March 3, 2015

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Former Knicks J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert have fun against old team

LeBron James, left, and Iman Shumpert, right, can’t help but smile following J.R. Smith’s soaring reverse dunk during the second half Sunday against the Knicks in New York. The Cavs rolled to their 16th win in their last 18 games. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — LeBron James was sitting comfortably on the bench and figured on staying there. Then J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert punctuated their return to New York with an alley-oop that demanded he stand. “That was beautiful, that was special,” James said. “I was planning on not getting up too many times off the Read More…

Ex-Thunder center Kendrick Perkins to sign with Cavaliers

Kendrick Perkins

NEW YORK — The Cavaliers continue to get bigger — and better. Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers Monday, multiple league sources told the Beacon Journal. ESPN first reported the move. Perkins was dealt to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline, but Yahoo reported Read More…

Cavaliers: David Blatt’s NBA education an ongoing process

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

HOENIX — On the day he was introduced as Cavaliers head coach 6½ months ago, David Blatt’s supreme confidence permeated the room. He dismissed the egos of NBA players as a non-issue, he proudly boasted how he had won everywhere he has been and he downplayed differences between the European game and the NBA. “I’ve Read More…

LeBron, Kyrie play with sore knees, but can’t rally Cavs vs. New Orleans

Cleveland’s LeBron James shoots over New Orleans’ Luke Babbitt during the first half Friday night in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 119-114. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

NEW ORLEANS — The knees felt strong enough to play, but the defense wasn’t strong enough to support anyone. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were both in the starting lineup despite battling sore left knees, but the New Orleans Pelicans shot 56 percent to beat the Cavs 119-114 despite missing their own superstar in Anthony Read More…

LeBron James excited to hear royal couple will be at Cavaliers-Nets game

Kate, center, Duchess of Cambridge and Britain's Prince William, right, are greeted by The Carlyle hotel manager Giovanni Beretta Sunday in New York. (AP Photo/New York Post, Chad Rachman, Pool)

NEW YORK — The king will be second to a prince, at least for one night. LeBron James said Sunday he’s honored Prince William and Kate Middleton are attending the Cavaliers game at the Brooklyn Nets tonight just to watch him play. “You read about people like them only in books growing up,” James said. Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love turning it up on defensive end

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love defends against Indiana Pacers' Luis Scola Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — After Kevin Love’s best offensive night of the season Saturday, Cavaliers coach David Blatt was more excited about his work on the other end of the floor. “I think Kevin Love is playing the best defense of his career,” Blatt said. “He can get better like all of us can, but he’s doing Read More…

Ebola-infected doctor dies in Nebraska hospital

Dr. Martin Salia

Dr. Martin Salia, who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone and was being treated at a Nebraska hospital, has died, a hospital spokesman confirmed Monday. “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share this news,” Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit at Omaha’s Nebraska Medical Center, said in a statement. “Dr. Read More…

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

Cleveland’s Dion Waiters drives during the season opener against the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (AP Photo)

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…

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…

NBA preseason: LeBron James takes charge in win over Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives past Indiana Pacers guard George Hill in the second half Wednesday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

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…