February 9, 2016

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About Rick Noland

Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Cavaliers 120, Kings 100: LeBron James registers triple-double in easy win

The Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks the ball against the Kings in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday. AP PHOTO

CLEVELAND — LeBron James got his first triple-double of the season, Kevin Love reached a career milestone on an otherwise forgettable night for him and the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings continued to work on getting coach George Karl fired. It added up to an as-easy-as-it-should-have-been 120-100 victory Monday for the Cavaliers, who conclude pre-All-Star break play Read More…

Cavaliers 99, Pelicans 84: Anderson Varejao provides big spark in rare playing time

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao got his chance Saturday night, and he’s going to get another one. “The Wild Thing” didn’t have jaw-dropping numbers, but he was way more important to the Cavaliers’ 99-84 win over the New Orleans Pelicans than two points, a season-high 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks indicate. “The Read More…

‘Perfect storm’ sinks Cavaliers: Cleveland mistakes down the stretch allow Celtics to steal game with buzzer-beating three

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to an injury that Kelly Olynyk had nothing to do with and, somehow, a game to the Boston Celtics. It took a touch foul on J.R. Smith, Timofey Mozgov’s failure to rebound a missed free throw and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Boston’s Avery Bradley, but the Celtics left Read More…

Cavaliers 117, Spurs 103: Cleveland finally gets signature win, rolls over San Antonio

CLEVELAND — The long and “shorts” of it is, the Cavaliers finally got a signature win over a great opponent. With LeBron James mistakenly wearing shorts that didn’t match those of his teammates at the start of the game — the team attributed it to a locker room attendant error and the small forward changed Read More…

Cavaliers 115, Suns 93: Easy win secures trip to All-Star Game for new coach Tyronn Lue

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers were connected, galvanized, spirited … and playing the woeful Phoenix Suns. Cleveland coasted through most of the first half Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, then blew out the Suns 115-93 to improve to 2-1 under new coach Tyronn Lue, who is guaranteed to lead the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Read More…

Cavs: LeBron calmly but forcefully addresses coach killing allegations, other topics in shootaround

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James went on the offensive — and even got a bit defensive — while meeting with the media at the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround prior to a game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. The four-time league MVP remained cooperative and level-headed, but he was upset by recent talk Read More…

Special victory: Cavaliers don’t have an easy time with the Timberwolves, still get new coach Tyronn Lue his first win

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CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue arrived at his postgame news conference with his tie loosened and the top button of his dress shirt undone. He had just gotten his first victory as an NBA head coach, but it wasn’t easy or overly impressive, as the Cavaliers struggled to beat the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves 114-107 Monday at Read More…

Bulls 96, Cavaliers 83: Tyronn Lue loses debut as coach as Cleveland misses ton of shots

CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue’s NBA head coaching career started the same way David Blatt’s did: The Cavaliers lost. The Chicago Bulls, who had dropped six of their last eight and had three key players out with injuries, downed the Cavs 96-83 in front of 20,562 booing fans at Quicken Loans Arena and a national television Read More…

(UPDATED) Cavaliers fire David Blatt as coach despite 30-11 record, trip to Finals; top assistant Tyronn Lue takes over

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt didn’t get fired because of losses. He got canned because his team couldn’t handle winning. That was the word from general manager David Griffin, who sent shockwaves through the NBA on Friday afternoon when he fired Blatt, who had compiled an 83-40 regular-season record in a season and a Read More…

Rick Noland: The bottom line? David Blatt was never the right coach for the Cavaliers

Those of you up in arms about the Cavaliers firing coach David Blatt, stop it. Puh-lease! Just stop it! One, a guy with no previous NBA coaching experience — of any kind — shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. Two, Blatt easily could have been fired before the midpoint of last season, because Read More…