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Irving and Thompson are the core

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--How many long-term answers are there on the Cavs' roster? The two 2011 draft picks, G Kyrie Irving and F-C Tristan Thompson, are keepers. G-F Alonzo Gee has barged his way into the conversation with his recent play. He has averaged 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in his past 13 games. Thompson, called a walking double-double by coach Byron Scott, is averaging 10 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his last five games. C Anderson Varejao, out another month with a fractured right wrist, is also a building block.

--Even though he reached greatness after he left Cleveland, former coach Bill Fitch will never be forgotten by fans. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 12 finalists on Friday in Orlando, and Fitch was among the distinguished group. Strangely, though, the Hall of Fame's press release never mentioned that he coached the Cavs, only that he coached five teams from 1970 to 1998. He was the Cavs' first coach in 1970. Fitch earned Coach of the Year honors in 1975-76 during the Cavs' Miracle of Richfield season. He was 304-434 (.412) in nine seasons with the Cavs. He was also Coach of the Year in Boston in 1979-80. He led the Celtics to an NBA championship in 1981. Fitch, 77, ranks eighth all-time with 944 coaching victories (1,106 losses). He has more wins than former Boston coach Red Auerbach. The Class of 2012 will be announced on April 2 in New Orleans prior to the NCAA men's championship game.

"He was a well-kept secret in the first half. Each week, he's starting to get a little bit more notoriety. That game let everyone in the nation know why we took him with the No. 1 pick." -- Cavs coach Byron Scott on Cavs guard Kyrie Irving.

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