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Daily News – December 21, 2016

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LeBron James’ deep 3 foils pesky Bucks, 114-108 in overtime
Author: Joe Vardon

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Keep an eye on these Milwaukee Bucks.

Yes, the Cavs gutted out a 114-108 overtime win here Tuesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, behind 34 points from LeBron James on the night he became the NBA’s eighth all-time leading scorer.

Kyrie Irving added 28 points and Channing Frye contributed 15 off the bench. The Cavs were already missing Kevin Love (bruised left knee), and J.R. Smith (six points, 17 minutes) didn’t come back for the second half because of an unspecified right thumb injury.

But this is twice now this year the Bucks have either routed the Cavs — the 118-101 beatdown levied against Cleveland here on Nov. 29 was indelibly etched in the Cavs’ minds — or pushed them to the brink.

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Tests on J.R. Smith’s injured thumb ‘inconclusive’
Author: Joe Vardon

MILWAUKEE — J.R. Smith underwent tests on his injured right thumb that were “inconclusive,” according to the Cavs, and their starting shooting guard will undergo further evaluation when he returns to Cleveland Wednesday.

So things don’t sound particularly good, nor did they look it, for Smith after he apparently suffered the injury late in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 114-108 overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Smith’s status for Wednesday’s home game against the Bucks is uncertain, but he sat on a training table in the back of Cleveland’s locker room following the game with his right hand tucked inside his jacket.

Per the team’s media relations department, the team took “images” of Smith’s thumb and the results were not conclusive. Smith was called for two fouls on Giannis Antetokounmpo late in the second quarter; the injury likely occurred on one of them when he swiped at the ball on Antetokounmpo’s way to the hoop.

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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving (and Kevin Love) up in the air for Wednesday rematch with Milwaukee Bucks
Author: Joe Vardon

MILWAUKEE — Maybe all of the Cavs’ Big 3 will play Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Or maybe none. Or somewhere in between.

Tyronn Lue said he didn’t know what he was going to do about LeBron James and Kyrie Irving following Cleveland’s 114-108 overtime victory against the Bucks in Milwaukee.

James played more than 47 minutes and scored 34 points; Irving logged 45 minutes and scored 28 points.

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