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Cavs guard Kyle Korver out against Spurs, hopeful he won't miss rest of regular season

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 27, 2017
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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Kyle Korver will miss tonight's game against the San Antonio Spurs, but said Monday he's hopeful his left foot soreness won't keep him out for the remaining 10 games of the regular season.

"No, no, I don’t want to do that at all," Korver said before shootaround at AT&T Center. "I’m hopeful just a few days here to completely shut down and not trying to test it out and see how it feels today. Take a few days and let it totally calm down and see where we’re at."

Korver sat out seven games this month dealing with a sore tendon on the outside of the foot that also caused swelling. He returned against the Denver Nuggets on March 19 and has played the last three games, but said he hasn't been 100 percent since the injury.

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Wizards 127, Cavs 115: Marla's 29 shots from Beyond the Arc on fast break points, LeBron's goggles

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 26, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Washington Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 127-115 Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. Foes have found the way to beat the Cavaliers – run. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he sees opposing coaches waving at their teams to get moving.

2. It certainly makes sense. Seven players on the Cavs’ roster have double-digit years in the league. LeBron James is 32 and must pace himself during the regular season since his 199 career playoff games have added 2.7 years to his career, according to ESPN.com.

3. Opponents have had the edge in fast break points in six of the Cavs’ last nine losses, but only twice would the point differential have enabled the Cavs to tie or win the game.

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Cavs 112, Hornets 105: Marla's 22 shots from Beyond the Arc on LeBron's eye, taking a punch

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 112-105 Friday night at the Spectrum Center.

1. The sight of LeBron James afterward offered a sobering jolt of reality as the Cavaliers seek to defend their NBA championship.

2. James couldn’t keep his right eye open during his post-game interview. He said he was experiencing blurry vision. Soon afterward, he headed to the Hornets’ locker room to see a doctor, and Cleveland.com reported he suffered a scratched cornea.

3. James was poked in the eye by the Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb as he drove for a layup and was fouled with 31.2 seconds left in the third quarter. He called a timeout so he could be attended to, then came back out and made the ensuing free throw.

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Cavaliers' Larry Sanders unlikely to play Friday vs. Hornets

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2017

Big man Larry Sanders, trying to make a comeback after being out of the league for two years, was called up from the D-League’s Canton Charge on Thursday, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he had no plans to play him Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.

Sanders has seen action in only one game for the Charge. He scored two points and had three blocked shots in 11 minutes of a 104-101 home victory Saturday against the Windy City Bulls.

Because the Cavs departed for Los Angeles on March 17, the Cavs wanted Sanders around the team for a few days. The team considers practice more valuable than games for Sanders at this point in his career.
 

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Nuggets 126, Cavs 113: Marla's 31 shots from Beyond the Arc on toughness, defense, Ty's tech

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 23, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 126-113 to the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

1. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has been on fire in his post-game press conferences the last two games and didn’t spare his players’ feelings after the ugly loss. The Cavs were outscored 70-30 in the paint, allowed the Nuggets to shoot 53.1 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range. The Nuggets had a 44-38 rebounding edge, 10-7 on the offensive glass.

2. It marked only the second time this season a Cavs’ opponent had reached the 70 mark in points in the paint. The Bulls powered home 78 points in Chicago on Dec. 2.

3. It was a defensive collapse, and Lue knew it.

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Update: Kyle Korver to return against Nuggets; J.R. Smith back in lineup

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 22, 2017

In Game No. 70, the Cavaliers will finally be whole.

Kyle Korver will return Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center after missing the past seven games with a sore tendon in his left foot.

Cavs coach Tryonn Lue said Korver underwent an MRI before Wednesday morning's shoot-around and was cleared to play.

The Cavaliers’ 3-point specialist went through Tuesday’s full practice at UCLA, and played in a four-on-four on the side, Lue said.

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Cavs 125, Lakers 120: Marla's 33 shots from Beyond the Arc on Tristan's teeth, putting on a show

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 20, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations from the Cavaliers’ 125-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center. 

1. Before I get to Tristan Thompson’s apparently gruesome injury to his two front teeth, some pointed post-game criticism from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.

2. Lue knew the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league and have shut down ex-Cavs Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the rest of the season to develop their young players. But Lue still expected the Lakers to take the game seriously and come to play. And he knew the Cavaliers would not.

3. “We messed with the game,” Lue said. “We know there are times we can turn it up, but sometimes it’s too late. They played a good game, we had to fight to try to win this game.”

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