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Kyrie Irving back as Uncle Drew ... with a few guest stars

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2012

Kyrie Irving is back as Uncle Drew with the second installment of the hit Pepsi Max character. He brought a few surprise friends with him. Enjoy...

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Walton to stick in Cavs' rotation

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: Byron Scott didn't know until nine minutes into the game whether or not he would use Luke Walton. Now that he's turned to the veteran, he's not turning back.

Scott likes the leadership and passing ability Walton brings to the second unit. He likes how Walton doesn't need the ball in his hands to make things happen, something that really isn't true of Samardo Samuels. So for now, Walton is in the Cavs' rotation and Samuels is out.

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Final thoughts: Cavs 94, Wizards 84

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2012
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There was a sequence with about five minutes left in the third quarter and the Cavs up 61-50 that perfectly illustrates what this team will be at its best.

Dion Waiters stood dribbling at the top of the key, when he penetrated and the defense collapsed on him. He dropped an easy pass to Tristan Thompson, who missed the easy shot, but Anderson Varejao was there for the offensive rebound.

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Irving scores 29, Varejao has 23 rebounds in Cavs win over Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2012
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CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving had 29 points, Anderson Varejao had career highs of 23 rebounds and nine assists and the Cavaliers squandered a 16-point lead before rallying to beat the Wizards 94-84 in their season opener on Tuesday.

The Cavs went scoreless for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, allowing the Wizards to turn a 74-62 deficit into a 76-74 lead. But when Cavs coach Byron Scott reinserted his starters, rookie Dion Waiters sank a big 3-pointer and the Cavs held on.

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Dan Gilbert regrets adding guarantee to post-LeBron letter

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2012
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CLEVELAND: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said tonight he regrets guaranteeing the Cavaliers would win a championship before LeBron James and the Miami Heat. That ended, of course, in June when the Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder for James' first championship.

"Looking back now, that probably was not the most brilliant thing I've ever done in my life," Gilbert said. "If you're going to predict something that doesn't happen and you're going to do it publicly, you'd for sure take it back. When that happened, when they won, it was the end of the end of the end of that whole thing. Now there's nothing more to talk about."

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Pregame: Wizards at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2012

Waiters to get long-awaited start in Cavs opener

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 29, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: Rookie Dion Waiters' drought of not starting a game ends Tuesday in the Cavs' season opener against the Washington Wizards. He'll be joined by Kyrie Irving, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao in what is assuredly one of the youngest starting lineups in the NBA.

Since he came off the bench for two years at Syracuse, Waiters last started a game in high school. He struggled through a difficult preseason, making just 34 percent of his shots (35 percent on 3-pointers), but coach Byron Scott has said for days that Waiters made great strides during the final week of camp.

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Irving returns to practice, expects to play in opener

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 28, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving returned to Cavs practice on Sunday and believes he'll be ready to play in Tuesday's season opener, but he still must be cleared by team doctors.

"I have confidence I'll play Tuesday, but it's up to the doctors," Irving said. "I feel good right now and we'll see going into game time."

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Cavs waive 3, set opening night roster

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 27, 2012

The Cavaliers waived center Micheal Eric, forward Kevin Jones and guard D'Aundray Brown on Saturday to set their opening-night roster at 15. 

All three were undrafted rookies. Eric played on the Cavs' summer league team, but disappointed with an inconsistent training camp. Jones is an undersized power forward and Brown was signed on Thursday in an attempt to get him on the Cavs' Development League team roster.

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Cavs sign former Cleveland State star D'Aundray Brown

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 25, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers signed former Cleveland State guard D'Aundray Brown on Thursday. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.5 rebounds as a senior last season for the Vikings and has been in the Cavs' facility multiple times working out. 

Brown is a longshot to make the roster, but by signing him now, the Cavaliers can manuever to get him on their Development League roster in Canton even if he's not on their 15-man NBA roster.

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Cavs pick up Byron Scott's option for 2013-14 season

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 24, 2012
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The Cavaliers picked up coach Byron Scott's option for next season, an NBA source said. Scott initially signed a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth season.

Scott is 40-108 in two seasons with the Cavs, but it has long been expected they would pick up the option. It wouldn't be a surprise if he signed an extension. The Cavs have been pleased with Scott's work developing a young roster, while Scott professed his love for the organization over the summer.

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Cavs unveil new court design

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 24, 2012

The Cavaliers will have a new court design for this season, which owner Dan Gilbert unveiled on his Twitter account this morning. 

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Cavs' new lineup falls to Pacers in preseason finale

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 23, 2012
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CLEVELAND: Tyler Zeller had 13 points and seven rebounds in his first start, but the Cavaliers managed just 11 points in the fourth quarter in losing to the Indiana Pacers 100-82 on Tuesday in their preseason finale. The Cavs finish the preseason 3-4. 

Cavs coach Byron Scott mixed up his starting lineup, inserting Zeller and Alonzo Gee and removing Tristan Thompson and C.J. Miles. Both Zeller and Gee (18 points, five rebounds) responded with big nights, but the Cavs managed just 13 assists compared to 17 turnovers.

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Zeller to start tonight against Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 23, 2012
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CLEVELAND: Tyler Zeller will make his first start tonight in the Cavs' preseason finale against the Indiana Pacers. Alonzo Gee has also been reinserted into the starting lineup, while C.J. Miles and Tristan Thompson will come off the bench.

"It lets all these young guys know that there are two spots that are taken: Kyrie and Andy," Cavs coach Byron Scott said. "The other three are still up for grabs. That still is true right now."

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Kyrie Irving second on NBA GM poll of breakout stars

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 22, 2012
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Kyrie Irving ranked second behind Golden State's Klay Thompson in voting among all 30 NBA general managers as the player most likely to have a breakout season. 

Irving finished tied with San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard. Three GMs each voted for Irving and Leonard, while four voted for Thompson.

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Scott tweaking lineup, rotation for preseason finale

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 22, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: Cavs coach Byron Scott is changing his rotation for tomorrow night's preseason finale against the Indiana Pacers.

Scott wouldn't divulge details, but the most likely scenario would be to move Alonzo Gee back into the starting lineup and push rookie Dion Waiters to the bench. That would push C.J. Miles from small forward to shooting guard.

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Cavs exercise options on Irving, Thompson

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 19, 2012

The Cavaliers on Friday exercised their team options on reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson for the 2013-14 season. 

Irving appeared in 51 games (all starts) in 2011-12, averaging 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Thompson averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds.

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Irving scores 22, Cavs beat Magic in overtime

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 15, 2012
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CINCINNATI: Kyrie Irving shot well and scored 22 points and Omri Casspi scored seven of his 12 points in overtime as the Cavs beat the Magic 114-111 on Monday.

Irving broke out of his shooting funk by making 5 of 8 shots and all 11 of his free throws. He began the night shooting just 24 percent in the preseason (11 of 46), although no one seemed overly concerned.

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Cavs fall to Wizards 99-95

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 13, 2012

 CLEVELAND: Tristan Thompson had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Andersno Varejao had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the Cavaliers' 99-95 preseason loss to the Washington Wizards on Saturday.

Thompson did most of his damage in the first quarter, when he had 13 of the Cavs' first 18 points and six of their first 11 rebounds. He sent the Wizards' Jan Vesely to the bench early with two fouls while dominating in the post.

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Cavs' Thompson says he paid for Kabongo's visit and was reimbursed

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 11, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: Tristan Thompson said he turned over evidence to the NCAA that he paid for Texas guard Myck Kabongo's visit to Cleveland over the summer, but that Kabongo's brother reimbursed him. 

Yahoo! Sports reported late Wednesday night that the NCAA is investigating Kabongo's relationship with Cleveland-based agent Rich Paul to determine if any violations were committed by Kabongo's visit here, which included private workouts with a personal trainer.

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Cavs waive Anderson, Holiday

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 10, 2012

The Cavaliers waived guards Kevin Anderson and Justin Holiday on Wednesday, the final two players added to the roster for training camp purposes. 

Each player appeared in one preseason game for the Cavs and neither had much of a chance to make the team. Anderson is an undersized point guard who spent last season in France. Holiday, who played for the Cavs' summer league team, is the brother of 76ers guard Jrue Holiday.

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Samuels scores 14 in win over Siena

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 8, 2012

 CLEVELAND: Samardo Samuels had 14 points, Donald Sloan had 13 points and Dion Waiters had 11 points off the bench as the Cavs beat Siena on Monday, 91-85. 

C.J. Miles started over Waiters at shooting guard and had 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. Coach Byron Scott insisted it's too early to read anything into his rotations at this point and simply wants Waiters, the fourth overall pick, to earn the starting job.

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Scott: Waiters has to earn starting job

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 8, 2012
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CLEVELAND: Dion Waiters won't start Monday night's preseason opener at shooting guard. C.J. Miles will.

Scott insists it isn't an indictment on Waiters and that fans shouldn't read anything into it, he's simply making the rookie earn the job.

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Samuels enters season in best shape of his career

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 4, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: In one summer, Samardo Samuels transformed himself from incredible bulk to the Incredible Hulk.

He has lost at least 20 pounds since last season and cut his body fat from 15 percent down to somewhere between 6 and 7 percent. He said during summer league games his body fat was around 9 percent, but says now it's even less.

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Thompson is early favorite to start for Cavs at forward

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 3, 2012
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INDEPENDENCE: With so many positions up for grabs during training camp, Cavs coach Byron Scott called Tristan Thompson the early favorite to begin the season as the starting power forward.

"As of right now, I'd have to give him the edge," Scott said.

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Cavs open Camp Scott focused on defense

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 2, 2012

INDEPENDENCE: The lockout last season spared Cavaliers players from the worst of Byron Scott's training camp, but they aren't as fortunate this season.

The infamous Camp Scott began in full force with Tuesday's opening pracitce and another is scheduled for Tuesday night. The sessions are heavy on conditioning and defense for obvious reasons -- Scott wants to run and the defense has been abysmal each of the last two seasons.

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Cavs rookie Tyler Zeller's NBA diary

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 1, 2012

Tyler Zeller is one of the rookies writing a diary for NBA.com. Not sure yet if it's a recurring item or one-time only (I'll find out on Tuesday), but for now, here is today's entry.

 

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Irving healthy, ready to go

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 1, 2012
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Kyrie Irving is healthy and ready for the start of Cavaliers training camp.

Irving was cleared to return a couple of weeks ago following a fractured wrist he suffered during summer league practice in July. The reigning Rookie of the Year appeared at Cavs media day on Monday joking with teammates, showing off his left hand and excited to play alongside rookie Dion Waiters.

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