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University of Akron's Kwan Cheatham, Jr. (left) swats at a shot by Kent State's Chris Ortiz in a game earlier this season at the MAC Center in Kent. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Kent State University's Kellon Thomas (center) has his shot blocked by Bowling Green's Anthony Henderson (left) and Cameron Black during a game last week at the MAC Center in Kent. KSU won the game 62-61. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
CHICAGO: After the Cavaliers’ loss Monday in San Antonio, the weight of defending a championship, the frustration of a disappointing night and the responsibility of playing point guard cut straight to Kyrie Irving’s heart.