LeBron thanks fan for 'more than an athlete' poster

Talking Stick Resort Arena at 10:00 p.m. ET            David Liam Kyle  NBAE via Getty Images

"First they said we can't go and then we said 'OK we can fly into Seattle and then bus.' I forgot all about it, but of course you remember that".

The Cleveland Cavaliers easily beat the Phoenix Suns in Arizona Tuesday night, but the most memorable part of the game came off the court, after LeBron James noticed a young fan holding a custom-made sign that read, "You are more than an athlete". The Cavs have undoubtedly missed that production, going just 10-9 in the 19 games he has missed so far. Because it's more evidence that James-and perhaps the entire NBA-is obsessed with wine.

Jared Dudley grabbed a season-high nine rebounds and scored five points in 20 minutes. Fortunately for them, the Boston Celtics appear to be falling apart at the worst time, leaving only the East-leading Toronto Raptors as a true threat to Cleveland.

All of that can be pretty frustrating for a player of James' caliber. James only took six shots after the first quarter and finished with 11 points - none after halftime.

Coach Tyronn Lue admitted seeing Korver play like that as a starter made him think about using him long (er) term."Yeah it does", Lue said. Lakers fans booed Murray every time he touched the ball early in the rematch, but the 21-year-old was able to overcome it on an 18-point night.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the National Basketball Association could make changes to its current draft-eligibility rules, making it so players don't have to attend one year of college before turning pro. Jones entered the three-point contest in 2007, after having a great shooting year that season for the Cavaliers. So we just kinda gotta see what's best for him.

PHOENIX (107): Jackson 6-15 6-8 19, Warren 8-17 3-4 19, Bender 2-9 2-2 7, Payton 4-10 2-3 10, Booker 7-16 3-3 17, Dudley 1-4 2-2 5, Chriss 1-4 3-4 5, Len 1-1 0-0 2, Ulis 0-6 2-2 2, Daniels 3-7 0-0 9, Reed 1-3 0-0 2, Harrison 4-6 2-2 10.

There is no causal relationship between each blowout, really, but they're worth reliving just so everyone's on the lookout for something unusual when the two teams meet Thursday at 10 p.m.

The last time Kevin Love was on the court in a Cavaliers uniform, he was playing with Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, and Jae Crowder.

It's the fourth and final meeting with Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz coming up on Thursday, March 15.



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