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07:47 AM ET 12.28 | The season of frustration among Cavaliers players apparently seeped onto the bench late in the fourth quarter during Tuesday's game at The Q against the Heat. Coach Mike Brown asked Damon Jones and Ira Newble to go into the game with less than a minute left and with the Cavs holding a commanding lead. It was mop-up time. This is time usually designated for rookies or players on their last NBA leg. Jones and Newble are neither rookies nor at the end of their careers. Veteran Eric Snow went in instead. Newble told Brown he was not ready to go in because he was not loose. It is not clear why Jones refused, but maybe it was because his overall playing time has been reduced for the past two seasons and probably because he asked the Cavs for a trade in the off-season and they have not accommodated his request. Before Thursday's game against the Mavericks, Brown said the issue is an internal matter and he would not comment further. The Cavs fined Jones an undisclosed amount. It is not known if Newble was fined.

Cleveland Plain Dealer

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