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J.R. Smith's MRI On Left Knee Shows No Damage

Dec 6, 2016 5:29 PM

J.R. Smith underwent an MRI on his left knee that showed no structural damage.

Smith is expected to be day-to-day.

Smith injured his knee in Monday's win by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Toronto Raptors.

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LeBron James Not Interested In Meeting With Phil Jackson About Comments

Dec 6, 2016 1:07 PM

LeBron James says he has no interest in discussing Phil Jackson's "posse" comments while he's in town this week to play the New York Knicks.

"No," James said flatly when asked if he'd entertain a conversation with Jackson.

When asked to reflect on the discussion that his response to Jackson prompted, James brought up the racial undertones that he believed were part of Jackson's "posse" characterization.

"Didn't affect me, just know how much further we still have to go and how far we still have to go as African-Americans, even in the light of today," James said. "For me, I've built my career on and off the floor on the utmost respect, and I've always given the utmost respect to everyone -- all my peers, people that's laid the path for me and laid the path for coaches, players, things of that nature.

"I've always given respect to them, and it's always, like I told you before, it's always shade thrown on me, so. It means we got a lot more work to do, myself and the team. We've got to continue to protect each other and continue to just be as great as we can be."

James and business partner Maverick Carter were critical of Jackson's comments when he retold a story about James' days with the Miami Heat.

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LeBron James: Cavs Have To Get Out Of Honeymoon Stage

Dec 3, 2016 9:39 PM

With the Cleveland Cavaliers losing their third straight game, LeBron James said they need to finally move on from their championship run of last season.

"We've got to get out of the honeymoon stage," James said. "That's y'all's headline for tomorrow. I know y'all going to use it."

The Cavaliers lost at Milwaukee and Chicago with a home loss against the Clippers in-between.

"You've got to play the game the right way," James continued. "You've got to battle every night like we ain't won nothing. Last year is last year, and after ring night, it's over with. Now it's a new season and everybody is gunning for us every night, and we have to understand that. The honeymoon stage is over, and it's time to play some real ball and be physical, especially in the trenches. Giving up 78 points is ridiculous. We've got to man up. Everybody."

The three-game losing streak is the first of Tyronn Lue's tenure as head coach.

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Tyronn Lue, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month

Dec 2, 2016 7:16 PM

Tyronn Lue and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for October and November.

Lue guided the reigning NBA champion Cavaliers to an Eastern Conference-best 13-3 record during October and November, matching the best 16-game start in franchise history.  Cleveland, which began the season with six straight victories, ranked second in the NBA in scoring (111.3 points per game), three-point field goal percentage (39.0) and three-pointers made (13.8 per game).  The Cavaliers sank a team-record 21 three-pointers in a 137-125 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 23.

Kerr led the Warriors to an NBA-best 16-2 record in October and November, including 12 victories in a row entering December.  Golden State paced the NBA in scoring (117.6 ppg), assists (31.1 apg), field goal percentage (50.2) and blocked shots (6.6 bpg).  The Warriors notched at least 30 assists in 10 consecutive games, the longest streak in franchise history, and they registered a team-record 47 assists in a 149-106 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 23.

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David Blatt Found NBA Game, Lifestyle 'Very Different'

Dec 2, 2016 1:17 PM

David Blatt lasted just one and a half seasons in the NBA, helping the Cleveland Cavaliers reach The Finals in 2015 before he was fired midway through the 15-16 season. The Cavaliers went on to win the 2016 championship under Tyronn Lue.

Blatt found the NBA game and experience different than his experience coaching overseas.

"The NBA game is very different," said Blatt. "The lifestyle is very, very different. And it takes time to get used to that. I don't think that initially I really realized how different it was. I was just thinking—basketball. Then—what I thought WASN'T different about basketball was ALSO pretty different.

"It takes time to learn that and to be comfortable and to become credible. But that's OK. For me, that was a great learning experience. It didn't end the way that I wanted it to. But I've been up enough times in my life to where I can get knocked down and know well enough to get back up. I look back at my NBA experience now, as distance—as there becomes a LITTLE bit of distance, I try to look back at it fondly and positively. And that's a choice too. That's another choice you can make."

Blatt talked about how certain situations were magnified during his team with the Cavaliers.

"Yeah, I don't wanna go into too much of that," said Blatt. "I will say that the media has its job and its information to either create or report on. They have their own set of agendas and motivations and responsibilities. And that's all part of this enormous machine that makes the NBA so interesting and so attractive for people to follow and for owners and companies and media outlets to support. So if you want to enjoy the fruits of all that, then you can and should expect that not everything will necessarily go, as you see fit! You just need to understand that you're a part of that machine."

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month

Dec 1, 2016 4:07 PM

LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for November.

This past October and November, James averaged 23.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 9.3 assists in 35.9 minutes as the Cavaliers went 13-2 in the 15 contests he appeared in. He also shot .498 from the field, .362 from beyond the arc and .720 from the foul line. The 6-8 forward won the Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice in the opening month (weeks ending October 30 and November 6) and registered nine double-doubles and a conference-best three triple-doubles (Oct. 25 vs. New York, Nov. 23 vs. Portland and Nov. 27 at Philadelphia). Among Eastern Conference leaders, James ranked first in plus/minus (+159), tied for first in assists per game (9.3), fourth in field goals made per game (8.5), sixth in points per game (23.5), tied for sixth in double-doubles (9) and tied for 13th in rebounds per game (8.1).

Westbrook is averaging a triple-double through 20 games for the 12-8 Thunder. Westbrook ranks second in the NBA in scoring (31.2 points), second in assists (11.3 assists) and 11th in rebounds (10.5 rebounds).

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LeBron James Named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson Of The Year

Dec 1, 2016 11:01 AM

LeBron James has been named Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA championship.

James scored 41 points in Games 5 and 6 of The Finals and made a key block in the final minutes of Game 7.

Tiger Woods is the only previous two-time winner of the award.


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Tyronn Lue Meets With J.R. Smith About 'Embarrassing' Jason Terry Play

Nov 30, 2016 7:58 PM

Tyronn Lue met with J.R. Smith following his in-game hug with Jason Terry that led to a wide-open bucket for the Milwaukee Bucks.

"It was an embarrassing moment," Lue said. "Me and J.R. talked about it. We're just going to move forward. We had a discussion about it, he felt embarrassed about it. It was an embarrassing play. We talked about it. We're moving on."

When Smith removed himself from the play, Milwaukee's Matthew Dellavedova zipped a pass to Tony Snell who converted an uncontested dunk.

Lue said there was no "negative motive" for Smith to expose the Cavs' defense like that.

"Obviously we both know it wasn't intentional, but it was just a lack of focus," Smith said after practice Wednesday. "One of the multiple things that compounded onto the loss was just as a team we haven't been as focused as we previously were. Winning and being who we are has a lot to do with that, but we've just got to overcome that and be better as a whole. It starts as individuals and then we can collectively become a group and team and have that mindset."

Lue also took exception with Smith's explanation following the game claiming he had no recollection of the mistake.

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Matthew Dellavedova 'Couldn't Pass Up Opportunity' With Bucks

Nov 29, 2016 3:30 PM

Matthew Dellavedova left the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason to sign a four-year, $38 million offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks.

"It was tough to decide to leave because you're coming off the highest of highs and I loved my time in Cleveland," Dellavedova said Tuesday morning. "Fun team, great group of guys, great organization and fans obviously. But I had an opportunity here that I couldn't pass up to see how good I could be as a starting point guard and really challenge myself. You never know if or when that opportunity will come along again."

Dellavedova is averaging career-bests in points (7.9) and assists (6.3).

"It's been good. It's been a challenge and that's what I was looking for," Dellavedova said. "Just getting to know a new group and a new system, new coaching staff, new city. There's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but it's been good so far. I feel like I've learned a lot already and I've got a lot more to learn as well."

Dellavedova will play his former team for the first time on Tuesday.

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Kevin Durant, Kevin Love Named Players Of The Week

Nov 28, 2016 3:09 PM

Kevin Durant and Kevin Love have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 21st and Nov. 27th.

Durant averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.7 blocks during the week while the Warriors went 4-0.

Love averaged 30.7 points and 9.7 rebounds as the Cavaliers went 3-0.

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Channing Frye Out Indefinitely Following Death Of Father
Channing Frye has lost both of his parents in less than a month.

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LeBron James Donates $2.5M To Smithsonian's Muhammad Ali Exhibit
Muhammad Ali died in June, between Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals between Cleveland and Golden State, and James spoke eloquently about the boxing great.

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LeBron James Sitting Out First Game Of 16-17 Season
LeBron James' minutes have been up slightly this season at 37.0 per game.

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LeBron James 'Had Nothing But Respect' For Phil Jackson 'Until Now'
Phil Jackson's remarks about LeBron James and his "posse" has received sharp criticism from both James and Maverick Carter.

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Maverick Carter Troubled By Coded Language Of Phil Jackson's 'Posse' Comment
Phil Jackson labeled the business associates of LeBron James as a "posse."

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NBA Has 15 Of The Top-20 Highest Average Salary Teams In Sports
The Cavaliers, Yankees, Clippers and Manchester United rank first through fourth in average salary.

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LeBron James: Scoring Has Never Been On My List Of Goals
LeBron James joined the top-10 all-time in scoring over the weekend passing Hakeem Olajuwon.

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George Hill, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James and George Hill have been named the NBA Players of the Week.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
Russell Westbrook led the Thunder to a 3-0 week behind a league-leading 38.7 points and 11.7 assists to go with 12.3 rebounds.

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Kevin Garnett Joining TNT, Could Also Work As 'Coaching Consultant'
Kevin Garnett is also talking to teams, including the Cavaliers and Bucks, about a "coaching consultant" role.

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Cavs Not Actively Shopping Iman Shumpert
Iman Shumpert has three seasons and $30 million remaining on his deal.

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Tristan Thompson Wasn't Surprised By Being Drafted Ahead Of Valanciunas
Tristan Thompson and Jonas Valanciunas will always be linked by their draft class.

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Cavs' Rings Feature Comeback From 3-1 Down Against Warriors
Three white diamonds depict the Warriors' wins, and four garnets represent the Cavaliers' wins.

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Dan Gilbert To Meet With LeBron James To Discuss Direction Of Franchise
Dan Gilbert said he and LeBron James have come a long way in the six years since the 2010 offseason.

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Cavs Waive Dahntay Jones To Keep DeAndre Liggins
Dahntay Jones was signed at the end of the 15-16 season and gave the Cavs a veteran bench presence.

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LeBron James: Another MVP Would Be Great
Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five) and Bill Russell (five) have won more MVPs than LeBron James' four.

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Cavs Waive John Holland
John Holland appeared in three preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 10.7 points and 1.3 steals in 18.8 minutes.

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Cavs Shopping Mo Williams In Hopes Of Roster Spot, Tax Savings
If the Cavs waive Mo Williams now to create a roster spot, Williams would receive his full salary and they would have to pay the full tax amount.

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Tristan Thompson Engaged To Khloe Kardashian, Will Have Own Reality Show
Khloe Kardashian was previously married to Lamar Odom and had a high profile romance last season with James Harden.

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Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert
The Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.

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