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Cavs suspend J.R. Smith for one-game due to team-related issue

J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0,


Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended by the team for one game for detrimental conduct. He will serve the suspension tonight as the Cavaliers host Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Tyronn Lue said “something happened after the team’s shootaround” this afternoon that led to Smith’s one-game suspension. Lue also stated that Smith will be back at practice Friday and in the starting lineup on Saturday. Rodney Hood will start tonight vs. the 76ers.

Cavaliers win fourth straight game 120-112 at Oklahoma City behind James and Smith


LeBron James dribbling 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - LeBron James, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0,

A few weeks ago, on January 20, on national television, the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, 148-124 with a bunch of old, useless players who could not keep up with the more athletic Thunder. That was just one of several blowout games that resulted in the Cavs making their blockbuster trades at the deadline.

Last night on the Thunder’s home court, the Cavs basically held their own the entire game with the new-look lineup in a 120-112 victory.

The Cavs have won 4 in a row; are 3-0 since the trade and 2-0 with the new players.

LeBron James scored 37 points and J.R. Smith connected for 18 points.

Teams have to prepare for Cleveland a little different with the new, athletic lineup which includes 31-year-old George Hill and the three, 25 -year-olds, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Cavs led at halftime 62-57 with James scoring 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Smith during that span had 15 points on five 3-point baskets.

Cleveland took total control in the fourth quarter.

The was led by their quartet of stars. Paul George with 25 points, Carmelo Anthony, who had missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, scored 24, Steven Adams had 22 points while grabbing 17 boards and Russell Westbrooke, who also had missed the past couple games with an ankle sprain, scored 21 points.



Cavs look like a new team with Clarkson, Hill, Hood & Nance Jr. playing well in rout of Celtics, 121-99

Jordan Clarkson dribbling 2015 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

George Hill shooting ball 2014 photo By joshuak8 - Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

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Larry Nance Jr. with Wyoming in 2014 By Mike Purgatori, CC BY 2.0, https

What a difference a week makes when you are talking about the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They completely ran the Boston Celtics off the court Sunday afternoon in a national television game, 121-99.

Prior to last Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, the Cavs looked old, tired, non-enthusiastic, no spirit. They were embarrassed in national television games often with the outcome settled by halftime by giving up unheard of point totals of 60,70 and 80 to teams like Minnesota, Golden State and Houston.

The trading away of 6 players on the trade deadline day was the most in 30 years (1998).

There best player, LeBron James looked like he did not care at times.

The All-Star look of Derrick Rose, Dwayne Wade and Isaiah Thomas did not play well and often bickered and did not play consecutive games very often.

The Cavs management felt a change was for the best. So they traded those before mentioned players along with Channing Frye, Jae Crowder and Iman Shupert to get younger, more athletic, more defensive-minded and better shooters.

At Boston’s TD Garden Sunday, the new-look Cavs looked better on defense, took good shots, shared the ball, hustled after loose balls, anticipated passing lanes, and most of all, followed James’ leadership. And speaking of James, he looked like he was back to playing his brand of dominating basketball.

They led 66-47 at the half. Those 66 points were the most the Celtics had surrendered in the first half all season. The Celtics are the NBA’s top defensive team. The Cavs dribbled through, around and over the top to make them look very bad.

James did not let a first quarter leg injury stop him . He had a double-double with 24 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.

”The King” took over in the 2nd quarter, scoring 13 points, eight during a Cleveland 13-2 run that turned a close game of 1-point into a double-digit lead. The Celtics never got closer than 10 the rest of the game.

The four new players practiced with the Cavs for the first time on Saturday after passing their physicals. And they played as if they had been with Cleveland all season.

Clarkson scored 17 points, Hood added 15, Hill chipped in with 12 and Nance Jr. scored 5 and looked good on the glass and inside altering shots.

Those new players have made the Cavs the Eastern Conference favorite again.

A week ago, it looked like they would be first-round NBA Playoffs losers for sure.



Cavaliers being short-handed does not stop them in beating Atlanta, 123-107

Kyle Korver shooting for Cavs 2017 photo By Erik Drost on Flicker, CC BY 2.0, https

If the Cavs would have lost to Atlanta last night, no one would have said anything because they knew that the new players that came in multiple trades on Thursday could not play until they pass physicals, Larry Nance, Jr., Jordan Clarkson from the Lakers; George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from Utah.

Those players were in Atlanta and on the bench last night but not dressed.

The Cavs did win the game regardless with only seven regular players available, 123-107.

Those players were LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Jose Calderon, Cedi Osman, Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson.

Leading the way last night was Korver with a season-high 30 points on 7 of 13 from 3-point land. James had a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists. The 65th time he has accomplished it in his career. Green contributed 24 and Osman, who has been pushing for playing time all season, had a career-high 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

To fill out the bench, the team added from their D-League team at Canton, Ante Žižić, John Holland, London Perrantes.

The Cavaliers took control of the game early and never let up.

They outscored the Hawks 26-18 on fast breaks, 48-34 in the paint area and their three-man bench won 57-40.

Cleveland leads the Central Division with a record of 31-22 and has a 2-game lead over both Indiana and Milwaukee. They are third in the Eastern Conference standings behind Boston and Toronto.

Cavaliers sign Larry Sanders to replace injured Andrew Bogut

Larry Sanders slam dunking the ball By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https



Regular season

2010–11 Milwaukee 60 12 14.5 .433 .000 .560 3.0 .3 .4 1.2 4.3
2011–12 Milwaukee 52 0 12.4 .457 .000 .474 3.1 .6 .6 1.5 3.6
2012–13 Milwaukee 71 55 27.3 .506 .000 .618 9.5 1.2 .7 2.8 9.8
2013–14 Milwaukee 23 20 25.4 .469 .000 .473 7.2 .8 .8 1.7 7.7
2014–15 Milwaukee 27 26 21.7 .500 .000 .500 6.1 .9 1.0 1.4 7.3
Career 233 113 19.8 .480 .000 .550 5.8 .7 .6 1.8 6.5



2013 Milwaukee 4 4 28.3 .576 .000 .455 8.3 1.3 .8 1.3 10.8
Career 4 4 28.3 .576 .000 .455 8.3 1.3 .8 1.3 10.8


According to several media reports today, the Cleveland Cavaliers have found a suitable replacement for Andrew Bogut.

The Cavs have signed Larry Sanders, a 28-year-old, 6’11, 235-pound center, who hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season with the Milwaukee Bucks.

A former star at Virginia Commonwealth University, Sanders walked away from basketball during the 2014-15 season to address mental health issues which were found out to be anxiety, depression and mood disorders. At the time he walked away from the game, this was his statement: He said that the program led him to realize “what’s important, and where I would want to devote my time and energy” and that ultimately he realized that “for [basketball] to be consuming so much of my life and time right now … it’s not there for me. It’s not that worth it.” He did, however, claim to still love the game and that “if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, then I will.”

On January 26, 2017, Sanders announced his decision to return to basketball.

The new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, marks the beginning of his comeback.

According to the news reports, the Cavs plans for Sanders at this time at not surprising. He will practice with the team during off-game days; then play with their NBA Development team, the Canton Charge for the rest of the regular season. By achieving that, the team has high hopes Sanders will be physically ready for the postseason stretch.

For his first two seasons for VCU, Sanders was the supporting star to guard Eric Maynor.  Sanders was brilliant as the second star,  utilizing his size and athleticism to disrupt teams defensively. As a sophomore, he helped the Rams into the 2009 NCAA Tournament,  but lost 65–64 to the UCLA Bruins in the first round of the tournament. Sanders went on to have a more prominent role in his junior season after Maynor was drafted into the NBA. As a junior Sanders averaged 14.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks, with 53% field-goal accuracy, all statistical team highs, on his way to earning the second of his consecutive Colonial Athletic AssociationDefensive Player of the Year awards in 2008–09 and 2009–10.

Larry Sanders announced in April 2010 after his junior year that he was leaving  VCU early to enter the National Basketball Association Draft.

His VCU honor roll:

  • First-team All-CAA (2010)
  • Second-team All-CAA (2009)
  • 2× CAA Defensive Player of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • 3× CAA All-Defensive Team (2008–2010)
  • CAA All-Freshman Team (2008)







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