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Beyond the arc: LeBron James shakes off strep; Deron Williams' signing brings Team USA reunion

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 28, 2017

Sights, sounds and observations from the Cavs' 102-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena. 

1. Comparing who was sicker after the game, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue or LeBron James, Lue was the obvious choice. He had faded considerably from his brief pre-game talk and he looked like he barely had enough energy to walk back to the locker room. The team will not practice Tuesday before flying to Boston in the afternoon for the start of a three-game road trip. Staffers were telling him to do nothing but sleep; Lue nodded his agreement that he needed whatever medications James had been on.

2. James had been down since Saturday with strep throat. He holed up at home, with his wife, mother and mother-in-law electing not to tell his three children he was there so he could stay away from them for the first 24 hours, when he was contagious.

3. James missed Saturday's game against the Chicago Bulls, rested during the off day Sunday and skipped Monday morning's shootaround. But he came to the arena and headed to the weight room, deciding he would let how he felt after a workout determine whether he would play against the Bucks.

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Andrew Bogut waived, but Cavs must fend off three others for big man

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 27, 2017

Andrew Bogut and the Philadelphia 76ers reached a buyout agreement on Monday and the 7-foot forward/center from Australia was waived.

But while a league source said the Cavs were the front-runners to sign Bogut, competition is expected after he clears waivers. ESPN's Marc Stein reported that Bogut will talk with Cleveland, Boston, San Antonio and Houston before making a decision on his destination.

The Rockets have over $3 million in salary cap space that would allow them to outbid the Cavs for the services of Bogut, who won the NBA title with the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and fell to the Cavs in The Finals in 2016. But if winning another championship is Bogut's top priority, playing with LeBron James might offer him the best route back to The Finals.

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Cavs' LeBron James, Kyle Korver to play Monday night vs. Bucks

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 27, 2017

Cavaliers star LeBron James, who sat out Saturday night's loss to the Chicago Bulls with strep throat, will play Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, coach Tyronn Lue said.

James was not at shootaround and was listed as questionable. Lue said during his pre-game press conference that James was in the weight room.

With James sidelined Saturday, the Cavs dropped to 4-19 since the start of the 2014-15 season without him. They are 0-4 this season when the four-time league MVP does not play.

Lue said shooting guard Kyle Korver will also play against the Bucks. Korver was  questionable with a sore right knee after falling awkwardly late in the fourth quarter against the Bulls. Korver participated in shootaround.

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Beyond the arc: Korver's 'scary' banged knee, LeBron's strep throat tests Cavs fans' psyches

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 26, 2017

In my debut as Cavs' beat writer, sights, sounds and observations from the Cavs' 117-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena:

1. Glass half empty fans, take a few deep breaths and remind yourselves it's only the regular season. Otherwise, Saturday's circumstances might get you down.

2. LeBron James stayed home with strep throat that could also compromise his chances of playing in Monday's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Kyle Korver took a frightening fall near the stanchion with 2:59 remaining that left him afraid to get up and prompted the medical staff's check of his right knee. And that's on top of starters J.R. Smith (thumb surgery) and Kevin Love (arthroscopic knee surgery) sidelined until mid-to-late March.

3. Just when you thought more help was on the way with ex-Dallas Mavericks point guard Deron Williams poised to sign after clearing waivers Saturday, Korver's brilliant shooting month may have come to a crashing halt, even if Korver wasn't sure what he hit.

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Deron Williams clears waivers, expected to sign with Cavaliers

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 25, 2017

Former Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams cleared waivers as the league's 5 p.m. deadline passed Saturday and is likely to be signed by the Cavaliers, a league source said.

ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst first reported Williams made it through unclaimed, which a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal.

Logistics may prevent the Cavaliers' signing from happening immediately, but it appears their long search for a backup point guard may soon end.

The Cavs had to suffer through some anxiety when three-time All-Star Williams hit waivers because of Williams' manageable $8 million salary. But the fact that Williams could join close friend Kyle Korver, a former teammate with the Utah Jazz, is another selling point for the defending NBA champions.

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LeBron James to miss home game vs. Bulls with illness

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 25, 2017

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said LeBron James will miss Saturday night's nationally televised game against the Chicago Bulls with an illness.

Lue said James was not at Quicken Loans Arena and that Richard Jefferson will start in his place. The absence of James and Jefferson's change in role will prohibit Lue from using his big second unit that features Kyle Korver, Derrick Williams, Channing Frye, James and Jefferson.

James did not participate in the morning shootaround and had been considered questionable.

The Cavs are 0-3 this season when the four-time league MVP does not play and 4-18 without him since the start of the 2014-15 season.

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Cavs 119, Knicks 104: Jason Lloyd's final, Final Thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 24, 2017

CLEVELAND: Twenty-three thoughts for 23 points from Kyrie Irving in Thursday’s 119-104 win over the New York Knicks…

1.     Forget about the trade deadline, now the real negotiating season is about to begin. The Cavs’ trade assets were always limited, particularly after they dealt their 2019 pick to Atlanta for Kyle Korver.

2.     The buyout market was likely always going to be their best option. In that regard, Thursday went as well as could be expected for General Manager David Griffin. Two of the targets he has long pursued, Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams, are both headed to free agency. Williams is already there and Bogut should be right behind him.

3.     Williams was released by the Mavericks in another good-faith move by owner Mark Cuban. When DeAndre Jordan’s free agency unraveled on Cuban prior to last season, he let Richard Jefferson out of his agreement to return to Dallas so Jefferson could pursue an opportunity with a contender. He wound up getting a ring out of it in Cleveland.

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LeBron's triple-double lifts Cavs to 119-104 win over Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 23, 2017

CLEVELAND: LeBron James has often called the post-All-Star break portion of the schedule his favorite time of year. He showed why again on Thursday.

James registered his sixth triple-double of the season with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in the Cavs’ 119-104 victory against the New York Knicks. It was James’ 48th career triple-double.

The Cavs remained red-hot during February, improving to 8-1 and surpassing their win total from all of January. James was concerned the All-Star break could disrupt their momentum, but that certainly didn’t happen.

The Cavs stood pat as Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline passed. With few assets left to trade, the Cavs will turn to the buyout market and hope guys like Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut pass through waivers unclaimed. Williams was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday and Bogut is expected to be released after he was traded from Dallas to Philadelphia prior to the deadline.

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Cavs stand pat at NBA's trade deadline, now will search buyout market

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 23, 2017

The trade deadline came and went without a move by the Cavaliers, who made their big trade last month when they acquired Kyle Korver. Now they’ll wait and see what veterans get bought out of their contracts in an effort to upgrade the roster.

Center Andrew Bogut has long been a target if his contract gets bought out, which now appears likely after he was traded from Dallas to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. The Sixers reportedly tried unsuccessfully to trade him again, but now will likely begin negotiations to buy out what’s left of his $11 million deal.

Similarly, Mavericks point guard Deron Williams has begun negotiating a buyout, according to the Vertical. Williams previously seemed uninterested in a buyout, but apparently that has changed. Williams would fill the backup point guard role the Cavs have been seeking all season.

The team also interviewed Larry Sanders on Wednesday and came away impressed. Coach Tyronn Lue spoke highly of Sanders and he impressed front office executives as well. Sanders, however, would likely be a fallback plan if they miss on Bogut. The Cavs only have one open roster spot, but could create another by waiving a player. 

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Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving won't back down on his belief the Earth is flat

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 18, 2017

NEW ORLEANS: For the record, Fox Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton sounded as incredulous as the rest of us when Kyrie Irving repeatedly insisted the Earth is flat.

That's the belief the 24-year-old Cavaliers guard stated during a Feb. 17 "Road Trippin' with RJ and Channing" podcast posted on cavs.com that sent the Twitter world into a frenzy Friday.

The conversation also touched on conspiracy theories, the existence of aliens, John F. Kennedy's assassination, Bob Marley and bad hamburgers.

"The earth is flat," Irving said during the podcast. "All these things that particular groups, I won't even pinpoint one group, that they almost offer up as education. The fact that in our lifetimes that there are so many holes and so many pockets in our history ... All these things that they keep giving to us, all the explanations, I'm just saying that these things that used to put me in fear, it makes you not want to question it naturally because of how much information you can figure out and how much information is out there. Anything you have a particular question on, is the Earth flat or round, I think you need to do research on it."

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Cavs 113, Pacers 104; Jason Lloyd's 9 thoughts on Tyronn Lue and misinterpretations

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 16, 2017

CLEVELAND: Nine thoughts for nine free throws  in Wednesday’s 113-104 win over the Indiana Pacers…

1.     My head hurts.

2.     Did you read this? If not, don’t bother reading it now. Tyronn Lue believes he misinterpreted some questions pregame and now says he didn’t know Kevin Love was hurt until after Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.

3.     Lue held a clear-the-air session in the hallway adjacent the locker room after Wednesday’s game. He said, basically, that of course he didn’t know Love was hurt earlier or else he wouldn’t have played him against the Thunder and Nuggets. He’d never force a guy to play when he wasn’t feeling right, etc… He said everything I expected the head coach of an NBA team to say.

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Kyle Korver joins exclusive club, stays hot from deep in Cavs' 113-104 win over Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2017

CLEVELAND: Kyle Korver ascended into rare air Wednesday night. The Indiana Pacers won’t mind if he stays there.

Korver scored 22 points off the bench Wednesday and became the seventh player in NBA history to make 2,000 3-pointers in a career in the Cavs’ 113-104 victory. LeBron James scored 31 points, his 13th 30-point game of the season, and Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and passed for seven assists, but Korver’s dominance over the Pacers was somehow even more impressive than James and Irving, both of whom are heading to New Orleans now for Sunday’s All-Star game.

Korver shot 6-of-8 on 3-pointers Wednesday, including a heave from 31 feet midway through the third quarter. It splashed through the net just like the rest of them. Korver scored 13 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday and shot 14-of-17 from deep in two games against the Pacers over the course of the last week.

The Cavs went into the All-Star break on a three-game streak and winners of seven of their last eight. They have the best record in the East at the break for the second consecutive season despite playing most of the half without J.R. Smith and recently losing Kevin Love to knee surgery. Still, they have persisted.

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Cavs 116, Timberwolves 108; Jason Lloyd's 34 thoughts on Channing Frye's new role, LeBron's minutes

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 15, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS: Thirty-four thoughts for 34 minutes from Channing Frye in Tuesday’s 116-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves…

1.     Such is life in the NBA, where the same lineup in which LeBron James is thriving is the one that makes Channing Frye the most uncomfortable. Frye has spent 10 years in the league playing like a 7-foot guard, spacing the floor and shooting with his feet set. Only now, because the Cavs don’t have a backup point guard, he’s been forced to play pick-and-roll more than any other time in his career.

2.     On the flip side is James, who is thriving with the second unit. Coach Tyronn Lue sees James grabbing rebounds and pushing the tempo with the reserves and thinks of Jason Kidd in his prime.

3.     “He gets to the paint a lot with that second unit,” Lue said. “That’s when he really gets aggressive in that second quarter. In the first quarter, he comes out, feels the game out, gets guys involved early. Then in that second quarter, he’s still making plays, but he ramps his offense up.”

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Channing Frye matches season highs in points, rebounds while replacing Love in Cavs' 116-108 win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 14, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS: For at least one night, Channing Frye played like an All-Star while filling in for an All-Star. The Cavs needed every point and rebound to hold off Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Frye matched season highs with 21 points and 10 rebounds in his first start in place of Kevin Love and the Cavs beat the Timberwolves 116-108 for their sixth win in their last seven games. The victory came hours after the team learned they’ll be without Love for up to six weeks following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Cavs. Tristan Thompson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Coach Tyronn Lue elected to start Frye against the Timberwolves and indicated he will start again Wednesday when the Cavs host the Indiana Pacers in the final game before the All-Star break.

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Kevin Love expected to miss six weeks following knee surgery

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 14, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS: Kevin Love is expected to miss six weeks following arthroscopic surgery this morning on his left knee. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altchek in New York. Altchek also repaired Love’s separated shoulder a couple of years ago.

Under the current timeline, Love should return around the beginning of April. Channing Frye will start at power forward in Love’s place Tuesday at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Kevin Love out with left knee injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 12, 2017

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love injured his left knee in Saturday’s win against Denver and has already been ruled out for Tuesday’s game at Minnesota.

The team said Sunday that Love had “soreness and effusion” after the game and that he was given an MRI today at The Cleveland Clinic. While the team did not disclose the results of the MRI, the Cavs said Love has been ruled out against his former team and will receive further treatment and evaluation over the next several days.

The Cavs’ final game before the All-Star break is Wednesday at home against Indiana. Love is scheduled to play in next weekend’s All-Star game in New Orleans.

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Cavs 125, Nuggets 109; Jason Lloyd's 16 thoughts on Derrick Williams, big lineups and experiments

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 12, 2017

CLEVELAND: Sixteen thoughts for 16 points from Kevin Love in Saturday’s 125-109 win over the Denver Nuggets…

1.     In the strange twists and turns an NBA season can take, Derrick Williams concedes now he is a bit surprised to be here. In order for that to happen, he had to clear waivers. Before he approached the Miami Heat and asked for his release, his agent, Rob Pelinka, warned he was taking a big risk.

2.     Teams with cap space such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Saturday’s opponent, the Denver Nuggets, could’ve claimed him. But Williams struggled with the Heat and fell out of the rotation, not to mention the $4.6 million cap hit he would’ve cost a team that claimed him. So he passed through unclaimed by 29 other teams.

3.     “I took that as a little disrespectful,” the former No. 2 overall pick told the Beacon Journal. “I’ve got a little chip on my shoulder now.”

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LeBron, Kyrie Irving each score 27 and Cavs handle Nuggets 125-109

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2017

CLEVELAND: LeBron James had to return to play nine minutes in the fourth quarter of a game the Cavs once led by 22. It isn’t ideal, but the Cavs still handled the Denver Nuggets somewhat effectively in a 125-109 victory Saturday.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each scored 27 points and Kevin Love scored 16 for the Cavs, who have won five of their last six and beat a Nuggets team playing the second night of a back-to-back and their third in four nights – all on the road. It was a schedule loss for the Nuggets both on and off the floor.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds one night after he scored 40 at Madison Square Garden in a Denver victory. Gary Harris scored 16 points and Jamal Murray scored 16 off the bench for the Nuggets.

The somewhat easy victory allowed coach Tyronn Lue to get James off the floor after 32 minutes – a relative victory given the heavy load he has carried in recent weeks. James’ minutes have been up all season and they’ve only increased lately – he played more than 40 in Thursday’s loss at Oklahoma City.

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Thunder 118, Cavs 109; Jason Lloyd's 18 thoughts on regrets, Vegas lines and Derrick Williams' debut

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 10, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY: Eighteen thoughts for 18 shots from Kyrie Irving in Thursday’s 118-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder…

1.     Tyronn Lue changed his mind and played all of his stars after all. And they lost anyway. It stands to reason Lue might regret playing LeBron James 41 minutes on a night he was originally supposed to rest and then the team lost anyway, but Lue insists that isn’t the case.

2.     “I thought it was good to go through something tough,” he said. “It was a tough game for us, four games in six nights and it was just good to fight through, not give in. I like how we competed. They played better and they won tonight.”

3.     Vegas oddsmakers can’t be happy with the Cavs. The line on this game fluctuated wildly over 24 hours after Lue announced he would “probably” rest his starters. The Thunder were 11-point favorites by the time Lue said all three of his stars were playing before the game. The Cavs were favored again by tip-off.

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Stars play anyway, but Cavs still fall 118-109 to Thunder in Derrick Williams' debut

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY: The stars all played anyway, but it didn’t matter. The schedule and the turnovers combined to end the Cavaliers’ four-game winning streak.

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and Kevin Love had 15 points and 12 rebounds, but the Cavs lost Thursday 118-109 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, just their second loss in their last eight games. LeBron James had 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds and Derrick Williams scored 12 points off the bench in his debut.

After initially announcing that James, Irving and Love would all probably sit out the final game of this road trip, coach Tyronn Lue reconsidered and played all three stars.

“Nothing changed,” Lue said prior to the game. “I wanted to see how the guys felt and they feel pretty good. We’re playing some pretty good basketball right now and they just want to keep it rolling. So all three guys say they feel pretty good, and we got a good thing going so why not keep it going?”

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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love will all play vs. Thunder; Derrick Williams signs 10-day deal

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY: After further review, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are all expected to play Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Also available is Derrick Williams, who was signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after Wednesday’s win at Indiana that he was probably going to rest all of the Cavs’ stars against the Thunder, but he eventually changed his mind.

“Nothing changed, I said I wanted to see how the guys felt and they felt pretty good,” Lue said. “We’re playing some pretty good basketball right now and they just want to keep it rolling. Soall three guys say they feel pretty good, and we got a good thing going so why not keep it going?”

The Cavs have won four straight and six of their last seven.

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Cavs 132, Pacers 117; Jason Lloyd's 25 thoughts on Korver's role, resting stars and defense

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS: Twenty-five thoughts for 25 points from LeBron James in Wednesday’s 132-117 win over the Indiana Pacers…

1.     After spending a few weeks struggling to find a happy compromise with Kyle Korver and the Cavs’ offense, the two sides finally seem to have reached an agreement.

2.     When Korver enters in the second quarter with the team’s second unit, there are opportunities for more motion sets and chances to run him off screens, something he has become accustomed to doing throughout most of his career in the NBA. But when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love return, Korver becomes more of a standstill shooter.

3.     The result was ideal Wednesday when Korver scored 29 points and made 8-of-9 3-pointers – both on the run and standing still – in his best game in a Cavs uniform. He finished two points shy of his career high.

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Cavs' Kyrie Irving grudgingly returning to Skirvin after bed bug incident last season

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS: Kyrie Irving may not play Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but that’s not enough to get him out of his least favorite hotel on the NBA circuit.

Irving and the Cavaliers are going back to the Skirvin Hilton, their first trip back to the hotel since Irving had a bad bout with bed bugs during the team’s trip to Oklahoma City last year. Irving moved to the couch on his room because of it and said he barely slept. He left the game for good after just nine minutes against the Thunder.

Asked Wednesday after the Cavs’ win 132-117 win against the Indiana Pacers if he was going back to the Skirvin, Irving told the Beacon Journal “unfortunately, yeah.”

The Cavs have made alternative travel plans for players previously this season, booking a separate hotel for those who did not want to stay at Trump SoHo during the team’s two trips to New York. Irving considered alternatives for Oklahoma City before relenting.

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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love likely to miss Thursday's game at Thunder to rest

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS: LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are all likely to miss the Cavs’ game at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday. Coach Tyronn Lue said after the Cavs’ 132-117 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday that he is leaning toward sitting all of them since it is the fourth game in six nights and comes at the end of a week-long road trip.

“I’m not sure yet. It’s a good possibility,” Lue said. “We’ll see how the guys feel. When we’re playing good like this, guys might want to play. We’ll just see how they feel.”

James has missed three games this season, the most recent being Dec. 26 at Detroit. Lue caused a stir in December when he left James, Irving and Love at home for the team’s only trip this season to Memphis. Likewise, this is the Cavs’ only trip of the year to Oklahoma City. Thursday's game is also a national television broadcast on TNT.

The Cavs have won four straight to begin February after concluding a miserable January, but James doesn’t believe taking one game off will disrupt their momentum.

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LeBron James, Cavs not ready to decrease his heavy minutes

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS: The original plan regarding LeBron James’ minutes appears to have been postponed. He isn’t showing any signs of resting more anytime soon.

James’ minutes were supposed to start tapering off near the end of January or beginning of February, yet he’s averaged 39.8 over his last nine games. He has dropped from the league leader in minutes played to second, however, behind Kyle Lowry. At 32, James is averaging 37.6 minutes per game this season, his highest number since returning to Cleveland.

“He’s being bull-headed about it,” Lue said Wednesday. “He doesn’t want to back down because he says he’s in a good rhythm right now.”

James said the minutes discussion is a “two-way street” with Lue and even referred to their relationship as a marriage, but made it clear he doesn’t believe he needs to slow down.

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Iman Shumpert out vs. Pacers, LeBron could sit Thursday at Thunder

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS: Iman Shumpert will not play tonight against the Indiana Pacers because of a sprained left ankle, but LeBron James will play despite the Cavs being in the midst of three games in four nights.

Coach Tyronn Lue, however, said it’s likely James will rest tomorrow at Oklahoma City if his minutes are in the high 30s or low 40s again.

Shumpert was off crutches and out of the walking boot Wednesday morning. He was even on the court taking shots, although Lue said he was supposed to be resting.  

DeAndre Liggins will start tonight at shooting guard for the Cavs. The Pacers have won seven straight.

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Cavs 140, Wizards 135; Jason Lloyd's 32 thoughts on LeBron's shot, Love's pass and more trade rumors

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 7, 2017

WASHINGTON: Thirty-two thoughts for 32 points from LeBron James in Monday’s 140-135 overtime win against the Washington Wizards…

1.     It’s hard for an off-court headline to trump a game like this, but the idea that LeBron James is willing to put a shipping label on Kevin Love and send him off to New York will do it.

2.     The New York Daily News’ report that James is pushing the front office to acquire Carmelo Anthony even if the price is Love was refuted during and after Monday’s game. Then James torched the report after the game.

3.     “It’s trash,” James said. “And the guy who wrote it is trash, too, for writing that, especially during the game like that.”

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Cavs vehemently deny report LeBron willing to trade Love for Carmelo; LeBron calls it 'trash'

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2017

WASHINGTON: The Cavaliers vehemently denied a report both privately and publicly Monday that LeBron James is in favor of trading Kevin Love if it means obtaining Carmelo Anthony.

“It’s trash. And the guy who wrote it is trash, too, for writing that, especially during the game like that,” James said following the Cavs’ 140-135 overtime victory against the Washington Wizards. The story broke during the game. “It’s always about outside noise and that’s just outside noise for us. We gotta focus on what needs to be done and that’s to continue to compete for a championship. And we got who we got. Our GM will do a great job of figuring out if we need something else, but right now we’re in a good place.”

The New York Daily News reported that James is pushing for the Cavs to acquire Anthony even if it means giving up Love, who scored a team-high 39 points, his second-highest scoring game of the season, and grabbed 12 rebounds in Monday’s win.

“We’re going to trade him tonight,” coach Tyronn Lue joked after the game. “Kevin should be happy that teams want him. But he’s not going anywhere.”

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Love scores 39, LeBron passes for career-high 17 assists in thrilling 140-135 OT win vs. Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2017

WASHINGTON: LeBron James brought the Cavs back. Kyrie Irving finished things off.

James’ remarkable 3-pointer in the last second of regulation and Irving’s 3-pointer from the wing – essentially the same shot from the same place on the floor that he made in Game 7 of last year’s Finals – carried the Cavs to a thrilling and exhausting 140-135 victory Monday over the Washington Wizards at Verizon Center.

Kevin Love scored 39 points, his second-highest total of the season, and James fouled out during the first minute of overtime with 32 points, a career-high 17 assists and seven rebounds. Irving scored 23 points, including 11 in overtime with James on the bench. The Cavs rallied from a five-point deficit in overtime to win.

The win snapped the Wizards’ 17-game home winning streak after they made it clear prior to the game how important this night was. They had won their last seven games overall, too. Now the Cavs have won five of their last six.

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Tyronn Lue gives Tom Brady all credit for Super Bowl win; LeBron calls comebacks great for fans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2017

WASHINGTON: For all the praise Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has heaped on Bill Belichick the last few days, he couldn’t give Belichick the credit for the New England Patriots’ stunning comeback Sunday night in Super Bowl LI.

“He didn’t have much to do with that. It was all about Tom Brady,” Lue said Monday. “And that’s the luxury you have when you have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving who you can just give the ball to and say, ‘Listen: Make it happen. Put us on your back.’ That’s what Tom Brady did last night.”

Lue and Belichick have a relationship that dates back to Lue’s days as an assistant coach in Boston. Now they have something else in common: Both coached teams that pulled off the biggest comebacks in their sport. The Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to win a championship and the Patriots erased a 25-point deficit – the largest in any Super Bowl – to beat the Falcons. It was the equivalent to coming back from 3-1 down in a series.

Throw in the Chicago Cubs rallying from a 3-1 deficit against the Indians in the World Series, Clemson rallying from 14-0 to beat Alabama for the national championship and it has been a year of dramatic comebacks in sports.

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Cavs 111, Knicks 104; Jason Lloyd's 14 thoughts on Love's mindset, LeBron's pass, Kyrie's thigh

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 5, 2017

NEW YORK: Fourteen thoughts for 14 points from Channing Frye in Saturday’s 111-104 win over the New York Knicks…

1.     Kevin Love has come a long way from the guy who showed up here three years ago, when he stared at the carpet during interviews and muttered a few sentences before the media relations staff cut off the interview.

2.     Now he’s engaging, even joking about the incessant trade rumors. His drive and dunk on Willy Hernangomez in the second quarter caught everyone by surprise, from the guys on the bench to Tyronn Lue.

3.     “So much anger in that (dunk),” Love laughed after he was asked if it was the result of two years of trade rumors unleashed. He admits there was a time when the rumors would’ve bothered him, but now he’s got his ring, his $110 million contract and his supermodel girlfriend. I mean, life’s pretty good for Kevin Love.

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LeBron scores 32, Love returns with big night in 111-104 win over Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 4, 2017

NEW YORK: For two days now, LeBron James has been asked about Carmelo Anthony. It’s only fitting, given the trade rumors swirling around both of these franchises. For two days, James has maintained the same answer: He just wants his good friend to be happy.

It’s difficult to see how Anthony can be pleased with the state of the Knicks, who remain on the cusp of playoff contention but so far away from title contention. LeBron James scored 32 points and passed for 10 assists, Kevin Love returned with 23 points and 16 rebounds and the Cavs beat the Knicks 111-104 Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs led by as many as 27 in the third quarter before they grew distracted in the fourth, as usual, and let the Knicks climb within 106-101 in the final minute before Love’s corner 3-pointer iced the game. They have squandered big leads in fourth quarters throughout the season and Saturday was no different.

The Cavs were without Kyrie Irving and the Knicks were without Derrick Rose. Irving missed the game with a sore right quadriceps muscle, while Rose was scratched with an ankle injury. Love, meanwhile, returned after missing two games with back spasms. It was the seventh time this season he scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 15 rebounds while playing like someone the Knicks would want in a trade.

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Cavs' Kyrie Irving, Knicks' Derrick Rose scratched from game with injuries

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 4, 2017

NEW YORK: Kyrie Irving will not play Saturday when the Cavs host the New York Knicks. Irving was a late scratch with soreness in his right quad. He will be replaced in the starting lineup by DeAndre Liggins.

The Knicks will also be without starting point guard Derrick Rose, who will miss the game with a sprained ankle. 

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Cavs' Kyrie Irving to participate in 3-point contest over All-Star weekend

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 2, 2017

Kyrie Irving will participate in the 3-point shootout during All-Star weekend in New Orleans later this month. Irving, who won the event in 2013, will headline the event along with Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who won the event last season.

They will be joined by Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Houston’s Eric Gordon, Dallas’ Wesley Matthews, Portland’s CJ McCollum and the Lakers’ Nick Young.

Irving is averaging a career-best 2.4 3-pointers per game this season. Cavs forward and fellow All-Star Kevin Love said he was invited by the league to participate in the 3-point shootout, but apparently passed on the chance. Love, like Irving, is a former winner in the event. 

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Kyrie Irving passes for career-high in assists, Cavs erupt for most points in 2 months in 125-97 win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2017

CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving passed for a career-high 14 assists to go with his 14 points and LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists in the Cavs’ 125-97 victory Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was a much-needed jolt to start the month of February after they struggled through a miserable 7-8 January.

It’s the most points the Cavs have scored in a game since a Dec. 7 home win against the Knicks. They’ve now won three of their last four games.

Irving and James combined for 26 of the Cavs’ 37 assists – which is why they held a free agent workout earlier in the day featuring Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich, Jordan Farmar and Lance Stephenson. James has been persistent in mentioning the Cavs’ need for more playmakers.

Tristan Thompson scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, Channing Frye scored 18 points starting in place of the injured Kevin Love and Kyle Korver scored 20 points off the bench.

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LeBron James would welcome Mario Chalmers or Lance Stephenson as a teammate

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2017

INDEPENDENCE: One of LeBron James’ former teammates and a former nemesis are part of the Cavs’ free agent workout Wednesday afternoon. James said Wednesday morning he’d be fine with Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson or anyone else who can help the Cavs succeed. Kirk Hinrich and Jordan Farmar were also part of the workout.

“I just want to win, man,” James said when asked specifically about Stephenson. “That’s all that matters to me. I got no personal problems with nobody.”

Stephenson and James have history, dating back to their many postseason clashes when James was in Miami and Stephenson played for the Indiana Pacers. Stephenson famously blew in James’ ear during a playoff series in 2014, which immediately went viral.

James and Chalmers were teammates in Miami for four years, although Chalmers was often the target of James’ outbursts. Chalmers has missed the last year recovering from a torn Achilles.

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