Cleveland Cavaliers waive DeAndre Liggins and create roster space

Apr 13, 2017, 01:40
Cleveland Cavaliers waive DeAndre Liggins and create roster space

James was listed as having a right calf strain, and Irving has soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Jones was popular with his teammates, who mobbed him when they received their championship rings before the season even though he was no longer on Cleveland's roster.

The league, in its "Last Two Minute Report" released Monday, upheld the referees' decision, saying James pushed Paul Millsap in the back when the Hawks forward was airborne with 1:52 remaining in overtime, while also finding three officiating errors that went against Cleveland.

"We didn't have a clue", Richardson said after playing all 17 minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime, a stretch in which the Heat (40-41) outscored the Cavaliers by 13 points to escape with the win. "Lot of injuries, lot of incorporating guys in, guys resting at times, so the rotations haven't been steady and substitution patterns have been off. If they can't give us the game back, it doesn't matter".

Hassan Whiteside had a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds for the Heat. Jason Lloyd of the Athletic is reporting that LeBron James will sit out to rest, but Kyrie Irving could suit up after sitting out Monday's loss to Miami.

The understrength Cavs led for much of the game, with Channing Frye and Deron Williams stepping up impressively with 21 and 35 points respectively. Kevin Love added 25 with 10 rebounds before he fouled out with 34 seconds left in overtime. However, the Cavaliers were 1-9 in back-enders last week when they buried the Celtics 114-91 at Boston as 4-point underdogs. The Cavs own the tie-breaker, so a win and a Celtics loss will still get them the top seed, but they seemed destined for the two seed given the circumstances.

"I think we've shown that when we're focused we're a really good team", Korver said.

Miami finishes by hosting Cleveland and Washington - two of the top four teams in the conference. Clapping could be heard from the TD Garden locker room, where Boston players were tuned in after their win on Monday. The Celtics play the Brooklyn Nets tonight.

It could be make or break for the Cleveland Cavaliers when they play against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night later this week, as they need to win and for results to go their way if they are to have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. James was spotted at LIV nightclub together with Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith hours after their 126-125 overtime loss to the Hawks in Atlanta.

In Oakland, the Utah Jazz defeated Golden State 105-99, snapping the Warriors' 14-game National Basketball Association winning streak. Kevin Love is also likely to play, and Thompson is expected to return, according to Lue.