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December 12, 2014 Updates

After going through agility tests on the Smoothie King Center hardwood, LeBron James said he will be able to play in Friday’s game against New Orleans. “I’m playing,” James said, before describing how he determined his readiness to play. “It’s the same test that me and my trainer always go through, to see if I’m able to do the things I like to do on the floor. I wasn’t able to pass it in Oklahoma City, which is why I didn’t play. I was able to pass it today. All the movements I need to do as a basketball player to be able to help my team.” NBA.com

But many league observers believe any physical slippage James may be dealing with is not holding him or the Cavs back as their current eight-game win streak attests. "There is no way to compare what LeBron is doing this season to what he did in the last few years," said one league executive. "He's dealing with a completely different roster that is requiring him to play a different style. He's working harder on offense because he's playing point guard almost every minute he's on the floor. ... The Heat had mastered the art of creating space and there were way more driving lanes than he typically has now." ESPN.com

Cavaliers coach David Blatt said LeBron James' sore left knee was "nothing major" and the superstar was held out against the Oklahoma City Thunder as a precaution. "I really don't believe we have any kind of serious situation on our hands, just some soreness," Blatt said, prior to Cleveland's 103-94 loss to the Thunder. Cleveland Plain Dealer

But Blatt said after that game James "felt some soreness in the back of his knee," a soreness the coach said was "nothing major." James is listed as "questionable" for the Cavaliers' game Friday in New Orleans. A team official said Cleveland first learned of James' injury Thursday morning. "He got up this morning and didn't feel particularly good so we decided to hold him out," Blatt said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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December 10, 2014 Updates

James believes Dellavedova reminds him of a former teammate that helped the Heat win two titles. "I had Norris Cole on my team in Miami," James said. "He was the same type of guy. We called him the pit bull. You just put him out there on anybody and he's always going to be successful and know you can never discredit how he goes about the game and how hard he plays. You put him out there for 20 seconds and it will be the hardest 20 seconds he ever played, like he'll never play again... Everything they do won't show up in the box score but teammates and people that know the game know he made an impact." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 9, 2014 Updates

When asked what message the T-shirt sent out to the country, James responded: “I don’t know. It’s not for us to figure out. It’s just for us to understand what we’re going through as a society. I’ve been forwarded over and over about what’s been going on. This is more of a notion to the family more than anything. As a society we have to do better. We have to be better for one another no matter what race you are. But it’s more of a shoutout to the family more than anything because they’re the ones who should be getting the energy and effort.” For The Win

December 8, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are wearing black “I CAN’T BREATHE” t-shirts prior to tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in support of Eric Garner. Garner died in a Staten Island neighborhood as the result of a chokehold from a New York policeman last summer. Protests have broken out across New York the last few days after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer on murder charges. Garner's final words, uttered over and over and caught on video, were "I can't breathe." Akron Beacon Journal

“It’s more a notion to the family than anything,” James said of the shirts. “Obviously as a society we have to do better, we have to be better for one another. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It’s more of a shout out to the family more than anything. They’re the ones that should be getting all the energy and effort.” Akron Beacon Journal

Me: I'm sure you heard Chris Bosh say that it's so different playing next to LeBron, and that it requires a real adjustment. What have you learned so far about that process? KL: Well, it is different. Coming in, we all knew we were going to have to sacrifice, and that's each player, 1 through 15, for this team. It's funny hearing that. Playing with LeBron, he opens up so many opportunities on the floor. And whether it's Kyrie or Shawn Marion or Andy Varejao, different guys out there in the starting lineup, myself included, and all throughout the team, they're getting so many good looks, because so much of the effort on the defensive end is to stop LeBron James. So I think it opens up a lot for us, for our team, helps us out, and when I have an opportunity at the offensive end, I have to take advantage of it. NBA.com

Cavaliers' superstar LeBron James, like many other players, is guilty of this act. He acknowledged that if this team is took take the next step towards becoming a formidable title-contending team, he and teammates must eliminate that type of behavior. "We have a tendency right now to take plays off, including myself," James said. "Last game, I was talking to the referee and they inbounded the ball and [Toronto's] James Johnson got a dunk. "...That's something I can't do. As a team, we can't do. We've been playing so well, that if we cut down those things, there's no telling what type of games we can have as far as close to 48 minutes as possible." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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