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Cavaliers' Larry Sanders unlikely to play Friday vs. Hornets

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2017

Big man Larry Sanders, trying to make a comeback after being out of the league for two years, was called up from the D-League’s Canton Charge on Thursday, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he had no plans to play him Friday night against the Charlotte Hornets at the Spectrum Center.

Sanders has seen action in only one game for the Charge. He scored two points and had three blocked shots in 11 minutes of a 104-101 home victory Saturday against the Windy City Bulls.

Because the Cavs departed for Los Angeles on March 17, the Cavs wanted Sanders around the team for a few days. The team considers practice more valuable than games for Sanders at this point in his career.
 

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Nuggets 126, Cavs 113: Marla's 31 shots from Beyond the Arc on toughness, defense, Ty's tech

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 23, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 126-113 to the Denver Nuggets Wednesday night at Pepsi Center.

1. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has been on fire in his post-game press conferences the last two games and didn’t spare his players’ feelings after the ugly loss. The Cavs were outscored 70-30 in the paint, allowed the Nuggets to shoot 53.1 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from 3-point range. The Nuggets had a 44-38 rebounding edge, 10-7 on the offensive glass.

2. It marked only the second time this season a Cavs’ opponent had reached the 70 mark in points in the paint. The Bulls powered home 78 points in Chicago on Dec. 2.

3. It was a defensive collapse, and Lue knew it.

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Update: Kyle Korver to return against Nuggets; J.R. Smith back in lineup

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 22, 2017

In Game No. 70, the Cavaliers will finally be whole.

Kyle Korver will return Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center after missing the past seven games with a sore tendon in his left foot.

Cavs coach Tryonn Lue said Korver underwent an MRI before Wednesday morning's shoot-around and was cleared to play.

The Cavaliers’ 3-point specialist went through Tuesday’s full practice at UCLA, and played in a four-on-four on the side, Lue said.

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Cavs 125, Lakers 120: Marla's 33 shots from Beyond the Arc on Tristan's teeth, putting on a show

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 20, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations from the Cavaliers’ 125-120 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday night at Staples Center. 

1. Before I get to Tristan Thompson’s apparently gruesome injury to his two front teeth, some pointed post-game criticism from Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.

2. Lue knew the Lakers have the second-worst record in the league and have shut down ex-Cavs Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng for the rest of the season to develop their young players. But Lue still expected the Lakers to take the game seriously and come to play. And he knew the Cavaliers would not.

3. “We messed with the game,” Lue said. “We know there are times we can turn it up, but sometimes it’s too late. They played a good game, we had to fight to try to win this game.”

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Clippers 108, Cavaliers 78: Marla's 23 shots from Beyond the Arc on the anger no Big Three wrought

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 19, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Cavaliers 108-78 Saturday night at Staples Center.

1. The Cavs sat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – electing to play them together Sunday night against the LA Lakers -- and the fans were not happy. “We Want LeBron” chants started with 10:07 left in the second quarter and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue and J.R. Smith were paying attention.

2. “I want him, too,” Lue said. "Me, too," Smith said.

3. Lue admitted he would have watched an NCAA Tournament game over the Big Three-less Cavs. The last three March Madness games going on at the same time were Arizona-St. Mary’s, Florida-Virginia and Purdue-Iowa State.

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Cavs resting Big 3 vs. Clippers, James, Irving, Love to play vs. Lakers Sunday

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 18, 2017

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will rest the Big 3 of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Saturday night's nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Lue said he wanted to maintain rhythm, so the trio will play together Sunday night against the LA Lakers.

The Cavs aren't allowing Love to play on back-to-back nights after he returned from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee one game ago. Irving sat out the fourth quarter of Thursday night's home victory over the Utah Jazz with stiffness in his left knee, so it made sense for him to sit, Lue said.

Lue said James and Irving were ticked about missing the game televised by ABC.

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