Daily News – February 17, 2016

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LeBron James to Cavaliers teammates and fans: Assume nothing about potential Finals run Author: Joe Vardon Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – LeBron James wants the same thing from his Cavaliers teammates and the fans.

To assume nothing.

The All-Star break arrived with virtual agreement from NBA onlookers on two key points regarding the Cavs: they’re probably going to the Finals and they’re probably going to lose to the Warriors.

Cleveland has always been the favorite to repeat as East champions, and entered the break with a three-game lead over Toronto at 38-14. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Marla Ridenour: Lack of killer instinct among five troublesome issues to watch as Cavaliers return from break Author: Marla Ridenour Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James wants the Cavaliers to return from the All-Star break with more hunger.

Coach Tyronn Lue hopes to see more professionalism.

Kyrie Irving seeks more discipline, especially in the fourth quarter.

As good a note as the Cavs ended on with a Feb. 10 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Kobe Bryant’s Cleveland farewell, all is not perfect.

The Cavs still don’t know all the offensive sets of Lue, who replaced David Blatt on Jan. 22, even though they’re 8-3 under Lue’s direction. James’ 3-point percentage is .277, last among the 107 qualifiers on ESPN.com’s list and well below his career average of .337 before the All-Star break. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavs’ trade deadline hopes complicated by lack of assets Author: Kevin Kleps Publication: Crain’s Cleveland Business

You’re going to hear a lot of names linked to the Cavs the next two days.

After all, a LeBron James-led team in championship-or-bust mode that’s competing not only against the East, but against two teams that are on historically great paces (the Warriors and Spurs), is going to be a favorite of the rumor mill.

But there are several reasons we’re not that excited about the Cavs’ chances of doing something significant between now and Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, and the list begins with something that is critical in any big deal. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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