December 22, 2014

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Dion Waiters provides spark in Cavs’ win over Grizzlies

Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters shoots over Memphis Grizzlies' Vince Carter Sunday in Cleveland. Waiters scored 21 points off the bench in the Cavaliers' 105-91 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavs know they’re always going to get something from shooting guard Dion Waiters. Predicting what that will be is an entirely different matter. Good Dion showed up Sunday afternoon and scored 21 points to spark the Cavs to a 105-91 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. “I was Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Kyrie Irving hot against Memphis after recent shooting woes

Memphis’ Jon Leuer — a former Cavs player — shoots against Cleveland’s Dion Waiters during the Cavs’ 105-91 win over the Grizzlies on Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving’s poor shooting was among the least of Cavaliers coach David Blatt’s concerns. Heading into Cleveland’s 105-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, Irving had averaged just 12.3 points on .359 shooting (37-for-103) over his previous seven games. The point guard, whose defense had also taken a Read More…

Mike Miller returns to Cavs lineup, drills 7 3-pointers on night Big 3 struggle on offense

Cleveland Cavaliers' Mike Miller shoots a 3-point basket against the Brooklyn Nets, Friday. The Cavaliers defeated the Nets 95-91. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers will take ’em any way they can get ’em right now. It wasn’t pretty and it took a late missed 3-pointer to avert a potential overtime, but Cleveland found a way to beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-91 Friday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. “I salute my guys,” said Cavs coach Read More…

Cavaliers a disaster on defense, get blown out at home by Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, and Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, from Switzerland, chase down a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — There’s no sense trying to defend the Cavaliers, because they didn’t attempt to defend anyone all night. In what was an absolutely abysmal effort — if it can even be called that — Cleveland fell 127-98 to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. “I really don’t have too, too Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron stresses importance of playing well at The Q

Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters tries to block a shot by Atlanta Hawks' Shelvin Mack Wednesday, Dec in Cleveland. Mack scored 24 points off the bench in the Hawks' 127-98 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers want to make always-sold-out Quicken Loans Arena a place no team looks forward to visiting. Cleveland entered its game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday having won six straight at The Q, where it was 8-4 on the season, only to get clobbered 127-98 by the Hawks. “We still have a Read More…

Rick Noland: Ignore the critics, LeBron James is still the best

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

He’s lost some explosiveness. He takes a few possessions off defensively. His rebounding numbers are down. He turns 30 in a few weeks. He even missed a game because of, gasp, knee soreness. Relax, people. While there is at least a grain of truth to all of the above statements, LeBron James is still so Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron James not down on Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives on Charlotte Hornets' Brian Roberts in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is still a friend and supporter of Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who struggled mightily Sunday in his first NFL start. “He’s worked very hard,” the Cavaliers small forward said Monday before a game against the Charlotte Hornets. “You can’t put all that pressure, or everything that happened, on just one game. Read More…

Cavaliers ride 21-0 start to win over Hornets

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots against Charlotte Hornets' Gerald Henderson in the first quarter Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Turns out there was nothing wrong with the Cavaliers that some home cooking, a scintillating start and a dose of the Charlotte Hornets couldn’t cure. In a game that should have been much easier than it turned out to be, no-killer-instinct Cleveland notched a 97-88 victory over the NBA’s worst road team Monday Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers still too inconsistent with their defensive effort

Toronto Raptors' Louis Williams drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Pardon me if I’m not quite as giddy as Fred McLeod and Austin Carr, but there are reasons for optimism as the Cavaliers reach the quarter pole of their regular season. Though currently on an eight-game winning streak, there are, too, still areas of concern. On pace to win 53 games, the Cavs can look Read More…

Cavs notes: James Jones making most of minutes

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson defends as Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee goes to shoot in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday. Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao and Cavaliers forward James Jones defend Brooklyn Nets center Jerome Jordan. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James was checking in at the scorer’s table Monday night in Brooklyn when veteran James Jones made his third straight 3-pointer in the second quarter. “He does not miss,” James said to no one in particular. “He does not miss.” The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Jones, signed as a free agent over the summer, Read More…