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Cavs starters yanked for lethargic effort, get blasted by Bucks 118-101

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 29, 2016

MILWAUKEE: With 3:49 left in the third quarter and the Cavs down 11, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue had seen enough. Enough of the uncontested drives through the middle of the defense, enough of the highlight-reel dunks and enough of J.R. being J.R.

Lue yanked all of his regulars and went with a hockey line change of little-used reserves late in the third quarter, including Chris Andersen, Jordan McRae and James Jones, signaling the end of the Cavs’ winning streak in their lethargic 118-101 loss at the last-place Milwaukee Bucks.

The long and athletic Bucks shot 57 percent in the first half and pummeled the Cavs at the rim. Fourteen of their first 16 points in the second quarter were scored in the lane and they ended the night with 68 points in the paint, compared to just 32 for the Cavs. Budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his career-high with 34 points on a night the Bucks dominated.

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Iman Shumpert returns for game against Bucks; Channing Frye expected back Thursday vs. Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 29, 2016

MILWAUKEE: Iman Shumpert will return to the lineup Tuesday when the Cavs play at the Milwaukee Bucks. Shumpert missed one game with a hamstring injury. 

Channing Frye, meanwhile, remains away from the team following the death of his father. Coach Tyronn Lue said Frye is expected back for Thursday's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Dellavedova adjusting to drastic life changes since signing with Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 29, 2016

MILWAUKEE: He’s still playing in a cold weather, Midwestern city on the lake in the Central Division, but Matthew Dellavedova’s life has changed drastically over the last five months. He’s a starting point guard now, he’s engaged and he’s financially secure after signing a staggering four-year, $38 million deal last summer with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“What is it? The most stressful things are a city change, a job change and an engagement,” Dellavedova said with a laugh Tuesday morning. “I’m only joking. It’s been really good.”

He will face his old team Tuesday night and square off against Kyrie Irving for the first time as an opponent. The practice battles between Dellavedova and Irving often turned heated, particularly early in their careers, because Dellavedova only knows one gear. It’s a big reason why he earned such a whopping contract in free agency despite serving as a reserve his first three years in the NBA.

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Kevin Love wins Player of the Week in Eastern Conference

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 28, 2016

MILWAUKEE: Kevin Love was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 30.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists. He shot 55 percent from the floor, including 66 percent (19 of 29) from 3-point range and he went 21-21 from the free-throw line while the Cavs went 3-0.

Love's week was highlighted by his 34-point first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers, which stands as the second-most points scored by a player in one quarter in NBA history.

Love led the conference in points, 3-pointe3rs made, free throws, free-thrw percentage, 3-point percentage and plus/minus (plus-68). He tied for 10th in rebounding. He joins New Orleans’ Anthony Davis as the only two players averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Love’s honor means the Cavs have taken three of the first five weekly awards in the East after LeBron James won the first two. Golden State’s Kevin Durant won the award in the West for last week.

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Cavs 112, Sixers 108; Jason Lloyd's 25 thoughts on backwards J.R. Smith, LeBron's football cleat

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA: Twenty-five thoughts for 25 points from Kevin Love in Sunday’s 112-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers…

1.     Another performance like this and J.R. Smith may have to take matters into his own hands. Or feet, as it may be. Smith missed all 11 of the shots he took Sunday and is mired in a dreadful 1 for 22 shooting slump in his last two games. He has missed 16 of his last 17 3-point attempts.

2.     The Cavs don’t play again until Tuesday at Milwaukee. If Smith is still slumping, he knows how to break out of it when he gets home.

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Kyrie Irving's huge fourth quarter, LeBron's triple-double lifts Cavs to 112-108 win over Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA: Kyrie Irving scored 19 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and LeBron James recorded his 45th career triple-double, allowing the Cavs to overcome a miserable start in Sunday’s 112-108 win against the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Cavs missed their first 14 shots and trailed the entire game until Irving’s driving layup with 9:22 left gave them an 85-84 lead. James had 26 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple-double in his last three games. Irving, James and Kevin Love combined for 88 of Cleveland’s 110 points on a day not much went right until the fourth quarter, yet the Cavs still won their fourth straight.

Love scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 12 rebounds to offset another terrible shooting performance from J.R. Smith, who shot 0 for 11 and is now 1 for 22 in his last two games, including 1 for 17 from 3-point range.

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Cavs guard Iman Shumpert out Sunday against Sixers with hamstring injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA: Iman Shumpert will not play Sunday against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a hamstring injury. Shumpert, who has dealt with hamstring problems in the past, tweaked it in the first half of Friday’s win against the Dallas Mavericks.

“We just want to make sure he’s fine,” coach Tyronn Lue said.

Shumpert’s absence means the point guard carousel will spin a little more. Lue has used a combination of Shumpert, Jordan McRae, Kay Felder and DeAndre Liggins as the backup to Kyrie Irving.

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Cavs 128, Mavs 90; Jason Lloyd's 22 thoughts on shooting, defense and the Cavs at The Game

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 26, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twent-two thoughts for 22 made free throws in the Cavs’ 128-90 dismantling Friday of the Dallas Mavericks…

1.     Kevin Love was watching film recently with assistant coach Phil Handy when he noticed a flaw. Love was hesitating too long before shooting 3s, and sometimes not shooting them at all.

2.     When defenders closed out to him on the 3-point line, Love sometimes pump faked and drove the lane trying to draw a foul. Sometimes he passed up a shot altogether and sometimes he hesitated and shuffled his feet. None of it was what he wanted.

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LeBron, Love, Irving stay hot in 128-90 blowout of Mavericks

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 25, 2016

CLEVELAND: Tyronn Lue warned for weeks that the Cavs weren’t playing up to their potential, that despite the gaudy record there was still room to improve. They were missing too many open looks that would eventually start to fall. And when that happened, duck and cover because the fire they could bring could burn down the rest of the league.

Well, grab the ax and hose. This team is playing to its potential this week and destroyed two Western Conference opponents in the process.

Kevin Love scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Cavs’ 128-90 dismantling of the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points, LeBron James had 19 points and 11 assists and Tristan Thompson scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. None of them played the fourth quarter. There was no need. The game was long over before the half.

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