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Per ESPN: “The Cavs’ run puts them ahead of the hottest teams in the NFL (Philadelphia Eagles, nine straight wins) and the NHL (New York Islanders, four straight wins), and they’re playing about as well as they have since James returned to Cleveland in 2014.”

Per ESPN: “Cavs guard Dwyane Wade, who was James’ teammate in 2012-13 when the Miami Heat won 27 straight games, said he hasn’t started counting the wins just yet.

Per ESPN: “I don’t think we’re there yet, but it’s definitely good,” said Wade, who contributed 19 points and four steals off the bench, his seventh game during the streak with double-digit scoring as a reserve. “You know, we was 5-7 at one point. Now we’re 15-7. We’re playing good basketball but even the games that we haven’t played great, we found ways to win. We played great in certain moments of the game.” (Full report)

Per The Athletic: “Throughout most of last season and early this season, Tyronn Lue kept insisting he didn’t want LeBron James to do much defensively because he needed him to pull such a heavy load on the offensive end. Seems reasonable.”

Per The Athletic: “When James is engaged, so are the Cavs. At least that’s how it looked to me, and at least a couple of players I casually polled in the locker room Thursday night agree.” (Full report)

Per “The Cavs brought Osman to the U.S from Turkey over the summer, and signed him to a three-year, $8.3 million. He said his transition to living in America and playing in the NBA hasn’t been difficult.”

Per “In Turkey, the first couple months was really hard for me, maybe because I was younger,” Osman said. “Now I’m older. I didn’t feel any stress being here. I wasn’t scared. That’s what I was working for. My dream was to be an NBA player. I didn’t have any reason to be scared.”

Per “Osman later told a group of reporters that he “was always cold-blooded.” So, he’s not lacking in confidence, anyway.”

Per “Lue mentioned that Osman could fill the small role vacated by Iman Shumpert, who will have knee surgery Friday, but Lue doesn’t like to play 10 players and at least two inured Cavs — Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson — are on their way back soon.” (Full report)

Per “As an aside, it was not James’ most spectacular block of the game. That came with 3:32 left in the second quarter when James did his best impersonation of an Olympic volleyball player, using all of his might to spike a Taurean Prince driving layup attempt.”

Per “When he’s playing like that, definitely it gets us motivated, energized when he’s getting chase-down blocks or big blocks like he did tonight,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We feed off of him and he’s been great.” (Full report)

Per Newsweek: “Some Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t want Dwyane Wade on the team this season, when the veteran shooting guard and future Hall of Famer made the jump from the listless Bulls to join his old buddy LeBron James in Cleveland.”

Per Newsweek: “It’s possible that some of the Cavaliers’ discomfort with Wade’s one-year deal has quietened since he moved to the Cavaliers’ second unit, after beginning the season as a starter.” (Full report)

Per Amico Hoops: “Offensively, the player of the game award goes to Kevin Love. All he did was scored 25 points, pull down 16 big rebounds and shoot 7-of-8 from the line in a game where every free throw mattered. Like LeBron, Love seems to have finally adapted to all the newness around him.”

Per Amico Hoops: “Cavs guard Iman Shumpert is scheduled to have knee surgery Friday and reportedly will miss six-to-eight weeks. Meanwhile, no word on the returns of Tristan Thompson (calf) or Derrick Rose (ankle, away from team). Friday marks two weeks from the time when Lue indicated Rose would miss about two weeks.” (Full column)

Per “He’s been playing good,” Lue said of Love. “He has some tough matchups over the last six games. Two with Dwight Howard, (Joel) Embiid, Whiteside, (Andre) Drummond and he’s been great. He’s shooting the ball better. I think he’s taken a liking to the 5 because he knows he’s going to get open shots and if teams put smaller guys on him, we’re going to be able to post him. He’s been great.” (Full report)

Per ESPN: “Further evaluation on left ankle of Denver’s Nikola Jokic set for Friday, but there’s cautious optimism that injury is no more than a sprain, league source tells ESPN. X-rays negative.”

For all the latest injury updates, check the Amico Hoops home page.

Per the Denver Post: “Will Barton, who scored a career-high 37 points, dropped in a reverse layup with 3.2 seconds remaining to finally clinch the victory for the Nuggets (12-9). The Bulls fell to 3-17. ‘I was telling my teammates give me the ball and get out of the way,’ Barton said.”

Per the LA Times: “After almost every game he plays, Lonzo Ball puts himself through it one more time. He and his manager, Darren Moore, watch the games again to see what could have gone better.”

Per the LA Times: “It’s just me and my man D-Mo,” Ball said. “We definitely break it down, us two. We talk about it, see what we could’ve worked on. … Just to see where we messed up at, what we did well, what we didn’t do as well. We come back in the morning and watch it again with [coach] Luke [Walton].”

Per the LA Times: “It’s definitely an adjustment but we have a very young team,” Ball said. “I just turned 20, BI [Brandon Ingram] just turned 20. We’re asked to do a lot. You just gotta grow up fast and step up to the plate.” (Full report)

Per the LA Daily News: “The morning after the Lakers’ 127-123 overtime loss to the Warriors was full of what-ifs and teachable moments and a renewed emphasis on the bigger picture.”

Per the LA Daily News: “I don’t want the fact we lost that game to have us down,” Walton said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to build on the way we played.” (Full report)

Per the New York Post: “Knicks starting center Enes Kanter is a bundle of joy and energy. The Carmelo Anthony trade is more than two months old. Oklahoma City is 8-12 without Kanter. The Knicks are 11-10 with him.”

Per the New York Post: There was the anecdote that when he learned of his trade to the Knicks while appearing at a kids basketball camp in Oklahoma, his manager told him over the phone not to look too excited. Kanter had spent his offseasons in New York — the native of Turkey’s favorite U.S. city. His manager, Hilmi Cinar, knew he’d be thrilled.”

Per the New York Post: “The Post reported the day of the trade Kanter had lost 30 pounds in the offseason to get quicker on the defensive end. Thunder coach Billy Donovan had benched Kanter in the playoffs against the speedy Rockets.” (Full report)

Per the Chicago Tribune: “Hoiberg said Mirotic went through 2-hour workout with Windy City Bulls today. LaVine did individual work, will practice with Windy City on Friday.”

Per HoopsRumors: “The Celtics have recalled forward Guerschon Yabusele from their G League affiliate, the team’s official site relays. Yabusele put up 27 points in his most recent game for the Maine Red Claws.”

Per HoopsRumors: “The Magic recalled rookie Wesley Iwundu from their G League affiliate in Lakeland, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweets.”

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavs have assigned Ante Zizic to the Canton Charge of the G League.”

Per HoopDirt: “Wake Forest Athletic Director Ron Wellman announced that head men’s basketball coach Danny Manning has signed a contract extension.”

Per HoopDirt: “Manning is in his fourth season at Wake Forest and led the Deacons to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Under his leadership, Wake Forest has recruited a top 10 class for 2018 and has signed four top 100 players in the last two recruiting classes.” (Full report)

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