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January 28, 2015 Updates

Shams Charania: Aside from Cavs, Wizards have placed interest in guard Will Bynum, sources tell RealGM. Bynum likely available from China in late March. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Now Cavs coach David Blatt believes it's time for the narrative surrounding LeBron James' campaign to change as well. Specifically, Blatt wants to know why James' name doesn't appear in the MVP conversation more often. "That's just kind of funny, to be honest with you," Blatt said before the Pistons game. "First of all, he's the greatest player in our game, and he's had, since he's been healthy -- and really all year, but particularly since he's been healthy -- his performance has been as high level as ever. And you don't have to look very far at our record to see what impact he has on this team when he's playing and not playing." ESPN.com

Now the million-dollar question: Is Love worthy of being an All-Star this year? "Yes, I think so," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "...Kevin from his position is averaging a double-double while sacrificing some of his own individual game to help the team win and be successful. So yeah, you can certainly make a case for that. Absolutely." Cleveland Plain Dealer

To Love's credit, he's handling the situation like a professional. After Tuesday's win, the Cavaliers' seventh consecutive win, he admitted that it's even hard for him to envision roaming the streets of New York in mid February considering the team's 26-20 record. "Either way I'll head home to see my family or head back to Los Angeles," he told NEOMG. "So, it's not anything that's really a big deal to me. Obviously I would like to be there, but it's going to be nice for me to get a break either way." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 27, 2015 Updates

Did you find that exploring that life, because you could, wasn't all it was cracked up to be? I can spend whatever I want, and at the end of the day, it really doesn't mean anything? JR Smith: Especially from the standpoint of making me better. I always made myself better by staying in the gym. When you replace that with stuff off the court, then you're taking away from what made you who you are, or what got you to a certain point. It was kind of pulling me down in a sense, of not getting enough rest, not doing things you're supposed to be doing, things you're used to doing. So when you start missing those shots you're supposed to make, especially wide-open shots, it was like, alright, what's going on, what's going on? Instead of looking at what it is, you're reverting to that even more, instead of going back to the basics. So I think that's the greatest part about being here. NBA.com

Between the ages of 30 and 34 the Lakers played Bryant 37 minutes a game. On a mission to prove he didn't need Shaq, Bryant played through a host of injuries. He won some titles, too. At age 34 in the 2012-13 season, Bryant played 76 of the Lakers' first 78 games and was averaging nearly 39 minutes a game. He averaged 45 minutes per game over the last seven games he played before he snapped his Achilles tendon after playing 45 minutes in that fateful game. Bryant's career was derailed by that injury but not at that moment, because he's was barreling toward it for years. There's no need to ask then coach Mike D'Antoni or the Lakers organization if they have any regrets. Byron Scott certainly has regrets about playing Bryant 35 minutes a game this season with a lingering sore shoulder. Had the Lakers been more judicious over the past five to six years with Bryant, would he be in this position today, having a third straight season ended by injury? No one knows. ESPN.com

For the third time in a week, the Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned rookie guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. Each time Harris was sent down and played, he was recalled and activated for Cleveland's contest that same day. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 26, 2015 Updates

David Aldridge: Me: But when you knew Cleveland wanted you, what did that say to you? JR Smith: When I first heard about the trade and the possibilities, it was kind of mixed feelings. It was like, this could be a blessing in disguise. But I don't want to leave 'Melo by himself. Because just being in this situation, it's tough. Being in this situation alone is worse. So that bothered me a lot. And then I kind of got selfish with it. This is the best situation for me as a person. And make the best out of any situation. And I think I am right now. All the players seem to be responding to me very well, and the coaches love me. So I have no complaints. NBA.com

David Aldridge: I saw Carmelo a couple of weeks ago. I had forgotten y'all played together in Denver as well as New York. So what is it like when you've been with a guy for so many years, and you get close, and then it's just over. JR Smith: That was the toughest part about the trade. We played together nine years. The bond, the camaraderie, the brotherhood that we gained, it's, I wouldn't say over, it's just discontinued. When you're playing with a person like 'Melo, you depend on him a lot, from on the court and off the court. I can always go to him for advice, just everyday life things, as well as stuff on the court. So I think that's the toughest part. But fortunately, coming to a team like this, I've also got him in a different person, between him and LeBron. It's pretty much the same concepts and stuff like that; it's just coming from a different voice. NBA.com

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