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November 26, 2014 Updates
November 25, 2014 Updates

Norris Cole for Dion Waiters. Beneficial for both teams. Good backup at shooting guard for the Heat, plus more and consistent minutes for Shabazz Napier. Would you go for it if you were to decide for Miami? How about if for Cavs? Is this possible? -- Frances, Philippines. A: While I don't usually address rumors (and I'm not even sure this is a rumor), I've been asked about the permutation often enough that I might as well bite. But I preface it with this: There has been absolutely no known discussion, nor even word of potential interest by either of the sides. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The intensity was there from the beginning thanks in part to LeBron James, who scored 29 points and dished out 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. James set the tone and the rest of the team followed, something that was missing during the losing skid. "A win always makes things feel better," James said. "But we still have a lot of work to do. Tomorrow we'll see some of the things we did well, see some of the things that we didn't do so well and we can work on it. It's a good start." Cleveland Plain Dealer

James came out with a different look, a different energy and a different mindset. He attacked the shaky Orlando defense during a brilliant first quarter in which he scored or assisted on all eight made baskets by the Cavs. He also got to the free throw line seven times in the first quarter, three more than his average in the previous four games. "I always have been," James said when asked about being a man of his word after the game. "No one puts more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you don't just talk about it, but you go out and you also show it too. I'm happy I'm able to make a couple of plays to help our team get a victory." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Posey brings championship experience as a player from his time in Boston and Miami so as the team was looking for some kind of edge during shootaround to break out of its current funk, a message was delivered by a two-time champion. And not the one many would expect. "James Posey was great," Love said. "He spoke up and was very vocal. You never know who it's going to come from, but it happened to be him today." Tristan Thompson heard it loud and clear as well. "He had some good phrases but I can't say it," Thompson said. "But simply just, we control what goes on on the court. If we're bad or we're not playing well, it's up to us as players. The coaches are not out there playing. It's up to us as players to take ownership and be men and go out there and compete." Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James: As a society how do we do better and stop things like this happening time after time!! I'm so sorry to these families. Violence is not the answer people. Retaliation isn't the solution as well. #PrayersUpToTheFamilies #WeHaveToDoBetterSeguir Instagram

November 24, 2014 Updates

Additional help could be on the way, with still-unsigned Ray Allen weighing whether he'll return to the floor for what would be his 19th season. If he does, the Cavs are the undisputed favorites -- and have a gaping hole in their bench unit that is ready-made for Allen to fill. CBSSports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he's a major reason for their early failures. "We got a four-game losing streak, so I stink," he said. "I'm not doing my job." With the Cavs at 5-7, playing uninspired and not close to living up to enormous expectations, James offered the blunt critique of his own game Monday at the team's shootaround as they prepared to host the Orlando Magic. NBC Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. NBA.com

James has been very deliberate with his comments this season. He has mentioned "bad habits" that have been built; said ball movement leads to good karma; encouraged Waiters to embrace a sixth-man role; told fans to "RELAX" on Twitter; and said, "We've got to be a team." James at least twice has said each game is a new opportunity to create a better newspaper clip. After Saturday's loss, he also said, "I'm very positive. More positive than I thought I would be right now. So, we look at what we did wrong, things that we did well and get ready for Orlando coming in on Monday." USA Today Sports

November 23, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers are monitoring Andrei Kirilenko's state of affairs in Brooklyn, Northeast Ohio Media Group has been told - though it's more due diligence at this point than anything else. Cleveland is in dire need of an athletic wing defender who can guard shooting guards and small forwards; and a rim protector. The Cavaliers, on all fronts, are busy these days. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"We're a very fragile team right now," James said, following a 110-93 drubbing by the Toronto Raptors at home for the Cavaliers' fourth consecutive loss. "We were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity that hits us, we just shell up." Cleveland Plain Dealer


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