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Daily News – December 12, 2016

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LeBron James the only Cavs player using an iPad on the bench
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Not long after the 4:12 mark of the first quarter Saturday night, when LeBron James had first exited the game, did a gentleman in khakis and a dress shirt with the collar unbuttoned hurry from the tunnel at The Q carrying an iPad toward the Cavs’ bench.

Uploaded to the iPad were a number of offensive possessions from James’ initial court time in the Cavs’ eventual 116-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets, and the team employee was booking it from the video room to hand James the tablet for his study.

It just so happened, in this instance, that James waved off the iPad, sending the carrier back down the tunnel without having studied the uploaded information.

The Cavs know to have that iPad ready every time James comes to the bench, though, because he often studies the instant video cut-ups from the minutes he was on the court while he rests during games.

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Dominant as usual, Cavaliers’ LeBron James now healthy, too: ‘The last couple years, this is the best I’ve felt’
Author: Jason Lloyd
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

CLEVELAND: On the same night LeBron James became the first player in NBA history to score 27,000 points, grab 7,000 rebounds and pass for 7,000 assists in his career, James revealed something even more astonishing: He feels great.

James should pass Michael Jordan’s career minutes (regular season and postseason combined) sometime in late January or early February. He could surpass 50,000 minutes by the end of the NBA Finals. It wasn’t long ago James was joking about the thin tread left on his tires. Now he seems to be rebuilding it.

His terrific effort Saturday, with 44 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, only further confirms that since it came on the second night of a back-to-back and on the same night that Kyrie Irving, seven years younger than James, warned coach Tyronn Lue before the game he didn’t have any legs left.

“The last couple years this is the best I’ve felt,” James said. “And I told you guys I’ve put a lot of work into my body, into my craft. I’ve rearranged a little bit with my diet, and it’s worked to my benefit. And for me to have back-to-back nights like this after coming off a long road trip, just shows that everything is working in the right direction.”

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Q&A: DeAndre Liggins discusses resurrecting his career with the Cavs
Author: Dave McMenamin
Publication: ESPN.com

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue made his way through the visitors locker room at Madison Square Garden — aka “The World’s Most Famous Arena” — on Wednesday and his gaze settled upon DeAndre Liggins, perhaps the least famous member of his team.

“Look at him,” Lue said, directing the attention of a couple of reporters across the room toward the Cavs’ training camp invitee turned surprise starting guard. “Ready to bite a m—–f—–.”

That was praise from Lue, who saw the defending NBA champs stumble through a recent three-game losing streak only to be dug out of that hole last week, in part, by Liggins — last season’s D-League defensive player of the year — and his defensive attitude as he filled in for injured starter J.R. Smith.

“He’s a quiet guy, shy, but he’s been doing the same thing he’s always done,” Lue explained before the Cavs’ 114-84 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. “Just the biggest difference now, he’s playing with the starters and now he doesn’t have to handle the ball as much. He doesn’t have to make plays. So now he can just do what he does, and that’s defend, maul people on defense.”

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