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Recap: Celtics 106, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2010

This will be short and sweet. Not a whole lot to say about a one-sided game for three quarters.

Mo Williams couldn't defend Rajon Rondo in the playoffs last season. To the surprise of no one, he still can't. Rondo is quickly climbing the ranks of point guards in the league. Byron Scott put Chris Paul and Deron Williams at the top of the list and Rondo in the next tier down.

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Shaq awaiting LeBron's dust-up

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2010

Shaquille O'Neal watched all last season as LeBron James tossed powder in the air to the roar of a sellout crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena. Now O'Neal wants to see if James can do it again.

"I'm anxious to see him do the powder (expletive),'' O'Neal said. "We have bets he won't do it."

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Pregame: Celtics at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2010

Boston Celtics (12-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (7-9)
7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Joey Graham, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Celtics probable starters: PG Rajon Rondo, SG Ray Allen, SF Paul Pierce, PF Kevin Garnett, C Shaquille O'Neal
Injury report: Cavs -- None; Celtics -- Kendrick Perkins (right knee surgery) out, Jermaine O'Neal (knee) out, Delonte West (broken right wrist) out.
Officials: Dick Bavetta, Kevin Cutler, John Goble

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Scott fined $35,000 by league

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 28, 2010

Cavs coach Byron Scott knew it was coming. As expected, the league fined him $35,000 Sunday for his verbal assault on officials Ed Malloy, Bennie Adams and Kevin Fehr following Friday's loss to the Orlando Magic.

Scott knew when he opened his mouth Friday the fine was coming. He didn't seem to care, nor did he regret the comments Saturday when asked again about it before the Cavs' victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Recap: Cavs 92, Grizzlies 86

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2010

J.J. Hickson's big night came at the perfect time. With Boston and Miami headed to Cleveland next week, the Cavs need more than 5 or 6 points and 2 or 3 rebounds from Hickson if they have any chance at victory.

Hickson worked all summer on his jumper and seems to have fallen in love with it a little too much. He's out on the wings more often than he probably should be and not banging around enough in the post. Yet there Hickson was again in the first quarter on Saturday clanking jumpers from the wings.

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Cavs-Grizzlies In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2010

End 3Q: Cavs 75, Grizzlies 67
* The third quarter used to be the Cavs' weakness, but not tonight. Great quarter, led by Mo Williams' 12 points and three assists.

* But really the turnaround started on defense. The Cavs did a great job of closing down the lane and helping more on rotations. That led to easy baskets at the other end.

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Pregame: Grizzlies at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2010

Memphis Grizzlies (7-9) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-9)
7:30 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Joey Graham, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Grizzlies probable starters: PG Mike Conley, SG Xavier Henry, SF Rudy Gay, PF Zach Randolph, C Marc Gasol
Injury report: Cavs -- None; Grizzlies -- None

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Recap: Magic 111, Cavs 100

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 26, 2010

Byron Scott may have cost himself $25,000 tonight, but he doesn't sound too concerned over it.

"My checkbook is OK," Scott said, before letting loose a tirade rarely heard from coaches these days for fear of fines from the league office.

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Cavs-Magic In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 26, 2010

Halftime: Magic 62, Cavs 49

* This is the problem with trying to defend Dwight Howard. The Cavs are getting killed on the perimeter by allowing uncontested 3s. Orlando has made 11 of 20 3-pointers in the first half, many of them wide open looks.

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Jordan offers LeBron advice in ad

By Dan Published: November 26, 2010

Finally a reason Cavaliers fans can embrace Michael Jordan, even slightly. Make sure to watch until the end for the best part.

Update: Apparently this might be a video made by a fan. I still like it.

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Recap: Cavs 83, Bucks 81

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2010

If the Cavs are to have any chance at a successful season, this is the way Mo Williams will have to play nine games out of 10. He is their leader now. He is the closest they have to an Alpha dog. When Williams struggles, the Cavs don't have much of a chance.

That was illustrated Tuesday during a blowout loss to the Pacers, when Williams barely made an impact. He has seemed distant and uninterested at times this season. He has been fantastic other times. In the second half on Wednesday, he was fantastic.

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Mo Williams has bad thumb, Bogut out for Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2010

Mo Williams sprained his right thumb against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, but is playing through it. He won't tape it because he doesn't like the feeling of tape on his hand.

Williams had six points and three assists in last night's loss to the Pacers.

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Pregame: Cavs at Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-8) at Milwaukee Bucks (5-8)
7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Joey Graham, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Bucks probable starters: PG Brandon Jennings, SG John Salmons, SF Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF Drew Gooden, C Andrew Bogut
Injury report: Cavs -- None; Bucks -- Carlos Delfino (neck strain) day to day, Chris Douglas-Roberts (right eye) day to day, Darington Hobson (left hip surgery) out, Michael Redd (left ACL/MCL) out.

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Recap: Pacers 100, Cavs 89

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2010

It's only three games -- and two of them came against a pair of the league's best in New Orleans and San Antonio -- but the Cavs appear to be a team regressing. They're certainly not a team making progress.

The loss to the Raptors in the second game of the season was bad, but Tuesday's was worse. The Cavs were without a pair of starters (Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao) against the Raptors and J.J. Hickson quickly fell into foul trouble. The Cavs were at full strength and rested on Tuesday, but still managed to begin the game 1 for 9 from the floor, get outscored 17-3 during one stretch in the second quarter, allow an opponent more than 60 points in a half for the second straight game and thoroughly get outplayed at both ends of the floor.

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Cavs-Pacers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2010

End 3Q: Pacers 83, Cavs 56
* Not much more to add to this. Now they're just playing out the final quarter. Cavs switched to a zone late in the quarter, that didn't seem to help.

* Cavs could set a slew of "worst since" tonight. As in, worst loss since .... Fewest points since ....

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Pregame: Cavs at Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-7) at Indiana Pacers (6-6)
7 p.m., Conseco Fieldhouse, WTAM, FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Pacers probable starters: PG T.J. Ford, SG Mike Dunleavy, SF Danny Granger, PF Josh McRoberts, C Roy Hibbert
Officials: Steve Javie, Eli Roe, Zach Zarba
Injury report: Darren Collison (sprained left ankle) day to day.

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Graham in, Moon out at SF

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2010

Joey Graham will start for the Cavaliers tonight at small forward against the Indiana Pacers in place of Jamario Moon, coach Byron Scott confirmed this morning after the team's shootaround at Conseco Fieldhouse.

"I think Joey brings a different presence on the defensive end because he’s a little more physical and a little more aggressive," Scott said. "On the offensive end, he’s a guy we can go to a little bit in the post. Going against (Danny) Granger tonight, I thnk Joey will be physical and aggressive with him, but also someone we can say, 'OK Granger, you have to guard him, too."

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Postgame: Spurs 116, Cavs 92

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 21, 2010

Sorry for the lack of blogging/Twitter updates tonight. I had zero wireless access in the arena, which made for a complicating night. More on that in the latest installment of Road Diaries, coming tomorrow sometime when my blood pressure drops below 250.

On to the game...

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Pregame: Cavs at Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 20, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-6) at San Antonio Spurs (10-1)
8:30 p.m., AT&T Center, FS Ohio/WTAM

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Spurs probable starters: PG Tony Parker, SG Manu Ginobili, SF Richard Jefferson, PF DeJuan Blair, C Tim Duncan
Injury report: Cavs -- none; Spurs -- SG James Anderson (right foot stress fracture) out.

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Postgame: Hornets 108, Cavs 101

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 20, 2010

Antawn Jamison was curious to see the demeanor of his teammates at halftime, after the Cavs were blown off the court in the second quarter by the first-place Hornets.

The Cavs blew way too many easy looks in the quarter, while their defense faltered both in transition and in the half-court. The Hornets led by 19 at the half and all signs pointed to a second-half blowout.

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Cavs-Hornets In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2010

Halftime: Hornets 62, Cavs 43
* Tough quarter at both ends. Defensive rotations were lagging at times, as was transition defense, giving the Hornets open looks all over the court. The Hornets shot 13 of 20 in the quarter (5 of 8 on 3s), while the Cavs were a dreadful 4 of 23 (1 of 7 on 3s).

* The Cavs missed countless point-blank looks from inside the paint. By my count, they missed about 10 just in the second quarter, but it might be even more than that. It happened in the last game, too, but the Cavs got away with it because they were playing the Sixers. The Hornets are not the Sixers.

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Mo Williams to start vs. Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2010

Byron Scott left it up to Mo Williams whether he wanted to start or come off the bench against the New Orleans Hornets. Williams chose to start after missing two games with a groin injury. It's a remarkably fast recovery, considering his first groin injury kept him out of most of training camp and all but one preseason game.

He'll have a tough task in front of him in trying to slow Hornets point guard Chris Paul, who already has a 19-assist game this season.

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Pregame: Cavs-Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 19, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (5-5) at New Orleans Hornets (9-1)
8 p.m., New Orleans Arena, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Hornets probable starters: PG Chris Paul, SG Marco Belinelli, SF Trevor Ariza, PF David West, C Emeka Okafor
Officials: Bob Delaney, John Goble, Eric Lewis
Injury report: Cavs-- Mo Williams (groin) questionable; Hornets -- Marcus Thornton (right quad) probable

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Thursday's practice notes

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 18, 2010

I've got a flight to catch, so this is the abbreviated version.

* Mo Williams went through about 75 percent of practice today and took contact for the first time since re-aggravating the groin injury. But his status for tomorrow night at New Orleans still won't be known until closer to tip-off.

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Wednesday practice notes

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 17, 2010

I spent a few minutes today talking to Cavs forward Joey Graham, who has to be one of the most fascinating players in the league.

Graham is a licensed pilot, a trained chef and an accomplished musician. He credits his father for making his sons educated and well-rounded. Joey certainly fits that.

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Recap: Cavs 101, Sixers 93

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 16, 2010

The Cavs ended their four-game home losing streak. They played well in the third quarter. Anthony Parker looked good charging toward the stands.

But beneath all of that are a couple of interesting position battles brewing with the Cavaliers.

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Cavs-Sixers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 16, 2010

End 3Q: Cavs 80, Sixers 70
* Much, much better third quarter for Cavs than they've been producing. Outscored Philly 26-16, which is only the second time all season they have outscored the opponent in the third quarter.

* Most important has been the ball movement. Jamario Moon said the other day that guys shouldn't be holding the ball longer than 1.5 or 2 seconds. Anything longer starts to slow down the offense. Cavs did a decent job of keeping the ball moving in the quarter.

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Joe Tait released from Cleveland Clinc

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 16, 2010

Joe Tait was released from The Cleveland Clinic today following a procedure to prevent blood clots from forming in his lungs.

He will spend the next few weeks regaining strength before undergoing double bypass and aortic valve replacement surgery. No timetable has been set for the heart surgery, but right now the thinking is early January, the team said.

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Pregame: Sixers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 16, 2010

Philadelphia 76ers (2-8) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (4-5)
7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, FS Ohio/WTAM

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Sixers probable starters: PG Jrue Holiday, SG Evan Turner, SF Andres Nocioni, PF Elton Brand, C Spencer Hawes
Officials: Greg Willard, Nick Buchert, David Jones
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (groin) questionable; Anderson Varejao (ribs) questionable; Sixers -- Andre Iguodala (Achilles) out.

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Monday's practice notes

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 15, 2010

Mo Williams (groin) and Anderson Varejao (ribs) participated in the first 30-45 minutes of practice, Byron Scott said, but it was mostly conditioning. They sat out the contact portion while recovering from their injuries. Both are questionable for tomorrow night against the Sixers.

Scott acknowledged that Williams' groin injury doesn't seem as serious as the last one, which forced him out of most of training camp and the first three games of the season.

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Recap: Pacers 99, Cavs 85

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 13, 2010

After scoring 22 points in the first half, Danny Granger was supposed to be a marked man for the Cavaliers in the second half. Supposed to be.

At halftime, coach Byron Scott implored his starters to stick with Granger in the second half. Jamario Moon and those defending Granger had to stick with him, get through every screen and never leave him.

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Cavs-Pacers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 13, 2010

End 3Q: Pacers 73, Cavs 68
* The Cavs' starting power forward has two rebounds. Their starting center has three. Yet somehow the Pacers only lead in rebounding 28-27. Anthony Parker and Antawn Jamison each have seven, which is helping the cause immensely.

* Byron Scott was concerned with Indiana's 3-point shooting before the game and this is why: The Pacers were 6 of 14 on 3s before missing their last two of the quarter, while the Cavs are just 2 of 10. To this point, it's the difference in the game.

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Williams, Varejao both out vs. Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 13, 2010

Mo Williams (groin) and Anderson Varejao (ribs) will both miss tonight's game against the Indiana Pacers.

Ramon Sessions will start in place of Williams and Ryan Hollins will start at center in place of Varejao. Leon Powe will likely serve as Hollins' backup and rookies Manny Harris and Samardo Samuels are both active for the Cavs.

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Pregame: Pacers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 13, 2010

Indiana Pacers (3-4) at Cleveland Cavaliers (4-4)
7:30 p.m., WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Pacers probable starters: PG Darren Collison, SG Mike Dunleavy, SF Danny Granger, PF Josh McRoberts, C Roy Hibbert
Officials: Joey Crawford, Karl Lane, Tom Washington
Injury report: Cavs -- Mo Williams (groin) questionable, Anderson Varejao (ribs) questionable; Pacers -- Jeff Foster (sprained right ankle) out.

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Varejao has MRI, Mo update tomorrow

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 11, 2010

Anderson Varejao had an MRI today at the Cleveland Clinic to confirm the right rib contusion he suffered during Wednesday's loss to the Nets.

Mo Williams' groin injury will be re-evaluated tomorrow before practice. The Cavaliers had today off following the back-to-back games with the Nets.

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Recap: Nets 95, Cavs 87

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 10, 2010

Mo Williams is a fairly emotional player to begin with, so it was no surprise to see him standing in front of his locker with a dejected look on his face tonight. It's easy to understand why.

This makes at least four groin injuries for Williams over the last three years, plus he had the hernia surgery in 2008 before joining the Cavs. Clearly, this is a recurring problem he'll have to contend with for the rest of his career.

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Cavs-Nets In-Game report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 10, 2010

End 3Q: Cavs 69, Nets 67
* No surprise here: Another bad third quarter for the Cavs, who struggled with their shots and have let the Nets back in the game. The Cavs were 6 of 18 in the quarter and were outrebounded by the Nets 13-8. Against a quality NBA team, Cavs would be down about 10 the way they played that quarter.

* Big quarter for Antawn Jamison, who kept the Cavs ahead with 8 points and 4 rebounds. The knee is fine.

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Pregame: Nets at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 10, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (4-3) vs. New Jersey Nets (2-5)
7:30 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Nets probable starters: PG Devin Harris, SG Anthony Morrow, SF Travis Outlaw, PF Troy Murphy, C Robin Lopez
Referees: Bill Spooner, Curtis Blair, Eric Lewis
Injury report: Cavs -- Antawn Jamison (knee) questionable; Nets -- Terrance Williams (abdominal strain) probable.

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Recap: Cavs 93, Nets 91

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 9, 2010

When Byron Scott joined the Indiana Pacers, he was a veteran past his prime with three championship rings. He embraced the opportunity to teach a young Pacers team how to win, while giving some advice to Reggie Miller on his path to stardom.

Antawn Jamison doesn't have three championship rings. In fact, he doesn't have any. And Jamison believes he can earn another contract after his current deal expires after next season. So he isn't as eager to embrace the bench role Scott did later in his career.

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Cavs-Nets In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 9, 2010

End 3Q: Nets 65, Cavs 63
* Can't say enough tonight about the combined efforts of Antawn Jamison and JJ Hickson. Hickson started slowly during the game's first six minutes, but Jamison seems to have inspired him. The pair has combined for 26 points and 15 rebounds -- excellent production from the power forward position. Of course, Troy Murphy also has 10 rebounds for the Nets. A lot of post production tonight.

* Mo Williams really, really struggling with his shot tonight. Missed his first nine, now 1 of 12. Yet he still has seven assists, so it's not a completely wasted night.

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Pregame: Cavs at Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 9, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (3-3) at New Jersey Nets (2-4)
7 p.m., Prudential Center, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Nets probable starters: PG Devin Harris, SG Anthony Morrow, SF Travis Outlaw, PF Troy Murphy, C Brook Lopez
Officials: Marc Davis, Derek Richardson, Leon Wood
Injury report: Cavs -- Antawn Jamison (left knee) probable; Nets -- Terrence Williams (lower abdominal strain) questionable.

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Road Diaries/Cavs update

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 8, 2010

Thank you, Continental, for merging with United and destroying your Cleveland hub. Your idiocy prevented me from booking a direct to Newark, since you wanted more than $500 for a one way ticket, and instead forced me to fly Delta today, which is equally stupid for merging with Northwest.

Northwest, I'm convinced, is managed by drunken fraternity brothers, since I've never flown Northwest and arrived on time in the same city as my luggage. And that includes tonight.

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Final: Cavs 107, Wizards 102

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2010

In case you missed it -- and six games into the season, you probably did -- the team in first place in the Central Division Sunday morning is the same team that has been there much of the last few years. The LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers.

At 3-3, it's not exactly a commanding lead. But the Cavs have shown something on the road the last two nights that makes you believe this isn't a lost season. The rebirth of Boobie Gibson was never more evident than it was on this trip and Mo Williams can dominate against lesser competition.

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Cavs-Wizards In-game report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2010

End 3Q: Cavs 76, Wizards 76
* The third quarter has been a problem for Cavs this season and it was so again. An eight-point halftime lead quickly became a deficit because the Cavs just stopped attacking the rim. They started the quarter 3 of 17 from the floor before finally getting inside a little bit near the end of the quarter to tie the game.

* Mo Williams had a free layup waiting for him early in the quarter, but elected to pull up for a 3 and he clanked it. It began a disturbing trend of the Cavs failing to get anything of substance out of their halfcourt offense. The Cavs attacked in transition, but too many of their looks out of the offense came from the outside. Most of them were misses, including a pair of air balls.

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Jamison sits again vs. Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2010

It won't be much of a homecoming tonight for Antawn Jamison. He is sidelined for the third straight game with swelling in his left knee.

Jamison took part in pregame shooting at the Verizon Center, his home arena for 5 1/2 years. But by sitting tonight, he'll have three more days to get ready before the Cavs play in New Jersey. Scott is hopeful Jamison can return then, but the swelling in his knee has been slow to subside.

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Road Diaries

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2010

Logistically and price-wise, it made more sense to stay near the airport for Friday's game against Philadelphia and take a cab to the arena for shootaround in the morning. I was going to meet News-Herald Cavs writer Bob Finnan at the Airport Marriott and we'd share a cab to the arena.

I found a bellman and asked him where I could find a cab to take us to the arena district in South Philly. I told him I figured it would cost about $10 or $15 bucks and wanted to make sure that was accurate. He didn't say anything at first, then looked around to make sure no one was watching and leaned in like he had a big secret, like he was going to tell me where The Situation left his common sense.

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Pregame: Cavs at Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (2-3) at Washington Wizards (1-3)
7 p.m., Verizon Center, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams, SG Anthony Parker, SF Jamario Moon, PF J.J. Hickson, C Anderson Varejao
Wizards probable starters: PG John Wall, SG Kirk Hinrich, SF Al Thornton, PF Andray Blatche, C Javale McGee
Officials: Ed Malloy, Matt Boland, Eric Dalen
Injury report: Cavs -- Antawn Jamison (questionable); Wizards -- Josh Howard (torn left ACL) out.

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Road Diaries

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 6, 2010

I can't leave Philly without a Philly Cheesesteak. Unfortunately, I waited until nearly 1 a.m. to order it and it won't be here til 1:30. So that leaves time to start a new column on the blog, Road Diaries. This is where I'll put all the strange, surreal, sometimes illegal things that happen on the road this season.

For instance, the first trip of the sesaon to Toronto. I was stepping off the plane when Garin Narain, Cavs media relations man, called to see if I was coming to practice in Independence because it was wrapping a little early. Having my hands full, I reached for my phone ... and dropped it. It hit the brace that holds the seats on the plane and cracked the screen.

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Recap: Cavs 123, Sixers 116

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 5, 2010

Sorry for the shoddy blog work tonight. Blame the Wells Fargo Center's lousy wireless connections. On to the game...

The Cavs will win a handful of games this season simply because they know how to win. This was one of those nights.

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Cavs-76ers In-game report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 5, 2010

Halftime: Cavs 61, Sixers 53

* This game is taking on the same feel as all the rest. The Cavs are still struggling to play well for four quarters. The Sixers have shot their way back into this game (12 of 19, 63 percent in the second quarter) much like the Hawks shot their way to a huge first-quarter lead by shooting 72 percent the other night. The Sixers are a 1-4 team the Cavs had down early, but the Cavs have let them back in it.

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Jamison out vs. Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 5, 2010

Antawn Jamison is inactive tonight and will miss his second consecutive game with tendinitis in his left knee. The Cavs are still hopeful he might be able to return tomorrow night at Washington.

"The knee has gotten better, but he still has a little soreness in there,'' coach Byron Scott said. "If it was April, the last five games of the season and you were trying to get a different seeding for the playoffs, he could play. But right now it's still a little sore, the flexibility is not all the way there. So obviously we want to be a little more cautious with it."

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Pregame: Cavs at Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 5, 2010

Cleveland Cavaliers (1-3) at Philadelphia 76ers (1-4)
7 p.m., Wells Fargo Center, WTAM/FS Ohio

Cavs probable starters: PG Mo Williams (12.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), SG Anthony Parker (10.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.3 apg), SF Jamario Moon (6.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), PF J.J. Hickson (18.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg), C Anderson Varejao (6.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.3 apg)
76ers probable starters: PG Jrue Holiday (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.5 apg), SG Andre Iguodala (15.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 6.8 apg), SF Andres Nocioni (8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), PF Elton Brand (16.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), C Spencer Hawes (3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.8 apg)
Officials: Mike Callahan, Scott Bolnick, Sean Wright
Injury report: Cavs -- Antawn Jamison (left knee) questionable; Sixers -- None.

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Cavs post-practice report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 4, 2010

* As expected, Mo Williams will start tomorrow night at Philadelphia and is expected to remain in that role for the rest of the season.

* Antawn Jamison returned to practice today and is questionable for tomorrow night. The team wants to see how his left knee responds tomorrow morning to today's workout before making a decision on his availability. I doubt Byron Scott would play him in both games of the back-to-back right now. Given that, he may give Jamison his choice whether or not he wants to play tomorrow in Philly or Saturday in Washington. The game in Washington, of course, would be his first return to the Verizon Center since the Cavs traded for him last season. That was just a long-winded way to say don't be surprised of Jamison sits tomorrow and plays Saturday in front of his old fans.

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Cavs post-practice report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 3, 2010

Not much shaking today at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Here are some of the highlights:

* Antawn Jamison sat out today's practice with his sore left knee. Not much of a surprise. Coach Byron Scott said the knee was feeling better today and there is a chance Jamison can return on Friday at Philadelphia.

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Hawks 100, Cavs 88

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2010

This is where the Cavs are right now: Byron Scott was praising the effort of his team in a 12-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks, a playoff team, but by no means one of the top three teams in the East.

The Cavaliers were much better defensively in the final three quarters Tuesday than they were at any point in the previous seven. Dating back to the second half against Toronto, the entire game against Sacramento and the first quarter against the Hawks, the Cavs' defense was anemic.

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Cavs-Hawks In-game report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2010

End 3Q: Hawks 74, Cavs 73

* Great quarter at both ends of the floor. The third quarter has been a huge problem for the Cavs this year (they've allowed 31 points in each of the last two games). But they contested shots, did a better job of cutting off the floor and held the Hawks to 15 points on 6 of 25 shooting.

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Jamison out vs. Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2010

Antawn Jamison will not play in the Cavs' game tonight against Atlanta. Jamison woke up with swelling in his troublesome left knee on Monday, so coach Byron Scott will hold him out tonight as a precaution. Jamison is just 7 of 22 from the floor, which follows an 8 for 38 preseason.

Still, Scott maintains he is more concerned with Jamison's knee than his shot.

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Pregame: Hawks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2010

Atlanta Hawks (3-0) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2)
7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena

Cavs probable starters: PG Ramon Sessions (13.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), SG Anthony Parker (10.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.7 apg), SF Jamario Moon (6.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.7 apg),PF J.J. Hickson (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.7 apg), C Anderson Varejao (8.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.0 apg).
Hawks probable starters: PG Mike Bibby (13.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.7 apg), SG Joe Johnson (23.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), SF Marvin Williams (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), PF Josh Smith (11.7 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.3 apg), C Al Horford (14.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Officials: Marc Davis, David Guthrie, Josh Tiven
Injury report: Cavs -- Antawn Jamison (left knee) questionable; Hawks -- Maurice Evans (right knee) out, Pape Sy (back) out.

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Monday post-practice notes

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 1, 2010

* Mo Williams will make his debut tomorrow night against Atlanta, but Byron Scott hasn't decided yet whether or not he'll start. That was a bit surprising to hear, but I would guess Williams will start and play his usual alottment of minutes.

* A big problem for the Cavs defensively has been a lack of rotating. Players are sticking to their man, or getting caught in between rotating and sticking with their man, when Scott often wants them to forget about man defense and instead follow the system. Opponents are getting wide open looks because guys are getting caught in between. That was a big focus of today's work. Scott said the guys have to trust that their teammate will also rotate to their man. Williams said it's a selfish thing that players are worried about their "man" scoring.

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