Kevin Love, JR Smith to play against Pelicans

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The Cavs built a 95-88 lead on the strength of three 3-pointers in a span of 1:33 in the fourth. New Orleans has lost two in a row while playing some of the NBA's best teams as of late. It won the first four games after he came back and his outside shooting ability has allowed the Cavs, who have been besieged by injuries all season, to spread the floor. "At the end of the night, LeBron just took over and made shots that we would like to see him shoot". "That's kind of who he is". Love, who had missed one game due to a concussion, scored eight points in 24 minutes of action.

Clarkson was also a key performer for the Cavaliers as he scored 23 points on 9-of-13 from the field.

That would be an unfair assessment to make for both the Cavs and Ty Lue. He didn't return and the Cavs said he'd be re-evaluated Saturday. He also tied Kobe Bryant for third place with 941 games of 20 or more points. J.R. Smith played despite missing the morning shootaround with an unspecified illness.

"I think it's just a mental thing", Calderon said.

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Love sat out Wednesday's game after suffering a concussion on Tuesday. They're getting healthier off it, too.

Lue, who took over the Cavs midway through the 2016 season and guided them to an National Basketball Association championship, last coached in a game on March 17 in Chicago.

Lue, 40, has been away from the team since March 19 after experiencing lingering chest pains as well as other issues with his health.

The so-called "one-and-done" rule came back into public prominence this past season after multiple NCAA men's basketball coaches were swept up in a scandal that went as high as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.