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Mar 26, 2017

Wizards 127, Cavs 115: Marla's 29 shots from Beyond the Arc on fast break points, LeBron's goggles

Notes, quotes and observations after the Washington Wizards defeated the Cavaliers 127-115 Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. 1. Foes have found the way to beat the Cavaliers – run. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he sees opposing coaches waving at their teams to get moving. 2. It certainly makes sense. Seven players on the Cavs’ roster have double-digit years in the league. LeBron James is 32 and must pace himself during the regular season since his 199 career playoff games have added 2.7 years to his career, according to ESPN.com. 3. Opponents have had the edge in fast break points...
Mar 24, 2017

Cavs 112, Hornets 105: Marla's 22 shots from Beyond the Arc on LeBron's eye, taking a punch

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Charlotte Hornets 112-105 Friday night at the Spectrum Center. 1. The sight of LeBron James afterward offered a sobering jolt of reality as the Cavaliers seek to defend their NBA championship. 2. James couldn’t keep his right eye open during his post-game interview. He said he was experiencing blurry vision. Soon afterward, he headed to the Hornets’ locker room to see a doctor, and Cleveland.com reported he suffered a scratched cornea. 3. James was poked in the eye by the Hornets’ Jeremy Lamb as he drove for a layup...
Mar 20, 2017

Cavs 125, Lakers 120: Marla's 33 shots from Beyond the Arc on Tristan's teeth, putting on a show

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...
Mar 18, 2017

Cavs resting Big 3 vs. Clippers, James, Irving, Love to play vs. Lakers Sunday

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...
Mar 16, 2017

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

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....
Mar 14, 2017

Larry Sanders says he can now handle career, personal life in Uninterrupted video

New Cavalier Larry Sanders posted a message on Twitter via Uninterrupted, the digital media company created by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. Coveting Sanders as a rim protector, the Cavs signed him Monday for the remainder of the season, with a team option for 2017-18. In the video, Sanders expressed his feelings over the chance to resume his basketball career. He said he's been working out with trainer Stanley Remy, whose past and present clients include the Cavs' Tristan Thompson and James Jones, along with Dwyane Wade and Andre Drummond. The 15th overall pick of the Milwaukee...
Mar 13, 2017

Rockets 117, Cavs 112: Marla's 32 shots from Beyond the Arc on offensive boards, Rockets' motivation

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavs fell 117-112 to the Houston Rockets Sunday night at Toyota Center. 1. The Rockets wanted to make a statement, to prove they are contenders for the NBA title, to measure themselves against the defending champions. The Cavs, meanwhile, are trying to survive a grueling March, to put together their team with some key pieces still missing, to, as Kyrie Irving said, learn about each other. 2. With the Cavs playing the second night of a back-to-back and on the final night of a three-game road trip, the measure may have been somewhat skewed. But the...
Mar 11, 2017

LeBron James would welcome Larry Sanders' signing

If Larry Sanders is committed to resuming his NBA career and General Manager David Griffin decides he's the rim protector the Cavaliers need, LeBron James is on board. Reports surfaced Friday night from Shams Charania of The Vertical and Brian Windhorst of ESPN that the Cavs' search for a big man to replace Andrew Bogut includes talks with Sanders, who has been out of the league for the past two seasons. I know Griff’s been talking with him and his agent, not sure how serious they are, but I know we liked him with our workout, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Saturday's shootaround at...
Mar 11, 2017

Cavs' Kyle Korver to miss second consecutive game with sore foot; LeBron James set to face Magic

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said shooting guard Kyle Korver will miss his second consecutive game Saturday night against the Magic at Amway Arena with left foot soreness. Korver said before shootaround at Freedom High School in Orlando that he recently underwent an MRI and is dealing with a sore tendon on the side of his foot that flared up during the March 1 game at Boston. He was determined not to let it sideline him for his return to Atlanta on March 3. Lue said LeBron James, who suffered a hip pointer Thursday night at Detroit, will play against the Magic. James said after the loss...
Mar 10, 2017

Cavs' search for rim protector continues as Larry Sanders' name resurfaces

Larry Sanders' name resurfaced again Friday as the Cavs continue to explore their options for a rim protector to replace the injured Andrew Bogut. Shams Charania of The Vertical reported the Cavs were in serious discussions with Sanders. Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported that talks were ongoing with several players, including Sanders. But a league source said no decision will be made until after the Cavs complete their three-game road trip Sunday in Houston. Bogut saw his season end Monday when he fractured his left tibia 58 seconds into his Cavs' debut. The Cavs had Sanders, 27, in for...
Mar 10, 2017

Pistons 106, Cavs 101: Marla's 32 shots from Beyond the Arc on LeBron's hip, bad defense and bugs

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers' 106-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons Thursday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. 1. Thursday night was much about defense, or more accurately, the lack thereof, but first for the news. 2. During his post-game press conference, LeBron James constantly reached his right hand around his waist to grab his left side. He said he suffered a hip pointer in a collision with the Pistons' Stanley Johnson, the same Stanley Johnson who took some verbal shots at James during the first round of the playoffs last season when Johnson was a rookie. 3....
Mar 9, 2017

Cavs' J.R. Smith will return tonight vs. Pistons, but will not start

Cavs' guard J.R. Smith will play his first game Thursday night since fracturing his right thumb Dec. 20, but will not start against the Detroit Pistons at the Place of Auburn Hills. Coach Tyronn Lue said Smith will be on a minutes restriction, but Lue would not disclose Smith's limit.
Mar 9, 2017

Cavaliers' J.R. Smith 'under weather,' questionable for Pistons; coach Tyronn Lue on way to Detroit

J.R. Smith woke up a little bit under the weather and was told to stay in bed and skip Thursday morning's shootaround for the Cavaliers' game against the Detroit Pistons, associate head coach Larry Drew said. Cleared for his first full practice Wednesday after undergoing surgery for a fractured right thumb in December, Smith remains questionable for the 7:30 p.m. game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. We'll see how he is tonight, Drew said. Speaking around 10 a.m. at The Palace, Drew said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was driving to Detroit and was on his way. Lue missed Monday's home game against...
Mar 8, 2017

J.R. Smith cleared for Cavs; Lue misses practice; Bogut done for season

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was cleared to resume full practice on Wednesday and is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game at Detroit. Smith fractured his right thumb on Dec. 20 at Milwaukee and underwent surgery. He began traveling with the Cavs for their March 1 game at Boston. Shooting guard Kyle Korver will miss the Pistons game with left foot soreness, but will accompany the Cavs on their three-game road trip to Detroit, Orlando and Houston while receiving treatment. Coach Tyronn Lue was not at practice Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and will not travel with the team...
Mar 7, 2017

Heat 106, Cavs 98: Marla's 30 shots from Beyond the Arc on Bogut's audible break, Waiters' revenge

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell to the Miami Heat 106-98 Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. 1. LeBron James heard Andrew Bogut's left leg crack. 2. The sound of his tibia snapping can also be picked up on the game broadcast on NBA League Pass. Seconds later as he sat in front of the scorer's table, Bogut mouthed that it was broken. 3. With 11:38 remaining in the second quarter, Bogut rushed up to guard the Heat's Okaro White. When Bogut stuck his left leg out to block White's path to the basket, White's knee hit Bogut's shin. 4. The Australian big man's time with...