December 22, 2014

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Rick Noland: Cavaliers show improvement, but still have problem areas


The Cavaliers showed Monday night in an exciting and fun-to-watch 118-111 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans just how dynamic and dominant they are capable of being offensively. At the same time, they also showed their half-court offense is still very much a work in progress, that they are at their best when they are Read More…

Cavs notes: Pelicans’ Anthony Davis a big deal and Cavs know it


CLEVELAND — Two of the best power forwards in the NBA were on the floor Monday night when Kevin Love and the Cavaliers hosted Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena. “He’s tough,” Love said of the 21-year-old Davis. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s had a great season Read More…

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love combine for 86 points, carry Cavaliers past Pelicans


CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao made a midrange set shot, Tristan Thompson had a dunk and Shawn Marion converted a layup. That was it. “The Big Three” of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for the remaining 61 points in the second half Monday night as the Cavaliers came from behind to beat a Read More…

Cavaliers: Waiters can’t stay out of his own way


It was just the other day I wrote a story on Dion Waiters’ move to the bench and mentioned how Waiters means well, but sometimes can’t seem to get out of his own way. That seems to be happening again. Waiters has pulled the fire alarm again and, in typical fashion, is trying to run Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty of issues dogging Cavs at the start

LeBron James

In a week, two weeks, a month or two months from now, their problems could be ancient history, but four games — and three disappointing losses — into the season, the Cavaliers clearly have issues. Foremost among them is LeBron James’ unhappiness with the basketball acumen of guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. James is Read More…

Gordon Hayward buzzer-beater drops Cleveland to 1-3


SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward prides himself on his self-control. After hitting a step-back, game-winning jumper at the buzzer, he couldn’t help himself. He let out all his emotion in a celebratory frenzy. “I’ve never really done that before,” Hayward said. “It was just one of those moments.” Hayward one-upped LeBron James and gave Read More…

Trail Blazers 101, Cavaliers 82: Off nights for LeBron, Irving lead to loss

Nicolas Batum, LeBron James, Anderson Varejao

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard snapped out of a shooting slump with 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers held LeBron James to just 11 in a 101-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Lillard was nursing an abdominal strain but had 15 points by halftime after averaging just 13.7 points on 11-for-41 Read More…

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova earning coach’s trust, getting playing time

Matthew Dellavedova

There are plenty of obvious positives to playing alongside LeBron James, but there are certainly drawbacks, too. Matthew Dellavedova knows the negatives better than anyone because his locker is right next door. When 25 or more media members are swarming James in the corner after games, it can make getting showered and dressed tricky for Read More…

Cavs: Spoiling the party, opening night turns into clunker

LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire

CLEVELAND — If it was, as LeBron James suggested beforehand, one of the biggest sporting events “ever,” then it definitely ranked with the biggest clunkers of all-time. The not-very-good New York Knicks came into Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night and ruined James’ much-anticipated homecoming and the debut of Cleveland’s “Big Three,” downing the bad-offense, Read More…

LeBron James, Dan Gilbert focus on shared goal of bringing Cleveland a championship

Dan Gilbert

CLEVELAND — Small forward LeBron James and owner Dan Gilbert, the two most powerful men in the Cavaliers organization, look at their divorce and second marriage the same way. “We had one bad moment and it overshadowed all the great times we had together,” James said Wednesday after practice at Quicken Loans Arena. “Now we’re Read More…