Chris Andersen

Champion Cavs adjusting with Smith out for extended period

The Cavaliers won't be at full strength for weeks — maybe longer. Still, coach Tryonn Lue won't tolerate any drop-off in the NBA champions.

"There are no excuses," he said Wednesday night before the Cavs hosted Milwaukee.

With starting guard J.R. Smith sidelined indefinitely with a broken right thumb and Kevin Love missing at least one more game with a bruised knee, Lue will be forced to change his rotations, find some scoring and a defensive stopper.

"We're going to miss J.R.," Lue said, "his effort on defense, his tough shot making. But it's no excuses for us. It's next man up and we've got to be ready to play. We've got to do it by...

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