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Cavs 120, Kings 100; Jason Lloyd's 22 thoughts on Kyrie Irving's legs, J.R. Smith's defense and Kobe

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-two thoughts for 22 points from J.R. Smith in Monday’s 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings…

1. Over his last seven games, Kyrie Irving has scored 28, 21, 25, 26, 19, 29 and now 32 points. His five 3-pointers Monday were a season high and his 13 baskets were one shy of a season high. Better yet, he’s shooting 54 percent over that stretch, which dates back to Jan. 29.

2. Bottom line: Irving is coming along. The last part of his game to return following his knee surgery seems to be his 3-point shooting, which makes sense in a way. Tyronn Lue reiterated after this one he just needs to regain more strength in his legs, which the team believes is why he entered Monday shooting under 26 percent from deep. That’s why his 5-of-8 performance Monday was encouraging.

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LeBron James notches triple-double, Kyrie Irving matches season high with 32 points in Cavs win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James recorded his first triple-double of the season and Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points in the Cavaliers’ 122-100 victory against the reeling Sacramento Kings on Monday.

James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double, while Irving matched a career high with 12 assists.

The stumbling Kings have lost their last four games and eight of their last nine. They conclude the first half of the season Wednesday at Philadelphia and coach George Karl could be fired at any time between now and the break.

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Kevin Love probable, Matthew Dellavedova out tonight when Cavs host Sacramento Kings

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love is expected to play Monday when the Cavs host the Sacramento Kings, although Matthew Dellavedova remains sidelined with a sore left hamstring.

Love missed one game with the bruised left thigh, but he participated in shootaround Monday morning and is listed as probable.
Dellavedova will miss his fourth game with the hamstring. The Cavs have just one game left prior to the All-Star break and coach Tyronn Lue already hinted a few days ago Dellavedova may not be back until after the break.

“I think the most important thing is just getting his health right going into the second stretch of the season,” Lue said on Saturday.

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Pregame: Kings at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

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

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

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

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Cavs 99, Pelicans 84; Jason Lloyd's 18 thoughts on a Wild Thing, 3-pointers, Kyrie's All-Star goal

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 7, 2016

CLEVELAND: Eighteen thoughts for 18 Pelicans assists in Saturday’s 99-84 win over New Orleans

1. LeBron James didn’t let go of Friday’s loss to the Celtics until 1-year-old Zhuri woke him up Saturday morning by running into his arms. J.R. Smith held onto it even longer – all the way up until he returned to Quicken Loans Arena to play the Pelicans.

2. Given the way they kicked away the game against the Celtics, the Cavs needed a victory. Any victory will do. But one win doesn’t make it all better. This team still isn’t happy with the way they’re playing right now. Tyronn Lue tried calling two different offensive sets. The Cavs botched both of them. The Pelicans entered with one of the league’s worst defensive ratings and the Cavs couldn’t crack 100 points.

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Kyrie Irving scores 29 points, LeBron James scores 27 as Cavs end skid with 99-84 win over Pelicans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: After so many games focused on scoring and pushing the tempo, the Cavs went back to an old school approach Saturday.  

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and LeBron James had 27 points and eight assists in a 99-84victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Guard J.R. Smith made six 3-pointers for 20 points and Tristan Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds while starting at power forward in place of an injured Kevin Love.

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Cavs' Kevin Love, Matthew Dellavedova out Saturday against Pelicans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova will both miss Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Love is dealing with a bruised thigh suffered Friday night and Dellavedova is missing his third game with a sore left hamstring. 

Both players are considered day-to-day, although coach Tyronn Lue didn't rule out Dellavedova sitting out until after the All-Star break that begins next week.

"Delly is a tough guy. If it was up to me I wouldn't let him play until after the All-Star break, but it'd be hard to hold Delly out if he's feeling pretty good," Lue said. "I think the most important thing for me is getting his health right going into the second stretch of the season."

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Pregame: Pelicans at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

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

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Celtics 104, Cavs 103; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on bad decisions, bad bounces and bad losses

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty thoughts for 30 points from LeBron James in Friday’s stunning 104-103 loss to the Boston Celtics

1. LeBron James finally entered the locker room nearly an hour after the Cavs managed to fumble this one away, still in workout clothes and sweat dripping from his body. He was so aggravated with the loss that he put in a rare postgame workout in an attempt to burn off the frustration, but there is no outrunning the problems facing the Cavs right now.

2. James has been the one insistent all season that it’s not about wins and losses; it’s about the process. The process right now is turbulent and progress is nil.

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Avery Bradley's 3-pointer at buzzer stuns Cavs in 104-103 loss to Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND – Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer from the corner gave the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 victory Friday night when they rallied from five points down in the final 20 seconds.

The Cavs seemed to have the victory sealed when J.R. Smith grabbed an offensive rebound off LeBron James’ missed 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. Kyrie Irving made a pair of free throws to give the Cavs a 101-96 lead, but Smith fouled Evan Turner on a drive to the basket with four seconds left.

The Celtics trailed 103-99 when Smith fouled Evan Turner on a drive to the basket. Turner missed the free throw, but the ball went out of bounds on the Cavs, leaving the Celtics with possession and one final shot to win it.

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