Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes reacts to NBA’s punishment for what J.R. Smith did to Jae Crowder

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith inexplicably threw a spinning back fist against Jae Crowder while trying to box him out in Game 4, causing the forward to fall and sprain his knee in the process. If you missed it, here’s the clip:Smith claimed that the hit was unintentional after the game, but that’s pretty hard to believe, given that he swung as hard as he could backwards with a closed fist. What did he think was going to happen when he

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Sprung: “Big Three” for Cavs Might Be Trio of Former Knicks

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The irony was more than evident Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Cleveland Cavaliers were a disappointing 19-15 when they acquired guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks, who were embarrassed by the Cavs on Sunday and have the league’s worst record. Additionally, Cleveland acquired former Knicks center Timofey Mozgov from Denver later that week. Since trading for Smith and Shumpert, Cleveland is a robust 17-7, has won 17 of 19 and is now a legitimate threat to represent the

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China Update: Beasley shines, Mudiay remains, Blatche does work

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From NBA bust to CBA folk hero, Shanghai Sharks import Michael Beasley is enjoying an incredible career renaissance in China. The second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft, Beasley is currently averaging 29.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. If that wasn’t impressive enough, on Sunday at the CBA All-Star Game in Beijing, Beasley scored a record 59 points. There are few players with quite so hot a hand as the former Miami and Minnesota forward, and given that he will soon

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SH Blog: Cavaliers give up two first round picks to acquire Timofey Mozgov, Grizzlies want Luol Deng or Jeff Green

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making moves. Specifically, general manager David Griffin is trying to go all in on the talented but flawed roster of his team right now. It started with the removal of Dion Waiters on late Tuesday night, as the guard had not lived up to the role as a starter or a bench player for the team. For him, they were able to acquire J.R. Smith (who made a not-so-glorious debut on Wednesday with an zero-of-five shooting performance),

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Photo of the Day: Smith and Shumpert Thank Fans and Knicks

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The three-team blockbuster trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks has been made official, after initial reports of the trade on Monday evening. Now that it’s gone through, the players involved had some things to say to their now former teams before they left town. Dion Waiters, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert each showed respect for the franchises after they were traded. [Read more…]

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VIDEO: Rockets, Kings should target Knicks’ Calderon

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Now that the entire NBA knows that Phil Jackson will take pennies on the dollar for his few remaining assets, there are two tams that should be picking up the phone this morning and trying to take Jose Calderon off his hands. Those teams are the Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings. Both are in win-now mode, and both could use a 41 percent career 3-point shooter who knows how to run an offense and get the ball into the hands of

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