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March 15, 2015 Updates

The three-time All-Star denied that he might need a procedure after the season to address any specific concerns but acknowledged that he has been dealing with stiffness and recurring back spasms since November. "It's something I want to get right before we get to the playoffs, because that's what's most important at this point," Love, 26, told ESPN.com before Saturday's practice in preparation for Sunday's game against the Magic. "It's not something that's -- I'm going to have to address my body. But I address my body every offseason. I'll go from my toe all the way up to my head to try to figure out how to better my body for next season. It's not something that's going to bother me down the road." ESPN.com

March 13, 2015 Updates

But Shumpert says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion ... saying, "The 'Empire' story pertaining to myself and my girlfriend Teyana has gotten out of hand." "Fans of the show and friends have told us on many occasions that couple favors us but we do not at all feel that our lives are being copied/stolen." TMZ.com

The Spurs threw multiple defenders at him, ranging in height from 6-1 to 6-7. It didn't make a difference. He registered 20 of his team's final 27 points. The point guard was in the zone and wasn't coming out. "You just try to shoot every shot the same," Irving said after producing an NBA season-high in points. "As long as my elbow is pointed at the rim, I feel like it has a great chance to go in. I learned that from Kobe Bryant. If you get a good look at it and your elbow is pointed at the rim, it has a great chance of going in." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I couldn't have done it without my teammates," he said. "Shots were going in. I was getting open. In the end of the game, we never gave up. We got stops. Fortunately Kawhi missed those two free throws and the game could have been over. But he missed them and were lucky enough to have a shot." Irving (11) and James (7) had all of the Cavaliers' points in overtime. They managed to outscore the Spurs 18-15. James knocked down two huge threes as knockout blows. A defeated, aging Spurs squad had enough. Cleveland made it 2-0 on this four-game road trip. Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Kyrie Irving was unstoppable. I don’t know how to guard that,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He did a hell of a job. We all know how talented he is, but he really went to a new level tonight. He had a hell of a night and that talent just got us.” Akron Beacon Journal

March 12, 2015 Updates

Suffering numerous injuries and ailments. Falling far below .500. Scrambling for an eighth seed. "Obviously, the hit we took with LeBron [James] leaving just crushed us," Riley said. "Everybody. It just did. But I thought getting Josh [McRoberts] and getting [Luol Deng], especially those two players, to go with Chris [Bosh] and Dwyane [Wade] and Mario [Chalmers], that we could [compete]. And then, make the plan for 2016, even though I wasn't gonna wait if I could get a guy like Goran [Dragic]. Bleacher Report

"It would be like Magic and Kareem and [James] Worthy, they weren't going to go anywhere," Riley said. "They had come at a time when there were free agents. They weren't going to go. You think Magic was going to leave Kareem? You think Kareem was going to leave Magic? You think Worthy was going to leave either one of those guys, or [Byron] Scott or [Michael] Cooper? No, they knew they had a chance to win every year. And this team had a chance every year. So that was shocking to me that it happened. Now, could we have done more? Could they have done more?" Another pause. "They're all hypotheticals," Riley said. "That's all they are—hypotheticals. So it did stop. And soon as it did stop, we wanted to move on as quickly as we can to try to build another one. If, in fact, that team stayed together, yeah, I probably would have retired with that team somewhere. But that isn't what I think about now." Bleacher Report

Shumpert is dating Taylor, and Hakeem is dating Tiana in the show. They're a real-life couple and believe "Empire" is hijacking their character without permission or compensation. "They're using my girl's character, her style, her look and she's not getting anything for it," Shumpert said. "They didn't even change her name. They could have at least let my girl audition for the part instead of stealing her character completely. "And come on man, they're really using a guy with a flat top like me. Come on. That's ridiculous. They never called us. We were blindsided. We found out by our family and fans when the show aired." Calls to the show's producers at FOX Studios in Los Angeles were not returned. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Shumpert, a defensive specialist, is coming off of game where he tied his career-high of six steals in a 127-94 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. So he feels he has a pretty good idea of what stealing looks like. "I don't see how they can deny it," he said. "Everybody knows." Whether the accusations are true or not, it's certainly worth discussing or possibly even an investigation, according to the guard. "My girl and her fans are more mad about it than I am," Shumpert said. "I'm a ball player, but that's her field. That's what she does. Me personally, I don't plan on taking any action but I don't know about her." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 11, 2015 Updates

Smith, acquired via trade from the Knicks on Jan. 5, has a $6.4 million player option for next season. The path he'll choose from a business perspective this summer is a little less obvious, but Smith seems to agree with James' Instagram message. He wants to be "here to stay." "I am enjoying myself more here than anywhere I've been," said Smith, 29, an 11-year pro. "I want to be here, hopefully we can have the same team next year if everything goes well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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