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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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Cavaliers 91, Jazz 83: Marla's 29 shots from Beyond the Arc on Kyrie's knee, Shumpert's shoulder

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 17, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Utah Jazz 91-83 Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. The Cavs may have dodged a bullet. Two of them, actually. When they announced in the fourth quarter that Iman Shumpert had a sprained left shoulder and Kyrie Irving would not return with left knee tightness, it seemed as if the sky were falling again in a season where low-hanging clouds are in the daily forecast.

2. Irving added to the concerns when he said the knee had been “kind of sore” for the last 48 hours, but he still tried to give it a go against the Jazz. Irving fractured his left kneecap in Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals.

3. “Playing the whole third and kind of sitting down, it started getting tight,” Irving said. “So, I went to Bron and said ‘You got this?’ He said ‘Yeah’ and for precautionary reasons just left the game.” That discussion came during a timeout with 8:31 remaining. (James wasn’t kidding. He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, hitting 7 of 10 shots, along with five rebounds, an assist and two steals.)

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Cavaliers' Kevin Love to return, will start Thursday night vs. Utah Jazz

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 16, 2017

Cavaliers' All-Star Kevin Love will return Thursday night after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Valentine's Day and will start against the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena, coach Tyronn Lue said.

Love was optimistic when he spoke to the media Wednesday, but wasn't willing to pin a date on when he would be back. He and general manager David Griffin felt he would return to action during the Cavs' four-game road trip that opens Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers and ends March 24 at Charlotte.

Kyle Korver will miss his fifth consecutive game with a sore tendon in his left foot, but Lue said Korver is "very close."

Lue said J.R. Smith will remain with the second unit until Korver returns.

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Cavaliers 128, Pistons 96: Marla's 26 shots from Beyond the Arc on Larry Sanders' touching welcome

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 14, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers' 128-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. There is something special about the brotherhood in the Cavaliers' locker room. There is something special about the thoughtfulness of coach Tyronn Lue. And it all came together in the final two minutes and after the game to give Larry Sanders a welcome back to the NBA he'll never forget.

2. Out of the league for the past two years, the 15th overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010 was treated for anxiety and depression after he was released on Feb. 21, 2015. He had marijuana problems in his past and was arrested last year.

3. Sanders was signed on Monday and is destined to spend much of the next two weeks piling up minutes in the D-League to get back into game shape.

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