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March 2, 2015 Updates

The Rockets apparently are feeling a little chipper both during and after their 105-103 overtime win against the Cavaliers on Sunday in Houston. First, the Rockets' James Harden delivered a kick to the groin of LeBron James after a scuffle for the ball in the third quarter. Harden received a flagrant 1 foul but stayed in the game and finished with 33 points. That certainly didn't sit well with James and he says he believes the NBA will review the call. "Obviously that's not a basketball play," James said afterward. "Obviously, the league will probably take a look at it. I have no idea why he would do that, but two competitors just trying to go at it and he won this one." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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February 28, 2015 Updates

Jason Lloyd: #Cavs say Kyrie Irving will miss Sunday's game at Houston. David Blatt was hopeful last night Irving could play against Rockets Twitter @JasonLloydABJ

The Timberwolves asked for promising shooting guard Klay Thompson, one half of the league's best backcourt nicknamed the "Splash Brothers." When the Warriors were unwilling to part with Thompson, Love was sent to Cleveland in a package built around 2014 first-overall pick Andrew Wiggins. "That was a crazy summer for me," Love said Thursday morning. "But as soon as LeBron got in touch with me, that was kind of all put to an end. We're both two very good teams. Looking back, sure there's things you can look at and say, 'What could've been.' But I also would've been thinking about this situation had it been the other way around. I'm happy to be here and just want to continue to win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

While he admitted having difficulty guarding the game’s elite scorers regardless, there was one player that was so predictable in the way he played that Battier felt good in his ability to consistently shut him down: Carmelo Anthony. “I had some success against him,” Battier said. “The numbers really play out with him, and as he’s gotten older, he has not been about reinvention. The last two years I played him, he did exactly what the scouting report said he was going to do, every single time. “A lot of players will deviate — Kobe was so tough in his prime, or Durant or LeBron. But Carmelo, I knew what he was doing. He was on the left block, he’s going to dip his right shoulder and go to his left hand every single time — he travels every time, by the way; he travels every single time. But if I made him use his right hand and go over his left shoulder, he didn’t want to do that. And as a result, I was able to drain his efficiency.” NBCSports.com

"It seems like a long time ago," Blatt said of his off-season choice. "Once I had the opportunity to come to the Cavaliers I really didn't feel any regret. It's really through the good graces of Steve Kerr and the Golden State staff that I had the opportunity to interview for the job and they were willing to let me follow this path. I still hold a really good feeling of appreciation for the way they handled that situation. It's turned out pretty good for both sides." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt heard the criticism, and even with his star player referring to him as a "rookie coach" repeatedly, he stayed the course, and never felt the need to validate his coaching credentials. "I've been a head coach for 22 years," he said Thursday. "People overlook that too easily and I think unfairly. I know I'm the new kid on the block in the NBA and I recognize the greatness of this league and the difficulty of this league and the fact that I've had to make, and am still going through the adjustment to coach in this league, but I am not now, nor have I been for quite some time, a rookie coach." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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February 27, 2015 Updates

Our sources say Davis -- the #3 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft -- has been speaking with several squads who feel he could be a good backup for a young point guard. We're told the Clippers and the Cavs are among the playoff contenders interested in Davis ... with the Lakers also in the conversation. We're told so far ... there is NOT a deal in place, but that could change very soon. TMZ.com

Windhorst: "Ray Allen is not gonna sign with the Cavs. I don't think he's gonna play. If he decides he wants to, it won't be with the Cavs." Twitter

James continues to downplay his interest in the race, but that seems to be a façade. He is acutely aware of his place in history and knows he is one more trophy away from tying Michael Jordan and Bill Russell with five. He’s two away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of six. Akron Beacon Journal


It will be very hard to surpass the No. 1 player on the list – especially now that he's back..


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