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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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Cavs will attend Ohio State-Michigan game as a team

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 25, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James is crossing another item off his bucket list Saturday when the entire Cavs team travels to Columbus to watch the second-ranked Buckeyes face third-ranked Michigan.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Friday the entire team is attending the game, then will fly from Columbus to Philadelphia for Sunday’s afternoon game against the 76ers.

“Just thought it’d be nice for the guys,” said Lue, who has spent two weeks planning the trip alongside General Manager David Griffin and Mark Cashman, the team’s director of operations who handles all of the travel plans. “It’s always good to throw your guys a bone through this long season, all the things we have to do and being together. I just thought it’d be something good for us to do and to enjoy.”

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Channing Frye's father dies less than a month after death of his mother; team excuses him from game

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2016

Cavs center Channing Frye is dealing with the death of another parent. Less than a month after his mother died, Frye wrote on his Instagram account Thanksgiving Day that his father has died, too.

“On a day for thanks. Be thankful for the person next to you,” Frye wrote. “My father passed away today. Y’all better love on your family.”

Frye will not play Friday when the Cavs host the Dallas Mavericks after being excused by the team. He is averaging 11.3 points and shooting 49 percent from 3-point range this season as one of the team’s key reserves. He missed two games last month to mourn the death of his mother. 

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Cavs 137, Blazers 125; Jason Lloyd's 23 thoughts on Kevin Love's historic night

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 24, 2016

 

CLEVELAND: Twenty-three thoughts for the Cavs’ biggest lead of the night (23 points) in Wednesday’s 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers…

1.     On his way out of the locker room, one of the Cavs’ staffers tried handing Kevin Love the stat sheet from his historic 34-point first quarter as a thoughtful keepsake. Love had nowhere to carry it, however, so he left it on a chair and said he would get a copy another day after practice. “I can print out the second through fourth quarters instead if you want,” the staffer joked, poking fun at what was a rather dreary six points on 1 of 6 shooting for Love after the first quarter.

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Kevin Love sets records with 34-point quarter, LeBron records triple-double in Cavs' 137-125 win

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love spent most of the Cavs’ lengthy break relaxing and staying off his feet. His performance Wednesday may have earned him some more time off.

Love scored 34 points in the first quarter and made eight 3-pointers in the quarter, setting franchise records for both, in the Cavs’ 137-125 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers. Love finished with 40 points and eight rebounds – his first 40-point game in Cleveland – after making his first seven shots Wednesday, including six 3-pointers. LeBron James had 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his 44th career-triple double.

James took over sole possession of sixth place on the league’s all-time list for most career triple-doubles, but the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook is lurking just two behind him.

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Cavs' Kevin Love sets franchise record for points, 3-pointers in a quarter vs. Blazers

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 23, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love scored 34 points and made eight 3-pointers in the first quarter of Cleveland’s game Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. Both marks are franchise records

Love made his first seven shots, including six 3-pointers, and finished the quarter shooting 11 of 14.

LeBron James held the previous team mark for points in a quarter with 24, which he achieved on three different occasions. Love already surpassed his season-high of 27 points. His career-high is 51.

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