April 21, 2014

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Cavs: Seals of approval, vets like Irving and Waiters potential

Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, left, drives past Atlanta’s Kyle Korver to score. Several veteran players say Waiters and Kyrie Irving can learn to play together and prosper. (AP FILE PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — Luol Deng is finishing his 10th NBA season. Jarrett Jack has been in the league nine years. Both Cavaliers veterans are considered to be intelligent, hard-working players who understand the nuances of successful professional basketball. Perhaps it should be a positive, then, that both expressed extreme confidence that young Cavs guards Kyrie Irving Read More…

Cavs: Brown won’t let team ease up

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers got a brief stay of execution Tuesday, but coach Mike Brown wants his team’s intensity to stay high regardless of the situation. Cleveland’s miniscule playoff hopes remained alive when Atlanta lost at home to Detroit, but all it will take to eliminate the Cavs from postseason contention is a loss in Read More…

Cavs commentary: Kyrie has some flaws, but also very talented

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving goes up for a shot against Charlotte’s Kemba Walker.  There’s no middle ground when it comes to people’s opinions of Irving. (AP PHOTO)

Some want him traded yesterday. Others want him around as long as possible, regardless of the cost. Some think he can be a savior. Others think he’ll never be a winner. Some think he’s the answer to a problem. Others think he’s the cause of it. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about Cavaliers guard Read More…

Cavs: Guards OK with each other; Irving, Waiters react to Gordon’s comments

INDEPENDENCE — Love was in the air Monday when guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters met with the media together following a Cavaliers practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We actually come to work every day together and play together,” Irving said. “We hang out. I’m pretty sure we’re OK. What do you think, ‘D’?” “Bro, Read More…

Cavs Saturday: None is gaining ground on slim, playoff chances take another blow

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may have gotten a fork stuck in them Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Already a long shot to make the playoffs, Cleveland will now need a minor miracle after falling 96-94 in overtime to the Charlotte Bobcats. Even if the Cavs (31-47) win their last four games, Atlanta needs to Read More…

Cavs commentary: It’s playoff time tonight (sort of)

The Cavaliers are about to get a taste of what postseason basketball is like. Actually, Mike Brown’s club is about to go one better than that: When the Cavs play the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the usually lifeless Philips Arena, they’ll be playing almost the equivalent of Game 7 of a playoff series. At the Read More…

Cavs: Still in playoff hunt, Cleveland stays on hot streak

Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson dunks in the first half against Orlando. (AP PHOTO)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Dion Waiters scored 26 points and Spencer Hawes and Tristan Thompson had 20 each as the Cavaliers beat the Orlando Magic 119-98 Wednesday night. Kyrie Irving added 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds in his first game back after missing eight with a strained left biceps. Jarrett Jack scored 13 points Read More…

Cavs: Brown is mulling over lineup

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has some decisions to make. Will guard Kyrie Irving play tonight in Orlando? If he plays, will he start? If Irving starts, who comes off the bench? Will it be point guard Jarrett Jack, who has helped the team’s offense gain a fluidity it lacked for most of the Read More…

Cavs: Irving returning to practice, but Varejao will miss Orlando game

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving goes up against Gerald Green of the Suns. After missing eight games with an injury, Irving has been cleared to practice. (AP PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers got some great news, some bad news and signed a player Monday. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who has missed the last eight games with a strained tendon in his left biceps, was examined Sunday by team physician Dr. Richard Parker, with the Cavs announcing Monday that the 6-foot-3, 191-pounder has been Read More…

Cavs: Dion dazzles at end, Waiters nails game-winner

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dion Waiters hit a contested baseline jumper at the buzzer, completing a rally that lifted the Cavaliers to a 97-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. The Cavs (29-44) won their third straight game and pulled within 3½ games of Atlanta in the race for the last playoff spot Read More…