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The team is not putting any pressure on [Kyrie] Irving to hasten his recovery, however, even with point guard Mo Williams missing the past two games with a right ankle injury and listed as doubtful for Monday’s game against Orlando. Irving will not accompany the Cavs on their two-game road trip through Toronto and Charlotte next week, but he could be back on the road full-time come Dec. 10 when Cleveland travels to Orlando and Boston, per a source. ESPN.com
Blatt said Irving’s demeanor on the bench during games has become more involved as he senses his comeback date drawing near. “I think it sort of tells you that he’s getting closer and closer. He recognizes that his time is coming,” Blatt said. ... "He feels more a part of it. When you’re sitting on the side and you’re not able to participate in drills or even part of a shootaround, you get a little bit removed from it. Ky is becoming immersed again in the team and you see that in his activity level during the games. It bodes well for us and him. We miss him.” ESPN.com
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy did everything he could to mitigate the damage the only way possible -- continue playing his starters huge minutes, at least 32 for all of them -- but he has to use his bench at some point. With point guard Brandon Jennings and shooting guard Jodie Meeks still rehabilitating long-term injuries, bench scoring punch has been sporadic. Michigan Live
"We can't play the starters more minutes than we are, we just can't," [Stan] Van Gundy said. "As a matter of fact, we need to get those minutes down. But, you know, if you just look at the plus-minuses, our starters were dominant tonight, and we still couldn't get a win. It's frustrating." Michigan Live
Bradley Beal returned from a three-game absence due to a left shoulder injury Saturday and recorded seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in 28 minutes. “I felt good, overall,” Beal said. “There was no pain. I took a few bumps and I was good.” The Wizards’ leading scorer this season, Beal didn’t make a shot until 3 minutes 47 seconds remained in the first half, but he hit a crucial jumper with 5:31 left in the game that gave the Wizards a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Washington Post
As 76ers forward Jerami Grant drove left against Bosh, Bosh had his left hand on Grant’s waist and got called for the foul by referee C.J. Washington. Stunned by the whistle, Bosh turned around to Washington and screamed, “Who?” It did not end there. Washington went to the scorer’s table to report the foul, and Bosh followed to let him know exactly what he thought of the call. That got him his first technical foul since 2013-14. When asked after the game what happened, Bosh replied, “I didn’t agree with his call.” Palm Beach Post Blog
Kevin Love scored a season-high 25 points, LeBron James added 19 and the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks, 109-97, on Nov. 21. The teams met for the first time since the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the playoffs, and it didn’t take long for Cleveland to continue its dominance. Love and James are Cleveland’s only healthy starters but the Cavaliers are 10-3 with depth they didn’t have last season. AP
Hezonja has shown tantalizing glimpses of the potential that prompted the Magic to select him fifth overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, but his rookie mistakes on the defensive end and a logjam of other talented wing players are reducing his playing time. Coaches review tape with Hezonja almost daily in an attempt to cut down on his errors. Orlando Sentinel
Hezonja played professionally for FC Barcelona for several years before the Magic drafted him. Still, the differences between Spain's top professional league and the NBA are profound. "I want to improve my whole game," Hezonja said. Orlando Sentinel
Point guard Pat Beverley returns to Rockets practices Monday and is expected to be ready to play by Wednesday, giving J.B. Bickerstaff his first difficult rotation decision. It might not have to be such a tough choice, however. He has to keep playing Ty Lawson. As terribly as Lawson has played, going scoreless on Saturday with four turnovers, the Rockets need to get Lawson going at some point. He is not a rookie. Houston Chronicle
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