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Daily News – December 20, 2016

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Kevin Love is out for Tuesday against Milwaukee (updated)
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kevin Love did not practice Monday and is out for the Cavs’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks because of a minor left knee injury suffered during Saturday’s win.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue initially said Love was “questionable” for the game, but the Cavs sent a release later Monday afternoon ruling him out. The team’s calling the injury a “contusion” and says Love is questionable for Wednesday’s game, also against the Bucks.

Lue said Richard Jefferson would start — which essentially means that LeBron James moves to power forward. The Cavs are already down one “big,” as Chris “Bird Man” Andersen tore his ACL Friday at practice and is out for the year.

Lue said Love “banged knees” with a Laker — turns out it was Larry Nance Jr. — during the Cavs’ 119-108 win. Love finished with 27 points and a season-high 17 rebounds, so it wasn’t immediately clear that he was injured.

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Cleveland Cavs vs. Milwaukee Bucks, Game 26
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

MILWAUKEE — The Cavs (19-6) play the first of a tough back-to-back with the Milwaukee Bucks (13-2) at 8 p.m. tonight in Milwaukee.

What’s up with the Cavs: No Kevin Love tonight, maybe no Love tomorrow. Richard Jefferson, who needs four more 3s to reach 1,000 for his career, is supposed to start in Love’s place. Coach Tyronn Lue may change his mind though. LeBron James will pass Moses Malone (27,409 points) for 8th place in NBA history in scoring with his next basket. The Cavs are the NBA’s top 3-point-shooting team (.401). J.R. Smith appears to be breaking out of his prolonged shooting slump. He’s 10-of-18 from 3-point range over his last three games. Don’t declare him cured quite yet, though, as he was 4-of-15 from the field (0-of-3 from 3-point) last Wednesday.

Cavs injuries: Kevin Love (left knee bruise) and Chris Anderson (torn right ACL) are out.

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Kyrie Irving doesn’t believe media members should have role in new All-Star Game voting process
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — The NBA has made changes to the way starters are picked for the All-Star Game, but Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, a three-time participant in the game, believes more tweaks are necessary.

“It is what it is, honestly,” Irving said Monday afternoon following practice. “I guess they’re trying to fix the deserving factor maybe. Leaving it up to the players, that’s good as well. Leaving it up to the fans, that’s good as well. But the other 25 percent I think they need to throw out.”

Select basketball media members represent the other 25 percent Irving thinks should be excluded.

“They just do. They just do,” he said, even asking who has been chosen for that role. “Everyone is going to be biased anyway, so it’s cool.”

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