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By krstking2 on Jul 07, 2014 03:15 AM
CLEVELAND -- Expectations were already high for the Cavaliers this season. Cheap Saints Jersey . Once Andrew Bynum stripped off his warm-ups and stepped on the floor, they rose to another level. Cleveland could contend again. Anderson Varejaos basket with 28 seconds left -- off an assist from Kyrie Irving -- sent the Cavs to a 98-94 win on Wednesday night over the remodeled Brooklyn Nets in coach Mike Browns first game back with Cleveland. But it was the return of Bynum, the massive 7-foot centre, after a 17-month layoff that gave the Cavs a boost that could propel them for months. Bynum, who didnt play a single second for Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, played in his first NBA game since May 21, 2012. Bynum only played eight minutes, but it was long enough for the Cavs to get a glimpse of the team they could be. "Its a big body out there blocking shots," Cavs guard Dion Waiters said. "He changed the game. He changed the momentum. Im just glad hes back out there doing what he loves to do." Varejaos jumper gave the Cavs a 93-91 lead, and Irving, who finished with 15 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, made four free throws in the final 14 seconds to help Cleveland put it away. Brook Lopez scored 21 and Paul Pierce scored 17 in his first game for the Nets, who were without coach Jason Kidd as he serves a two-game suspension for a driving-under-the-influence conviction. Kevin Garnett, another of Brooklyns new pieces, had 10 rebounds. But the Nets, who made a blockbuster trade last summer and are over $100 million in payroll as they seek a title, didnt make enough plays down the stretch and dropped their long-awaited opener. "Everyone has to be patient," Garnett said. "Its not just because you assemble guys and things are going to just voila. Were not a perfect team by far, but we are a hard working team. Were a team with no excuses." Tristan Thompson led the Cavs with 18 points and guard Jarrett Jack scored 12 -- all in the first half when Irving got into foul trouble. After Irving made two free throws with 5.9 seconds to go, Pierce made a 3-pointer to pull the Nets within 97-94. But Varejao dropped a foul shot to give Brown his first win in his second stint with Cleveland. Brown was fired following the 2010 season, but hes back and his return should help the Cavaliers put three miserable seasons behind them. Of course, having Irving helps, too. The All-Star guard was in early foul trouble and played just 11 minutes in the first half. But he was on the floor when it mattered most, and after dribbling through traffic for several seconds with the score tied at 91-91, he alertly found Varejao near the free-throw line for his critical jumper. Bynums appearance was a mild surprise. He had been making strides in practice as he recovers knee surgeries, but only got medical clearance to play a few hours before the game. The two-time All-Star, who signed a two-year, $24 million free agent contract with Cleveland in July, came off the bench with 3:40 left in the first quarter. He checked in to a rousing ovation from Cleveland fans, many of whom wondered if they would ever see him play because of his well-chronicled knee issues. But the big man moved without any limitations and finished with three points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in eight minutes. "It was kind of like riding a bike," he said. "I dont think Ive accomplished anything yet." The Nets believe they can make a title run this year, but it could take some time for their talented lineup to gel. Deron Williams played just 22 minutes as he continues to recover from a sprained ankle, and Brooklyn missed him being on the floor in the final minutes. "Obviously it hurts but we have to go back and look at the reason why we lost this game," Pierce said. "Throughout the course of the season we have to understand its always going to be about the little things. To be a championship team, you have to clean those things up." NOTES: Cavs rookie F Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in this years draft, missed all five shots from the field. He finished with two points and five rebounds in 15 minutes. .... While Kidd serves his suspension, assistant coach Joe Prunty is assuming head duties. ... Williams wasnt surprised by his limited minutes, but he did think he would play in the fourth. "Its tough to get into a rhythm when youre limited," he said. ... As punishment for failing to bring donuts to a recent practice, Bennett and Clevelands other rookies were forced to wear brightly colored outfits to the arena. Bennett had to wear a purple fedora and vest. "You look like Cedric the Entertainer," Thompson told him. ... Nets F Andrei Kirilenko sat out with back spasms but could play in the home opener against Miami on Friday. Saints Jersey China . The 31-year-old Kobayashi had come over to the Whitecaps from J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse. He scored three goals and added four assists in 32 appearances for the club last season. Cheap New Orleans Saints Jersey . -- Veteran catcher Jason Kendall, a three-time All-Star, has retired. INDIANAPOLIS -- Tom Coughlin is looking forward to the parade and a couple weeks off to reflect on the Giants second championship in five seasons. Then he will begin preparations for defending the title. The 65-year-old coach sees no reason to retire now. "I mean, its what I do," Coughlin said Monday morning, hours after New York beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in the Super Bowl. "So the alternative Ive never really given it a whole lot of consideration. (Just coach) as long as I can." Coughlin could be around for a while following his second title as a head coach. He signed a contract extension in July that runs through next season, but it looks as the Giants could revisit that deal following the franchises fourth Super Bowl win. Its obvious he still wants to coach. "I dont fish, I dont golf," he said. "My wife keeps telling me, You better have something to do, buddy boy. If you think youre going to hang around here, youre crazy." Giants chief executive John Mara said its safe to say the team wants Coughlin to return. "He might be 65, but hes got the energy of somebody quite younger than that," he said. The Giants packed up early Monday morning and boarded busses around 11 a.m. for a trip to the airport and the flight back to New Jersey. Several players saluted the crowd as they departed the aircraft at Newark Liberty International Airport, and some used video recorders to capture the scene. Coughlin also had a big smile as he waved to the crowd. The big parade up the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan is scheduled for Tuesday. "If youre any kind of historian, and you do have any recollection of this parade, the Parade of Champions if you will, the Canyon of Heroes - I remember John Mara looking at me and saying, You dont want to miss this now," Coughlin said of a conversion with Mara in 2008 after their first title win over the Patriots. "Its the same thing I would convey to all of our players, you dont want to miss this," Coughlin added. "Heartwarming doesnt quite cover this, what you go through and what your feelings are. When you are looking down the side streets, and theres people forever down those side streets, and theyre all there because they are taking ownership of their team."t; Before he skipped town with the rest of the team, quarterback Eli Manning got the keys to the car he won for his second Super Bowl MVP award. Saints Jersey From China. Manning, who led a game-winning 88-yard drive that culminated in Ahmad Bradshaws uncontested touchdown run with 57 seconds to play, spent the evening with family and friends. Like most Giants, he had little sleep. Coughlin quipped he had 15 minutes of rest. Manning said his brother, Peyton, congratulated him on his performance and the title. They also talked football, with Peyton asking Eli if he saw the middle linebacker on his touchdown pass to Victor Cruz. Eli said no. Peyton, whose future with the Colts was a hot topic in Indianapolis during Super Bowl week, also defended his little brother, Eli said, referring to the 38-yard pass to Mario Manningham on the final Giants drive. Manningham made a terrific catch between two defenders and managed to get his feet down in one of the games biggest plays. Many associated the importance of the catch with the one David Tyree made against his helmet in New Yorks winning drive four years ago. It wasnt as good, but it helped just as much. "He (Peyton) talked about the throw to Manningham," Eli said. "He was mad, he said everybody was talking about how great of a catch it was. He said it was a pretty good throw, also. Its a brother looking out for me. He was proud of me and happy for me." Eli Manning didnt want to hear anything about bragging rights over his brother with two championships. "This isnt about bragging rights," Eli said. "This is a lot bigger. This is about a team, an organization being named world champions, and that was the ultimate goal. Thats the only thing thats important, is the team finding a way to get a victory. Thats the only thing I care about and Peyton and I both know thats what the goal is every year. Its not about anything else." Mara said everyone in the organization enjoyed themselves after the game. "One thing that struck me just watching our guys all week was they have great camaraderie," Mara said. "Everybody got along really well, and just great spirit. Really unlike any other team that Ive been around. It really was a special group." ' ' '
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