Daily News – April 10, 2017

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Cavaliers waive DeAndre Liggins to create roster spot
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

ATLANTA — The Cavs waived guard DeAndre Liggins to create a roster spot for the playoffs, and Anderson Varejao is among the names being considered.

Liggins made the trip with the Cavs to Atlanta and was informed at the team hotel today. General manager David Griffin said today was the deadline for a player to be claimed off waivers and have his current contract picked up for next season.

“Liggs gave us a lot,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “I think when J.R. (Smith) went down we inserted him into the starting lineup to change our defense to get Kyrie off the ball and to pick up full court, be aggressive defensively — he was really good for us. Hopefully he gets a chance to go somewhere else and get an opportunity to play.” – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavs blow 26-point lead in fourth, lose 126-125 to Hawks in overtime
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

ATLANTA — The losses are growing ghastlier by the day for the Cavaliers, who blew an unfathomable 26-point lead in the fourth quarter Sunday afternoon and lost to the Atlanta Hawks in overtime, 126-125.

The Cavs are now tied with the Boston Celtics for first place in the East with two games to play. Cleveland is in action again Monday night in Miami; how the Cavs could possibly recover from this abomination and win that game is anyone’s guess.

“It was a tough loss right here,” said LeBron James, who finished with a triple-double but fouled out in overtime. “We got two games left but I don’t know the situation about tomorrow. I’m still kind of calibrating this one.” – CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving furious with NBA official Leroy Richardson after Hawks loss
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

ATLANTA — LeBron James said he received an explanation from referee Leroy Richardson that he’s “never heard in my 14-year career” about why the Cavs didn’t get a timeout called before Kyrie Irving was controversially tied up for a jump ball in the closing seconds of regulation in a stunning overtime loss to the Hawks Sunday.

The Cavs blew a 26-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 126-125 in overtime. They were collectively stunned over the loss and shouldered the blame for it. As an aside, they were also clearly frustrated with several officiating calls — with at least three by Richardson, perhaps more — that went against them in the closing seconds of regulation and overtime.

The calls ranged from James fouling out in overtime, to a jump ball being called between Irving and Kent Bazemore when it appeared both Bazemore and Paul Millsap had a foot out of bounds as they were touching the ball. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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