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The status of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew beyond the 2018-19 campaign remains unknown, but it is expected that he’ll be dismissed at the end of the regular season. That’s in spite of the team’s recent success on the court, which largely coincides with key players returning to the lineup. Joe Vardon of The […]

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The status of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew beyond the 2018-19 campaign remains unknown, but it is expected that he’ll be dismissed at the end of the regular season. That’s in spite of the team’s recent success on the court, which largely coincides with key players returning to the lineup.

Joe Vardon of The Athletic noted that Drew’s tenure is expected to end despite his popularity among Cavs players:

“In January, The Athletic reported that Drew would not likely return as coach next season, and the Cavs had already been conducting research for its next coach. The organization has never said anything publicly about its coaching situation for next season, though league insiders still believe Drew, who was promoted after six games to head coach when Tyronn Lue was fired following an 0-6 start, will not return. We’ll see. At the same time, his players have raved about his ability to keep the team together.”

When Drew took over, the Cavaliers were in the early stages of a collapse resulting from the loss of LeBron James in free agency and an injury to power forward Kevin Love early in the season. In Love’s case, he was forced to endure a 50-game absence after undergoing surgery.

Fellow big man Tristan Thompson also missed significant time with injury. The early lack of success led to trades of key veterans, making Drew’s difficult task that much harder.

Love returned shortly before All-Star Weekend, and the Cavaliers’ record since the break has shown some interesting contrasts.

Prior to the break, the team was a miserable 12-46 and far out of playoff contention. After returning to the court, the Cavs have gone 7-8, most recently falling in a close 110-108 loss on Friday night to the Los Angeles Clippers.

One player who’s supportive of Drew’s performance is Thompson, who offered credit to Drew for not letting a lack of long-term job security impact his coaching:

“LD’s done a great job getting us in this position. I give the coaches a lot of credit. They’re four-time Finals coaches, and they don’t know their future.”

Regardless of whether Drew manages to hang onto the job or the Cavs look elsewhere, the rebuilding Cavaliers will have two first-round picks in June’s draft. The first of those figures to be a high lottery selection, which will likely help their rebuild take the next step.

For now, Drew and the Cavaliers want to close out the last nine games of their season strong. The first of those contests will offer a stiff challenge, since they have to face the team with the best record in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks, on Sunday afternoon.

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Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. Hilariously Troll Woman With ‘Huge Booty’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/23/kevin-love-larry-nance-jr-hilariously-troll-woman-huge-booty/ Sat, 23 Mar 2019 16:35:49 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36503

Cleveland Cavaliers stars Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. took to social media on Friday to troll a suspected Instagram bot. The conversation, provided below, was all in response to a picture that Love posted on Instagram, showing him walking inside Quicken Loans Arena while sporting a casual yet chic outfit. NBA stars have — […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers stars Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. took to social media on Friday to troll a suspected Instagram bot.

The conversation, provided below, was all in response to a picture that Love posted on Instagram, showing him walking inside Quicken Loans Arena while sporting a casual yet chic outfit.

NBA stars have — for quite some time — loved to troll those who make ridiculous and hilarious comments on social media.

It is definitely nice to see this level of camaraderie amongst Cavs players, as Love and Nance are clearly enjoying themselves here. This has translated to good chemistry between both players on the court too, as they recently explained why they make a dangerous frontcourt duo, earlier this month.

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Jordan Clarkson Sets Cavs Franchise Record in 1st Half vs. Clippers https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/22/video-jordan-clarkson-sets-cavs-record-clippers/ Sat, 23 Mar 2019 01:18:04 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36495

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson etched his name into the team’s record book during the first half of the Cavaliers’ home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. That took place when his second-quarter basket allowed him to pass Campy Russell for most points in a single season by a Cavs reserve. With […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson etched his name into the team’s record book during the first half of the Cavaliers’ home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

That took place when his second-quarter basket allowed him to pass Campy Russell for most points in a single season by a Cavs reserve.

Clarkson’s driving layup with 8:04 remaining before halftime allowed him to pass Russell’s previous record of 1,210. Russell’s mark was achieved during his second season with the team, the 1975-76 campaign. Most Cavs fans will recognize that particular year, given that it marked the Miracle of Richfield season.

Entering Friday’s contest, Clarkson was averaging 16.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists on the season. He was acquired in February 2018 as part of a deal that also brought Larry Nance Jr. to the Cavaliers.

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Report: Cavs Have ‘Extensively Scouted’ Murray State’s Ja Morant https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/22/report-cavs-extensively-scouted-murray-state-ja-morant/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:11:01 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36489

Murray State University point guard Ja Morant shined in his first game in the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday and solidified himself as a top prospect in the upcoming NBA draft. According to report, the Cleveland Cavaliers already know all about Morant and have been scouting him for quite some time. #Cavs have extensively […]

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Murray State University point guard Ja Morant shined in his first game in the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament on Thursday and solidified himself as a top prospect in the upcoming NBA draft.

According to report, the Cleveland Cavaliers already know all about Morant and have been scouting him for quite some time.

While Cavs fans everywhere are hoping their team wins the draft lottery and picks Duke University phenom Zion Williamson, Morant has proven that he could be quite the consolation prize at the second or third pick.

In Thursday’s game, Morant recorded 17 points, 16 assists, and 11 rebounds.

While some might worry that Morant and current Cavs point guard Collin Sexton might not be able to play well together, there should not be too much concern.

While Sexton has proven to be a premier shooter from all over the floor, he has struggled as a facilitator. On the other hand, Morant is known for his incredible vision as a passer and floor general. Together, they could form one of the most offensively potent young backcourts in the NBA.

Whether or not Morant ends up in the Wine and Gold remains to be seen. For now, fans can enjoy watching him lead his Racers through the bracket.

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Best Trade Package Cleveland Cavaliers Can Offer for Anthony Davis This Summer https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/22/cleveland-cavaliers-trade-offer-anthony-davis/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 18:01:55 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36482

One of the most watched transactions during the upcoming NBA offseason will be the one involving New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, who has indicated that he won’t sign an extension with the team. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report looked at what each team would likely have to offer to land Davis, though in […]

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One of the most watched transactions during the upcoming NBA offseason will be the one involving New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis, who has indicated that he won’t sign an extension with the team.

Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report looked at what each team would likely have to offer to land Davis, though in truth, there are likely only a few teams in the running. When it comes to the Cavaliers, he offered this package: power forward Kevin Love, point guard Collin Sexton, forward Cedi Osman and a future first-round pick.

However, Buckley separates teams into categories ranging from “Best Offers” to “Not Even Close,” with the Cavs unfortunately in the latter group. One microscopic bit of positive news is that they don’t rank at the absolute bottom. That dubious ranking belongs to the Oklahoma City Thunder, though the Cavaliers aren’t far behind in 27th place.

Love’s huge new contract, the fact that he’ll be 31 at the start of next season and his continuing problem with injuries serve as reasons why the Pelicans wouldn’t be inclined to deal. In the case of Sexton and Osman, they’re talented young players, but their contributions haven’t yet measured up to what Davis has accomplished.

Finally, the first-round pick the Cavaliers would send has a top-10 protection in each of the next two years. Trying to acquire someone with the abilities of Davis with a lower pick is another aspect that would chill such a deal.

For now, the Cavaliers are focused on closing out the 2018-19 season strong. They’ll be hosting the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night, then face the Milwaukee Bucks for the second time in five days on Sunday.

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Larry Nance Jr. Shouts Out Ja Morant After Impressive March Madness Debut https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/21/larry-nance-jr-shouts-out-ja-morant-after-march-madness-debut/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:10:16 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36471

The start of March Madness 2019 has basketball fans everywhere intently watching the action. One member of the Cleveland Cavaliers who has tuned in is big man Larry Nance Jr. One player who caught Nance’s attention was Murray State University guard Ja Morant, who delivered a rousing debut in the NCAA tournament on Thursday. Morant […]

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The start of March Madness 2019 has basketball fans everywhere intently watching the action. One member of the Cleveland Cavaliers who has tuned in is big man Larry Nance Jr.

One player who caught Nance’s attention was Murray State University guard Ja Morant, who delivered a rousing debut in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.

Nance’s response to Morant’s performance is an understatement. Morant’s triple-double effort helped lead 12th-seeded Murray State to an 83-64 upset win over fifth-seeded Marquette University.

Morant scored 17 points, dished out an eye-popping 16 assists and also grabbed 11 rebounds in the first round of the tournament.

The performance offered a strong example of why Morant is expected to be a high lottery pick in June’s NBA draft. That’s despite some criticism that the level of competition he has faced serves as the reason for his season averages of 24.6 points, 10.0 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game.

His lottery pick status puts him in contention to be selected by the Cavaliers, who are all but guaranteed to be picking near the top of the draft this spring. If the Cavs were to select Morant, their backcourt of Morant and Collin Sexton would likely be one of the best young duos in the league.

The Murray State win advances Morant’s Racers into the second round of the tournament, where they’ll face the the fourth-seeded Florida State University Seminoles. Nance figures to check out that game as well.

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Collin Sexton Ties Spurs Legend Tim Duncan With Incredible Scoring Feat https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/21/collin-sexton-spurs-legend-tim-duncan-scoring-feat/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:37:59 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36468

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton had another big game in Wednesday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, and his 25 points in the game put him in very rarefied air. In the win, Sexton recorded his seventh straight game of scoring 23 points or more. The last rookie to do that was San Antonio […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton had another big game in Wednesday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks, and his 25 points in the game put him in very rarefied air.

In the win, Sexton recorded his seventh straight game of scoring 23 points or more. The last rookie to do that was San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan.

When Sexton was told of the milestone, he replied in the soft-spoken manner that Cavs fans have grown accustomed to.

Sexton has been on a scoring tear all month and in the last 10 games he’s averaging 22.9 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.2 rebounds. While he was on the verge of potential bust status earlier this season, he has done more than enough to prove all of his doubters wrong as the 2018-19 season nears its end.

With 10 games remaining on the Cavs’ schedule, it will be interesting to see how long Sexton can push this impressive streak.

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Tristan Thompson Details Why He’s Been So Impressed With Collin Sexton Lately https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/21/tristan-thompson-praises-collin-sexton/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:24:40 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36454

Collin Sexton has been turning a lot of doubters into believers as of late, and one of those converts seems to be fellow Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson. After being vocal about his disdain for his younger teammates‘ faults earlier this season, Thompson praised the rookie point guard for his impressive play as of late. […]

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Collin Sexton has been turning a lot of doubters into believers as of late, and one of those converts seems to be fellow Cleveland Cavaliers star Tristan Thompson.

After being vocal about his disdain for his younger teammates‘ faults earlier this season, Thompson praised the rookie point guard for his impressive play as of late.

“He’s taking steps in the right direction,” Tristan Thompson said following the Cavs’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks. “He’s taking the 3-ball now. Earlier in the year he was taking the midrange. Now he’s getting confident in his 3-point shot, which has spaced out the floor so much for him, and I think that’s helping him get to the rim more. The more he’s shooting 3s, teams have to respect it. It’s easier for him to attack the rim.”

As Joe Vardon of The Athletic noted, this change in Thompson’s tune is a sign of just how far Sexton has come in his rookie campaign.

“Yes, I know, Thompson hasn’t been heard from in two months,” he wrote. “I’ll have much more on him shortly. I thought his comments on Sexton were important, though, because he was one of the Cavs’ veterans at the beginning of the season who, on the record, was laying it on pretty thick about the ‘young guys’ not playing the right way and costing them games.”

Thompson has dealt with a bevy of injuries this season and has only played in 36 games. Sexton, on the other hand, has played in all 72 games that the Cavs have played so far this season.

While Thompson was a veteran leader for the Cavs heading into the 2018-19 season, Sexton is quickly becoming the star scorer at the center of their game plan.

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Tristan Thompson Takes Shot at Cavs Reporter for Spreading Misinformation About Him https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/21/tristan-thompson-criticizes-writer-inaccurate-information/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:24:17 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36445

The return of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson following a two-month absence was one facet of the team’s 107-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. However, after the game, Thompson expressed annoyance at a member of the media for what he termed an inaccuracy about his rehabilitation. Thompson appeared in his first game since […]

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The return of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson following a two-month absence was one facet of the team’s 107-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

However, after the game, Thompson expressed annoyance at a member of the media for what he termed an inaccuracy about his rehabilitation.

Thompson appeared in his first game since Jan. 16 after recovering from a left foot injury. He specifically called out the Cavaliers beat writer for Cleveland.com, Chris Fedor, afterward:

“I’m just taking one day at a time, that’s all I can do. Chris Fedor (of cleveland.com) tweeted something about a setback. I don’t know what he was talking about. I don’t even know who told him that. Just take it day by day, docs (hadn’t) cleared me yet. When I’m ready to play, I’m ready to play.”

Due to that long time span since seeing his last on-court action, Thompson was limited to just 12 minutes of action. However, during that short stint, he delivered seven points and six rebounds. The Bucks, who have the best record in the NBA, were playing without their top player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The 28-year-old Thompson is hoping to close the season with a flourish after spending much of the 2018-19 campaign on the sidelines. He missed 10 games in December after he originally sprained his left foot. After returning on Jan. 2 and playing in the next eight games, he missed the next 26 contests.

The string of injuries are in direct contrast to Thompson’s past durability, which saw him play in 447 consecutive games. He and the Cavaliers will next be in action on Friday night, when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Collin Sexton Says Teammates Would ‘Scream and Yell’ at Him for Not Shooting 3-Pointers https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/03/21/collin-sexton-says-teammates-scream-yell-him-for-not-shooting-3-pointers/ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:55:24 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=36442

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton is having a very efficient month of March. After struggling with shooting efficiency in much of his rookie season, the 20-year old Sexton has excelled in recent weeks. According to the streaky guard, the change in efficiency is due in part to the antics of his teammates. After […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard Collin Sexton is having a very efficient month of March. After struggling with shooting efficiency in much of his rookie season, the 20-year old Sexton has excelled in recent weeks.

According to the streaky guard, the change in efficiency is due in part to the antics of his teammates.

After teammates berated him for taking too many midrange jump shots, Sexton increased his volume from beyond the arc.

“My teammates, they scream and yell at me for pump faking and taking one dribble and shooting a midrange,” Sexton explained after the Cavs victory on Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks. “They scream and yell at me, so I was like ‘I might as well just start shooting (3-pointers).’ I practice on it, I might as well shoot it.”

March has been Sexton’s most efficient month in his rookie campaign. He’s shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, which marks a huge improvement compared to previous months this season.

Sexton is also averaging 5.6 three-point attempts per game in March, which is much more than he averaged earlier in his rookie year.

As a result, the speedy young guard has an exceptional 64.4 true-shooting percentage in March.

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