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Recap: Bobcats 98, Cavs 97

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2011

The Cavs were six inches away from their first winning streak since early November -- and just their second winning streak of the season. Instead, Dante Cunningham got a finger on Anthony Parker's shot at the buzzer and the Bobcats escaped with a much-needed victory to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Cavs fans are probably happy with the loss. After all, the Minnesota Timberwolves' futility is breathing down the Cavs' necks for the league's worst record. Minnesota has dropped seven straight and doesn't look like a team very interested right now.

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Cavs fall to Bobcats at buzzer 98-97

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2011

The Cavs went scoreless over the game's final two minutes and fell to the Charlotte Bobcats 98-97 Wednesday when Anthony Parker’s floater at the buzzer bounced around and fell out.

The Cavs were coming off an emotional victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Tuesday and trying for their first winning streak since early November. J.J. Hickson had 20 points, 16 in the second half, Ramon Sessions had 24 points off the bench and Parker had 14 for the Cavs. He had made 6 of 8 shots before taking the final shot at the buzzer.

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Cavs-Bobcats In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2011

End 3Q: Cavs 76, Bobcats 76
* Fouls could play a big role in the fourth quarter. J.J. Hickson played the final two minutes of the third quarter with four fouls because Byron Scott didn't have many other options. Ryan Hollins begins the fourth with four fouls and Luke Harangody has three.

* Anthony Parker is on fire. He's 6 of 8 tonight after going 7 of 9 in last night's win over Miami. This from a guy who was shooting about 25 percent in his previous six games.

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Pregame: Cavs at Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (15-58) at Charlotte Bobcats (31-42)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: Time Warner Cable Arena; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probable starters: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Bobcats probable starters: PG D.J. Augustin, SG Gerald Henderson, SF Stephen Jackson, PF Boris Diaw, C Kwame Brown
Officials: Bob Delaney, Curtis Blair, Leon Wood
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Samardo Samuels (wrist) out. Bobcats -- D.J. Augustin (knee, ankle) questionable; C DeSagana Diop (Achilles) out; G Shaun Livingston (tailbone) questionable, C Joel Przybilla (knee) doubtful.
Who's hot/who's not: Anthony Parker entered shooting 24 percent over his last six games, but he went 4 of 4 on 3-pointers in Tuesday’s win over the Heat. Parker finished with 20 points, surpassing his point total from his last five games combined. ... Center Ryan Hollins didn’t have gaudy numbers (13 points, three rebounds), but he was brilliant in slowing Chris Bosh Tuesday and finished with a plus/minus of plus-33. ... Charlotte’s D.J. Augustin, hobbled with two leg injuries, is shooting 33 percent over his last six games.

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Cavs stun LeBron, Heat 102-90

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2011

The Cavs outscored the Miami Heat 18-5 over the game’s final seven minutes and stunned LeBron James in his second game back in Cleveland 102-90 on Tuesday.

James had a triple double with 27 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Cavs had an 18-0 scoring run in the third quarter and held the Heat to two baskets over the game’s final seven minutes.

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Cavs-Heat In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2011

End 3Q: Cavs 75, Heat 70
* Wild, wild quarter. The Cavs blew the game open with an 18-0 run, then the Heat answered with 22-1 run to close quarter. As it stands, the Cavs taking a five-point lead into the fourth.

* LeBron James' 3-point heave at the end of the quarter was reviewed and counted. At first, it was ruled after the buzzer, but the refs concluded there was a clock malfunction and the shot counts. Big swing.

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Pregame: Heat (51-22) at Cavs (14-58)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2011

Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probables: PG Baron Davis, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Heat probables: PG Mike Bibby, SG Dwyane Wade, SF LeBron James, PF Chris Bosh, C Erick Dampier
Officials: Ed Malloy, James Williams, Gary Zielinski
Injury report: Cavs -- Samardo Samuels (wrist) doutbful, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) out, F Antawn Jamison (finger) out; Heat -- Mario Chalmers (knee) out, Mike Miller (knee) out, Udonis Haslem (foot) out, Dexter Pittman (knee) out, Zydrunas Ilgauskas (foot) probable
Who's hot/who's not: Baron Davis had 19 points, equaling his high with the Cavs, in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. ... Anthony Parker is shooting 24 percent (10 of 41) over his last six games. LeBron James is averaging 32 points and shooting 63 percent (63 of 100) in his last five games. ... Dwyane Wade is averaging 31.3 points in his last four games.

Notes
* Baron Davis will start at point guard tonight for the Cavs. Byron Scott feels it's time -- past time, actually -- and Davis finally agreed this morning before shootaround that he was ready to start. His minutes aren't likely to increase, though, meaning he'll play 24-27 minutes tonight.

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Cleveland Cavs PG Baron Davis starting against the Miami Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2011

Baron Davis will make his first start for the Cavaliers tonight against the Miami Heat. While it seems ironic Davis will be starting against LeBron James and the Heat, coach Byron Scott said the opponent had nothing to do with the decision.

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Cavs fall to Hawks 99-83

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 27, 2011

The Cavaliers went scoreless for the game's first five minutes and never really recovered in falling to the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday 99-83 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Baron Davis had 19 points and seven assists off the bench and starter Ramon Sessions had 13 points and three assists, but the Cavs lost for the 11th time in their last 14 games.

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Cavs-Hawks In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 27, 2011

End 3Q: Hawks 74, Cavs 66
* The Cavs look like a different team when Baron Davis is in there. It's no wonder Byron Scott wants to see what he'll look like when he's a little healthier. Davis has played only 13 minutes thus far because Scott wants him to play the entire fourth. That's been his M.O. whenever he has played.

* The Hawks aren't a very good team. They've lost 14 of their last 22 and I really don't think anyone takes them seriously as a threat in the Eastern Conference. They have struggled to hold onto a double-digit lead today against the league's worst team.

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LeBron James returning to Cleveland

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 26, 2011

So LeBron James and the Miami Heat are coming back to Cleveland on Tuesday night. Do you care? Is the venom still as deep as it was Dec. 2, or has the Cavs' lousy season stripped away some of the interest? Let me know what you think.

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Cavs edge Pistons 97-91

By Nate Published: March 25, 2011

Point guard Baron Davis scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, and forward J.J. Hickson finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds to help the host Cavaliers snap their four-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Davis played for the first time since March 17. He had been sidelined during the Cavs’ previous three games with back and knee injuries. In his return, he hit a backbreaking 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left to seal the Cavs' win.

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Cavs-Pistons In-Game Report

By Nate Published: March 25, 2011

4Q in progress

*Cavs point guard Baron Davis hit a backbreaking 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left to seal Cleveland's 97-91 win.

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Cavs guard Baron Davis expected to play 20-25 minutes tonight, but won't start

By Nate Published: March 25, 2011

Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis will return to action tonight against the Detroit Pistons after being sidelined since March 17 with knee and back injuries. Davis won't start, but he's expected to play 20-25 minutes, Cavs coach Byron Scott said this morning at the team's shootaround.

"Baron will play. We had a good discussion yesterday about where he felt he was," Scott said. "He felt he was a little rusty, but also felt he wanted to be on the court. He wanted to play. We talked about limiting his minutes, obviously, but he wants to get out there and just play with his teammates and get a good feel. He will play tonight, won't start. He'll play probably between 20-25 minutes."

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Cavs guard Baron Davis will play, might start Friday

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 24, 2011

Baron Davis returned to practice today for the Cavaliers and could start Friday against the Detroit Pistons. That decision won't be made until Friday morning, likely after Davis goes through shootaround to test his knee and his back.

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Recap: Nets 98, Cavs 94 OT

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2011

The Cavaliers could use Kris Humphries. Maybe not THE Kris Humphries, since the Nets likely aren't inclined to move him anytime soon, but they need someone like Kris Humphries.

Humphries was an NBA journeyman, with stops at Utah, Toronto and Dallas through his first six seasons. Humphries is a bit undersized at 6-foot-9, but he's always carried the reputation as a high energy, hustle player who could rebound. The Nets got him on the cheap last season from Dallas. He was buried at the end of the Mavericks bench and shipped to New Jersey last season for the low, low price of warm body Eduardo Najera.

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Cavs fall to Nets in overtime

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2011

Kris Humphries had 18 points and a career-high 23 rebounds and the New Jersey Nets made 11 of 13 free throws in overtime to escape Cleveland with a 98-94 victory over the Cavs.

The Nets made just two baskets in overtime, but did the rest of the work at the line. Brook Lopez had 18 points and five rebounds before fouling out in overtime, Sasha Vujacic had 18 points and the Nets ended a four-game losing streak.

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Cavs-Nets In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2011

End 4Q: Cavs 82, Nets 82
* The Cavs had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but Anthony Parker's turnaround jumper was well off the mark. The Nets tied it on Brook Lopez's tip off his own miss on the Nets' previous possession.

* Ramon Sessions just got his first assist with about four minutes left in the game. He has really struggled the last couple of weeks. It would be easy to blame it on the acquisition of Baron Davis, but Davis has only played in four games since the deal.

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Pregame: Nets (22-47) at Cavs (13-56)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2011


Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR
Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF J.J. Hickson, C Ryan Hollins
Nets probables: PG Jordan Farmar, SG Anthony Morrow, SF Stephen Graham, PF Kris Humphries, C Brook Lopez
Officials: Marc Davis, Josh Tiven, Sean Wright
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Semih Erden (groin) doubtful, F Antawn Jamison (finger) out, Baron Davis (back) doubtful; Nets -- Deron Williams (wrist) out; F Damion Jones (foot) out; G-F Quinton Ross (back) out.
Who's hot/Who's not: J.J. Hickson has averaged 23 points in his last two games. ... Small forward Alonzo Gee is shooting 30 percent (6 of 20) and averaging 5.7 points in his last three games. ... Nets center Brook Lopez is averaging 24.2 points and 7.4 rebounds over his last 11 games. ... Kris Humphries has grabbed double figures in rebounds in 11 straight games and 14 of his last 17.

Notes
* Ryan Hollins will start at center tonight, with J.J. Hickson shifting to power forward and Samardo Samuels moving to the bench. Scott simply wanted more size against the Nets, who start 7-foot center Brook Lopez. Hollins is also 7 feet tall, while Hickson and Samuels are both 6-9.

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Hollins to start at center Wednesday vs. Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2011

Ryan Hollins will start at center tonight for the Cavs and J.J. Hickson will shift to power forward less than a week after coach Byron Scott called Hickson his center for the remainder of the season.

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Tuesday practice report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 22, 2011

Byron Scott is "110 percent" sure how he wants to juggle the starting lineup, but he won't reveal it until tomorrow. Too many players had sore backs today and were struggling with random bumps and bruises to really go all out. Nothing serious, Scott said, but enough to make a 90-minute physical practice a bad idea.

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Recap: Magic 97, Cavs 86

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2011

Both Cavs coach Byron Scott and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy were griping about effort after tonight's game. Scott was upset the Cavs got off to another lousy start and Van Gundy was upset the Magic let the Cavs back in the game.

There is a really simple explanation for all of this: The Cavs don't have the talent to match most other teams in the league when those other teams are actually trying. And they're usually trying in the first quarter. Then the opponents built a big lead, get bored, stop playing and try to bleed out the clock to move on to another city and play another game. Such is life during an 82-game season.

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Magic complete season sweep of Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2011

Dwight Howard had 28 points and 18 rebounds and Brandon Bass added 22 points in the Orlando Magic’s 97-86 win on the road over Cleveland, completing the first season sweep of the Cavs since 2002-03.

The former rivals are now a giant mismatch. The Magic won all four games this season by an average of 10.6 points.

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Cavs-Magic In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2011

End 3Q: Magic 80, Cavs 58
* What's sad is to think that a year ago at this time, the Magic and Cavs were bitter rivals anxiously awaiting an epic playoff clash between Shaq and Dwight Howard. Now the Magic are disinterested and still pounding the Cavs by 22.

* Not much else to say. The Magic are shooting 50 percent from the floor and have struggled on 3-pointers (7 of 21) otherwise this really would've gotten out of hand.

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Pregame: Magic at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2011

Orlando Magic (44-26) at Cleveland Cavaliers (13-55)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

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Cavs fall to Clippers on strange day

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2011

Blake Griffin had 30 points and Eric Gordon had 29 in his return as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at home Saturday 100-92 in a game initially delayed by a knife-wielding man.

The game began about 15 minutes because a man ran onto the court about two hours before the scheduled start with a steak knife. The court was cleared of players and dancers and Staples Center was immediately locked down as Los Angeles police filled the court. After about a 30-minute standoff, police apprehended him by firing guns containing beanbags. No one was hurt.

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Man appeared on court with knife prior to Cavs-Clippers game

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES: An unidentified man with a steak knife was taken into custody by police officers Saturday morning at Staples Center, a couple of hours prior to the Cavs game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

No one was injured and the man was apprehended by police after about a 30-minute standoff.

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Pregame: Cavs at Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-54) at Los Angeles Clippers (26-43)
Time: 3:30 p.m.; Venue: Staples Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

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Recap: Blazers 111, Cavs 70

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2011

For the first time in six years, the Cavs aren't going to the playoffs this season.

That historic 26-game losing streak sort of removed all doubt about that, but it's official now. After finishing with the best record in the Eastern Conference each of the last two seasons, they're the first team eliminated in the East this season. It's been a fast, painful fall over the last 4 1/2 months.

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Cavs suffer 41-point loss to Blazers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2011

PORTLAND, ORE.: During a timeout midway through the second quarter and the Cavs trailing by 35, three Portland Trail Blazers fans buried their heads in sleeping bags and tried to blindly race down the court on their bellies.

They sort of looked like the Cavs.

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Cavs-Blazers In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011

End 3Q: Blazers 89, Cavs 45
* Somehow, the Cavs looked just as awful to start the second half as they did to start the game. The Blazers look like rabid dogs chasing loose balls, blocking shots and swarming on defense. The Cavs can't match them in talent and haven't come close to matching them in energy.

* The Blazers scored the first nine points of the quarter and the Cavs didn't get their first field goal until four minutes into the quarter.

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Pregame: Cavs at Blazers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011


Cleveland Cavaliers (13-53) at Portland Trail Blazers (38-29)
Time: 10 p.m.; Venue: Rose Garden; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Blazers probables: PG Andre Miller, SG Wes Mathews, SF Nicolas Batum, PF Gerald Wallace, C LaMarcus Aldridge
Officials: Steve Javie, Kane Fitzgerald, David Jones
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out, Semih Erden (groin) doubtful, Baron Davis (bereavement) probable; Blazers -- Greg Oden (knee) out, Elliot Williams (knee) out.
By the numbers: Cavs forward Samardo Samuels is averaging 14 points and 7.3 rebounds in seven games since replacing Antawn Jamison in the starting lineup. ... Ramon Sessions went 7 of 8 from the floor in the second half, all on drives to the basket, in Wednesday’s win over the Kings. ... Portland’s Brandon Roy is averaging 18.5 points in his last two games and is rounding back into form following chronic knee problems this season.

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Recap: Cavs 97, Kings 93

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011

One look at the box score makes it easy to tell where J.J. Hickson's mindset is on a given night.

Hickson failed to get to the free-throw line even once during losses to Milwaukee and Oklahoma City. He also combined to shoot 30 percent in those two games and spent too much time hoisting long jumpers.

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Cavs beat Kings behind Sessions, Samuels

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011

SACRAMENTO, CALIF.: He challenged their pride, questioned their heart and openly wondered if he had any quitters or losers on the roster.

Finally, after a week of sleepwalking through games and a practice, the Cavaliers responded the way coach Byron Scott had hoped.

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Final: Cavs 97, Kings 93

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2011

Ramon Sessions’ drive with 18 seconds left put the Cavs ahead and Samardo Samuels came up with two more big defensive stops late in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 97-93 road victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. The teams entered as the two worst in the league.

Samuels took a charge on Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins with the game tied at 93, then after Sessions’ driving basket, defended Cousins’ look at the rim in the final seconds when the Kings rookie was upset he didn’t get a foul call.

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Cavs-Kings In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2011

End 3Q: Kings 74, Cavs 73

* The Cavs really attacked the basket in the third quarter, scoring 20 points in the paint and slicing through the Kings' anemic interior defense.

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Cavs to air Tait tribute

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2011

Fox Sports Ohio will air a one-hour special on Joe Tait titled "Good Night Everybody" following the final regular season game against the Washington Wizards on April 13.

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Pregame: Cavs at Kings

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (12-53) at Sacramento Kings (16-49)
Time: 10 p.m.; Venue: Power Balance Pavilion; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

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Monday practice notes

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 14, 2011

Byron Scott believes the team has regressed lately, particularly the last two games. He agreed the players very well could be coasting now that the finish line is in sight, but hopes that isn't the case. The season ends in a month.

"With 17 games left in the season, you still have things to prove as a player," Scott said. "Not only to yourself and me and the coaching staff and GM and owner, but people around the league are watching, too. Obviously there's going to be a big turnover with this team next year. You want to make a good showing."

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Recap: Thunder 95, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2011

Byron Scott is doing his best to ensure the Cavaliers finish the season strong, but no one seems to be listening.

One game after the Cavs held a team meeting following a 20-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Scott ripped them again Sunday for showing no heart in a 20-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He keeps asking how much heart his players have, and they keep responding by not showing much. Not good.

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Final: Thunder 95, Cavs 75

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2011

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 23 of the Thunder’s 25 points in the third quarter and Oklahoma City improved hammered the Cavs 95-75 at the Q on Sunday.

Westbrook had 20 points, Durant had 19 and Serge Ibaka had 14 rebounds and seven blocks for Oklahoma City, which has won six of its last seven.

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Cavs-Thunder In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2011

End 3Q: Thunder 75, Cavs 56
* The Cavs just can't score against the Thunder. They had 77 points against them in the first meeting at Oklahoma City in December. Now they'll be lucky to get that many today.

* Russell Westbrook destroyed the Cavs with dribble penetration in the third quarter. He scored 12 straight points during one stretch -- all at the rim on simple drives.

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Friday practice notes: Harangody, Erden back to Boston

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 11, 2011

I'm not sure what that guy did to make Semih Erden scream like that, but that picture cracks me up.

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Davis leaves Cavs following grandmother's death

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 9, 2011

Baron Davis did not travel with his teammates to Milwaukee for tonight's game, but instead returned to Los Angeles following the death of his grandmother. No return date has been set.

Lela "Madea" Nicholson died Monday. Davis selected No. 85 as a tribute to his grandparents, since they raised him at their house on 85th Street in Los Angeles.

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Pregame: Warriors at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2011

Warriors (27-35) at Cavaliers (12-50)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Warriors probables: PG Stephen Curry, SG Monta Eliis, SF Dorell Wright, PF David Lee, C Ekpe Udoh
Officials: Mike Callahan, Eric Dalen, Leon Wood
Injury report: Cavs -- Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out; Warriors -- None.
Who's hot/who's not: Samardo Samuels is averaging 16.3 points and eight assists since replacing the injured Antawn Jamison in the Cavs’ starting lineup. Shooting guard Anthony Parker is shooting 30 percent (10 of 33) in the Cavs’ last four games. The Warriors’ Stephen Curry is averaging 22.6 points on the team's current road trip. Monta Ellis is averaging 34 points in the last two games.

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Final: Hornets 96, Cavs 81

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 6, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets erupted after star guard Chris Paul was taken off the court on a stretcher, storming past the Cavaliers 96-81 on Sunday.

Paul was placed in a neck brace and wheeled off the court with 4:36 left in the third quarter and the Hornets trailing 61-60. Paul’s forehead collided with Ramon Sessions and he went down immediately. He was responsive and attentive, but was taken to a hospital for precautionary measures.

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Cavs-Hornets In-Game Recap

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 6, 2011

End 3Q: Hornets 73, Cavs 66
* Chris Paul was placed in a neck brace and taken off the court on a stretcher with 4:36 remaining in the quarter after he collided with Ramon Sessions. Paul's forehead slammed into Sessions and he crumpled on the court, although he maintained movement in his arms, legs and feet the whole time.

* Paul was playing well prior to the injury, which would appear to be the type of thing that could really suck the air out of the Hornets. Instead, it was the exact opposite.

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Pregame: Hornets at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 6, 2011

New Orleans Hornets (26-28) at Cleveland Cavaliers (12-49)
Time: 6:30 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

Cavs probables: PG Ramon Sessions, SG Anthony Parker, SF Alonzo Gee, PF Samardo Samuels, C J.J. Hickson
Hornets probables: PG Chris Paul, SG Marco Belinelli, SF Quincy Pondexter, PF David West, C Emeka Okafor
Officials: Ron Garretson, David Guthrie, Derek Richardson
Injury report: Cavs -- Semih Erden (adductor) questionable, Anderson Varejao (ankle) out, Antawn Jamison (pinky) out, Daniel Gibson (thigh) out; Hornets -- Trevor Ariza (adductor) questionable, David West (ankle) probable.

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Recap: Cavs 119, Knicks 115

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2011

Carmelo Anthony didn't know Samardo Samuels' name last night, but he knows it this morning.

At this rate, it won't be long until the rest of the league does, too.

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Final: Cavs 119, Knicks 115

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2011

Baron Davis hit a big 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left in his debut and the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Friday 119-115, offsetting monster nights from both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire.

The Cavs have won 11 straight over the Knicks, but none were this thrilling. Stoudemire equaled his season high with 41 points and Anthony had 29, the most of his brief career with the Knicks. But New York squandered a 12-point lead in the final eight minutes to fall to 0-3 against the league’s worst team.

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Cavs-Knicks In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2011

End 3Q: Knicks 88, Cavs 85
* The Knicks' frustrations finally boiled over when Carmelo Anthony shoved Samardo Samuels and earned a technical foul. Anthony was the one talking about revenge for last week's loss at the Q. He has 21 pointsbut he got just three shots in the third quarter and was whistled for a couple of travels.

* Luke Harangody and Christian Eyenga have been huge off the bench for the Cavs, combining for 27 points and playing great defense. Harangody, particularly, has provided an enormous boost since he wasn't even supposed to play.

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Pregame: Cavs at Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2011

Cleveland Cavaliers (11-49) at New York Knicks (31-28)
Time: 7:30 p.m.; Venue: Madison Square Garden; TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio/WAKR

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Thursday practice notes

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 3, 2011

Both Byron Scott and Baron Davis expect Davis to make his Cavs debut tomorrow night at New York. Davis' knee is feeling better, he made it through another practice on Thursday and all parties involved are excited to see what he can do.

"It's not going to heal in three or four days, but I'm able to get out here and practice and do some things," Davis said. "Being able to watch a couple games so far gives me more comfortability with the team."

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Big-time basketball in small markets

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 3, 2011

It took Kendrick Perkins a few hours to feel right at home at Oklahoma City. Since arriving in one of the smallest markets in the league, the Thunder have put an emphasis on top-notch facilities and operations. It's similar to the Cavs' approach under Dan Gilbert.

Anyhow, here is the story of how one market kept its star and is building around him. Of course, the Cavs tried this approach and LeBron James shunned them. So now they'll start over this summer with another pair of lottery picks.

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Recap: Spurs 109, Cavs 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2011

Assuming Alonzo Gee isn't the long-term solution at small forward -- and no one in the 216, 440 or 330 thinks he actually is -- the Cavs' search for wing scorers is about to intensify.

Over his last two games, starting shooting guard Anthony Parker is a combined 2 of 15 from the floor for five points. Five points. In two games. Christian Eyenga went scorless in Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but Gee changed all of that with a season high 18 points Wednesday against the Spurs.

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Final: Spurs 109, Cavs 99

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2011

The Cavs went without a field goal for six minutes in the third quarter and were blown out in the fourth of Wednesday's 109-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. In short, it went as expected in a matchup between the league's best and worst teams.

Samardo Samuels had career-highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds in his first NBA start and Alonzo Gee had a season-high 18 points in his return to the starting lineup in place of Christian Eyenga. The Cavs were again short-handed. Daniel Gibson was a late scratch with tightness in his quad and newly acquired Luke Harangody left after eight minutes with a right hip pointer, leaving the Cavs with one healthy point guard (Ramon Sessions) and a thin bench.

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Cavs-Spurs In-Game Report

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2011

End 3Q: Spurs 89, Cavs 72
* The Cavs went more than six minutes without a field goal and the Spurs put this one away in the third. Tim Duncan and DeJuan Blair combined for 15 points in the first six minutes of the quarter.

* The Spurs looked bored and uninterested in the first half, but the Cavs still look that way. Bad showing against a great team.

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Pregame: Spurs at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 2, 2011

San Antonio Spurs (49-11) at Cleveland Cavaliers (11-48)
Time: 7 p.m.; Venue: The Q; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WAKR

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Samuels to start in place of Antawn Jamison

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 1, 2011

Samardo Samuels' 260-pound frame crashed into assistant coach Jamahl Mosley over and over and over after Cavs practice Tuesday. Every time Samuels hit him, Mosley let out a painful grunt.

The pair worked on Samuels' post moves for a solid 30 minutes after practice. Samuels will need every one of those moves and a few more, since he's moving into the starting lineup in place of the injured Antawn Jamison.

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