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Tyronn Lue on Cavaliers trading Kevin Love: ‘He’s not going anywhere’

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There are two concurrent storylines running about a Kevin LoveCarmelo Anthony trade:

  1. Do the Cavaliers want to make that deal?
  2. Is LeBron James pushing the Cavaliers to make that deal?

LeBron shot back emphatically when asked about a report claiming the answer to the second question was yes.

As for the first question, Cleveland has sent sent every signal it won’t trade Love for Anthony.

Now — after Love had 39 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Wizards — Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is going a step further: Stating on the record that Love won’t be traded at all.

Lue and Love, via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“We’re going to trade him tonight,” coach Tyronn Lue joked after the game. “Kevin should be happy that teams want him. But he’s not going anywhere.”

Love called the report a lie and cited a quote he heard while watching the HBO show “The Crown.”

“That is a lie. What do they say? A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on, Love said. “It’s just not true. It’s almost laughable.”

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Lue might believe that. He might have heard it from general manager David Griffin.

But I’d prefer to hear that declaration directly from someone empowered to make trades — or at least hear Lue say he’s echoing Griffin.

Coaches and management often disagree on roster construction, but the front office holds the final say. Sometimes, coaches, who meet far more frequently with the media, paint narratives on team-building that don’t match what the general manager is doing behind the scenes.

To best coach Love, Lue needs the forward comfortable and focused. That’s hard to achieve if Love is worried about a trade. So, it behooves Lue to make this declaration. Then, in the unlikely event Cleveland deals Love and invalidates Lue’s decree, Love’s dissatisfaction would immediately become another team’s problem.

Likewise, Love isn’t positioned to declare himself untradeable — no matter how often he repeats his new favorite commonly misattributed quote. If Griffin assured Love that Love wouldn’t be dealt, I’d like to hear that. But it coming from Love with no more context is insufficient. And, even if Griffin told him that, there’s still the possibility of the Cavs prioritizing keeping Love happy rather than being truthful.

This is a step in that direction, but there’s only one way the Cavaliers to shut down every rumor about them trading Love this season: Keep him past the trade deadline.

Stephen Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.

Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.

James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.

Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

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The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)

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Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

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Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.