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November 22, 2014 Updates

They lost (obviously) to the Washington Wizards, 91-78. The 78 points were a season low for the Cavaliers, who averaged 122.3 points in three victories a week ago. In their three consecutive losses this week, they've yet to crack 100. "No one feels sorry for us," James said, wrapped in towels following a game in which he scored 22 points but was guilty (admittedly so) of some of the things he pointed to as being wrong with his team. "It doesn't matter," he said. "No one feels sorry for us in this league. It's a wining league and we have to figure out what needs to be done to win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marcin Gortat noticed the frustration mounting for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. His Washington Wizards were manhandling them, exploiting Cleveland’s weaknesses down low and surpressing their offensive firepower with physicality. The deteriorating body language became pronounced as the game progressed and the Cavaliers struggled to find answers yet again in a 91-78 loss at Verizon Center. “I think they were just sloppy,” center Gortat said. “You realized that they don’t feel comfortable doing what they were doing. This is how it looks like sometimes. I think the communication between them could be a bit better. There were a lot of players that didn’t know what was going on at some points. I think it’s just frustrating when games aren’t going the right way you’re just getting frustrated. But we were focused on our own stuff.” Washington Post

November 21, 2014 Updates

"It's my biggest test," James said Friday morning in advance of the Cavs' game against the Washington Wizards (ESPN, 8 p.m.). "My patience isn't [endless]. I have a low tolerance for things of this nature. So it's something I'm working on as well, which I knew from the beginning that that was going to be my biggest test to see how much patience I got with the process. ESPN.com

LeBron grins at the memories of practicing with Varejao when he and his young Cavaliers were finding their way. In those days they were the underdogs. Each step deeper into the playoffs was a surprise. "He would go 120 percent, and sometimes not everyone is ready to go 120 percent at practice,'' James says. "So he would frustrate guys for sure, and he's still doing it.'' NBA.com

"I knew LeBron. So I know how he's a good person, and he cares about the people that he loves, he cares about his family, he cares about the others,'' says Varejao in English, his third language. "But when he left, the way he did it, it was wrong. He had the rights to go anywhere he wants to go. But the way he did it -- I'm not here to second-guess him or what he did -- but to me, in my opinion, it wasn't the right way to do it. And I believe he said that later on. But I knew it was tough for him. Because even before he told everybody the way he did it was wrong, I could tell he went through some tough times, when everybody was talking bad about him. You can ignore a lot of outside noises, but because of who he is, I guarantee you it got to him. I believe it was tough for him.'' NBA.com

As the Cavaliers fell further back in the game, Varejao found himself making a stand on behalf of the team that James had left behind. In the run of play he pulled off James' headband and tossed it aside, as if he no longer recognized the authority of the King's crown. "I was just trying to get him off his rhythm,'' Varejao says. "I knew that he would not like that. Because he wears headband for a long time, and people were saying he was losing his hair and stuff, and I thought that it could get him off his game a little bit.'' NBA.com

Cleveland's $5.3 million trade exception is the logical solution, but Brendan Haywood's unusual contract could be thrown into the mix. And make no mistake, it eventually will. Haywood is being paid a salary of $2.2 million this season, but next year he has a non-guaranteed income of $10.5 million. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by the Aug. 1 deadline of 2015. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The chances of a team making that type of commitment at this stage of his career are slim to none. What's attractive about Haywood's deal is next summer his $10.5 million income would apply towards the league's salary-matching requirements, which would allow the Cavaliers, or whichever team has him at that time, to trade Haywood for an impact player making up to approximately $14 million annually. The team that receives Haywood could release the big man and gain significant cap space equivalent to the $10.5 million figure. There's the value. Cleveland Plain Dealer

He's well aware that he could be moved at any time and he said it's something he won't let bother him. "I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

A jersey worn by LeBron James during the second half of his regular season return to Cleveland last month sold for $50,040 on Thursday night. The jersey, auctioned by the NBA, was used by James on Oct. 30, for the Cavaliers' season opener against the New York Knicks. ESPN.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

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