs' defense falters again in 103-95 loss to Mavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 17, 2012
Kyrie drive vs Mavs

CLEVELAND: The five players crouched into defensive stances and swarmed around the paint, their body language indicating this trip down the floor would be different. Kyrie Irving’s long 3-pointer on the last offensive possession pulled the Cavs within three and all they needed was one stop to have another crack at tying this.

One missed shot, one turnover, just one break to go their way. Then they looked up and Daniel Gibson, all 6-foot-2 of him, was caught guarding 7-foot center Chris Kaman. Left with no other choice, Gibson grabbed Kaman and held on for the foul.

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Final thoughts: Nets 114, Cavs 101

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 14, 2012
Andy vs Lopez

BROOKLYN, N.Y.: The Cavs come limping home from this six-game trip with two major problems. One of them, at least theoretically, is easily correctable. The other is not.

The Cavs' defense has been atrocious all season (theoretically correctable). So has the bench (not so easy to fix). 

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Varejao, Irving set career highs, but Cavs close road trip with 114-101 loss to Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 13, 2012
Lopez over Andy

BROOKLYN, N.Y.: Anderson Varejao and Kyrie Irving were both named to the All-Star ballot early on Tuesday. They showed why in a losing performance Tuesday night.

Varejao had a career-high 35 points and 18 rebounds and Irving had a career-high 34 points in the Cavaliers’ 114-101 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Varejao and Irving were sensational, while the rest of their teammates struggled.

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Pregame: Cavs (2-5) at Nets (3-2)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 13, 2012

Zeller still sidelined, Byron Scott remains silent on Waiters benching

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 12, 2012
Zeller

OKLAHOMA CITY: Tyler Zeller will not rejoin the team in New York on Tuesday when the Cavaliers conclude their longest road trip of the season at the Brooklyn Nets.

Zeller has missed three games already with a concussion and fractured cheekbone suffered in Monday's victory at Los Angeles. It remains the team's lone victory on this six-game trip.

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Cavs' bench struggles again in 106-91 loss to Thunder

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 11, 2012
Thompson vs Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY: Try as they might, the Cavaliers still can't find a combination of bench players who can keep games close.

Kyrie Irving had 20 points and five assists, Alonzo Gee had 18 points and Daniel Gibson had 16 off the bench, but the Cavs got little else out of their reserves in Sunday's 106-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Suns 107, Cavs 105 final thoughts: Time to assess the bench's depth

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 10, 2012
Miles defended

PHOENIX: Throughout training camp and much of the preseason, Cavs coach Byron Scott bragged about the depth of this team, about how if one guy isn't getting it done, he can look down the bench and find another option.

Yet less than two weeks into the season, those options have dried up. He typically is only playing about three reserves significant minutes, but Friday's loss to the Suns shortened that to two. C.J. Miles played less than five minutes in the second half -- all in the fourth quarter -- before Scott sat him down. 

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Cavaliers blow 26-point lead, lose to Suns on missed shot at buzzer

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 10, 2012
Irving rejection

 

PHOENIX: It was a unanimous opinion among the coaches and players. After hammering the Phoenix Suns in the first quarter Friday night, the Cavaliers quit playing.

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Cavs blow 26-point lead in loss to Suns

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 10, 2012
Gee vs Suns

PHOENIX: Kyrie Irving didn’t have any magic left in his tired legs and the Cavaliers blew a 26-point lead to lose to the Phoenix Suns 107-105 on Friday. The comeback was the third-largest in Suns history.

Irving had a shot to win it at the buzzer, but his 3-pointer was short off the front of the rim. Irving had 17 points and eight assists, but deferred through most of the fourth quarter to rookie Dion Waiters, who had a team-high 23 points and did his best to fend off the charging Suns.

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Scott angry with lack of defense in short-handed Cavs' 106-96 loss to Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 8, 2012
Miles defense

OAKLAND, CALIF.: The players were wounded and sick before the game. The coach was sick after it.

The Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday 106-96 because they dug an enormous hole in the first quarter and spent the rest of the night catching up. They had a pretty good reason, considering they were without Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller, while Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles both played with food poisoning.

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Irving scores 28, but short-handed Cavs fall to Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 8, 2012
Irving shot Warriors

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Kyrie Irving had 28 points and seven assists, but the short-handed Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday 106-96.

The Cavs were without Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller, leaving them vulnerable in the post. As a result, the Warriors’ David Lee and Carl Landry were difficult matchups most of the night. Lee had 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Landry had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

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Varejao a late scratch with sore knee

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 7, 2012
Varejao looking up

OAKLAND, Calif.: Anderson Varejao was a late scratch and is inactive for tonight's game against the Golden State Warriors.

Varejao has swelling in his right knee after he collided with former teammate Ryan Hollins in the Cavs' win over the Clippers on Monday. Varejao finished the game, but his knee has been stiff the past couple of days, so the Cavs scratched him. 

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Pregame: Cavs (2-2) at Warriors (2-2)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 7, 2012

Zeller out indefinitely following concussion, fractured cheekbone

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 7, 2012
Zeller shooting

SAN FRANCISCO: Cavs rookie Tyler Zeller is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion and fractured cheekbone in Monday's victory against the Los Angeles Clippers, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Zeller returned to Cleveland on Wednesday for more tests after was hit on the left side of his face with an errant elbow from the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan with 5:39 left Monday night. Initial X-rays taken at the arena were negative, but a CT scan on Tuesday revealed the fracture.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 108, Clippers 101

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2012
Griffin, Blake

LOS ANGELES: While Dion Waiters was methodically chopping down the Clippers with 28 points and seven 3-pointers Monday night, I received this question via Twitter.

"Has any NBA team ever had back to back ROYs?" 

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Dion Waiters, Kyrie Irving combine for 52 points in Cavs' 108-101 win over Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2012
Waiters fallaway Clippers

LOS ANGELES: If this works, if this slow and steady plan to build through the draft actually works and the Cavaliers eventually become an Eastern Conference power again, this will be remembered as the night it all started to fall into place.

Dion Waiters making seven 3-pointers and scoring a career-high 28 points, Kyrie Irving sticking the dagger 3-pointer in the final minute and strutting toward the Cavs’ bench with his arms outstretched. As the stunned Clippers staggered to their bench following a timeout, the two young Cavs’ stars met at halfcourt and celebrated with a leaping chest bump.

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Waiters scores 28 in Cavs' win over Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2012
Kyrie Clippers

LOS ANGELES: Dion Waiters scored a career-high 28 points and made seven 3-pointers and Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 10 assists in the Cavs' 108-101 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Waiters had by far his best night as a pro. He made 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions in the third quarter to thwart the Clippers' attempt at a comeback. Irving started hot, scoring 16 points in the first quarter, but went cold until the fourth quarter while Waiters took over.

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Pregame: Cavs (1-2) at Clippers (2-1)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 5, 2012

Final thoughts: Bucks 105, Cavs 102

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 4, 2012
Jennings 3

MILWAUKEE: The controversial finish, when the clock appeared to start late on Brandon Jennings' game winner at the buzzer, masked the real problem for the Cavs: what to do with their bench.

The Luke Walton experiment clearly isn't working. Byron Scott took the blame for it Friday night, saying it wasn't fair to put him up against Chicago's Taj Gibson. Walton played less than five minutes in the first half and never returned.

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Bucks beat Cavs on Jennings' controversial shot at the buzzer

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 4, 2012
Jennings celebration

MILWAUKEE: As the confetti and streamers fell around them, the Cavaliers stood by their bench stunned Saturday night, unwilling to leave the court until they knew for sure it was over.

Turns out, they had reason to be skeptical. The shot that beat them never should have counted.

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Final thoughts: Bulls 115, Cavs 86

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2012
Gibson diving Bulls

It's only two games, hardly enough time to sound the alarm, but it was disturbing to hear Byron Scott talk tonight about how the guys didn't come out prepared to match the Bulls' intensity from the start.

It's disturbing because it's what he has said so many times after losses each of the last two seasons. Good teams all too often absolutely crush the Cavs in the first 10-18 minutes, then take the rest of the night off. 

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Cavs again pounded by Bulls 115-86

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2012
Irving and Hinrich

CLEVELAND: A miserable first quarter doomed the Cavaliers in their 115-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday. The Cavs turned the ball over nine times – Kyrie Irving had four of them – and shot 31 percent in falling behind 32-16 after 12 minutes. They never recovered.

Irving had 15 points, but shot just 6 of 15 and finished with the four turnovers. Alonzo Gee had 12 points and Anderson Varejao had 12 points and five rebounds for the Cavs, who have dropped eight straight to the Bulls.

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Pregame: Bulls (1-0) at Cavs (1-0)

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2012

Irving discusses the making of Uncle Drew Chapter 2

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 1, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving is back as Uncle Drew. This time, he's bringing a couple of old friends with him.

Irving filmed the second installment of the hit PepsiMax series in early September in Los Angeles, although some parts were also filmed in Lakewood. Pepsi signed on Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love and NBA legend Bill Russell for the sequel.

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