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December 21, 2014 Updates
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Mike Miller was held out of Saturday's Cavaliers practice with a sprained right ankle he sustained in Friday's win over the Brooklyn Nets. Miller played on the ankle after rolling it, so it isn't being viewed as a significant injury. The sharpshooter was 7-of-8 from 3-point range in his first start and first game back from a concussion. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs General Manager David Griffin did consider trading for Corey Brewer, but decided that he wanted to hang on to his $5.3 million trade exception. Minnesota traded Brewer to Houston on Friday for Troy Daniels and two second-round picks. It's mostly a salary dump, as Brewer has the right to become a free agent after the season. Houston used its trade exception to take on Brewer's $4.7 million contract. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Griffin has decided to wait, his goal being to add another big man -- one who can block some shots and rebound. The trading deadline is February 19, and there may be some big men available close to the deadline. If Griffin had made a strong bid for Brewer, that would have been the Cavs main in-season move. The salary cap would have prevented most other deals. The trade option is the key because it allows a team to get rid of a contract (as Minnesota did with Brewer), but not take back much money. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Mike Miller made his coach look like a genius Friday night. Miller, showing little rust from missing seven games with a concussion, scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in his first start of the season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 95-91. Cavaliers coach David Blatt's decision to start Miller, who missed one 3-pointer in eight attempts and played 33 minutes, paid off in a major way. "When the fire is hot, you want to let it burn," Blatt said. "It was burning tonight." ESPN.com

When he was recovering from his concussion, he would put in extra hours of conditioning and shooting. He didn't want to just get back on the court. He wanted to be a force. It's another reason why his teammates adore him. "What makes me feel good is seeing my teammates succeed," James said of Miller. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Hanging on the windows at Quicken Loans Arena were posters of Kyrie Irving's new logo, which is on the tongue of his signature Nike shoe. It was similar inside the arena. Posters were handed out and there were stations all around for Cavs fans to pre-order Irving's colorful sneakers before they can be purchased on Dec. 23. It was a special promotion, a celebration for Irving, the Cavs two-time All-Star, who has been through a lot in his four seasons. That's why even after misfiring on 12 of his 18 shots, continuing his slump, Irving had a good night. "It's truly a dream come true," Irving said after the game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 19, 2014 Updates

"I think LeBron did the right thing," Obama told People. "We forget the role that Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, and Bill Russell played in raising consciousness. I'd like to see more athletes do that -- not just around the issue, but around a range of issues." Huffington Post

December 18, 2014 Updates

"The guys in the locker room are who we have, and I think we can compete against anybody when we're playing at our best," James said. "But it's going to take us to maintain our focus every single day. We cannot afford to take a step backwards, because a lot of teams are just better than us as far as chemistry, as far as the camaraderie they have over the years, and we don't have that." FoxSports.com

The prime plan, as noted here for more than a year, has been to add a high-quality player to a rotation featuring Rondo, believing this would be the quickest way to push the club toward contender status. That was the desire last summer when the Celts tried most everything possible, to no avail, to get into the Kevin Love sweepstakes. Boston Herald

Irving is frustrated that his shot isn’t falling, but he admitted to losing track of Mack a couple of times on Wednesday. (It was more than a couple). Irving’s defense is improved over past seasons, but now comes the next important step when he has to learn how to do it every single night. That goes for all the players, not just Irving. Akron Beacon Journal

The crowd, which was amped early, left in the fourth quarter as the Cavs turned in their most disappointing performance of the year. Losing happens, especially against a talented team like the Hawks, but the fight wasn't there, something Blatt admitted after the game. It left him sitting at the podium after the game with very little to say. "I don't want to get up and walk out of here, that's not fair to you," Blatt said. "I really don't have too much to say. That was embarrassing how we played. I apologize to all the good fans that came out here as they always do. Really just a poor, poor performance and I don't really have a whole lot to say." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The three ball was Atlanta's weapon of choice, hitting 16-of-28, including a franchise-record nine in the second quarter as the Hawks outscored Cleveland, 39-26, to take a halftime lead. "Very damaging," James said of the Hawks' three-point shooting. "A three ball is an equalizer in our game. That's the way they go. They had five or six uncontested threes and we can't accept that. If guys are going to make shots, they have to make shots over us, contested. We can be satisfied with that but we can't be satisfied with the open looks they got." Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 17, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the Timberwolves, beset with injuries and mired at the foot of the Western Conference with a record of 5-19, are again engaging contending teams in trade discussions for Brewer after making him available in mid-November and then abruptly pulling him off the market. The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN.com

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