November 24, 2014


Cavs notes: Reserves not playing as advertised


CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers, who were billed as one of the deepest teams in the NBA in the preseason, entered their game against Toronto on Saturday with the lowest-scoring bench in the league. Things reached a low point Friday in Washington, where Cleveland reserves were outscored 29-0 in the first half and 40-9 for the Read More…

Cavs revert to old ways after blazing start against Raptors, suffer fourth straight loss


CLEVELAND — The Eastern Conference’s best team played in front of a raucous group of supporters Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Toronto Raptors, with a large contingent of fans crossing the border to support them, came back from an early 18-point deficit to dominate and embarrass the bewildered Cavaliers 110-93. “We’re a very Read More…

Cavaliers run into a Wall


WASHINGTON — LeBron James lost the battle for an offensive rebound and stewed in frustration while everyone else ran downcourt, leaving his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to defend 4-on-5 at the other end while the game was still in the balance in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers went the final nine minutes without scoring a field Read More…

LeBron James hasn’t forgotten rivalry with Wizards

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — Earlier this week, a fairly bored LeBron James was downplaying any rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs. Then his eyes lit up when asked about the Cavaliers’ 2006-08 playoff series against the Washington Wizards, who host Cleveland tonight. “You talk about rivalries, that was a rivalry at that time,” the four-time league MVP Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James says ‘Big Three’ minutes need to come down


CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t ready for a rest right now, but he knows he’s playing too many minutes. The Cavaliers small forward entered a game against San Antonio on Wednesday ranked third in the league at 39.1 minutes per night, while point guard Kyrie Irving was fourth (38.4) and power forward Kevin Love was fifth Read More…

Popovich sees bright future for Cavaliers


Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of the surliest interviews in professional sports. He enjoys demeaning sideline reporters and mocking journalists in every city, as was the case Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Popovich’s responses included, “Duh,” “Did you stay up all night thinking of that question?” and “I never said that. You’re making those Read More…

LeBron James loses ball on last possession as Cavs lose close game to Spurs


CLEVELAND — For the Cavaliers, the good news is LeBron James struggled to score, coach David Blatt made some questionable tactical decisions and they still had a chance to beat the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. The bad news is they lost 92-90 Wednesday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. “This is a game Read More…

LeBron James knows challenge is steep against Spurs


INDEPENDENCE — SportsCenter will be in town again tonight and ESPN will televise the game nationally. The Cavaliers host the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena, and Cleveland players are fully aware they’ll have to play much better than they did Monday against Denver in order to win. “They Read More…

Nuggets snap Cleveland’s four-game winning streak

Cleveland's LeBron James drives against Denver's Darrell Arthur in the four quarter.

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have met the enemy, and it is them. Following a trend set by their Cleveland pro football counterpart, the Cavs once again played down to the level of their competition and paid for it Monday with a 106-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Quicken Loans Arena. “You’ve got to be Read More…

Cavs rally to beat Celtics

Howard Ulman The Associated Press BOSTON — Cleveland’s third quarter was unacceptable to LeBron James. The fourth period was much better. James and Kyrie Irving helped the Cavaliers rally for a 122-121 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. James had 10 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth, and Irving scored 15 Read More…