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Daily News – December 27, 2016

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Cleveland Cavaliers rest LeBron James, lose to Detroit Pistons, 106-90
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Cleveland Cavaliers continued to struggle without LeBron James, losing to the Detroit Pistons on Monday night, 106-90, as James rested for the third time this season.

Beyond James’ absence, there could have been any number of reasons to explain the Cavs’ five-game winning streak coming to an end.

They were playing the second game of a back-to-back and fifth in seven nights. They were also coming off an emotional, 48-minute slugfest against rival Golden State, a game that featured playoff intensity throughout and could have led to heavy legs. And because of the holiday, the Cavaliers left for Detroit on the team plane around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

A letdown looked probable as soon as the schedule was released. It became even more likely a little more than an hour before tipoff when head coach Tyronn Lue announced James would sit.

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LeBron James’ MVP case grows each game he misses and Kay Felder’s homecoming: Fedor’s five observations
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — After Sunday’s draining come-from-behind win against the Golden State Warriors Sunday, head coach Tyronn Lue decided Monday morning to rest LeBron James for the third time this season.

To make things tougher, the Detroit Pistons hadn’t played since Friday and they were hungry to erase a five-game losing skid.

The result: Another Cleveland loss without James. And, of course, players then grudgingly answering questions about it.

Here are five observations:

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Richard Jefferson fouled Kevin Durant on Cavs-Warriors final play, according to NBA Last Two Minute report
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — On the final play of the Cleveland Cavaliers-Golden State Warriors thrilling Christmas Day showdown, Richard Jefferson fouled Golden State star Kevin Durant, who should’ve gone to the free throw line for a pair of shots to put the Warriors ahead — at least according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute report released late Monday evening.

The report — the league’s assessment of officiated events that occurred in the last two minutes of Sunday’s games within five points or less at the two-minute mark — includes all calls (whistles) and notable non-calls for both teams. It classifies the play as an incorrect non-call.

The explanation given in the report is that Jefferson made foot to foot contact with Durant that affected his ability to make a play. The NBA uses the acronym “SQBR,” which stands for speed, quickness, balance, rhythm.

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