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Had Irving made the cut, he stood to earn an extra $7-$10 million because of a rule in the current collective bargaining agreement commonly called the "Derrick Rose" provision. The CBA as it relates to player salaries is often complicated, but, the five-year, $90 million contract extension Irving signed with the Cavaliers last summer made him eligible for an even higher earning rate if he were to meet certain criteria. Irving's two chances for the higher rate -- which would be based on next year's salary cap, which has not yet been set -- were to either earn fan votes into the All-Star Game this season or win the league's Most Valuable Player award, which is highly unlikely. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"It's tough," Scott told USA TODAY Sports about Blatt's situation after Lakers practice on Wednesday afternoon. "Players in this league tend to respect guys that they've seen who have accomplished things in this league, so that makes it a little bit more easier for myself, who has played. But I've also coached on this level as well. So yeah, a first-year coach like David, it's going to be tough. Even though you have probably the best player in the NBA on your team (LeBron James) and two other guys (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) who are pretty damned good too, you still have a big-time challenge." USA Today Sports

The issue was front and center on Tuesday night, when James' decision to shove his coach aside while they argued with an official couldn't have been more poorly timed even if his intent wasn't what so many assumed it to be. James said he was merely protecting his coach from getting a technical foul, and Blatt said he appreciated the gesture. "With any coach, you go into a situation like that and the first thing you have to do is earn their respect," Scott said. "And that's tough sometimes, so he's in a very unique situation because of the fact that he hasn't coached in the NBA. But he's coaching some of the biggest stars in the NBA, and there's a lot of pressure on them. Everybody damned near picked them to win the championship, so that's just that much more added pressure. ... It's a tough situation." USA Today Sports

January 12, 2015 Updates

But when the Cavaliers started the season, they were said to have a Big 3 -- with James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love. Take James out of the fold, and what remains is still a Big 2, is it not? "Kev's not a max player yet, is he?" Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Sunday night. That comment -- "Kev's not a max player yet" -- had Blatt trending on Twitter last night. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Kyrie Irving has returned to the lineup for the Cavaliers. Their new guards are on hold. Irving will start Wednesday night against Houston after missing one game with a sore lower back. Irving took part in Cleveland's morning shootaround and said afterward that a few days of rest and rehab helped. "Obviously, it's not going to go away in two days," he said. "But we did the best we could do with rehab and a lot of treatment." USA Today Sports

On the plus side, point guard Kyrie Irving will play against the Rockets. He missed the Philadelphia game with stiffness in his lower back. Having him back will give the Cavs a big boost. He'll be operating against Houston's Patrick Beverley, who is probable with a left shoulder strain. He's a ball hawk, who could cause problems for Irving. He'll go after him. clevelandcavaliersblog.blogspot.com.es

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a tough stretch to finish the calendar year. After Wednesday's loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-80, the Cavs have lost three straight and four of the last five. Rumors, injuries, bickering and inconsistent play have highlighted the first portion of Cleveland's schedule. As bad as things seem for the Cavaliers, who entered the season with championship aspirations, Kyrie Irving knows firsthand things can be a lot worse. "I don't want to talk about last year at all," Irving said following Wednesday's loss. "I'd rather be in this position right now than I was last year. We're just in a great mental place and I'm in a great mental place." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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