#31 Virginia Cavaliers: College Football 77 in 77

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Like Rod Stewart told us “Leave Virginia alone.” Well, opposing ACC offenses will not b leaving the Virginia secondary alone this fall. They’ll be picking at them early and often.

Does UVA have enough to outshoot them and win the ACC? The Cavaliers could contend for the division title, if and only if the offense is strong enough to carry the d.

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Cavs Kyrie Irving backs off earlier remarks about his, Coach K.’s Team USA future

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Kyrie Irving had to clarify remarks he made Monday night on Mike Krzyzewski’s future with the U.S. Olympic basketball program. The Cavaliers franchise point guard and #1 pick in the #NBA draft this past June, had to back off earlier made comments by saying he spoke prematurely in saying Krzyzewski would coach the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

“I spoke to Coach K (and) he did tell me he was coaching, but I prematurely spoke on that,” said Irving, who played at Duke last season. “But I know he’s going to be part of USA Basketball. That’s the most important thing. That’s what made my decision easier.” He’s going to be part of the USA staff anyway whether he’s coaching or not. That way it’s easy for me,” he was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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Cavs Kyrie Irving MVP of NBA Rising Stars game

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving made eight 3-pointers and finished with a Rising Stars game high 34 points Friday night helping Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 146-133 in the NBA showcase exhibition between the league’s best rookies and second year players. It’s the Rookies vs. Sophomores game but now with a new brand.

Yes, it’s an All-Star game, where NO ONE plays any defense, but it’s clear the Cavs franchise point guard will soon be playing in the big boy game. The Indiana Pacers Paul George added 23 points hopefully raising Pacers awareness, because Indy seems to have very little of that right now.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall earned MVP honors last season as a rookie.

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Cavaliers Kyrie Irving has decent vocal chops (video)

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has better vocal chords than you might think. Check out the Cavs’ special Valentine’s Day music video message to their fans. Some of the singing is well….and Irving should stick to hoops and not consider a R&B career, but for a #1 NBA draft pick, he can hit some high notes.

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Cleveland Cavaliers select Tristan Thompson with 4th overall pick in 2011 NBA draft

With the 4th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson, a forward from Texas.

Surprised by this pick? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

After Enes Kanter went 3rd overall to the Jazz, the popular belief was that the Cavs would select Jonas Valanciunas as the 4th pick. Few, if any, predicted Thompson would be selected, but Dan Gilbert is no stranger to stirring up controversy.

For a full feature/interview of Thompson from the NBA draft Combine go here.

For a full scouting report on Thompson go here

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What the Cavaliers should do with their draft picks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a dismal season in which the team created new records for futility (losing 26 games in a row, in case you forgot). However, with the first and fourth pick the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cavs have been handed a golden opportunity to right the ship. Now, all management has to do is not mess it up. [Read more…]

Cleveland Cavaliers Drafting Hometown Kid David Lighty from OSU?

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Former Ohio State Buckeyes wing David Lighty, the last member of the “Thad Five” to enter the NBA, grew up a huge Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Lighty talked at the NBA Draft combine about the prospect of playing for his hometown team.

“I’m pretty sure I will work out with the cleveland cavaliers, but I’m not sure when. It’s getting set up as we speak,” Lighty said.

“It would be pretty big, I know my mother and grandmother would love it. I would love it as well, to grow up there, go to Ohio State. It would be something that’s rare for a player- never leaving the state.”

Very true. It’s hard to think of many players who have done that, played all their basketball in the same state. Playing college basketball and professional in the same area doesn’t even happen all too often.

By Paul M. Banks

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Cleveland Cavaliers Get #1 and #4 Picks in NBA Draft Lottery

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This NBA Draft Lottery is like working out on a stair-master- guaranteed to make the calves stronger. (That joke works a lot better when it’s said, not typed)  The Cleveland Cavs will get much stronger come June 23rd when they’ll have the 1st and 4th overall picks.

Yes, the Cavaliers have the #1 and #4 overall choices in this year’s NBA Draft.

It’s a nice way for the Cavaliers to start rebuilding their franchise, post Lebron James. Actually, the stroke of phenomenal luck may be the karma police giving Cleveland a get out of jail free card in exchange for the suffering they endured from “The Decision.”

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Baron Davis Still a Dangerous Weapon for Cleveland Cavaliers

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Fans in Toronto got a firsthand look tonight at why teams around the NBA still need to fear the beard.

Baron Davis played like a man possessed as he dished out nine dimes while scoring eight points in the first half. He continued to roll in the second half and finished the game with 19 points and a game-high 12 assists along with a couple of huge daggers in the fourth quarter to ice the win for his team.

Davis got J.J. Hickson going early in the game with some great lobs and by setting him up with some easy looks. Hickson benefitted by the inspired play of Davis by scoring 21 points in the first half while going 7-10 from the field.

Hickson finished with a game-high 28 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Knock off the Los Angeles Lakers? Yes, Really

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The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Los Angeles Lakers, they were nearly doubled up on the scoreboard. When I saw the 112-57 final following that first meeting, I thought it was a mistake. I know the Cavs are bad, but how on Earth do you lose an NBA game by 55 points?

So knowing what happened in the last meeting, you would say heading into last night’s match up between the two teams that the probability of the Cavs pulling the upset was about as likely as Congress agreeing on healthcare.

So then a healthcare solution everyone agrees on is forthcoming, right? Not likely, but the Cavaliers did achieve the unthinkable Wednesday night-they beat the mighty Lakers-and that’s NOT a misprint.

By Adam Satorius

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Cleveland Cavaliers Break their own NBA Record Losing Streak!

Get ready for another round of the much-deserved “Cleveland is the most tortured sports city of all” type stories. It’ll be exactly like what the media produced following Lebron James’ official departure. Perhaps Joe Posnanski will write another piece about how everything in Cleveland has a depressing (or at least slightly dark) sounding name.

With a total of 52 games played this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 8-44. That is the worst record in the NBA. They have lost 25 consecutive games, which ties a franchise record and the NBA’s all-time record set by….guess who? the ‘81-‘82 and the ‘82-‘83 Cavaliers!

Like someone who really needs to hit the stairmaster, Cleveland desperately needs to strengthen their Cavs.

They lost 96-99 tonight in Dallas. Congrats Mark Cuban, you’re the next person who gets to set Cleveland aflame like the Cuyahoga River.

By Paul M. Banks and Raymond Stokes

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