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January 29, 2015 Updates

Make that 2-8, thanks to Kyrie Irving, who went simply bananas in James’s absence, dropping 55 points on Portland to lead his team to a 99-94 win. That scoring total was the highest in the NBA this season, topping the 52 notched by Minnesota’s Mo Williams and Golden State’s Klay Thompson, and it was the most ever scored on the Cavs’ home court. Washington Post

When it was Irving's turn to step into the spotlight, he was more "aw shucks" than "I'm awesome," and reluctantly accepted the extra attention coming his way. "It means a lot," Irving said. "For me, it's just about the intensity of the game and being out there with my gracious teammates and them doing a great job of getting me open and setting great screens. I'm just happy to get the win. That's the only thing that really matters. We continue our streak." ESPN.com

It was a night of recognition for Irving, who was doused with water in the locker room and showered with praise in social media by his teammates. Not much of a reaction from members of other NBA teams, though. HoopsHype

"I'm going to kindly decline to talk to you guys," James said shortly before slipping out of the locker room and into the cold Cleveland evening. "This is his night." ESPN.com

January 28, 2015 Updates
January 23, 2015 Updates

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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January 15, 2015 Updates

"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

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