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LeBron James strikes early, Cavs get unexpected contributions in 121-109 win over Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: The Cavs’ season-long search for a backup point guard seemed to haunt them Saturday when they were forced to start the game with no point guard on the floor. The injury-riddled roster took another hit, yet for at least one night, it still didn’t matter. LeBron James and Kevin Love were enough to topple the division-leading Charlotte Hornets on the road on a night they received key contributions from little-used reserves.

James scored 32 points, including 17 in the first quarter, and Love added 28 points and 10 rebounds in the Cavs’ 121-109 victory. Kyrie Irving missed the game with a hamstring injury and Jordan McRae was coach Tyronn Lue’s surprise replacement. McRae scored a season-high 20 points in his second career start and first this season. Kay Felder added 13 off the bench and made his first five shots, meaning two guys who didn’t get off the bench in Thursday’s win against the Boston Celtics this time combined for 33 points. Felder’s only miss was in the final minute after the game was out of reach.

Lue said after Thursday’s win that Irving simply had a cramp in his hamstring, but by Saturday he still wasn’t ready to play. Lue said Irving aggravated the hamstring Thursday when he banged knees with James and the Cavs didn’t want to push him.

“We’re just going to be cautious,” Lue said. “No need to go out and try to be a hero.”

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Kyrie Irving out Saturday against Hornets with hamstring injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Kyrie Irving is out for Saturday’s game at the Charlotte Hornets with a hamstring injury. Jordan McRae will start in his place.

Irving left Thursday’s game with a cramp in his right hamstring, but coach Tyronn Lue said the problem has lingered. Irving banged knees with LeBron James during Thursday’s win against the Boston Celtics. Lue said the collision caused tightness in the hamstring.

“We’re just going to be cautious,” Lue said. “No need to go out and try to be a hero tonight.”

Lue originally called it a cramp Thursday, but it’s an injury serious enough to keep him out at least for one night. Lue said he chose McRae as his starter in order to keep his bench rotation the same.

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LeBron on Ronda Rousey: 'They build you up ... just to tear you down'

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: LeBron James can empathize with Ronda Rousey today. James has been there and says he understands how Rousey is feeling.

Rousey’s UFC comeback fight ended 48 seconds after it started when she was knocked out in the first round Friday night by Amanda Nunes. Rousey has lost her last two fights in stunning fashion after exploding to the top of the sport by dominating her first 12 fights.

“In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now,” James told the Beacon Journal on Saturday. “That’s a fact. I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete. I went through that.”

James did not see Rousey's fight Friday. He enjoyed a birthday dinner with his teammates and watched some of the undercard, as well as the conclusion of the Michigan-Florida State game.

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Kyrie Irving questionable for tonight with hamstring issue

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 31, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Kyrie Irving remains questionable for tonight’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. Irving told the Cavs’ medical staff he feels better, but no decision on his availability will be made until Irving participates in the morning shootaround and is re-evaluated prior to the game.

“We’re going to be cautious with him,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’re not going to force him to play if he’s not feeling great.”

The Cavs are running out of guards. Lue said he isn’t sure who he would start if Irving can’t play, but said it won’t be rookie Kay Felder. That means they would be without a true point guard in the starting lineup. Lue will make the decision based on matchups and could start Richard Jefferson, moving LeBron James to de facto point guard.  

Irving felt cramping in his calf and hamstring during Thursday’s win against the Boston Celtics. He left the game in the final minute and did not return.

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Cavs 124, Celtics 118; Jason Lloyd's 14 thoughts on cramps, birthday's and LeBron's report card

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 30, 2016

CLEVELAND: Fourteen thoughts for 14 3-pointers in Friday’s 124-118 win against the Boston Celtics…

1.     First the good news: Coach Tyronn Lue expects Kyrie Irving to be fine. While Irving didn’t want to make any declarations about his availability for Saturday at Charlotte until he wakes up and sees how he feels Friday, Lue doesn’t expect him to miss any time.

2.     Irving limped off the floor in the game’s final minute Thursday with cramping in his leg and calf. He called it a cramp in his hamstring and Lue made clear it wasn’t a hamstring strain, which obviously would be worse.

3.     “Just tightened up, that’s all,” said Irving, who also banged knees with LeBron James in the first half. “My calf started getting tight and my hammy started to get tight. I felt better coming out (to start) the second half, then when I did that last layup in started to cramp up.”

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Kyrie Irving scores 32 as Cavs blow 20-point lead, hold on to beat Celtics 124-118

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 29, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and registered his fifth double-double in his last seven games to allow the Cleveland Cavaliers to hold on for a 124-118 victory Thursday against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs blew nearly all of an 18-point lead entering the fourth. A driving basket by the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas pulled Boston within 117-116 with about a minute left before Irving countered with a drive of his own.

Thomas responded with two free throws at the other end while Irving subbed out of the game with 47 seconds left during the stoppage in play. Irving seemed to be grabbing at his right hamstring on his way off the floor and remained out the rest of the night.

Irving’s absence left the ball in James’ hands. James tried driving on Celtics guard Marcus Smart, who fouled him with 21 seconds left. James split the free throws to give the Cavs a 120-118 lead, but left the Celtics with a chance to send the game to overtime or win it at the buzzer with a 3-pointer. Jae Crowder’s open look at a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left clanked off the rim and Richard Jefferson grabbed the rebound. The Celtics had a 20-second timeout left but opted not to use it.

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Cavs guard Kay Felder sent to Canton Charge

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 28, 2016

The Cavs sent Kay Felder to the Canton Charge of the NBA’s Development League on Wednesday.

Felder has appeared in 14 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 4.9 points. He is available to play in the Charge's home game Wednesday against Greensboro and could easily be recalled before the Cavs' home game Thursday against the Boston Celtics. 

Felder's assignment to the D-League does not remove him from the roster. The Cavs roster still stands at 15. 

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Pistons 106, Cavs 90; Jason Lloyd's 19 thoughts on the trickle-down effect from LeBron's absence

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Ninteen thoughts for 19 assists in Mondays’ 106-90 loss to the Detroit Pistons...

1.     Stop me when you’ve heard this before: LeBron James sat out and the Cavs lost. We get tired of writing about it and they get tired of talking about it. But it has happened 18 times now in 22 games since James returned to Cleveland.

2.     That 4-18 record is hideous, particularly for a team with the league’s highest payroll and two other All-Star caliber players. Yet it keeps happening over and over and over.

3.     “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the blame on me and Kev and how we can’t win without Bron,” Kyrie Irving said. Yep. Pretty much.

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Cavs struggles without LeBron continue with 106-90 loss to Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: When Kyrie Irving returned to Monday’s game with 10:51 to play and the Cavs down 14, the opportunity was there to do it again. Twenty-four hours after Irving and LeBron James pulled off a stunning fourth-quarter rally against the Golden State Warriors, Irving was in position to do it against the Detroit Pistons.

With no James, however, the Cavs had little chance of duplicating the long odds. That 14-point deficit swelled to 21 in a 106-90 loss at Detroit. It was their second-lowest scoring output of the season. The only night worse was the 85 points at Memphis when all three of the Cavs' stars sat.

Citing his 40 minutes against the Warriors Sunday and the fact the game against the Pistons marked the Cavs’ fifth game in seven nights, Tyronn Lue gave James the night off. The result was predictable. The Cavs are now 4-18 in games James doesn’t play since he returned to Cleveland three years ago.

Lue elected to let Irving play despite his 44 minutes because he just returned from an extended rest.

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Cavs' Richard Jefferson rips officiating reports after league admits blown foul call

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Richard Jefferson should’ve been called for a foul on the game’s final play Sunday and LeBron James should’ve been whistled for a technical for hanging on the rim, the league’s officiating report indicated Monday.

The league reviews all calls and non-calls in the last two minutes of close games. Jefferson’s foot-to-foot contact with Kevin Durant on the last play of the Cavs’ 109-108 win over the Golden State Warriors warranted a foul, according to the league. Jefferson said after the game the call could’ve gone either way. When told the league ruled it was a foul, Jefferson chose instead to follow other players who have been critical of the controversial “Last 2 Minutes” initiative.

“There’s a lot of things I could say. I’m on the positive end of it this time, so there’s no need to make a comment about it,” Jefferson told the Beacon Journal. “I think if you ask guys across the board if the replay and the Last 2 Minutes is effective, I don’t think it is. In the sense I think it puts the referees in a really bad spot. You’re critiquing them, you’re criticizing them for what they see in real time vs. a slow-motion action. It’s kind of like the generals who oversee the war, but aren’t in the war. I don’t think it’s good for basketball.”

Stars such as James and Dwyane Wade have been equally critical of the league’s L2M in the past. James took aim at it last season during the playoffs. The NBA referees union formally called on the league to stop releasing the reports last season during the Finals, but Commissioner Adam Silver has remained a firm supporter of the transparency they provide.

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LeBron James will sit out Monday's game at Detroit

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: LeBron James will not play Monday when the Cavaliers face the Detroit Pistons. Citing his 40 minutes Sunday and the fact this is their fifth game in seven nights, Tyronn Lue is giving James the night off.

All other healthy players are available, including Kyrie Irving, who played 44 minutes in Sunday’s win against the Warriors.  

“Kyrie had six days off last week,” Lue said. “Playing five games in seven nights, including tonight, played a big factor in my decision to hold LeBron out tonight.”

James made the trip, however, and Lue said a final decision wasn’t rendered until Monday morning. Perhaps still smarting from the stinging criticism he received for leaving James, Irving and Kevin Love home when the Cavs played at Memphis recently, Lue made sure to point out James at least made the trip to the Palace.

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League report says Jefferson should've been given a foul, LeBron a technical in win over Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Richard Jefferson should’ve been called for a foul on the game’s final play Sunday and LeBron James should’ve been whistled for a technical for hanging on the rim, the league’s officiating report indicated Monday.

The league reviews all calls and non-calls in the last two minutes of close games. Jefferson’s foot-to-foot contact with Kevin Durant on the last play of the Cavs’ 109-108 win over the Golden State Warriors warranted a foul. Durant thought that was the case after the game.

“I fell,” Durant said. “And I didn’t fall on my own.”

Jefferson said it could’ve gone either way.

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Cavs 109, Warriors 108; Jason Lloyd's 31 thoughts on LeBron's car, Kyrie's shot and Durant's mouth

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 26, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty-one thoughts for 31 points from LeBron James in Sunday’s 109-108 win over the Golden State Warriors in a Christmas Day classic…

1.     LeBron James spent Christmas morning at his Bath mansion for the first time since 2008. After the boys were done opening their gifts, he took the convertible out and drove himself to the game. With the top down. In Cleveland. On Christmas Day.

2.     “There’s something wrong with me,” James joked with his teammates. “Had that heat on full blast.”

3.     The Cavs have the heat on full blast on the Warriors, too. They led Golden State for just 42.4 seconds Sunday. When the Warriors extended the lead to 14 early in the fourth quarter, the glaring storyline seemed to be how the Cavs’ thin wings were getting exposed. Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and DeAndre Liggins were dreadful for most of this game and the loss of J.R. Smith was noticeable.

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Kyrie Irving hits game winner to erase 14-point deficit, stun Warriors again 109-108

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 25, 2016

CLEVELAND: The Golden State Warriors still can’t close out Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving’s turnaround jumper over Klay Thompson with 3.4 seconds left gave the Cavs a thrilling 109-108 victory Sunday in an NBA Finals rematch after the Cavs trailed by 14 earlier in the fourth quarter.

The Warriors led most of the game and extended their lead to 94-80 with LeBron James resting on the bench early in the fourth. But James’ rim-rattling dunk with 1:43 left gave the Cavs a 105-103 lead – their first since early in the first quarter – and Irving finished off the stunning comeback with a turnaround jumper. It was reminiscent of his championship-winning 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 7 last June when the Cavs became the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit to stun Golden State.

They did it again Sunday.

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Cavs 119, Nets 99; Jason Lloyd's 15 thoughts on the Warriors and Christmas; not the Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 24, 2016

CLEVELAND: Fifteen thoughts for 15 rebounds from Kevin Love in Friday’s 119-99 win over the Brooklyn Nets…

1.     The Cavs dropped an absolute beating on the Nets. Soap bars wrapped in towels, Pyle pinned to his cot/Full Metal Jacket kind of pounding. They led by 46 in the third and could’ve named whatever final score they wanted.

2.     There. That about covers it.


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Cavs blast Nets 119-99, turn focus to Christmas Day game against Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 23, 2016

CLEVELAND: Well that was easy. And now that the appetizers are out of the way, the Cavaliers can finally worry about Christmas’ main course.

Tristan Thompson scored a season-high 16 points and the Cavaliers absolutely destroyed the weary and wobbling Brooklyn Nets 119-99 on Friday on a night they could’ve named the final score. More importantly, it clears the path for Sunday’s highly-anticipated meeting with the Golden State Warriors.

Kyrie Irving scored 13 points and passed for 10 assists – the third time in his last four games he has reached double figures in assists. LeBron James scored 19 points and Kevin Love returned with 14 points and 15 rebounds after missing the last two games with a sore knee.

On the day the Cavs learned they’ll be without J.R. Smith for at least three months following his thumb surgery, they didn’t let it dampen their spirits against a team that began the night tied for the worst record in the NBA. Compounding matters was the fact this was the second night of a brutal back-to-back for the Nets after they were blasted in the second half by the Warriors on Thursday.

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J.R. Smith to miss at least three months following thumb surgery

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 23, 2016

J.R. Smith is expected to miss at least three months following surgery Friday to repair a “complex fracture” in his right thumb. The Cavs estimated his return at 12-14 weeks, which would put him back on the court around the start of April.

Hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham performed the surgery at the Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center in Montrose.

DeAndre Liggins is expected to remain Smith’s replacement in the starting lineup for the foreseeable future.

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Cavs 113, Bucks 102; Jason Lloyd's 21 thoughts on LeBron's load, Bucks' future and Griff sacked

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 22, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-one thoughts for 21 fourth-quarter points in Wednesday’s 113-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks…

1.     Nine games into his partnership with David Blatt, LeBron James sounded the minutes alarm. James was playing 39.1 minutes per night at the time, third-most in the NBA.

2.     “That has to come down,” James said at the time. “For me, I don’t want to do that all year.”

3.     What does that have to do with today? James played 34 minutes Wednesday on the second night of a back-to-back after logging 47 minutes on Tuesday. He entered the night averaging 37.3 minutes per game, the highest of his three seasons back in Cleveland.

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Kyrie Irving passes for career high in assists, joins LeBron to power Cavs past Bucks, 113-102

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 21, 2016

CLEVELAND: They were all tired. It’s to be expected the night after an overtime game when both teams had to travel. But the Cavs’ two best players outgunned the Milwaukee Bucks’ best two Wednesday and now have won eight of their last nine games.

Kyrie Irving scored 31 points and passed for a career-high 13 assists, while LeBron James scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Cavs’ 113-102 victory for their second win against the Bucks in 24 hours. With Kevin Love again sidelined by a knee injury, James and Irving both logged heavy minutes one night after James played 47 and Irving 45 in Tuesday’s win at Milwaukee.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was originally inclined to rest both Irving and James, but both insisted they felt great and James’ trainer, Mike Mancias, signed off on it. So Lue ran them both back out there and they did what stars do – they won the Cavs the game.

Tristan Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds on a night James and Irving combined for 60 points, 15 rebounds and 19 assists. This time, at least, Lue was able to limit both to 34 minutes.

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J.R. Smith diagnosed with fractured thumb, surgery up next

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 21, 2016

J.R. Smith fractured his right thumb and will need surgery to correct it, the Cavs announced. No timeline for return will be established until after surgery, but it’s likely Smith will miss at least a month.

Smith injured the thumb in Tuesday’s overtime win at the Milwaukee Bucks, and as a result the Cavs’ injury/unusable list is growing faster than they’d like. They’re already carrying two dead roster spots with Mo Williams (retirement) and Chris Andersen (torn ACL). Now Smith has at least temporarily joined them.

In the short term, the Cavs could be severely short-handed for Wednesday’s rematch with the Bucks. Coach Tyronn Lue wasn’t sure whether LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be available after each played over 40 minutes Tuesday. Kevin Love missed the game with a knee injury and his status for Wednesday remains questionable.

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Cavs 114, Bucks 108, OT: Marla Ridenour's 17 thoughts on J.R.'s thumb, LeBron's 3s and tweeners

By Marla Ridenour Published: December 21, 2016

Seventeen final thoughts for the 17 3-pointers the Cavs made against the Bucks, none bigger than LeBron James’ 33-footer with 24 seconds left in overtime.

1. No doubt the Cavaliers pulled out a gutsy overtime victory with two starters out, but at what price? I’m not just talking about James playing 48 minutes and Kyrie Irving 45 on the first night of a back-to-back. But the already thin ranks are dwindling. Kevin Love stayed home because of stiffness and swelling in his left knee after he banged it Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Then J.R. Smith suffered a right thumb injury late in the first half, perhaps when hit by Giannis Antetokounmpo as the big man swiped at the ball. Smith was sidelined the rest of the night.

2. The Cavs said after the game that images taken at the arena were inconclusive and Smith will be examined Wednesday in Cleveland. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the Cavs fear Smith has a broken right thumb. As the media interviewed several players in the post-game locker room, he was not made available. Earbuds in, Smith sat on a training table huddled in the corner and never took his right hand out of his hoodie pocket as he watched something on his phone.

3. The Cavs have needed a backup point guard since Mo Williams announced just as Media Day began that he was retiring from the Cavs. He remains on the roster. On Friday, backup big man Chris “Birdman” Andersen tore his right ACL in practice. So with Love and Smith injured, the Cavs are four men down, not two. But there’s no reason to panic about the defending champions’ ability to defend their championship. Presumably, Love will be back soon. Perhaps Smith’s thumb isn’t broken. Moves will soon be made.

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Kevin Love out for Tuesday's game at Bucks with left knee injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 19, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love will not make the trip to Milwaukee and will not play Tuesday against the Bucks. Love did not practice Monday after he banged his left knee with Larry Nance, Jr. in Saturday’s win against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“It swelled up on him,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “It’s kind of stiff.”

Love was diagnosed with a contusion. Lue said Richard Jefferson will start in his place. He remains questionable for Wednesday’s home game against the Bucks.

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Cavs 119, Lakers 108; Jason Lloyd's 17 thoughts on rested stars, assists and Timo's return

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 18, 2016

CLEVELAND: Seventeen thoughts for 17 rebounds from Kevin Love in the Cavs’ 119-108 win Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers…

1.     The time off seemed to suit Kyrie Irving well. In fact, it seemed to suit all of the Cavs’ stars just fine.

2.     For all the fuss that was made over the Big Three missing Wednesday’s game at Memphis, LeBron James scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter Saturday, Kevin Love grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds and Kyrie Irving matched his career-high with 12 assists in 38 minutes. Love, however, thought those numbers may have been a bit deceiving on a night the Cavs struggled to put away the young and struggling Lakers.

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Big fourth quarter from LeBron James lifts Cavs to 119-108 win over Lakers

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: A refreshed and rested Big Three was just what the Cavs needed to shake the pesky Los Angeles Lakers.

LeBron James scored 26 points, including 16 in the fourth quarter, and Kyrie Irving scored 21 points and matched his career-high with 12 assists in the Cavs’ 119-108 victory Saturday against the Lakers. Kevin Love had 27 points and a season-high 17 rebounds.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue rested all of his stars in Wednesday’s win at Memphis and all returned Saturday with big performances. Irving took a week off because he complained to Lue he had tired legs in last Saturday’s win against Charlotte.

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Cavs center Chris 'Birdman' Andersen out for season with ACL tear

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 16, 2016

Center Chris “Birdman” Andersen tore the ACL in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season. Andersen suffered the injury on a non-contact play in practice Friday, the team said, and an MRI revealed the tear.

Andersen appeared in 12 games this season for the Cavs, averaging 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds. Andersen's injury leaves the Cavs with two dead spots on the roster at least temporarily, since his contract is fully guaranteed and the team is also carrying Mo Williams on the roster. They are down to just Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye as the only true bigs. 

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Cavs 103, Grizzlies 86; Jason Lloyd's 29 thoughts on rest, rematches and LeBron-Fizdale

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 14, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-nine thoughts for 29 points from Kevin Love in Tuesday’s 103-86 Cavs win over the Memphis Grizzlies…

1.     There will be plenty of angry fans in Memphis Wednesday night. A number of them erupted on Twitter (and my timeline) moments after Cavs coach Tyronn Lue announced none of the Big Three are making the trip.

2.     Lue’s decision to leave LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love behind in Cleveland will only exacerbate the ongoing debate about the length of the NBA season and the problematic back-to-backs. Lue is playing the long game here and driving a train that isn’t expected to stop until mid-June. He’s within his rights to rest guys as he sees fit, even if it’s disappointing to fans of a Western Conference team who only get one visit from the defending champs. Such is the risk when purchasing tickets to live events.

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Kevin Love, J.R. Smith shoot Cavs to 103-86 win over Grizzlies

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 13, 2016

CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers built a big lead early and survived a poor third quarter before pulling away late against the Memphis Grizzlies. It was ugly at times, but the Cavs extended their winning streak without Kyrie Irving.

Kevin Love scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the Cavs’ 103-86 victory Tuesday on a night Irving sat out to rest. J.R. Smith scored 23 points, including six 3-pointers. But a 22-point lead in the first half was whittled to nine in the fourth quarter before James and the Cavs took control. The Cavs won their fourth straight while ending Memphis’ six-game winning streak.

These two teams are seeing a lot of each other over a 48-hour period. Both teams flew to Memphis and will complete the rare home-and-home Wednesday at FedEx Forum. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue isn’t sure yet how he likes playing the same team on consecutive nights.

“We’ll see after the next game,” he said. “It’s good though because you don’t have to change, go watch film and try to prepare for a different team. Having a back-to-back with the same team, I know (defensive coach Mike) Longabardi loves it, because you don’t have to prepare twice. It’s the same team you’re playing again. Basically playing two games in one. So from a standpoint of preparing for a team and getting ready, it makes it easy.”

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Kyrie Irving will not play Tuesday against Grizzlies

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 13, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving will not play Tuesday when the Cavs host the Memphis Grizzlies. Coach Tyronn Lue is holding him out to rest.

Irving complained of tired legs in the Cavs’ most recent game Saturday, so Lue said the training staff thought it would be best to hold Irving out another day. He is expected back in the lineup Wednesday when the Cavs complete the home-and-home at Memphis. DeAndre Liggins will start Tuesday in his place.

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LeBron James, Maverick Carter team with Antoine Fuqua for Muhammad Ali documentary

By George Thomas Published: December 12, 2016

LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment have teamed with acclaimed filmmaker Antoine Fuqua for a multi-part documentary chronicling the life of legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali.

Production on the untitled film, which will air exclusively on pay-tv outlet HBO, began Monday.  

James’ involvement continues a long-standing appreciate the Akron-native has for the athlete, who eventually became as well known for his feats outside the ring as well as in it.

“It’s tough to put into words how much it means to me to be a part of this project honoring the legacy and telling the extremely important story of the great Muhammad Ali,” James said in a news release. “He transcended sports and used his platform to empower people, which paved the way for all athletes and people of every race and gender that came after him, myself included.”

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Cavs 116, Hornets 105; Jason Lloyd's 22 thoughts on milestones, health and LeBron's great night

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 11, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-two thoughts for 22 points from Kevin Love in Saturday’s 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets…

1.     The boys waiting outside the Cavs locker room Saturday night were asked if they wanted to go inside and talk to LeBron James. No, they both said, they simply wanted a ball so they could head to the court.

2.     When they were told they HAD to go inside and talk to him, they dropped their heads in disappointment. They weren’t interested in seeing the only man in NBA history to score 27,000 points, grab 7,000 rebounds and pass for 7,000 assists. No, they wanted to hoop. Instead, the two boys grudgingly trudged inside.

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LeBron James scores season-high 44 points, reaches assists milestone in 116-105 win vs. Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored a season-high 44 points and became the first frontcourt player to pass for 7,000 assists in the Cavs’ 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.

The milestone pass was vintage James, a skip pass down the lane to a streaking Tristan Thompson that few other players could even see, let alone complete. It was his highest scoring regular season game since returning to Cleveland and matched the 44 points he scored in a Game 1 overtime loss against the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Finals in 2015.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points and Cody Zeller had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Hornets, who had their own three-game winning streak snapped. This was the first stop in a five-game road trip for Charlotte.

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LeBron James moves into ninth on career scoring list in 114-84 blowout win against Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Dwyane Wade is gone and Chris Bosh’s career is likely over. So, too, is any remaining feud between the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat.

LeBron James scored 27 points against his former team to move into ninth place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in the Cavs’ 114-84 victory Friday. James added eight rebounds and eight assists, while Kevin Love fought through back spasms to score 28 points and grab 15 rebounds. Kyrie Irving scored 23 points.

Injuries and Wade’s defection in free agency has reduced the Heat to smoldering ashes, last place in their division and little hope of making the playoffs. Udonis Haslam was a late scratch from the Heat for personal reasons, wiping away the final link between James and the Heat’s championship past. There was no one on the floor Friday whom James played with in Miami – and he left the franchise three seasons ago.

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Channing Frye out this weekend; J.R. Smith (knee) and Kevin Love (back) questionable vs. Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 9, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Channing Frye has been excused from the team for personal reasons, while Kevin Love and J.R. Smith are both questionable for Friday’s game against the Miami Heat.

Smith remains bothered by a hyperextended left knee, while Love is battling back spasms, although he was able to participate in shootaround Friday morning. Frye will not play Friday or Saturday against the Charlotte Hornets.

Love was bothered by back spasms two years ago, but made it through last season and the start of this year with no additional issues. Frye continues to lead the league in 3-point shooting (.481) while Love is shooting .422 from deep. 

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Cavs 126, Knicks 94; Jason Lloyd's 12 thoughts on defense and water bottles

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 8, 2016

NEW YORK: Twelve thoughts for 12 turnovers in Wednesday’s 126-94 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden…

1.     If the five days off last month disrupted the Cavs’ rhythm, Sunday’s film session and practice in Toronto seems to have realigned them. For the second time in as many games, the defensive effort was dramatically better than it was during the three-game losing streak.

2.     The season-high 22 3-pointers will grab the attention, but this team is always capable of making a flurry of 3s. The Cavs limiting the Knicks to 28 points in the paint, just as they held the Raptors to 32 on Monday, is a more telling number. That’s a vast improvement from the 51 points teams were scoring on them in the lane in the previous five games.

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Cavs make season-high 22 3-pointers in 126-94 win over Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 7, 2016

NEW YORK: He said it with disdain in his voice, the defensive coach for so many years acknowledging what has become apparent through the first quarter of this season. The Cavs’ identity is built on their offense right now, nothing else.

Tyronn Lue is trying to turn that. The defensive effort was evident in Wednesday’s 126-94 dismantling of the New York Knicks, the second time in as many games the Cavs remembered their defensive principles. The offensive explosion with this team is always looming and surfaced again Wednesday with a season-high 22 3-pointers. The defensive effort comes and goes.

LeBron James scored 25 points, passed for seven assists and grabbed six rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and passed for six assists. Tristan Thompson grabbed a season-high 20 rebounds, one shy of his career high, and Kevin Love had 21 points for the Cavs, who shot their way to a sixth straight win at Madison Square Garden and their eighth-straight win overall in this series. The Knicks are vastly improved this season, but they’re not yet ready to compete with the league’s elite.

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LeBron James calls decision not to stay at Trump hotel 'personal preference'

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 7, 2016

NEW YORK: LeBron James wished President-elect Donald Trump well and likened his decision not to stay with the team at Trump SoHo to choosing between chicken and steak.

For the first time in his career, James stayed separate from his teammates as a sort of protest against Trump, whom he was sharply critical of in the weeks leading up to the election. Trump no longer owns the SoHo hotel, but it still bears his name.

“I’m not trying to make a statement. It’s just my personal preference,” James said. “At the end of the day, I hope he’s one of the best presidents ever for all of our sake -- my family, for all of us. But it’s just my personal preference. It would be the same if I went to a restaurant and decided to eat chicken and not steak.”

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DeAndre Liggins will start in place of J.R. Smith against Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 7, 2016

NEW YORK: DeAndre Liggins will start at shooting guard tonight when the Cavs play at the New York Knicks, coach Tyronn Lue said. Liggins is starting in place of J.R. Smith, who is out with a hyperextended left knee.

It will be the second start of Liggins’ career. His only other start was in 2013 with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Just like the energy he brings,” Lue said. “When you get that kind of energy from a guy, I think it’s contagious. I think guys on the team play harder when they see him flying all around the floor.”

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J.R. Smith's MRI shows no structural damage, considered day-to-day

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 6, 2016

NEW YORK: An MRI on J.R. Smith’s ailing left knee showed no damage and the Cavs guard is listed as day to day, according to one source with knowledge of the injury. Smith, however, is unlikely to play Wednesday when the Cavs play at the New York Knicks.

Smith stopped awkwardly on his left knee during the first quarter of Monday’s win at Toronto. The knee had been bothering him for at least a week, although Smith refused to get it scanned.

Smith’s absence, even for a couple of games, further depletes a Cavs backcourt that is already without a backup point guard. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue used DeAndre Liggins in place of Smith Monday and Liggins responded with five points and five rebounds. He was also the only reserve who played more than 10 minutes and finished with a positive plus/minus.

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Cavs 116, Raptors 112; Jason Lloyd's 21 thoughts on J.R.'s knee, ending a skid and LeBron/Phil

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 6, 2016

TORONTO: Twenty-one thoughts for 21 assists in Monday’s 116-112 win over the Toronto Raptors…

1.     Ending this losing streak came with a price. How high it is won’t be known until J.R. Smith gets out of the MRI tube, but he was awfully dejected as he limped out of Air Canada Centre following the end to this three-game losing streak.

2.     An already thin backcourt, considering the Cavs are playing without a true backup point guard, took another blow Monday when Smith twisted his knee along the baseline following a basket. A knee that had previously given him problems buckled and Smith hobbled to the other end of the court before dropping to the floor.

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Bulls 111, Cavs 105; Jason Lloyd's 13 thoughts on the end to the Cavs' honeymoon phase

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 3, 2016

CHICAGO: Thirteen thoughts for 13 baskets by LeBron James in Friday’s 111-105 loss to the Chicago Bulls, extending the Cavs’ losing skid to three…

1.     When the Cavaliers smashed the Detroit Pistons 104-81 on Nov. 18, LeBron James was genuinely excited about the play on both sides of the ball. The Cavs clogged the lane on Andre Drummond and limited the Pistons to 26 points in the paint. James called it “the best we’ve played all year” on offense and defense.

2.     The players celebrated the convincing win and went their separate ways. With no games for five days, Tyronn Lue gave the players the weekend off. When they returned following the break, their defensive principles did not. They’ve been unraveling ever since.

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Bulls score 78 points in paint, send Cavs to third-straight loss with 111-105 win

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2016

CHICAGO: LeBron James dismissed any problems facing the Cavs following their second troubling loss in as many games Thursday when the Cavs lost to the Clippers. Lose three straight, James reasoned, and there’s something to talk about.

So, let’s talk,

The same problems that have plagued the Cavs all season – and have been exacerbated this week – resurfaced yet again in Friday’s 111-105 loss to the Chicago Bulls at United Center. The Bulls scored a staggering 78 points in the paint against an anemic Cleveland defense, the Bulls pounded the Cavs on the glass 49-33 and Rajon Rondo recorded his first triple-double in a Bulls uniform.

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James Jones says he plans to retire after next season, his 15th in NBA

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2016

CHICAGO: LeBron James has made it clear James Jones has a place on his team as long as he wants to keep playing. Jones has now decided when that will be.

Jones told the Beacon Journal he will retire after next season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. His ultimate dream is to ride off following three consecutive championships in Cleveland, he said Friday, although clearly there is a lot of work to do before that happens.

“I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, ‘I accomplished something,” Jones said. “Fourteen vs. 15 may not be much, but to be able to say I played 15 years, that’s enough for me to hang ‘em up.”

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LeBron James fufills bet, arrives to Bulls game wearing Cubs jersey

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2016

CHICAGO: For one night only, LeBron James wore a Chicago No. 23 jersey Friday night.

James fulfilled his bet with Dwyane Wade and arrived at United Center dressed head to toe in Cubs gear after Chicago beat the Indians in the World Series. Wade set the terms of the bet in October and James quickly agreed. Friday he fulfilled his debt.

Wade met James as he arrived at the arena and the two shared laughs walking through the tunnels of the arena while a sea of cameras followed them. The jersey had the authentic World Series patch on the arm and “James 23” stitched across the back, invoking memories of another certain Chicago legend who wore No. 23.

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Cavs blasted again, 113-94, on night shooting and defense fail them

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2016

CLEVELAND: The complacency Tyronn Lue railed against this week apparently wasn’t cured with one embarrassing road loss or one public example made out of J.R. Smith’s antics.

Identifying the problem and fixing it are two different issues. Two blowouts in three nights proves the Cavs still have work to do.

LeBron James scored 16 points, but the Cavs were drilled at home Thursday by the Los Angeles Clippers 113-94 on a night their shooting and defense again failed them. It was the most lopsided loss of the season and marked their largest deficit of the season (27) -- surpassing figures set in their game 48 hours earlier against the Bucks.

A jumper from Tristan Thompson pulled the Cavs within 47-45 with two minutes left in the first half, but the Clippers outscored the Cavs by 14 over the final two minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the third quarter.

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Mike Dunleavy out vs. Clippers, placed into league's concussion protocol

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2016

CLEVELAND: Mike Dunleavy has been placed into the league’s concussion protocol and will not play Thursday when the Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Dunleavy was struck in the head during Tuesday’s loss at Milwaukee, but symptoms did not present until Thursday. The team is hopeful he can still travel on the team’s flight to Chicago after the game, meaning there remains a chance he could be cleared in time to play Friday against the Bulls.

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