April 16, 2014

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Cavs stay cold on the road with lopsided loss to Celtics

Cleveland's Kyrie Irving drives past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley in Boston on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — The Cleveland Cavaliers can only miss so many open shots. They can only blow so many layups. They can only look absolutely inept on offense for so long. Right? Common sense would indicate sooner or later, the Cavaliers would have to figure out something offensively. The results, however, are proving otherwise. They blew Read More…

Kyrie Irving matches career high with 41 points as Cavaliers down Wizards in overtime for first road win of season

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots over Washington Wizards forward Nene in overtime Saturday. Irving had 41 points, and the Cavaliers won 103-96. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON — Kyrie Irving equaled his career high with 41 points, including nine in the overtime session, and the Cavaliers rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half for a 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards and their first road win of the season. Irving, who began the night shooting just 38 percent, made Read More…

College basketball is all about one thing this season: Change, change, change

Louisville's Terry Rozier, center, is fouled by the College of Charleston's Willis Hall as he pulls in a rebound Saturday. Louisville defeated the College of Charleston, 70-48. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

The password for the 2013-14 college basketball season is change. Or maybe it’s realignment. How about confusion? Unless you have a truly photographic memory, you would be advised to keep some cheat notes handy regarding what teams are in which conferences. Take the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll: Four teams are in new conferences Read More…

Ugly loss to 76ers leaves Cavaliers coach Mike Brown frustrated, contemplating possible lineup changes

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown calls out a play during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA — Andrew Bynum smiled and laughed at the boos raining down on him Friday, but there was nothing funny about another dreary Cavs performance against an inferior opponent on the road. It took exactly six games for Mike Brown to threaten changes to his lineup and/or rotation following a 94-79 loss to the Philadelphia Read More…

Down about the future: Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum says he’s ‘a shell’ of what he used to be, still thinks about retiring

Andrew Bynum

PHILADELPHIA — While the rest of his teammates concluded practice on the basketball court Thursday, Andrew Bynum spent most of his afternoon in a therapy pool on the campus of Temple University. As the rest of Bynum’s teammates put on hats and jackets and trudged outside into a misty rain, team physical therapist George Sibel Read More…

Cavs’ Brown happy with offense despite low-scoring loss

INDIANAPOLIS — The Cleveland Cavaliers finished with their lowest scoring total in nearly a year as they shot 35 percent as a team and their starting backcourt shot a combined 13-of-38. Yet Cavs coach Mike Brown was pleased with the improvement he saw offensively in an 89-74 loss at the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. “As Read More…

For third straight game, bad inning costs Indians vs. Braves

ATLANTA — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona takes no consolation in close losses even against the Atlanta Braves, runaway leaders of the National League East. But as the Braves swept the three-game interleague series with a 3-1 victory Thursday night in Turner Field, the Indians found a consistent way to fail. For three consecutive nights, Read More…

Indians’ Brantley stays quiet while breaking record

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Michael Brantley doesn’t want to talk about his own achievements, but everybody else does. After Monday night’s 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, Brantley declined to speak about breaking the Indians’ club record for consecutive errorless games by an outfielder. The left fielder made it through 213 in a row without Read More…

Indians lose momentum as soon as they gain it as A’s use home runs to pull away for win

OAKLAND, Calif. — Not for the first time have the Cleveland Indians regretted a trip to Oakland Coliseum, and not because it’s one of the most unattractive ballparks in the big leagues. The Tribe’s objections have nothing to do with aesthetics, at least not the architectural kind. Beating the Athletics in their home facility has Read More…

Keeping an ace on ice? Indians take it slow with Danny Salazar, feel no pressure to rush his development

SEATTLE — It’s a luxury the Indians haven’t had in some time — a polished young pitcher waiting in the wings. Oh, there have been plenty of young pitchers in the team’s minor league system that the Indians have called up over the years, including several this season. But often, the need arose in a Read More…