October 25, 2014

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LeBron-less Cavs fall to Grizzlies in preseason finale

Mike Miller, Nick Calathes

MEMPHIS — With LeBron James sitting out to rest, the Cavaliers dropped their exhibition finale 96-92 to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Cleveland (5-2) will open the regular season a week from today against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. Kyrie Irving had 16 points and three assists for the Cavs, while Dion Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers have met the the preseason hype

LeBron James, Mike Dunleavy

Expectations surrounding the Cavaliers were so high it would have been virtually impossible for them to exceed them in the preseason, but let’s be honest: They’ve looked pretty darn good as they prepare for their exhibition finale tonight in Memphis. Here’s a look at some of the positives, followed by a few areas of concern Read More…

Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

LeBron James

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98: Plenty pitch in to lift Cavs to preseason win

Tristan Thompson

COLUMBUS — It was only an exhibition game, but it could very well have been a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. With both teams sticking to their regular-season rotations and the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” playing together for just the second time in the preseason, Cleveland downed the Chicago Bulls 107-98 Monday night in front Read More…

Defensive lapses cost Cavs in first loss

  Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving returned after a three-game preseason absence and showed his offense was already in regular-season form. On the flip side, the Cavaliers’ defense, particularly in the first and third periods, left a lot to be desired. On a night when Kevin Love and Shawn Marion rested and Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty to like about the Cavs so far

LeBron James, Damjan Rudez

The Cavaliers are undefeated midway through their eight-game preseason schedule — and early returns have been almost as perfect as their 4-0 record. Sure, Kyrie Irving has been out with a sprained ankle, LeBron James and Anderson Varejao sat out a game to rest and Kevin Love suffered a not-very-serious strained neck Wednesday in Cincinnati, Read More…

NBA preseason: LeBron James takes charge in win over Pacers

LeBron James, George Hill

CINCINNATI — LeBron James has spent the early part of this preseason helping his teammates find a rhythm. He spent Wednesday night finding his own. James shook off a sluggish start to the preseason to score 26 points in 24 minutes in the Cavs’ 98-93 preseason victory against the Indiana Pacers on the campus of Read More…

Love leads Cavs past Bucks while LeBron, Kyrie sit out

Kevin Love, Jabari Parker

CLEVELAND — With LeBron James resting and Kyrie Irving out with a sprained ankle, “The Big Three” was reduced to “The Big One” on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Power forward Kevin Love shot the lights out, shooting guard Dion Waiters joined in the fun and Cleveland’s third string outplayed Milwaukee’s starters down the Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James plans to sit out one of next two preseason games

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — Some fans in Cleveland or Cincinnati are going to be disappointed. LeBron James said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will sit out an exhibition game this week, but he’s unsure which one. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 at Quicken Loans Arena, then play Indiana on Wednesday at Read More…

Cavs: Native Varejao grabbing bulk of attention in Brazil

Anderson Varejao

RIO DE JANEIRO — They don’t get any bigger than LeBron James — except when you’re in Brazil, where the attention paid to Anderson Varejao shades his NBA superstar teammate. As they practiced together for Cleveland on Thursday for an NBA preseason game in Rio de Janeiro against the Miami Heat, it was easy to Read More…