November 28, 2014

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Rick Noland: LeBron James has to play like the King for Cavs to have any chance at crown

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. James scored a team-high 29 points for Cleveland's 106-74 win over Orlando. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

If we’ve learned one thing through 13 games, it’s that LeBron James has to be the point man for the Cavaliers. He might also have to be the point guard, but more on that in a bit. In a number of games this season, James has sat back and attempted to let the game come Read More…

LeBron James on Ferguson: Violence never the answer

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James wants the killing, violence and looting to stop, but his biggest plea was for people to support the families of people like Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. One day after a grand jury did not indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for the August 2014 killing of the 18-year-old Brown, Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James still positive despite recent struggles

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. James scored a team-high 29 points for Cleveland's 106-74 win over Orlando. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers were 5-7 and on a four-game losing streak entering their home game against the Orlando Magic on Monday, but LeBron James is maintaining a positive outlook. “Me being the leader of the team, if I start hanging my head low, then it’s going to go to everyone else,” the four-time league Read More…

LeBron James sets tone with 16 points in first quarter as Cavaliers crush Magic

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives to the basket against Orlando Magic's Channing Frye Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — He went from LeStink to LeStar and the Cavaliers followed. LeBron James, who said “I stink” earlier in the day, dominated from the outset Monday night as Cleveland cruised to a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic to end a four-game losing streak. “I’m my biggest critic,” said James, who put up 29 Read More…

Cavs revert to old ways after blazing start against Raptors, suffer fourth straight loss

Toronto Raptors' Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Eastern Conference’s best team played in front of a raucous group of supporters Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Toronto Raptors, with a large contingent of fans crossing the border to support them, came back from an early 18-point deficit to dominate and embarrass the bewildered Cavaliers 110-93. “We’re a very Read More…

Cavs notes: Reserves not playing as advertised

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters, left, defends as Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal shoots with forward Mike Miller nearby Friday in Washington. The Wizards won 91-78. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers, who were billed as one of the deepest teams in the NBA in the preseason, entered their game against Toronto on Saturday with the lowest-scoring bench in the league. Things reached a low point Friday in Washington, where Cleveland reserves were outscored 29-0 in the first half and 40-9 for the Read More…

LeBron excited about renewing Cavs-Wizards rivalry

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — Earlier this week, a fairly bored LeBron James was downplaying any rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs. Then his eyes lit up when asked about the Cavaliers’ 2006-08 playoff series against the Washington Wizards, who host Cleveland tonight. “You talk about rivalries, that was a rivalry at that time,” the four-time league MVP Read More…

LeBron James loses ball on last possession as Cavs lose close game to Spurs

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James reacts when he does not get a foul called against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — For the Cavaliers, the good news is LeBron James struggled to score, coach David Blatt made some questionable tactical decisions and they still had a chance to beat the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. The bad news is they lost 92-90 Wednesday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. “This is a game Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James says ‘Big Three’ minutes need to come down

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives against San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard Wednesday in Cleveland. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 92-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t ready for a rest right now, but he knows he’s playing too many minutes. The Cavaliers small forward entered a game against San Antonio on Wednesday ranked third in the league at 39.1 minutes per night, while point guard Kyrie Irving was fourth (38.4) and power forward Kevin Love was fifth Read More…

Spurs have blueprint Cavaliers want to follow

In this June 10, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan and forward Kawhi Leonard defend against LeBron James during Game 3 of the NBA finals. The Spurs have denied James winning two NBA titles, and in last year's Finals, the Spurs dismantled the Heat. On Wednesday, James faces his nemesis for the first time since June. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

INDEPENDENCE — SportsCenter will be in town again tonight and ESPN will televise the game nationally. The Cavaliers host the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena, and Cleveland players are fully aware they’ll have to play much better than they did Monday against Denver in order to win. “They Read More…