April 16, 2014

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Cavs: Depleted Bulls show how to tough-out a win

Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao dunks against Chicago in the first quarter. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Chicago Bulls were without Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich due to injury. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Bob Love, Chet “The Jet” Walker, Norm Van Lier and Jerry Sloan retired long ago. Even Luol Deng is no longer with the Bulls, having been dealt to the Cavaliers on Jan. 6. None Read More…

Cavs: Luol Deng to face old team for first time

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CLEVELAND — Luol Deng doesn’t want it to be the storyline, but there’s no avoiding it. The Cavaliers small forward will be facing the team he spent his first nine-plus seasons with for the first time tonight when Cleveland hosts the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. “I don’t want this to be a ‘Luol Read More…

Cavs: Late violation ends comeback bid

Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson tries to score against Samuel Dalembert, right, in the first quarter. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers blew the game for good when they couldn’t get the ball inbounds with 2.8 seconds to go. They did yeoman’s work to lose it much earlier, falling behind by 24 points in the first half and by 22 at intermission in what ended up being a 102-97 defeat to the Dallas Read More…

Noland commentary: Cavaliers get midterm grades

The Cavaliers are 14-25, but Professor Noland has seen enough and is ready to hand out midseason report cards two games ahead of time: Anthony Bennett: Doing this alphabetically, but what a fitting place to start. Bennett, who is only 20 years old and played just one year at UNLV, had offseason shoulder surgery, but Read More…

Cavs: Deng helps Brown win in return to Staples

Editor’s note: The Cavaliers-Portland Trail Blazers game on Wednesday had not been completed at press time. LOS ANGELES — Mike Brown had no interest in rehashing his past with the Los Angeles Lakers — not right now, not with his new team struggling. He’s much more intrigued by the possibilities in the Cavaliers’ future after Read More…

Cavs: Loss to Kings is largest of NBA season

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — DeMarcus Cousins found himself in an unusual place Sunday night, sitting on the bench the entire fourth quarter. Sacramento’s center liked the feeling of not being needed in a rare lopsided win by the Kings. Isaiah Thomas scored 26 points to lead the Kings to their third straight win with this season’s Read More…

Cavs: Well-spoken, funny Deng gets first win

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INDEPENDENCE — Luol Deng had to make a first impression for just the second time in his 10-year NBA career, but he certainly won the press conference Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. A day after being traded from Chicago to the Cavaliers, the extremely polite, professional and well-spoken Deng regaled the media with a number Read More…

Cavs: Miles sets record with 10 3-pointers

Cleveland’s C.J. Miles shoots a 3-pounter against the 76ers. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — C.J. Miles went where no Cavaliers player had ever gone. The left-hander broke a team record and came within two of tying the NBA mark by making 10 3-pointers Tuesday in Cleveland’s impressive 111-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Miles, who finished with a season-high 34 points and also broke a franchise record Read More…

Cavs commentary: Time will tell if trade is good deal

It’s an indisputable fact the Cavaliers will be a better team with two-time All-Star Luol Deng starting at small forward. That said, the trade general manager Chris Grant pulled off early Tuesday morning is not the slam dunk, no-brainer some fans and radio talk show types think it is. Sure, the Cavs gave up only Read More…

Cavs: Cleveland trades Bynum, draft picks for Chicago’s Deng

Former Chicago small forward Luol Deng drives to the basket past Toronto’s Greivis Vasquez, left, and Terrence Ross, right. The Cavaliers traded Andrew Bynum and draft picks for Deng. (AP FILE PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — There will be no tanking for a high draft pick this season. The Cavaliers are intent on trying to make the playoffs. General manager Chris Grant traded embattled center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks to the Chicago Bulls early Tuesday morning for two-time All-Star small forward Luol Deng. “Your team gets Read More…