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November 16, 2014 Updates

LeBron James scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers made their first 11 3-point attempts, including nine in the first quarter, to rout the Atlanta Hawks 127-94 on Saturday night. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better from behind the arc in a quarter, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. James hit three 3-pointers in the period, while Kevin Love and Joe Harris had two apiece. The Cavaliers set a team record by going 19 for 31 on 3s. USA Today Sports

Cleveland has been zipping that ball all around the court to the point where it has become contagious. On Saturday it translated into a franchise record 19 threes made and James wasn't the least surprised. "It just comes from moving the ball," he said. "Guys get a rhythm. When you're sharing the ball...the energy of the ball moving, moving, moving and whoever was at the end of it, the recipient of it was just stepping into their shot and knocking it down. It just comes from great karma of playing the game the right way." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Thompson recalls the many times James preached for them to spread the wealth. "He was saying it every game to us and I think seeing that result in Utah, we knew that wasn't our style," Thompson said. "It was up to us as a group to fix it. We had to buy in. We're too smart of a basketball team. We knew what we had to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 15, 2014 Updates

With the way he is progressing and as well as he is playing, Joe Harris will be the starting shooting guard sooner rather than later. Much sooner. As in within a couple of weeks (or less), one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said. At least one member of the Cavs’ brain trust is already in favor of the switch. Akron Beacon Journal

“Joe Harris is going to be a big piece for our team,” James said. “He’s going to have his rookie mistakes, we know that, but mistakes can be covered when you play hard. That’s one thing that kid is doing.” Akron Beacon Journal

Irving (27 points) started the surge, scoring 12 of his 15 fourth-quarter points in the first three minutes of the period and then imploring James to take over. "Kyrie told me to be aggressive and stop being so passive," James said after a game-high 41 points. "Early in the fourth quarter he got it going, so I kind of laid back and let him go and he said, 'Be aggressive and make some plays.' So I told him all he got to do is talk to me." ESPN.com

November 14, 2014 Updates

Dion Waiters tells Northeast Ohio Media Group that he will play tonight against the Boston Celtics after sitting out Monday's win over the New Orleans Pelicans with a back contusion. Waiters speculated that he's about 70 percent healthy, but said, "I'm not missing another game." He participated in a full practice on Thursday, his first practice session since injuring his back last week against the Denver Nuggets. After practice, head coach David Blatt said his shooting guard would be listed as probable coming into tonight's game. "It's still a little sore but if it were a playoff game, I would have played [on Monday]," Waiters said. "I would have been limited but I think I can help the team today." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Alex Kirk to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced on Friday. NBA.com

Kevin Love denied a report he’s interested in joining the Lakers next season while poking fun at all the attention his handshake with Kyrie Irving has received. “Whatever we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers,” Love said Friday. “Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where someone got that.” Akron Beacon Journal

Love said he was unclear whether Boston ever qualified as a realistic possibility over the summer. “I don’t know. It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer,” he said. “Potential to be a free agent this summer or next. It’s just one of those things. It’s obviously a tremendous city; people love it here. Basketball and sports in general are huge here. But it’s been fantastic being a part of the Cavaliers now. We have a team that’s formidable, has a big presence, and we see a lot of you guys (media) on a daily basis.” Booth Newspapers

While some took Cleveland guard Dion Waiters to task last week, speculating about why he missed the national anthem before the Cavs-Jazz game, Enes Kanter took a different approach. Kanter, a devout Muslim, took to the Internet to voice his support for a fellow member of his faith. In doing so, the Utah Jazz player promoted unity across national, sports and religious borders. “We (are) all a big family,” Kanter wrote on Twitter. “Doesn't matter what religion you are in or your country or your skin color. We should all respect and love each other.” Deseret News

November 13, 2014 Updates

LeBron James told ESPN.com on Friday that he does not let his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus, play football. When asked whether the reason for his decision was the health dangers related to football, James replied, "Yes." "Only basketball, baseball and soccer are allowed in my house," James said hours before leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a victory over the Denver Nuggets. ESPN.com

One practice, Silas noticed James’s mood seemed down. It was routine for Silas’s Cavs to shoot 100 free throws before every practice, and James was refusing to shoot. Silas called the star rookie to his office. From his days with the Celtics and Sonics, Silas knew that respect among players had to be earned. If James was to become a leader on this team, he needed to prove it. The older players wouldn’t follow him just because of his talent. “You’ve got to change,” Silas told him. “What they’re saying means nothing to you. You’re going to be one of the best players ever.” “He changed,” Silas said, noting how James embraced his leadership role on the team. “He changed his attitude and then we got a chance to trade Ricky [Davis] and those guys.” Grantland


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