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Rose Return - Guard Derrick Rose hopes to finally make his return and play Thursday night against Orlando. Kevin Love scored 17, and added seven rebounds and three assists. "We weren't pushing the pace and we were settling for jump shots". LeBron James and Kevin Durant didn't disappoint. Josh Hart had 16 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter when Los Angeles cut a 20-point lead down to single-digits in the final minutes.

Though Warriors forward Draymond Green had 11 points on only 5-of-14 shooting, he posted a season-high 16 rebounds and nine assists.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points on 8-for-21 from the field overall and 1-for-7 on 3-pointers as the Cavs finished 7-for-28 from behind the arc.

"I don't think this game was any indication of what's going to happen with this team down the line", Durant said of the Cavs.

"Everyone knows it's going to take a while to get into a comfortable groove here, " he said. "He'll figure it out". I liked the way be competed but you get encouraged when you come out here and work and ain't nobody watching.

Bell got the start Monday in Cleveland for matchup reasons.

Even if the Cavs never win another championship, keeping James on the roster as long as they can is of enormous value. Players are complaining that James, their primary playmaker and the best point-forward in National Basketball Association history, the reason that a lot of them joined or still are on the Cavs, holds the ball too much.




The Cavaliers have had difficulty integrating All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who is shooting a subpar 36 percent from the field since making his season debut on January 2.

Dwyane Wade was excellent off the bench in his new role as sixth man, but outside of him, Thomas and James, the other Cavs combined to shoot 12-of-33 whereas Golden State's back up players slotted in seamlessly whenever they were called upon. "We weren't getting good shots".

Instead, the Cavs justified exactly why Golden State was saving their effort for another, more challenging, game.

Cleveland, meanwhile, are at 26-17, and are struggling to pull out of a slump in form which has included eight defeats in their last 10 games. We wanted to, at that point in time knowing what was going on in America at that point in time and seeing the things that was going on, we wanted to enlighten our fellow athletes. All of Cleveland's losses during its skid have come against potential playoff teams. First, he threw down a resounding dunk off a Thomas lob, then he swatted a Durant driving layup attempt off the glass, both to the delight of most of the 20,562 fans in attendance.

It's possible we'll look back on this stretch and laugh, as we have in past postseasons, as the Cavs were blitzing through the East.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Totals 43-94 15-22 108.

James has not been encouraged by Cleveland's past two games. While the pick could be used as a trade chip, Cleveland management appears determined to keep the asset in case James opts to leave when he can become a free agent next summer. If James leaves, Cleveland is and should be bad, probably for several seasons.

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