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Daily News – December 15, 2016

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Tyronn Lue: ‘I understand the fans’ reaction’ to sitting Cavs’ Big 3
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tyronn Lue apologized to Memphis fans who won’t get to see LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, or Kevin Love tonight in the process of (re) explaining why he’s choosing to sit the Big 3.

“I’m sorry to the fans who have to go through this because you get a chance to see LeBron, Kyrie and Kevin one time a year,” Lue said. “I understand that, but it had nothing to do with the decision.”

Lue made news Tuesday night when he announced that James, Irving, and Love all would not play in Memphis. Love (29 points, 13 rebounds) and James (23 points, eight assists, six rebounds) led the way in Cleveland’s 103-86 win over the Grizzlies Tuesday night, while Irving rested his tired legs.

He reiterated it was all a matter of timing and confluence of events — Love’s stiff back, James’ high minutes and the Cavs’ plan to periodically rest him in games on consecutive nights, and Irving’s tired legs from over the weekend.

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Cavs lose 93-85 to Grizzlies without Big 3 — what’d you expect?
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Cavs left 70.6 points and about $70 million in salary from this season on warm, comfy couches in suburban Cleveland while the rest of the team headed to the east bank of the Mississippi.

The result was about what you’d expect.

Playing without LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love Wednesday night in Memphis, the Cavs were beaten 93-85 by the Grizzlies in the second game between the two teams in as many nights.

Some hustle points in garbage time made this one appear closer on the scoreboard. Then again, streamers fell from the rafters at FedEx Forum in celebration, so perhaps the Grizzlies were worried?

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Why Tristan Thompson played 28 minutes when Tyronn Lue said he’d play ‘five or six’ against Memphis
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — There’s little intrigue in a Cavs loss on a night when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love don’t even make the trip.

But let’s clean up the few loose ends from Cleveland’s 93-85 loss to Memphis and move on quickly to the Cavs playing with their real team on the court (Saturday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers.)

WHY WAS TRISTAN OUT THERE?: Here’s what Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before the game about playing Thompson Wednesday night.

“We’re going to play him limited minutes,” Lue said, followed by “we’re going to play him tonight short minutes and get him out of there,” and, “about five or six minutes” against Marc Gasol, Memphis’ starting center.

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