The Cavaliers got some good news before their matchup with the Pelicans Friday. Their problems were then magnified when point guard George Hill suffered an apparent ankle injury with 6:22 left in the third after he stepped on a player's foot during a drive to the basket.
"We have to be the ones to rebound and defend and I take that personally", said Solomon Hill, who played a season-high 21 minutes. Coach Lue responded with some humor of his own.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are holding on to the third seed in the Eastern Conference, but are just half a game ahead of the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers, who now have some issues of their own (mostly, the injury to Joel Embiid). A loss on Friday and the Cavs would've been in fifth.
"Every game we're in has felt like a playoff game since the All-Star break", Jrue Holiday said. He'll be evaluated Saturday.
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The Cavs trailed by as many as 13 in the second and third quarters and were down 12 when Hill was injured. If the Cavs want to go far, they need their leader ready for the long haul. Clarkson and JR Smith (eight points) made free throws to help seal the game. He scored seven points.
The Tar Heels played the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers on Tuesday and stayed overnight after the game.
James, 33, in his 15th season, scored his 10th (and 11th) point with 5:59 left in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 16-37-2 ATS in their last 55 home games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
"I walk in the room and there J.R.is sitting on the floor. he's sitting on the floor petting the (dog)", Cavaliers interim coach Larry Drew said. Kevin Love who was sidelined for the game also gave the therapy dog rave reviews.
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She will later visit a parent and toddler group in Newcastle, northeast England before heading over to Belfast for lunch with farmers.
Even though they aren't in action, Korver and Lue are now back with the team and Love could potentially play Friday. Overall, the team is performing much better in the last few weeks - but I don't think that has much to do with Lue's absence from the team.
"I missed a lot of shots", he said.
James last failed to score 10 points in the playoffs on May 28, 2014, in the Eastern Conference finals against in when he scored seven for the Miami Heat.
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