Report: Cavs' Jones, Newble refused to play game's final minute

Updated: December 28, 2007, 7:28 PM ET
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fined Damon Jones an undisclosed sum after the point guard refused to come off the bench for the final minute of their Christmas Day victory over the Miami Heat.

Ira Newble

Newble

Damon Jones

Jones

And Jones wasn't alone in his digression, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on Friday. Guard-forward Ira Newble also declined to enter the game at that point, saying he wasn't physically ready to play, the newspaper said.

"Regardless on how much time is on the clock, I'm going 100 percent every time I step on the court," Newble said, according to the Plain Dealer. "Not being loose enough, you could possibly pull something."

Cavs coach Mike Brown, speaking before Thursday's game against Dallas, said the issue was an internal matter and he wouldn't have any additional comment.

It wasn't known if Newble was fined, the Plain Dealer said. Of the 12 Cleveland players, Jones and Newble were the only ones not to log minutes in the Cavs' 96-82 victory over Miami.