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James Jones says he plans to retire after next season, his 15th in NBA

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2016

CHICAGO: LeBron James has made it clear James Jones has a place on his team as long as he wants to keep playing. Jones has now decided when that will be.

Jones told the Beacon Journal he will retire after next season, which will be his 15th in the NBA. His ultimate dream is to ride off following three consecutive championships in Cleveland, he said Friday, although clearly there is a lot of work to do before that happens.

“I know playing 15 years is a number where I can look back and I can be like, ‘I accomplished something,” Jones said. “Fourteen vs. 15 may not be much, but to be able to say I played 15 years, that’s enough for me to hang ‘em up.”

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LeBron James fufills bet, arrives to Bulls game wearing Cubs jersey

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 2, 2016

CHICAGO: For one night only, LeBron James wore a Chicago No. 23 jersey Friday night.

James fulfilled his bet with Dwyane Wade and arrived at United Center dressed head to toe in Cubs gear after Chicago beat the Indians in the World Series. Wade set the terms of the bet in October and James quickly agreed. Friday he fulfilled his debt.

Wade met James as he arrived at the arena and the two shared laughs walking through the tunnels of the arena while a sea of cameras followed them. The jersey had the authentic World Series patch on the arm and “James 23” stitched across the back, invoking memories of another certain Chicago legend who wore No. 23.

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Cavs blasted again, 113-94, on night shooting and defense fail them

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2016

CLEVELAND: The complacency Tyronn Lue railed against this week apparently wasn’t cured with one embarrassing road loss or one public example made out of J.R. Smith’s antics.

Identifying the problem and fixing it are two different issues. Two blowouts in three nights proves the Cavs still have work to do.

LeBron James scored 16 points, but the Cavs were drilled at home Thursday by the Los Angeles Clippers 113-94 on a night their shooting and defense again failed them. It was the most lopsided loss of the season and marked their largest deficit of the season (27) -- surpassing figures set in their game 48 hours earlier against the Bucks.

A jumper from Tristan Thompson pulled the Cavs within 47-45 with two minutes left in the first half, but the Clippers outscored the Cavs by 14 over the final two minutes of the first half and the first two minutes of the third quarter.

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Mike Dunleavy out vs. Clippers, placed into league's concussion protocol

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 1, 2016

CLEVELAND: Mike Dunleavy has been placed into the league’s concussion protocol and will not play Thursday when the Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks.

Dunleavy was struck in the head during Tuesday’s loss at Milwaukee, but symptoms did not present until Thursday. The team is hopeful he can still travel on the team’s flight to Chicago after the game, meaning there remains a chance he could be cleared in time to play Friday against the Bulls.

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Tyronn Lue calls J.R. Smith's behavior 'embarrassing,' Smith was trying not to be boring

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 30, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: J.R. Smith addressed his mental lapse Tuesday night and his postgame response to it with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who called it an “embarrassing moment” and said Smith did not handle it the right way.

Smith blundered mentally in the second quarter of Tuesday’s blowout loss at the Milwaukee Bucks when he ran off the court to hug Jason Terry during the game. He was supposed to be guarding Tony Snell, who instead enjoyed an easy dunk while Smith’s Cavs teammates looked on bewildered.

MORE: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past defenseless Cavs

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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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