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December 13, 2014 Updates

Following the loss, Northeast Ohio Media Group asked James if he could ever recall Babbitt playing extended minutes on him in the past. The look on his face said it all. He couldn't believe New Orleans' defensive strategy was to match him with Babbitt. "Uh, nah," James answered with a puzzled looked on his face. "No. I mean, uh, no. I have no explanation behind that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Just 2 1/2 months later, however, James’ thinking might be changing. The weight loss aside, James on Friday seemed to admit for the first time he’s not the same athletic player he was in recent years. “You can look at it in a bad way or a good way,” he said. “I’ve expanded the rest of my game. I’m still out there making plays. My athleticism, obviously I’m not the 18-year-old kid I was before. But I can still do the things I need to do to be successful.” Akron Beacon Journal

The knockout punch was comedian Hannibal Buress (he of the Bill Cosby fame) who somehow got a press credential and concluded Blatt’s postgame session by asking, “Coach, even though you guys lost the game, is there still a part of you that thinks, ‘Hey man, it’s just a game. Life is pretty chill otherwise?’” While the rest of us looked at each other with that “who farted?” expression, Blatt actually gave him a good answer. “I’m a basketball coach and unfortunately I do not have that luxury,” he said. “We live hard, work harder and we die young. And games like this contribute heavily to our early demise.” Akron Beacon Journal

December 12, 2014 Updates

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

Westbrook played with more control, his passing became contagious and the Thunder’s role players finally were able to get into a rhythm. The result was a runaway 103-94 Thunder victory. It was the Thunder’s fourth straight win, moving OKC to 9-13 while halting the Cavs’ win streak at eight. Westbrook finished with yet another fabulous all-around effort, scoring a game-high 26 points with seven rebounds and a game-high eight assists, six of which came in the second half. Westbrook made 12 of 24 shots in 36 minutes and helped limit Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving to 20 points on 21 shots. “He’s a force,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Westbrook. “He plays at another level than any other point guard in this league.” Oklahoman

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

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was helped off the court Thursday after injuring his left knee during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Irving returned for warmups before the second half and opened the third quarter with a floater layup, appearing to be fine. Irving leaped to contest a jump shot from Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook but landed awkwardly on the side of his left foot. He crumpled to the court grabbing his knee immediately. USA Today Sports

December 11, 2014 Updates

He grabbed one big offensive rebound in the fourth quarter and batted another to teammate Kevin Love. He drew a charge early in the fourth quarter when the Cavs were mounting their surge. “Delly is a guy that’s always been counted out,” LeBron James said. “He can’t make it, can’t do this, can’t shoot enough, not fast enough, not tall enough. One thing about it, heart and effort will take away a lot of the things that you cannot do. I’ll take a guy like that on my team any day.” Akron Beacon Journal

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