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Wizards 97, Cavs 85; Jason Lloyd's 24 thoughts on Mozgov, end of home streak and small ball

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2015

CLEVELAND: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 points from LeBron James in a 97-85 loss to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday…

1. Timofey Mozgov is done talking about his troublesome right knee. Has been for some time. That’s a bit troublesome to me.

2. Mozgov played nine minutes against the Wizards. Nine. And yet again he didn’t play at all in the fourth quarter. Now a lot of that could be attributed to the Wizards’ small ball lineup. But Mozgov clearly isn’t the same player he was last season when he anchored a revamped Cavs defense. 

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Cavs fall to Wizards 97-85 for their first home loss of season

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2015

CLEVELAND: All of the pep talks, meetings and chastising from their star doesn’t seem to be helping. The Cavs are still producing inconsistent efforts on the road and now at home.

John Wall scored a season-high 35 points and the Washington Wizards beat the Cavs 97-85 Tuesday. It was their first home loss of the season following a 9-0 start at Quicken Loans Arena. They had won 29 of their last 30 home games.

LeBron James had 24 points and 13 rebounds, but he didn’t get much help elsewhere and was the team’s biggest offender in turnovers with nine of the their 19.

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LeBron James blames himself for never facing Kobe in NBA Finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James blamed himself Tuesday for never meeting Kobe Bryant in the NBA Finals. The two superstars have combined to play for a championship each of the last nine years, but never faced each other. It will end as one of James’ few disappointments in his career.

“I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain,” James said of 2009, when the Cavs were upset by the Orlando Magic in the conference finals. “I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, he wanted it. He held up his end, I didn’t hold up my end and I hate that. I hate that it didn’t happen.”

And now it never will. Bryant announced his retirement this week while the Los Angeles Lakers are struggling through another miserable season. James took a day to collect his thoughts before delivering a powerful 15-minute tribute to Bryant on Tuesday, the future Hall of Famer whose posters hung on James’ wall as a kid.

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LeBron James opens up in new Sports Illustrated interview

By Dan Kadar Published: December 1, 2015

LeBron James is on the cover of Sports Illustrated once again. James once again spoke with Lee Jenkins, the same reporter he collaborated with on the "I'm Coming Home" letter. Below are a few exceprts. Read the full story by Jeknins here.

On returning to Cleveland: "Coming back has been everything I thought… only a lot harder. I can’t tell you it’s been comfortable. But that’s O.K. I don’t really like to be comfortable."LeBron James speaks out in new Sports Illustrated interview

On being the best player in the NBA: "I hear the chatter about who is the best player in the league… I see the guys who are barreling down. That locks me in even more."

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Pregame: Wizards at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2015

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Time Quicken Loans Arena

TV: NBA TV, Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert return to Cavs practice, although neither cleared for full return

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert returned to practice Monday, although the Cavs said they have not yet been cleared for full basketball activities. They did, however, take part in contact portions of practice. Both players remain without a timeline to return.

“We had a moderated practice that we were able to get them to take part in a good piece of it,” coach David Blatt said. “Day to day, making a little bit more progress.”

Both Irving and Shumpert went hard enough in practice to work up a good sweat. Shumpert is able to shoot with his surgically-repaired right wrist and Blatt conceded he is ahead of schedule.

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Cavs 90, Nets 88; Jason Lloyd's 19 thoughts on J.R.'s defense, LeBron's game winner and 6 packs

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 29, 2015

CLEVELAND: Nineteen thoughts for 19 fouls committed in a hard-fought 90-88 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday…

1. David Blatt has been promoting J.R. Smith as a two-way player since shortly after Smith arrived here in a January trade from the Knicks. Smith strung together one of his finest defensive performances of the season Saturday, so Blatt stuck with him in the game’s most crucial moments.

2. Smith nearly made him regret that decision. But LeBron James is strong enough to wash away the most egregious of basketball sins.

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LeBron James' floater with 1 second left gives Cavs 90-88 win over Nets

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 28, 2015

CLEVELAND – LeBron James’ runner in the lane with one second left allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers to hold on for a 90-88 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

James and Kevin Love each scored 26 points and the Cavs remained unbeaten at home (9-0), but it didn’t come easy against a struggling Nets team.

Jarrett Jack’s desperation heave at the buzzer from well beyond half court hit the back of the rim. Brook Lopez scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Joe Johnson had 17 points for the Nets, who have lost four of their last five.

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Cavs 95, Hornets 90; Jason Lloyd's 33 thoughts on barbecue chicken, dabbing, Jordan and missing Love

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 28, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Thirty-three thoughts for 33 minutes from Matthew Dellavedova in a 95-90 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Friday…

1. Kevin Love had a double-double by halftime. He scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds through three quarters. Yet apparently he approached David Blatt at some point during the fourth quarter and said he was ready if needed, but to keep rolling with the unit on the floor as long as it was working. As a result, Love watched 11 minutes, 58 seconds of the fourth while the Hornets made six baskets and shot 26 percent in the quarter.

2. These items are very much related.

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Cavs rally to beat Hornets, extend LeBron James' winning streak against them to 21

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Michael Jordan has more rings. He has more Most Valuable Player trophies. But he’s never been able to beat LeBron James. Sort of.

James had 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists  Friday, Kevin Love added 18 points and 16 rebounds and the Cavaliers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Charlotte Hornets 95-90. The victory makes James 21-0 against this franchise since Jordan bought the team in 2010 and ended the Hornets’ four-game winning streak.

James spent the last few days in a foul mood. He didn’t like the intensity or physicality of Wednesday’s loss at the Toronto Raptors, then was away from his family on Thanksgiving and watched his beloved Dallas Cowboys get dismantled by the Carolina Panthers.

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