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Cavs’ Dwyane Wade Stresses Important Of Team Not Falling Into Rut

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a roller coaster of a season in terms of wins-and-losses, dealing with their fair share of struggles and successes.

Lately, the Cavs have been on the downside of the up-and-down season losing their second straight game and for the third time in their past four.

Cavs guard Dwyane Wade knows how important it is that the team doesn’t allow themselves to fall into a long rut.

“Sometimes, when you’re winning as much as you’re winning, you have slippage,” Wade said. “We’ve had some slippage, and we’ve got to figure out a way to nip it in the bud before it becomes: ‘We in a rut, and we’ve got to get ourselves back out of it.'”

The Cavs have had their “ups”. Before their recent skid they posted 18 wins in 19 game, so the upswing could be on it’s way.

“We’re out of rhythm,” Wade explained.

“We had a flow going, we had a rhythm going, but then things changed a little bit. You trying to bring new guys back. Tristan [Thompson] came back, and then the lineup was different. And you try to figure out your game. That’s the part of it when you have guys who you know that was out, and then they come back in. So we out of sorts a little bit, we out of rhythm, and we got to find it back. We will.”

The Cavs struggles on the court had led to instances where the players are often looking at one another in what seems to be a state of confusion.

“It happens,” Wade said. “Obviously, we talk to each other. We respect each other, what we have to say. You have a conversation. It’s a part of it. Everyone wants to be perfect on the floor. No one wants to make mistakes, but we can’t do too much when everybody’s on the floor. When we get to the sideline, there’s a break in action, we have to talk to each other.”

Wade and the Cavs need to find a way to turn the tide on this latest downswing.

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Cavaliers, Raptors Interested in Dragan Bender

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Dragan Bender

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are interested in former Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender.

Bender was a major bust with the Suns, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he is still only 21 years old.

Bender can still turn his career around, but he has issues with 3 point shooting and the physicality of the NBA game.

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Cavs Expected to Waive and Stretch J.R. Smith

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to waive guard J.R. Smith after failing to find a suitable trade, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs plan to stretch his contract over the next three years.

Smith played in only 11 games during the 2018-19 season as the Cavs veered towards a youth movement.

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Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late

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The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.

Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.

“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.

“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”

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