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Cavs sign guard Scotty Hopson

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2014

The Cavaliers signed free agent Scotty Hopson for the remainder of this season and have included a non-guaranteed team option for next season.

Hopson will receive the pro-rated $2.5 million room exception (roughly $1.3 million) and the non-guaranteed second season is worth about $1.44 million. By overpaying for Hopson now, the Cavs just manufactured a large trade bullet to fire this summer.

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Cavs 90, Pacers 76; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 31, 2014
Waiters, Dion drives vs IND

CLEVELAND: Thirteen thoughts for 13 points by Spencer Hawes (and 13 shots from Paul George) in an awfully impressive 90-76 win over the Pacers that just might count as the biggest win of the season…

1. When the Cavs’ deep thinkers recently plotted a path to the playoffs, there were two absolutes: They absolutely had to at least split these weekend games against the Nets and Pacers and they absolutely have to beat the Hawks on Friday. Conquer those two and they’ve got a real shot at making the playoffs after all.

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Waiters scores 19, Cavs dominate Pacers 90-76; Varejao injured

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 30, 2014
Jack, Jarrett vs Pacers

CLEVELAND: Dion Waiters scored 19 points, Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 16 rebounds and the Cavaliers yet again resuscitated their playoff hopes with an impressive 90-76 victory Sunday against the Indiana Pacers.

The Cavs climbed back within 2.5 games of the idle Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot.

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Nets 108, Cavs 97; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2014
Waiters, Dion dunk vs Nets

NEW YORK: Thirteen thoughts for 13 Anderson Varejao rebounds during a 108-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets…

1. I’m not going to declare this a devastating loss to the Cavs’ playoff chances. I’ve already done that enough (at Charlotte, at home against the Knicks) and yet somehow this team is still lingering.

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Nets' 3-point shooting buries Cavs in 108-97 loss

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 28, 2014
Pierce, Paul shoots over Tristan

BROOKLYN, N.Y.: In order for the Cavs to slide into the playoffs in a few weeks, the feeling throughout the organization was they had to find a way to split against two of the best teams in the East this weekend.

After Friday’s 108-97 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, that leaves Sunday’s game against the conference-leading Indiana Pacers.

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Cavs 97, Pistons 96; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 27, 2014
Waiters, Dion fadeaway game winner

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Twenty-three thoughts following a dramatic 97-96 come-from-behind win over the Pistons…

1. Inbounds plays have been terrifying at times this season for this team, but Mike Brown made the proper adjustment Wednesday and Dion Waiters made a huge shot.

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Waiters' shot at buzzer gives Cavs stunning 97-96 win over Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 26, 2014
Waiters gamer winner, Andy hugs him

DETROIT: That’s two games at the Palace, two stunning fourth-quarter comebacks for the Cavaliers.

Dion Waiters’ contested, fadeway jumper from just inside the 3-point arc gave the Cavs an incredible 97-96 comeback victory against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday after they began the fourth quarter trailing by 16.

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Pregame: Cavs (28-44) at Pistons (26-44)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 26, 2014
Pistons team

Injury report: Cavs: C.J. Miles (ankle) out; Sergey Karasev (knee) out; Kyrie Irving (arm) out; Anthony Bennett (knee) out; Carrick Felix (knee) out. Pistons: Chauncey Billups (knee) out; Josh Harrellson (knee) out.

Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Tony Brown, Karl Lane

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Cavs 102, Raptors 100; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 26, 2014
Vasquez, Greivis strange last play

CLEVELAND: Seventeen thoughts for 17 Cavs assists in the first half of what became a strange 102-100 win against the Toronto Raptors…

1. I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but I never got around to it. I’ll get to tonight’s game in a minute, but it’s fascinating to me the Cavs will probably finish with a better winning percentage against the mighty Western Conference than they will their East brethren. This does sort of relate to tonight’s win at least a little, so hang with me.

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Cavs blow 21-point lead, but survive to beat Raptors 102-100

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 25, 2014
Waiters, Dion ball over head vs Raptors

CLEVELAND: Dion Waiters had 24 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers squandered a 21-point lead before surviving to beat the Toronto Raptors 102-100 on Tuesday.

The Cavs failed twice to get the ball inbounded in the game’s final seconds, giving the Raptors a shot to tie it or win it at the buzzer. But Greivis Vasquez drove into the lane and threw wildly behind him for a turnover.

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Pregame: Raptors (39-30) at Cavs (27-44)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 25, 2014
Raptors celebrate

 

Series: Raptors lead 2-0

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Cavs 106, Knicks 100; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 24, 2014
Jack, Jarrett vertical vs Knicks

NEW YORK: Seventeen thoughts for 17 assists in the Cavs’ surprising 106-100 win over the Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden…

1. One of the few things Mike Brown dislikes more than a small lineup is being reactive to what the opponent is doing. He swallowed hard and did both Sunday. It’s the only reason the Cavs left the Garden victorious.

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Cavs rally from 17 down, Jack scores season-high 31 points in 106-100 win over Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2014
Gee, Alonzo defending JR Smith

NEW YORK: Jarrett Jack scored a season-high 31 points, Dion Waiters had 22 and the Cavaliers erased a 17-point deficit in the first half to storm out of Madison Square Garden with a 106-100 victory Sunday against the New York Knicks.

The Cavs limited the Knicks to 39 points and 32 percent shooting in the second half after the Knicks enjoyed a 51-34 lead in the second quarter. It’s the Cavs’ second dramatic comeback in about a week after they rallied from 18 down to beat the Golden State Warriors last weekend.

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Pregame: Cavs (26-44) at Knicks (29-40)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 23, 2014
Anthony, Carmelo alone horizontal

 

Series: Knicks lead 2-1

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Cavs sign Seth Curry to 10-day contract

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2014
Curry, Seth Duke

INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers signed undrafted rookie Seth Curry to a 10-day contract on Friday, at least temporarily giving the Cavs five players from the 2013 draft.

Curry is the younger brother to Steph, the Warriors’ All-Star point guard. Their father, Dell, played one season with the Cavaliers in the late 1980s.

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Thunder 102, Cavs 95: Jason Lloyd's final thoughts on furious rally coming up short

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 21, 2014
Waiters, Dion

CLEVELAND: Eleven thoughts for 11 points from Delly in a 102-95 loss to the Thunder…

1. That was a great comeback tonight against a superior team. It’s just hard to watch the Cavs chop 19 points off a lead in five minutes and not wonder, “Where has this been all season?”

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Cavs' furious fourth-quarter rally falls short in 102-95 loss to Thunder

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2014
Durant, Kevin

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers pulled within five points in the final minutes after trailing by 24 in the fourth quarter before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder 102-95 on Thursday.

Kevin Durant had 35 points and 11 rebounds against an injury-ravaged Cavs team that dressed just nine healthy bodies. The Thunder sat Russell Westbrook and still led by 17 entering the fourth, then extended the lead to 95-71 with 6:33 left.

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As injuries pile up, Cavs looking at Seth Curry

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 20, 2014

The Cavaliers spent most of this season deftly avoiding injuries, but they’re piling up now at the worst possible time.

Rookie Sergey Karasev is the latest to join the injured ranks, pushing the total to six wounded players (Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, C.J. Miles, Anthony Bennett, Carrick Felix, Karasev). Now they’ll have a roster decision to make after tonight’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Heat 100, Cavs 96; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 19, 2014
James, LBJ dribbles vs Gee

CLEVELAND: Twenty-two thoughts tonight for 22 points from Jarrett Jack in a 100-96 loss to the Heat at the Q.

1. It’s fascinating how dramatically things can change in such a short period of time. Tonight was LeBron James’ final visit to the Q before he can become a free agent this summer. For the last 2 ½ years, I expected that to be an intense night, with so many questions swirling around his future. Instead it passed like so many other of his trips here as a member of the Heat.

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LeBron scores 43 points, including arena-record 25 in first quarter in Heat's 100-96 win over Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2014
James, LeBron dunk

CLEVELAND: LeBron James’ first-quarter scoring and fourth-quarter swats were just enough to beat his former team yet again.

James had 43 points, including an arena-record 25 in the first quarter, but the short-handed Cavs battled the Miami Heat until the final seconds before falling 100-96 on Tuesday.

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Luol Deng out tonight when Cavs host Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2014

CLEVELAND: Luol Deng will join Kyrie Irving on the bench tonight when the Cavs host the Miami Heat. 

Deng sprained his ankle in Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, while Irving will miss two weeks with a strained tendon in his biceps. That means the Cavs will be without their top two leading scorers while facing the two-time defending champions.

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Pregame: Heat (45-19) at Cavs (26-41)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 18, 2014

Injury report: Cavs: C.J. Miles (ankle) questionable; Matthew Dellavedova (ankle) questionable; Luol Deng (ankle) questionable; Kyrie Irving (arm) out; Anthony Bennett (knee) out; Carrick Felix (knee) out. Heat: None.

Officials: Tom Washington, Eric Dalen, Zach Zarba

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Kyrie Irving will be shut down for two weeks following biceps injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2014
Irving, Kyrie gold jersey

Kyrie Irving will be shut down for two weeks after straining a tendon in his left biceps muscle during Sunday’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Irving had an MRI on Monday that revealed the strain, which was likely a best-case scenario. There was a fear within the organization the news could’ve been far worse.

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Kyrie Irving injured in Cavs' 102-80 loss to Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 17, 2014
Griffin, Blake soars to hoop vs Cavs

LOS ANGELES: The Cavs have endured plenty of miserable starts this season, but Sunday’s against the Los Angeles Clippers was particularly dreadful.

Not only did they fall behind again 17-3 within the first six minutes, but they compounded their problems when Kyrie Irving injured his left biceps late in the first quarter and did not return in what became a 102-80 loss to the Clippers.

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Pregame: Cavs (26-40) at Clippers (47-20)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2014
Clippers high 5

Time: 9:30 p.m.; Place: Staples Center; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

 

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Jason Lloyd: Dinners interrupted, vacations ruined ... the footnote

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 16, 2014
Byron sitting dejected

LOS ANGELES: I received a lot of feedback from today’s column on handling breaking news and a few people e-mailed me asking for more stories. So here’s one I should’ve included in the column.

I knew Byron Scott was getting fired the day after last season ended and I knew it was happening in the morning. Except there was a problem: I was scheduled to fly home from Charlotte that morning.

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Cavs 103, Warriors 94: Jason Lloyd's final thoughts on improbable comeback

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2014
Barnes, Harrison

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Eleven thoughts following another improbable 103-94 win over the Golden State Warriors…

1. It’s funny how coaches react so differently to the same game. Here was the first thing Warriors coach Mark Jackson said: “Just a bad loss for us.” And the first thing Mike Brown said: “This is a good win.”

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Cavs storm back to beat Warriors 103-94 in largest comeback of the season

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 15, 2014
Waiters, Dion drive vs GSW

OAKLAND, CALIF.: The team no one can explain was back doing the unexplainable Friday night, winning another game no one thought possible in a season that hasn’t made much sense since it started. 

Spencer Hawes had 22 points and 13 rebounds and the Cavaliers rallied from an 18-point deficit Friday for a 103-94 win over the Golden State Warriors, marking their largest comeback of the season.

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Pregame: Cavs (25-40) at Warriors (41-25)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 14, 2014
Curry, Steph

Time: 10:30 p.m.; Place: Oracle Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

 

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Cavs 110, Suns 101: Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2014
Irving, Kyrie flings ball overhead vs Suns

PHOENIX: Thirteen thoughts for the 13 inches of snow (or thereabouts) that fell in Cleveland on Wednesday prior to the Cavs’ surprising 110-101 win at Phoenix. I won't tell you that the temperature at tip-off tonight was 81 degrees here...

1. When I joked with Dion Waiters after the game that he was becoming the voice of sound and reason in the Cavs’ locker room, his eyes twinkled and he flashed a wide grin. “I’ve been in the media a lot for being the bad guy,” he said. “I’m changing my image.”

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Cavs build big lead, hold on to beat Suns 110-101 to begin West Coast trip

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 13, 2014
Hawes, Spencer vs Suns holding ball

PHOENIX: This time there was no devastating collapse. This time when the Cavs started quickly and built a big lead against the Phoenix Suns, they found a way to hold on.

Kyrie Irving had 23 points, nine rebounds and six assists, including 12 points in the fourth quarter, and the Cavs began this three-game West Coast trip with a 110-101 victory against a team they have struggled holding leads.

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Knicks 107, Cavs 97; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts on Z's big night

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 9, 2014
Z

CLEVELAND: Eleven thoughts, for obvious reasons, following another stinging 107-97 loss to the New York Knicks on Z's big night...

1. Where to begin? I saw things tonight I never imagined, beginning with LeBron James walking back into Quicken Loans Arena. That in and of itself was quite startling given the circumstances. I laid out James’ impact on this night and his future in this Sunday column, so I’ll try not to rehash too much of it here.

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Cavs suffer another stinging loss, 107-97 to Knicks on night Ilgauskas' jersey retired

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 8, 2014

CLEVELAND: The ceremony was nice; the return of LeBron James to Quicken Loans Arena was surreal. But the part that mattered most was the fourth-quarter inefficiency and another stinging loss in a playoff chase quickly circling the drain.

The Cavs failed to hold a brief fourth-quarter lead and fell to the New York Knicks on Saturday 107-97, their fourth consecutive loss to extend their winless March on the night the franchise retired Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11.

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Bobcats 101, Cavs 92; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2014
Brown, Mike punches bkball

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Fourteen thoughts, one for every 3-pointer the Cavs missed in what was a damaging 101-92 loss to the Bobcats…

1. I was spitballing with a couple of the players before Friday’s game about the playoffs. We came to the conclusion that if they could sweep the weekend, then steal one win on next week’s West Coast trip and then snag one during the three-game homestand against Miami, Oklahoma City and Houston, then they’d be 4-4 after this grueling eight-game stretch. It’s all conjecture, but we figured 4-4 at that point would leave them about two games out of the eighth spot with 12 games left, which is certainly manageable given the way the schedule opens up a bit at the end of the season. But anything more than two games out would be tough to overcome.

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Cavs postseason hopes dealt crushing blow with 101-92 loss to Bobcats

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2014
Irving, Kyrie defends vs Big Al

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Al Jefferson had 28 points and the Cavs’ faint playoff hopes were dealt a crushing blow Friday with a 101-92 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Cavs went ahead 81-80 on a pair of free throws from Dion Waiters with 7:54 left, but Jefferson and Kemba Walker took over, combining to score 18 of the Bobcats’ final 21 points. The only basket from anyone else was a huge 3-pointer from Josh McRoberts, which extended the Bobcats’ lead to 91-85 with 3:38 left.

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Pregame: Cavs (24-38) at Bobcats (28-33)

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 7, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Time Warner Cable Arena; TV/Radio: FS Ohio/WTAM, WLEC, WAKR

 

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Spurs 122, Cavs 101: Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 5, 2014
Pop

CLEVELAND: Thirteen thoughts for 13 first-quarter points from the Spurs, back when it looked like the Cavs had a chance in what eventually became a 122-101 thrashing at the hands of the Spurs…

1. Gregg Popovich was in a good mood today, and that was before his team destroyed the Cavs in the second half. When Pop is in a good mood and feels like talking, it’s in your best interest to listen. And Pop had it rolling tonight before the game.

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Spurs 3-point flurry crushes Cavs, 122-101

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 4, 2014
Parker, Irving

CLEVELAND: Former Cavs guard Danny Green had 24 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter, and the Cavs were blasted by the San Antonio Spurs 122-101 on Tuesday.

It was their ninth consecutive loss to the Spurs, who pounded the Cavs by 30 in a late November game they once led by 43. More than three months later, not much has changed.

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Dion Waiters expected to return to Cavs for Tuesday's game against Spurs

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 3, 2014
Waiters, Dion vs Sixers

INDEPENDENCE: Dion Waiters expects to play Tuesday when the Cavaliers host the San Antonio Spurs.

Waiters missed seven games with a knee injury and is the first of the Cavs’ injured trio to return. Mike Brown said there was a slim chance Anderson Varejao could also return Tuesday, but that isn’t likely. C.J. Miles is still out with a sprained ankle and said he hopes to be ready to play by the start of the Cavs’ West Coast trip on March 12.

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Cavs 99, Jazz 79; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts on Irving's triple-double, Varejao injury update

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 1, 2014
Fan on court

CLEVELAND: Twenty-six thoughts on the night Kyrie Irving earned his first career triple-double in an easy 99-79 win over the Utah Jazz…

1. The re-enforcements are inching closer to returning, and just in time. With the Cavs entering their most difficult month of the season, the injured guys are beginning to heal.

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