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CLEVELAND--Before we get into what's next for the Cavs and some of the details of this game from the newly named Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, enjoy these pictures and videos of Channing Frye who retired after this game:
Frye scored 10 points in the fourth quarter and end his career as one of the more respected players in Cavs history. With Frye's retirement, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are now the last remaining active Cavs players from the 2016 championship team as the other players are either playing for other teams, sitting at home or in the case of JR Smith paid by the Cavs to sit at home and hope a team picks him up.
But Frye was loved for his humor and joy of being around his teammates....and looking ahead to retirement.
Hornets (39-42) needed the win to beat out Detroit and Miami for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs. With this win led by Kemba Walker with 23 points, the Hornets must beat Orlando and hope the last place Knicks can defeat the Pistons (39-42) on Wednesday night to clinch the final playoff spot. Pistons came back from a 22 point deficit to beat Memphis 100 to 93, thus knocking out Miami from playoff contention. Like the Cavs' Collin Sexton, the Hornets Kemba Walker is set to play all 82 games this season. Here's Walker's thoughts on the win and Detroit/Memphis:
Cavs will end their season at 19-63 and currently with the second worst record in the NBA (pending on the Knicks game Wednesday night vs Detroit). It was a season full of injury issues at Kevin Love's toe injury altered plans for Cavs GM Koby Altman who previously stated he wanted this team to overachieve and contend in the postseason. Ty Lue was fired after six games and replaced by assistant Larry Drew. Drew's future is in question as the Cavs begin their offseason with the hopes of getting a top pick in the NBA Draft Lottery in May.