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As a veteran in his 30s, it’s been important for Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love to find ways to extend his career and keep himself in fantastic shape.

That’s why he’s been such a big advocate for yoga.

“I started doing yoga and practicing yoga really after my rookie season,” said Love in a video published by Nike. “So that was just a way to do something to clear my head but also make my body feel good, which also transitioned into helping my basketball game.”

It should come as no surprise that Love is vocal about yoga. Just last month, he posted on social media about his love for the exercise and his partnership with Nike’s new yoga collection.

“Yoga has made me a better player and a better athlete because we need to be well-oiled machines and focusing on my entire boy from head to feet,” said Love. “Not only for the physical but for the mental has really pushed me in the right direction and help make my career longer.”

Designed for all athletes, the line featured the first yoga-specific clothing for men and is currently available on Nike.com

While not 100 percent yet, Love’s exercise philosophy and physical therapy have helped him rehabilitate from his toe surgery. In Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Suns, he posted 16 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action.

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Cavs Face ‘Historically Bad Draft’ Aside From Zion Williamson https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/22/cavs-face-historically-bad-draft-aside-zion-williamson/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:21:14 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35832 The Cleveland Cavaliers may be awarded with the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. If they aren’t, ESPN basketball expert Seth Greenberg believes there may not be much talent to choose from. “This is a historically bad draft, because as you start getting down into the lottery, you don’t have guys who are going […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers may be awarded with the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. If they aren’t, ESPN basketball expert Seth Greenberg believes there may not be much talent to choose from.

“This is a historically bad draft, because as you start getting down into the lottery, you don’t have guys who are going to impact your team,” Greenberg said on WKNR 850 AM. “That’s just the way it is.”

Duke University’s Zion Williamson is widely projected to be the first overall pick in the draft this year, as he is truly a supreme and singular talent.

If the Cavs end up with the second overall pick and miss out on Williamson, they could still select R.J. Barrett, who is Williamson’s teammate at Duke and another strong player with a promising future. However, he lacks the clear upside that Williamson possesses.

Earlier this season, many of the upcoming draft’s prospects were rated significantly higher. One such player is Duke’s Cam Reddish.

Back in November, many of the Cavaliers players believed that Reddish would eventually end up as the best and most durable player out of the Duke trio. Since then, however, the talks surrounding the draft have mainly focused on Williamson, as his stock has continued to rise.

At 13-46, the Cavs currently sport the third-worst record in the NBA.

The team is still in a great position to land Williamson despite not having the worst record in the league. Thanks to a set of new NBA rules, the teams with the three worst records in the league will all have equal chances of winning the lottery.

Hopefully, the Cavs won’t have to even worry about the talent past the draft’s top pick.

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Larry Nance Jr. Wants Cavs to Play Like Playoff Team for Rest of Season https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/22/larry-nance-jr-cavs-goal-play-playoff-team/ Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:58:15 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35831 Larry Nance Jr. knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be making the playoffs this season. But he still wants his team to perform at a level befitting of a playoff team for the rest of the year. Just as importantly, he believes the team is more than capable of that. “With everybody coming back and […]

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Larry Nance Jr. knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers won’t be making the playoffs this season. But he still wants his team to perform at a level befitting of a playoff team for the rest of the year.

Just as importantly, he believes the team is more than capable of that.

“With everybody coming back and guys really coming into their own — myself, Cedi (Osman), Collin (Sexton) has been playing great — I would like to see us, if you start the season today, I would like to see us in the playoffs,” Nance told cleveland.com. “Look, I know we’re not going to make the playoffs. I know that. I’m talking about finishing top eight in the conference just over the final 23 games.”

Nance believes that Cleveland’s 13-46 record isn’t a fair reflection of what the team is capable of. The fourth-year forward thinks that, with a clean slate, the Cavs can be competitive and play like a playoff team the rest of the way out.

“I mean, coming into this year we were all talking big,” Nance said. “We thought we could make the playoffs and all this stuff. Then we got hit hard by the injury bug. Missing our All-Star (Kevin Love), Tristan (Thompson) goes down for a while, I go down for a while . . . I genuinely think it’s possible. This team now is not what we’ve been. This is not a bottom-tier team. We’re very talented and dangerous when we can play well. Any team missing a player the caliber of Kevin is going to hurt. We hurt worse than most.”

While the Cavs were dealt a huge blow when LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers over the offseason, Nance believes the team was left in much better shape than after James’ first departure in 2010. That, combined with the mediocrity of many playoff teams in the Eastern Conference has Nance feeling optimistic.

“I look at the East and I’m like man, whether it’s the rest of this year or next year, we are just not that far back,” Nance stated. “I look back, and I don’t want to use this as the measuring stick, but when Bron left the first time, we’re a better team, we’re in a better place — in my opinion, for whatever that’s worth.”

Nance’s optimism also stems from the return of five-time All-Star Love, who has missed 52 games this year due to injury. Cleveland has won two of the three games that Love has played in since returning to the lineup on Feb. 8.

“He’s a walking double-double,” Nance said. “That’s something he’s been his whole career, that’s certainly not going to change now. He’s just such a weapon for us. With him in the game when I was setting screens and rolling, I’m used to getting two or three tags going down the lane and it was wide open and guys were making great passes. With a guy like that on the floor, the defense just has to respect him so much, it frees it up for the rest of us.”

And while some fans may clamor for the Cavs to tank and maximize their chances of drafting Zion Williamson, Nance is not concerned with that.

“Our job is to not worry about anything else but playing hard and winning as many games as we can,” Nance said. “End of story. People are going to say, ‘We want the first pick. What about the odds? Ping-pong balls.’ Truly I don’t care. Not my job to care.”

If the Cavs are to play at a playoff rate for their final 23 games, Nance will certainly be a key part of that. He had 14 points and seven rebounds in Cleveland’s game Thursday, a 111-98 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

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Report: Cavs Head Coach Larry Drew Has No Interest in Intentionally Tanking https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/21/cavs-larry-drew-expresses-interest-tanking/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 22:06:48 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35824 The Cleveland Cavaliers may be one of the worst teams in the NBA, but head coach Larry Drew doesn’t have any interest in intentionally tanking. His focus remains on winning games with the team he has. “I really don’t listen much to what people want,” Drew said. “I just know what my job is, and […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers may be one of the worst teams in the NBA, but head coach Larry Drew doesn’t have any interest in intentionally tanking. His focus remains on winning games with the team he has.

“I really don’t listen much to what people want,” Drew said. “I just know what my job is, and I take every game as a game that we’re going out there to compete and play at a high level.”

After a brief pause, Drew accentuated his point with a simple declaration.

“And win,” Drew said.

Cavs fans might be looking towards the future and more specifically, the prospect of drafting Zion Williamson first overall. But Drew and his coaching staff are trying to avoid looking too far ahead.

“Certainly I know people are looking at the future,” Drew said. “But me personally, I have to look at the present.”

There are no guarantees that Drew is coaching in Cleveland next season so he has little incentive to tank. His reputation is at stake.

“There will be no slippage (in effort), regardless of our record, regardless of the situation,” he said. “We’re going to continue to be a professional team and conduct ourselves in a professional manner.

“Every time we step in between those lines, we’re going to be ready and we’re going to play as hard as we can.”

The Cavs might as well try to win every game the rest of the way. The lottery odds still favor the worst teams, but the chances at securing the first overall pick are distributed quite differently this year.

The worst three teams each have a 14 percent chance at landing the first-overall pick. The fourth-worst team has a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst has a 10.5 percent chance. In other words, the teams at the bottom of the standings will all have similar odds to land the coveted first pick.

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Report: Milwaukee Bucks Interested in Acquiring J.R. Smith https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/21/milwaukee-bucks-interested-jr-smith/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:36:14 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35818 Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith hasn’t played in an NBA game since Nov. 14, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring other teams around the league from having interest in him. According to a report by Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Bucks are interested in the sharpshooting veteran. “The Milwaukee Bucks have […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith hasn’t played in an NBA game since Nov. 14, but that doesn’t seem to be deterring other teams around the league from having interest in him.

According to a report by Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the Milwaukee Bucks are interested in the sharpshooting veteran.

“The Milwaukee Bucks have interest in JR Smith, sources said, though Smith and the Cavs are not close on a buyout,” Vardon wrote. “There is very little incentive for Cleveland to buy him out, and at this stage in his life, NBA money is important to Smith.”

Vardon then broke down exactly why it’s unlikely for the Cavs to buy out Smith.

“Smith is guaranteed $3.9 million for next season and $15.7 million if he’s on Cleveland’s roster July 1,” he wrote. “What this means for the Cavs is — there is great reason to hold on to him for the rest of the season, and then try to trade him before July 1. If they fail, then they either waive him by June 30, paying him the $3.9 million to walk, they take on his full contract with the hope of being able to trade it by the February deadline next season, or they keep him past July 1 in an effort to trade him by a late August deadline to ‘waive and stretch’ his contract. In essence, this would be risking $12 million for an extra two months to trade him.”

When put that way, it’s quite obvious why the Cavs are not granting Smith the buyout he desires.

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Report: Kevin Love Not Planning to Miss Any More Games Following All-Star Break https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/20/kevin-loves-plan-remainder-cavaliers-season/ Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:32:04 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35813 Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has played in two of the team’s last four games after missing the previous 50 contests because of a toe injury that required surgery. With the Cavaliers set to begin playing their final 24 games on Thursday night, Love is not planning on sitting out any more games. Love […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has played in two of the team’s last four games after missing the previous 50 contests because of a toe injury that required surgery. With the Cavaliers set to begin playing their final 24 games on Thursday night, Love is not planning on sitting out any more games.

Love spoke following the Cavs’ practice on Wednesday about his status as the team looks ahead to conclude what’s been a miserable season:

“I think you’ll see me more on a steady basis and not miss games after the break, I’m hoping. So just continue to improve the minutes and make sure that I’m feeling good and go from there.”

The injury to Love kept him out of the Cavaliers’ five preseason games. After playing in the team’s first four games, Love ultimately had the surgery performed on his toe on Nov. 2 in New York.

Most of Love’s statistical numbers didn’t appear to show a problem, since he was averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. However, his shooting percentages overall and beyond the arc were noticeably down from his career numbers. In his two games since returning, he’s scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds despite playing just 22 minutes.

Cavs head coach Larry Drew praised Love’s patience in not pushing the careful rehabilitation schedule set up:

“I think he has done a magnificent job in the way he has conducted himself and he has stayed the course with his rehab through his injury. I know how bad he wants to be out there, but things happen and you have to push through them, which he has done. Now he’s able to play. He’s gradually getting his legs under him and gradually getting to the point where he can play extended minutes. I’m certain that once he is able to get out there and really play extended minutes he’s going to make the most of it.”

Love’s first opportunity to take the court this week will be in the Cavaliers’ home game against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday.

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Channing Frye reveals his favorite youngster among promising Duke University trio https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/20/channing-frye-reveals-favorite-youngster-duke-university-trio/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 23:25:34 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35804 The top three picks of the 2019 NBA Draft may very well be playing side by side at Duke University at the moment, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to get the opportunity to select one of them this spring. While most experts have donned Zion Williamson as the presumptive first-overall pick, Cavs big man […]

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The top three picks of the 2019 NBA Draft may very well be playing side by side at Duke University at the moment, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to get the opportunity to select one of them this spring.

While most experts have donned Zion Williamson as the presumptive first-overall pick, Cavs big man Channing Frye favors Williamson’s teammate, Cameron Reddish.

“He’s my favorite of the group,” the Frye told Cleveland.com. “I think he can fit seamlessly on any team and his skill set translates best to the NBA game.”

It’s interesting to hear a new take on a conversation that has been going on all season long. Reddish has thus far been considered the least impressive of the trio which also includes R.J. Barrett.

Still, Reddish certainly has the raw talent to be a top pick.

“A polarizing player, Reddish has been compared to Harrison Barnes, Rudy Gay, Paul George and even Rodney Hood by a variety of players, coaches and executives inside the Cavaliers organization,” Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com wrote.

Obviously, if the Cavs were to select Reddish, they’d be hoping that the 6-foot-8 wing turns into a player like George rather than a player like Barnes, Hood, or Gay. Not because the three latter players have had disappointing careers, but because the Cavs are hoping to strike gold with their pick this spring so that they can jumpstart their rebuild.

Reddish is currently averaging 13.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. While those numbers certainly do not pop off the page, it seems Frye believes Reddish has the most potential to unlock.

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Cavs Coach Compares Draft Prospect Zion Williamson to Hall of Famer https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/20/cavs-assistant-compares-zion-williamson-charles-barkley/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 20:22:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35803 The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently strong contenders to end up with the top pick in June’s NBA draft. Duke University freshman Zion Williamson will almost assuredly be that selection, with one Cavaliers coach comparing him to Hall of Famer Charles Barkley. Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com looked at the top draft prospects from both Duke and the […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently strong contenders to end up with the top pick in June’s NBA draft. Duke University freshman Zion Williamson will almost assuredly be that selection, with one Cavaliers coach comparing him to Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com looked at the top draft prospects from both Duke and the University of North Carolina, who will face off in a huge ACC battle on Wednesday night. Within the analysis, he offered that anonymous coach’s opinion:

“I see Charles Barkley,” one member of the Cavs coaching staff told cleveland.com.

One of the chief reasons for such a comparison is Williamson’s physical size of 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, similar to Barkley, who was nicknamed the “Round Mound of Rebound.” While those numbers might not ordinarily indicate someone who can perform consistently well on the court, the freshman has blown away such debates with his play this season.

Williamson is averaging 22.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, though other intangibles have also garnered plenty of attention. These include great leaping ability and an unmatched intensity to his game.

In addition to those numbers, Fedor offered these:

“Williamson is shooting 68.3 percent from the field, 29.2 percent from 3-point range and 66.9 percent from the free throw line. His Player Efficiency Rating is off the charts, checking in at 42.3. For perspective, the NBA’s leader in PER is James Harden at 30.88.”

Fedor also offered an earlier endorsement from former Cavs guard Rodney Hood, who played at Duke:

“He’s a freak. For someone to have his size and still be able to move the way he does, it’s rare.”

Of course, there’s no current guarantee that the Cavaliers will be in a position to draft Williamson when the draft arrives. Dropping down in the draft could see the Cavs selecting one of his teammates on the Blue Devils: R.J. Barrett or Cameron Reddish.

For now, the 12-46 Cavaliers will finish out the last 24 games of this season and then await the NBA lottery in May. That will ultimately determine exactly where the Cavs make their selection.

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Report: Cavs Could Have 4 1st-Round Picks by June https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/20/cavs-rumors-western-conference-gm-believes-cavs-add-firstround-picks/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 17:32:08 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35798 The arduous task of rebuilding the Cleveland Cavaliers has them currently in possession of two first-round picks for the NBA draft in June. One Western Conference general manager believes that when the draft is conducted, the Cavaliers could have as many as four first-round picks in the opening round. Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net offered the […]

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The arduous task of rebuilding the Cleveland Cavaliers has them currently in possession of two first-round picks for the NBA draft in June.

One Western Conference general manager believes that when the draft is conducted, the Cavaliers could have as many as four first-round picks in the opening round.

Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net offered the following reasoning in attempting to explain how the Cavs could potentially double their amount of first-round picks:

“Teams drafting near the end of the first round generally want to trade out of the first round. Teams drafting in those slots tend to be winning teams with no desire to add a rookie — or the guaranteed salary that comes with a first-rounder.”

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman has spent much of this season dealing away veterans. Amico notes that the anonymous general manager fully believes that acquiring more first-rounders is a real possibility:

“Altman would be more than happy to take another late first-rounder off someone’s hands. All it sometimes takes is a couple of second-rounders. Since the start of the season, Altman has acquired six.

“Could he turn them into two more first-rounders by the 2019 draft — to give the Cavs a total of four?

“One Western Conference GM said ‘without a doubt,’ it could happen.”

Teams that the Cavaliers could be dealing with include the Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs, who will each have two picks in the opening round. Amico notes other teams that are looking past the draft and focusing on free agency could be options:

“The Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz are making it known they prefer to spend the offseason looking to improve via free agency and trades.”

The prospect of the Cavaliers having four first-round picks added to their 2019-20 roster could help speed up the rebuilding process. That would be a welcome relief from the current misery of the current campaign which has the Cavaliers saddled with a 12-46 record as they prepare to resume play. Their next game will be at home on Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns.

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Kevin Durant’s response when asked if he thinks LeBron James is still NBA’s greatest https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/02/19/kevin-durants-response-asked-thinks-lebron-james-nbas-greatest/ Wed, 20 Feb 2019 02:33:50 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=35784 For more than a decade, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been two of the top players in the NBA. For the first time in a while, there’s some very real discussion about whether or not  the former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is the best player in the world. Many players can make a case for […]

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For more than a decade, LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been two of the top players in the NBA.

For the first time in a while, there’s some very real discussion about whether or not  the former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is the best player in the world.

Many players can make a case for dethroning James, but perhaps none can do so as convincingly as Durant. Over the weekend Durant, who was named the All-Star Game MVP on Sunday, addressed the issue of who the best player is.

His answer was both confident and diplomatic.

“I don’t believe I’m better than anyone, but I don’t believe [anybody] is better than me,” Durant said. “And I think that’s how a lot of people feel.”

Durant, who has been named the NBA Finals MVP in each of the last two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, is putting up very similar numbers to James.  who is playing his first season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A 10-time All-Star, Durant is averaging 27.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game this year, while James, a 15-time All-Star, is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game.

While James still has Durant beat in terms of championships, with three rings to two, that could likely change in a matter of months. The Warriors are currently looking to win a third straight title this season.

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