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LeBron James will play tonight against Celtics, Irving and Shumpert out

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2015
James, LeBron GOOD horizontal dunk

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert will not play tonight when the Cavs host the Boston Celtics, but LeBron James will. His plans beyond tonight, however, have not been determined.

Irving will miss the game with a sore right hip. It was sore at the morning shootaround, the team said, and it was still hurting when he began warming up for the game. Shumpert has what the team is calling a right quad contusion. He was injured in Wednesday's win at Milwaukee, but the injury isn't considered serious. 

The Cavs have already won the Central Division title and clinched the No. 2 seed in the East. With little left to play for, James will likely rest at some point. The Cavs play at Boston on Sunday before closing the regular season with home games against the Detroit Pistons on Monday and the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

The Cavs are presently aligned to also play the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, but it wasn’t long ago they were aligned to play the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, too.

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Cavs 104, Bucks 99: Marla Ridenour's 21 final thoughts on goals achieved, players who can close

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 9, 2015

Twenty-one final thoughts for the 21 points scored by LeBron James as he clinched his seventh consecutive division title.

1. As ugly as I thought the game looked for the most part, my primary takeaway has nothing to do with that. It's that the Cavs proved once again they are closers.

MORECavaliers 104, Bucks 99: Cavs clinch second seed, division title with victory over Bucks

2. They may not care as much about the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference as coach David Blatt. They may make too many sloppy passes (18 turnovers on the night, 11 in the first half). They may have played spotty defense at times against the Bucks. Either that or I have greatly underestimated Michael Carter-Williams, acquired from the 76ers at the trade deadline. (The 11th overall pick in 2013 finished with a season-high 30 points and eight assists.)

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Rest for LeBron, Cavs apparently will come after second seed clinched

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 8, 2015

Cavs coach David Blatt said he has no plans to rest players in Wednesday's 8 p.m. game against the Bucks in Milwaukee.

The Cavs are one victory shy, or one Chicago Bulls' loss away, from clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and their fourth Central Division title in franchise history. The others came in 1975-76, 2008-09, and 2009-10.

Cavs star LeBron James hopes to continue his trend of resting before the playoffs begin, but doesn't know how it will work out once the No. 2 seed -- a goal of Blatt's -- is secured.

"I feel like I'll probably take one game or two games off before the post-season starts," James said before Wednesday's shootaround at the Bradley Center. "Just normal for me every single season going into the post-season.

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Cavs 114, Heat 88; Jason Lloyd's 19 final thoughts on LeBron's post moves, Wade's knee injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2015
Irving, James high 5

CLEVELAND: Nineteen thoughts for 19 free throws in a 114-88 win over the wounded Miami Heat…

1. We were chatting Wednesday with LeBron James about the shift he makes mentally when the postseason begins, but James didn’t want to reveal too many of his secrets. “I have a noticeable shift,” was all he would divulge.

2. This win over the Heat, however, was more proof of an on-court shift he is making in preparation for the upcoming playoff charge and the quest to end this city’s 50-year championship drought.

3. James had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while spending much of his night in the post. He has been gradually shifting into the post more and more in recent weeks. The Cavs destroyed the Brooklyn Nets on this floor two weeks ago because he went in the post, passed out of double teams and let the Cavs’ shooting cut apart a Nets defense that never stood a chance.

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Cavs deal Heat playoff hopes major blow with 114-88 victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 2, 2015

CLEVELAND -- The hopes for a Cavs-Heat series in the opening round of the playoffs were dealt a major blow Thursday. Not only did Cleveland’s 114-88 victory knock Miami out of seventh place in the East, more importantly Dwyane Wade’s nasty fall might have fittingly delivered the knockout punch to the Heat’s playoff chances.

LeBron James scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed for seven assists against his former team, guard Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and the Cavs pounded the Heat in what appeared to be a potential playoff series when the day began.

Wade’s left knee injury, however, could change everything.

The loss pushed Miami into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Boston Celtics, while the Brooklyn Nets climbed into seventh place at least for now.

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Kevin Love will not play tonight vs. Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 2, 2015
Love, Kevin facing Nerlens Noel

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love will not play tonight when the Cavs host the Miami Heat. Love’s back was still stiff when he woke up this morning, coach David Blatt said. It’s the sixth game Love has missed this season: three for the back, one for his eye and two for rest.

Love took an elbow to the back in Sunday’s win against the 76ers and three days off weren’t enough healing time.

“This is not a rest thing, he’s definitely feeling subpar,” Blatt said.

Kyrie Irving is expected play after missing the morning shootaround because he was ill. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra still is unsure whether Dwyane Wade (ill) or Luol Deng (knee) will play. 

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Kevin Love questionable for Heat; Blatt named coach of the month

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 1, 2015
Blatt, Love

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love did not participate in contact drills during Wednesday’s practice and coach David Blatt said Love will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Miami Heat.

The Cavs took two days off and Love said his back felt “good.”

“We had a great practice today,” Love said. “I know it looks like I didn’t sweat but I actually had to run to the locker room and change because I was sweating so much.”

It’s unclear what exactly what he was doing to sweat so much since he was a limited participant in practice.

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Cavs 87, Sixers 86; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2015
Love, Kevin on ground with Noel

CLEVELAND: Eleven thoughts for the Cavs’ largest lead in a downright ugly 87-86 win over the Philadelphia 76ers…

1. This isn’t going to take long. It was hard enough sitting through this game the first time without reliving it blow by blow.

2. The Cavs can talk all they want about winning this with defense (they didn’t) and gutting out tough wins (I guess they did), the fact is this team has looked bored in three of their last four games. The one they were motivated to play was against the Grizzlies and they destroyed the second-best team in the West.

3. This isn’t a huge concern. It’s tough to get “up” for every game, but the concern is whether the Cavs are taking full advantage of the games in front of them. If the starters are going to stumble around like this, it’s better to just sit them and knock the rust off guys like Mike Miller and Shawn Marion. At least get some sort of accomplishment out of the game. And while we’re on the topic, it is sounding as if J.R. Smith could get some time off soon.

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Cavs lose Love, Shumpert to injuries, survive 87-86 win over Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: March 29, 2015

CLEVELAND – LeBron James had 20 points and 11 rebounds and the Cavaliers survived a scare from the Philadelphia 76ers for an 87-86 victory Sunday, although they lost two key players to injury.

Kevin Love, who has battled back problems throughout the season, pulled himself from the game midway through the fourth quarter and walked immediately to the locker room with what the Cavs said was a lower back injury.  

Shumpert missed an open dunk in transition in the second quarter and also pulled himself from the game immediately. He was diagnosed with a left ankle injury and did not return.

The Cavs began the day with everyone available, yet only survived when Nerlens Noel missed a contested shot in the lane in the game’s final seconds. The Cavs didn’t score over the game’s final 4:04, leaving the Sixers with plenty of chances to steal a victory.

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