The Cavaliers got back on track, and the All-Star voting seems as off track as ever. Or maybe more off track.
Either way, here's a look at the latest from around pro hoops:
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Cavs coach Tyronn Lue hoped returning home would help cure some of what ailed the Cavs on a rather mediocre 3-3 road trip. They turned the ball over too much, fell into bad isolation habits and struggled at times defensively. Lue thought all of those problems were predicated from poor decisions on offense and missing shots they normally make." (Full report.)
">Amico Hoops: "Man, sometimes it’s easy to forget how remarkable LeBron James truly is. Then he has a night like Thursday, and Cavs fans remember to raise their hands to the basketball heavens and offer thanks." (Dribbles: Cavs hit passing gear again
">Amico Hoops: "After a disappointing season last year, Iman Shumpert has really given the Cavs a lift in J.R. Smith’s absence. Smith, of course, is still a ways away from returning following thumb surgery." (Dribbles: Cavs hit passing gear again
LeBron James will be starting in his 13th straight All-Star game, tying Bob Cousy for the most consecutive All-Star game starts in NBA history, per Elias Sports Bureau.
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Kyrie Irving was vocal in his protest a few weeks ago that the media now has a vote for NBA starters. Beginning this season, the fan vote makes up 50 percent, while the players and media split the other 50 percent. Irving was acutely aware Thursday night that he finished first in fan and player balloting, but third in media voting." (Full report.)
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "What seems clear under the new format is if the fans wants to see a player badly enough, the player/media vote cannot change that. Steph Curry, for instance, received 1.85 million of the fan votes – nearly 300,000 more than third-place Russell Westbrook. The fact Westbrook won the media and player vote ultimately mattered little." (Full report.)
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Pau Gasol fractured his left hand during warmups Thursday night and Tony Parker did not play because of a foot injury. It remains to be seen if either will be able to play against the Cavs." (Full report.)
">Amico Hoops: "P.J. Tucker, 31, is a small forward for the Suns, a player known for his staunch defense on the perimeter. The Cavs could always use staunch defense on the perimeter. Who couldn’t?" (Amico: Swingmen not exactly Cavs’ priority
Per ESPN: "LeBron James says his son, 12-year-old LeBron Jr., who was seen in a recent AAU highlight video completing a through-the-legs layup, has been studying his dad's old high school footage for inspiration. Would LeBron Sr. have been able to do that move at 12? 'No, I wouldn't even have had the nerve to try it,' James told ESPN."
Per the San Antonio Express-News: "Pau Gasol signed a two-year deal worth roughly $30 million with the Spurs. The second year of the deal is a player option worth $16 million. Asked if he intended to opt-in Year 2 of his contract, Gasol agreed it’s a safe bet." (Full report.)
Per USA Today: "The site on which Kevin Durant stood, where the $1 billion privately-financed venue will open in the 2019-20 season, will host their foundation in name alone. It’s Durant, with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and whoever else they can afford along the way, that are forging this talent-rich future together." (Full report.)
Durant told USA Today: “I’m liking it here. I’m liking everything that’s going on. I know what my contract says, but I didn’t plan on coming here for just a year. I’m in it right now, and I’m also just focusing on day by day." (Full report.)
Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki aims to play one more season before retiring, per the Dallas News.
Per the Dallas News: "Andrew Bogut will be back in a week or so, if not sooner, and he'll still have value. But this thing is going to go down to the buzzer on Feb. 23, which is the trade deadline, unless somebody knocks the Mavericks' socks off with an offer." (Full report.)
Magic guard Jodie Meeks will be out an estimated 4-6 weeks with ligament damage to his thumb, per the Orlando Sentinel.
An MRI confirmed Kings small forward Rudy Gay has a torn Achilles and will be out at least the rest of the season, per the team.
The 76ers are expected to sign guard Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract, per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Former D-League guard Nick Wiggins (Wichita State) has agreed to a contract with the Orangeville A's of NBL Canada, per Amico Hoops. Wiggins is the older brother of Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins.
Former NBA and D-League power forward Joey Dorsey has been cut by FC Barcelona of Spain, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA center Nenad Krstic is nearing a deal with Serbian club Partizan, per Amico Hoops.
Former Boise State power forward Ike Okoye has agreed to a deal with Salta Basket of Argentina, per Amico Hoops.
Per Forbes.com: “Whatever ideas the Clippers had of trading Blake Griffin before the February trading deadline now seem dead, with Chris Paul out for up to two months after having surgery Wednesday on his left thumb.” (Full report.)
Per Forbes.com: “So with Griffin likely to stay a Clipper through the end of the season, if you’re looking for a big name to be moved by the Feb. 23 deadline, you need to go east and check out what the Atlanta Hawks do with Dwight Howard.”
Per Forbes.com: “Howard has been everything the Hawks expected him to be: A top rebounder they’ve desperately needed in playoff encounters with the Cavs, but also a diva-type who worries more about his personal stats, starting with how many boards he gets every night, than he should be doing at this stage of his career.” (Full report.)
Per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “The Heat have formally received a $1.3 million salary-cap exception from the NBA to spend on a single player by March 10 due to the season-ending shoulder surgery forward Justise Winslow underwent two weeks ago.” (Full report.)
Per Basketball Insiders: "A source denied any talk of a possible Ben Simmons return in the near future. 'Everyone needs to hold their horses and hope he plays at all.'"
Per ESPN: "The Sixers will take a hard look at Jrue Holiday, sources say; he fits what they need around Ben Simmons, and the hilariousness of Philly bringing Holiday back after flipping him to start The Process is irresistible." (Full report.)
Per ESPN: "Sounding as if he is over the entire situation with Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony said he is 'tired' of having to constantly answer questions about where he might stand with the New York Knicks' president." (Full report.)
Per MLive.com: "The Detroit Pistons are scuffling along, trying to find a way into postseason, and this is the time of year when they recently have made major winter trades to bolster the roster in that effort. It won't be as easy to swing the big deal this time, and probably won't happen at all." (Full report.)
Former NBA guard Ben Gordon has signed with the D-League, per D-League Digest. Gordon could wind up with the Windy City Bulls.