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The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of a tough back-to-back featuring games against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday and Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. Saturday’s game versus the Blazers might be a lot harder than previously expected as star guard Damian Lillard has been listed as probable for that contest. Damian Lillard (back spasms) […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of a tough back-to-back featuring games against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday and Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Saturday’s game versus the Blazers might be a lot harder than previously expected as star guard Damian Lillard has been listed as probable for that contest.

Lillard, who is currently averaging 28.6 points, 7.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game, has not played since a Nov. 18 contest against the Houston Rockets.

The Blazers have lost the two games played without Lillard and are in dire need of getting a win.

Last season, the Blazers lost in the Western Conference Finals to the Golden State Warriors. So far this season, they’re 5-11 and 14th in the Western Conference.

If Lillard is good to go for Saturday’s tilt, it will certainly make the game that much harder for Cavs starting guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. It will also make it that much harder for the Cavs to add another win to their season record.

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Tristan Thompson Calls Out Lack of Effort on Cavs: ‘There’s Been a Lot of Slippage’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/22/tristan-thompson-calls-lack-effort-cavs-been-slippage/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:51:19 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41348

The five-game losing streak of the Cleveland Cavaliers has the team’s center Tristan Thompson now calling out teammates for what he feels is a lack of effort when it comes to doing their job. Back on Nov. 10, the Cavaliers coasted to a 108-87 road victory over the New York Knicks. Since then, five consecutive […]

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The five-game losing streak of the Cleveland Cavaliers has the team’s center Tristan Thompson now calling out teammates for what he feels is a lack of effort when it comes to doing their job.

Back on Nov. 10, the Cavaliers coasted to a 108-87 road victory over the New York Knicks. Since then, five consecutive defeats have followed, something that’s clearly gotten under Thompson’s skin.

“There’s been a lot of slippage,” said Thompson “I think it just comes with effort. Our effort hasn’t been there, whether it’s rest or guys not watching the film or whatever, we have to get back to that. If you just give an effort you can be in a lot of games.”

One problem that the Cavaliers have had during this stretch deals with absences to key players. In fact, Thompson sat out Wednesday night’s 124-100 loss in Miami. Still, there have also been listless performances as well.

The loss to Miami led to lengthy discussions during the team’s film session on Thursday. Thompson focused on trying to instill a stronger work ethic among the rebuilding Cavaliers.

“Just challenging guys that we need more. We need more out of everybody,” Thompson said. “I think it starts with effort and playing hard. Those are two things that should be non-negotiable.

“At the end of the day, whenever we critique or give guys advice it’s coming from a good place, coming from love. We have no hidden agendas. I think they know, for me personally, it’s not trying to put them down. I want the best for them. Whenever you put a Cavalier jersey on it’s a sense of pride and that’s how I treat it because I’ve been here for nine years now. It’s bigger than just a jersey. It’s culture, the city, people that live here. That’s my mindset when I talk to these kids. It’s, you know, you don’t know how long you are going to be wearing this jersey, but when you wear this jersey we need you to do it our way.”

Prior to missing Wednesday’s game, Thompson had been having a strong season, averaging 14.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. His name has reportedly been mentioned in trade talks because he’s in the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2015.

The Cavaliers will have a busy stretch with three games over a four-night period. Hopefully they’re able to snap their current losing streak in one of those contests.

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Report: Cavs Unveil 2019-20 Navy City Edition Uniforms https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/21/report-cavs-unveil-2019-20-navy-city-edition-uniforms/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:39:47 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41341

The Cleveland Cavaliers may be struggling to get wins at the moment, but they’re certainly not struggling to look good on the court. On Thursday, the Cavs unveiled their new navy City Edition uniforms, adding to their list of fantastic uniforms. Along with the unveiling, Cavs chief marketing officer Tracy Marek explained how the jersey […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers may be struggling to get wins at the moment, but they’re certainly not struggling to look good on the court.

On Thursday, the Cavs unveiled their new navy City Edition uniforms, adding to their list of fantastic uniforms.

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Along with the unveiling, Cavs chief marketing officer Tracy Marek explained how the jersey both honors the past and looks to the future.

“We are excited to introduce this very special uniform during the Cavaliers 50th season because it encompasses the journey of the franchise that began in 1970,” Marek said. “Every piece of the City Edition uniform is reflective of different eras of Cavaliers basketball and the memories and history made along the way.”

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The Cavs not only unveiled the new kit, but also the court design that will go with it. The Cavs will play in their new jerseys and on their new court for the first time in a Nov. 27 game against the Orlando Magic.

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Report: John Beilein Considering Changes to Cavs Starting Lineup https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/21/john-beilein-considering-changes-cavs-starting-lineup/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 19:07:28 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41331

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a rocky start to their 2019-20 campaign. After their poor showing against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, an embarrassing 124-100 loss on the road, Cavs head coach John Beilein admitted that he may make some changes to his starting lineup. “We’re going to talk about that,” Beilein said. “It […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a rocky start to their 2019-20 campaign.

After their poor showing against the Miami Heat on Wednesday, an embarrassing 124-100 loss on the road, Cavs head coach John Beilein admitted that he may make some changes to his starting lineup.

“We’re going to talk about that,” Beilein said. “It could happen. Who knows what it will be. If the change will come you will know it. As soon as they announce the starting lineups you will all know it.”

The 4-10 Cavs had a horrendous start against the Heat, allowing their opponent to score 75 points in the first half. When the starters didn’t appear to be clicking, Beilein subbed out Darius Garland, Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman in order to try to catch up to the Heat.

The aforementioned Cavs players at that time had only made 1-of-17 field goals and scored a measly seven points with five turnovers.

“It was to try to get back in the game,” Beilein said. “That’s like four straight games. We’re way down — 13 down — at the end of the first quarter. Do the math on that and it’s a 52-point loss. Couldn’t keep going that way. They scored around four points per minute in the second quarter and then maybe two points per minute. And we were better. We were moving the ball better.”

While the Cavs did improve after the lineup change, the Heat simply overpowered them. Miami was led by sophomore forward Duncan Robinson, who nailed nine 3-pointers en route to a 29-point career-high performance.

“We just lost people,” Beilein said. “There’s an effort area there. There’s also a communication area. You can’t have quiet dudes out there playing defense and assuming we all can read each other’s mind. If you’re making a mistake then make a mistake because you are talking about the mistake. Duncan Robinson can really shoot — breaking news. How the heck do you get 12 shots off when that’s the deal? So sit down and watch. He didn’t get shots off again, right? They didn’t run anything different. We didn’t. Just an attention to detail that needed to be done.”

Matthew Dellavedova, Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Porter Jr. joined Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. to start off the second half. Though they still lost by a wide margin, there was a marked improvement in the Cavs’ overall performance.

“Really proud of that group that started the second half,” Beilein said. “We really played with a lot of passion and energy. I thought great results through the whole second half. It wore off on everybody, even when we went back to the bench and put some of the starters in. I thought they played better. Live and learn.”

Whether Beilein continues to trust Garland, Sexton and Osman to start in the coming games or not remains to be seen. If the Cavs continue to lose games by double digits, however, a change may be necessary.

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Cavs Rumors: Contenders ‘Keeping a Close Eye’ on Tristan Thompson https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/20/cavs-rumors-contenders-keeping-a-close-eye-on-tristan-thompson/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 23:21:42 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41323

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson’s uncertain status beyond the 2019-20 season reportedly has multiple contenders considering a possible deal for the nine-year veteran. Sam Amico of SI.com answered questions from fans on different topics concerning the Cavaliers. Among those was a query asking about trades, with Amico first discussing the possibility of Love being traded […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson’s uncertain status beyond the 2019-20 season reportedly has multiple contenders considering a possible deal for the nine-year veteran.

Sam Amico of SI.com answered questions from fans on different topics concerning the Cavaliers. Among those was a query asking about trades, with Amico first discussing the possibility of Love being traded and then of Thompson possibly being dealt.

“Thompson is a different situation. He has an expiring contract and contenders are keeping a close eye on him,” Amico wrote. “He would fit in great with Houston, Boston or either Los Angeles franchise.”

Love could conceivably be traded as well, though it appears that unless the Cavaliers receive a great offer for the veteran, that won’t occur. However, the 28-year-old Thompson’s murky future and his strong start to this season could make it easier for the Cavaliers to look more closely at what’s being offered in any such deal.

During most of Thompson’s five-year, $82 million contract that he signed in 2015, his lack of scoring and recent run of injuries during the past two years have sparked criticism about his value. This season, that scoring has improved to 14.5 points per game, while he is also hauling down 10.1 rebounds per game and handing out 2.2 assists per contest.

In addition, Thompson has also provided some badly needed leadership for the rebuilding Cavaliers, a subtle value for a roster with plenty of young players and rookies.

Yet, the reality is that if the Cavaliers don’t feel that they’ll be able to work out a contract extension with Thompson, the chances of his being moved to another team before the February trade deadline rise considerably. That’s because the Cavs would then get nothing in return when the free-agency period begins.

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Report: Tristan Thompson to Miss Wednesday’s Contest vs. Miami Heat https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/20/report-tristan-thompson-to-miss-wednesdays-contest-vs-miami-heat/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:23:36 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41318

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ frontcourt hasn’t been at full strength as of late, and that trend will continue in Wednesday night’s contest versus the Miami Heat. According to a Wednesday report, Tristan Thompson will miss the upcoming contest. Luckily, it won’t be because of injury. Thompson is resting because it’s the third game in four nights. […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ frontcourt hasn’t been at full strength as of late, and that trend will continue in Wednesday night’s contest versus the Miami Heat.

According to a Wednesday report, Tristan Thompson will miss the upcoming contest. Luckily, it won’t be because of injury.

Three games in four days would have certainly been quite the workload for the veteran big. That is especially true considering the fact that both Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. missed Sunday’s matchup against the New York Knicks.

As for Nance, he will start in Thompson’s absence. Love recently stated that he will also be ready to go for Wednesday’s clash. Hopefully, their return will be enough to help the Cavs get their first win in 10 days. Their last victory came in a Nov. 10 drubbing of the New York Knicks.

Earning a victory versus the Heat won’t be easy, however. The 9-3 Heat have been beating up on lesser teams all season long. Less than a week ago, they handed the Cavs a 108-97 loss.

No one expected this season to be easy for the Cavs. Injuries to key players have not made that road any easier thus far. While Thompson’s absence luckily isn’t due to injury, his contributions will surely be missed nonetheless.

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Report: Kyrie Irving Questionable to Face Cavs on Monday Night https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/19/report-kyrie-irving-questionable-vs-cavs-wednesday-night/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 20:01:41 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41309

Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is in his first season as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and is currently dealing with a shoulder injury. That issue puts his status for the Nets’ game in Cleveland against the Cavs next Monday in doubt. I asked Kenny Atkinson if Kyrie Irving might be back to […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is in his first season as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and is currently dealing with a shoulder injury.

That issue puts his status for the Nets’ game in Cleveland against the Cavs next Monday in doubt.

Irving apparently injured his shoulder during the Nets’ 101-93 loss at Denver on Nov. 14. That’s because he didn’t dress two nights later for the Nets’ victory over the Chicago Bulls and was deemed inactive for the 115-86 blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers.

As noted, he will also sit out the Nets’ home game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday.

While missing games because of injury is something that Irving has dealt with frequently during his nine years in the NBA, it’s something that’s become almost standard when it involves games played in Cleveland. After Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2017, he played in that year’s season-opening game in Cleveland, but hasn’t played in the city since that time.

After Irving was dealt, public comments he made toward the city of Cleveland fluctuated between praise for the fans to criticism of the city itself. While that appeared to indicate that he was now happy playing in Boston, the veteran subsequently left to sign as a free agent with the Nets this past summer.

In 11 games this year with Brooklyn, Irving has averaged 28.5 points, 7.2 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game. While he’s been productive from an individual standpoint, the Nets as a whole have been an early disappointment and currently have a 5-8 record.

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Kevin Love Offers Update on Status for Wednesday’s Game vs. Miami Heat https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/19/kevin-love-update-status-wednesdays-game-miami-heat/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 17:17:16 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41294

When the Cleveland Cavaliers got rolled by the New York Knicks, 123-105, at Madison Square Garden on Monday, star big man Kevin Love was unavailable to play. Love has been dealing with some pain and tightness in his lower back, which he started feeling after the Cavs’ 114-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. […]

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When the Cleveland Cavaliers got rolled by the New York Knicks, 123-105, at Madison Square Garden on Monday, star big man Kevin Love was unavailable to play.

Love has been dealing with some pain and tightness in his lower back, which he started feeling after the Cavs’ 114-95 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Fortunately, Love says he’s “100 percent playing” in Wednesday’s matchup against the surprisingly strong Miami Heat.

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Love wanted to play in New York on Monday, but he “felt worse than anticipated” that morning.

As the team was playing the second half of a back-to-back set of games on the road, Cavs head coach John Beilein agreed with the star power forward sitting out.

“On a back-to-back, didn’t seem that was the right thing to do right now,” Beilein said about trying to have Love play Monday night.

After an injury-plagued 2018-19 season that saw Love miss 60 games, the contest at the Garden was the first that he’s missed so far this season.

It rendered Cleveland thin in the frontcourt, as it was already without Larry Nance Jr., who has an injured thumb, and rookie swingman Dylan Windler, who has a stress reaction in his leg.

Hopefully Love’s presence in Wednesday’s matchup yields a better result for the Wine and Gold.

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Video: Knicks Announcer Absolutely Destroys Cavs Rookie During Blowout https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/19/knicks-announcer-absolutely-destroys-cavs-rookie-during-blowout/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 15:37:08 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41290

It was bad enough that the Cleveland Cavaliers got blown out by the New York Knicks on Monday night. To add insult to injury, a Knicks legend seemed to rub it in the faces of Cavs fans and one of the team’s young players in particular. Hall of Famer Walt Frazier, a color commentator for […]

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It was bad enough that the Cleveland Cavaliers got blown out by the New York Knicks on Monday night.

To add insult to injury, a Knicks legend seemed to rub it in the faces of Cavs fans and one of the team’s young players in particular.

Hall of Famer Walt Frazier, a color commentator for Knicks broadcasts on the MSG Network, dissed Cavs rookie Dean Wade after he missed a layup.

“That’s why he’s in the G League folks,” Frazier said following the bad miss.

To be fair, Wade, who was signed to a two-way contract in July, was playing in his first-ever game in the NBA. On top of that, the miss was his first-ever field-goal attempt in the NBA.

Frazier, nicknamed “Clyde” for his flamboyant sense of fashion, has a history of making colorful remarks while covering Knicks games over the years. Wade was just unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

With the loss, the Cavs fall to 4-9 on the season. Unfortunately for Cleveland, its next three games will be a challenge.

The team’s next game is in South Florida against the surging Miami Heat, followed by a road game against Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks and a home game versus Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Report: Cavs Player Believes Team Could Finish With 9th or 10th Seed in East https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/11/18/report-cavs-player-believes-team-has-chance-finish-season-outside-playoff-contention/ Tue, 19 Nov 2019 00:15:12 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=41284

The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown an ability to compete with some of the NBA’s most talented teams this season, and it looks like confidence has already begun to build in Northeast Ohio. Per a recent report from Joe Vardon of The Athletic, one Cavs player said earlier this season that he believes his team will […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown an ability to compete with some of the NBA’s most talented teams this season, and it looks like confidence has already begun to build in Northeast Ohio.

Per a recent report from Joe Vardon of The Athletic, one Cavs player said earlier this season that he believes his team will finish the season just outside of playoff contention with the ninth or 10th seed.

According to that unnamed baller, the only things that would keep the Cavs from that level of competitiveness are potential injuries and the possibility that they ultimately trade away valuable veterans such as Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

“Earlier this year, one player whose name I won’t share was asked for a realistic expectation of what the Cavs could be this season if they held everything together,” Vardon wrote. “Looking at Love and at Thompson, the player said if they’re here and healthy, Cleveland could push for ninth place or 10th and play some games of consequence after the All-Star break, which would be huge for the likes of second-year scorer Collin Sexton and rookies Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., and Dylan Windler, who’s yet to play.”

It seems that player knew exactly what he was talking about. At the moment, the Cavs currently sit at 10th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 4-8.

Earlier this season, they were just one game away from owning a .500 record on the year when they lost to the star-studded Philadelphia 76ers, 98-97. Since then, the Cavs have dropped two games in a row by double-digit margins.

While a ninth or 10th place finish may not be what fans want to hear, it is both realistic and optimistic. That’s especially the case when compared to last season, when the Cavs finished in 14th place with a record of 19-63.

For reference, last year’s 10th place team finished the season with a much more respectable record of 39-43. That same team, the Miami Heat, now enjoy the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

As for the Cavs, they’ll get a chance to add another one to the win column tonight when they take on the New York Knicks who currently sit dead last in the conference with a 3-10 record.

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