Cavs Roundup: LeBron, Tristan, Korver

LeBron James and the Cavaliers take on Paul George and the Pacers in the first round.

A look at the latest news and views surrounding the Cavaliers:

Per The Athletic: “The issue here wasn’t so much the bickering between LeBron James and Tristan Thompson, who was clearly furious with James late in the game. As Tyronn Lue joked, they have the Klutch connection. They’ll be fine.”

Per The Athletic: “Every so often a win feels sort of like a loss. That was certainly the case Sunday, which is odd given how badly the Cavs needed this victory. Yet the postgame locker room vibe was … strange.” (Full column)

James to reporters, via “I had good intentions but I was a little bit too demonstrative at that point in the game. I can’t show up my teammates, that’s for sure, especially Double T worked hard for our team, he’s a big-time player for our team so I had good intentions of what I wanted to happen, but the way it came out was … it didn’t look good on TV.”

Thompson to reporters, via “We’re family. Little miscommunication in the huddle. Move forward. Move forward. We’re family. Got each other’s back always. Move forward.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Thompson spoke as if he had been coached on what to say and left the locker room immediately afterward. Others who departed quickly included Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith. It seemed as if none wanted to share their thoughts on the incident for fear of sounding like they were taking sides.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs will have time to cool off. With games Tuesday at home against the Orlando Magic and a crucial one Wednesday in Boston against the East-leading Celtics, the Cavs will take Monday off and aren’t required to report to the Q until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “James played a whopping 52 minutes Sunday to help make sure it happened. That’s a lot of minutes, as you’ve likely heard from everyone with a laptop or Twitter account who follows the NBA.” (Full report.)

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue to reporters, via Amico Hoops: “I tried to pick and choose and give him a break during timeouts. But he wanted to play.” (Full report.)

Per “It’s rare to see an opponent go toe-to-toe with James the way Paul George did. He didn’t back down. Instead, he went right at him. There were even times George waved off screens and possible switches so he could attempt to attack James in isolation.”

Per “Also overlooked because of the drama, Smith buried a clutch 3-pointer late in the first OT. It once again came off a nifty feed from James, who often looks for Smith in clutch situations, which is why Smith is sometimes referred to as the Cavs’ 9-1-1 guy, able to come through in emergencies.” (Full report.)

Per the Medina Gazette: “The only thing harder than winning a championship is defending it. Becoming the best, and then remaining the best, when everyone is watching and waiting to see if you can do it. That’s what’s REALLY hard. The Cavs are wrestling with that right now, and it’s not a pretty sight.” (Full column.)

Per the Medina Gazette: “The Cavs have spent too much of this season just hanging out. Especially on defense. In stumbling through large portions of this season the Cavs have overly embraced the ‘Here we are’ attitude. There’s too much of that and not enough of the ‘We’re back!’ mentality.”  (Full column.)

Per ESPN Stats Info: “In a season where triple-doubles have become the norm, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James added another wrinkle to an impressive season.”

Per ESPN Stats Info: “Westbrook and James became the the third pair of players in NBA history to score 40-points in a triple-double on the same day. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that they were the first pair since since Pete Maravich with the New Orleans Jazz (40 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Milwaukee Bucks (50 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists) hit those marks on Jan. 19, 1975.” (Full report.)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Kyle Korver’s return from an inflamed tendon in his left foot does not appear imminent.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Although the 14-year veteran’s foot is ‘feeling better,’ as Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Sunday’s game, Lue is unsure if Korver will be able to practice this week.” (Full report.)

Per Terry Pluto (Facebook): “I was impressed with Cavs victory. Their play was up and down, but their determination was back…”

Not a work of art, but Cavs make it work