January 31, 2015

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Cavaliers Commentary: Play hard, wins will come

Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov rebounds against Utah Jazz's Elijah Millsap Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

It wasn’t exactly rocket science or earth-shattering information, but LeBron James gave the best summation I’ve heard this season on what the Cavaliers’ primary objective should be for the rest of the season. It came Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena after the Cavs defeated the lowly Utah Jazz 106-92 for their fourth straight victory, a Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James lands another All-Star start

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks against the Utah Jazz during the third quarter of Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers small forward LeBron James will start his 11th NBA All-Star Game in 12 seasons, but he wasn’t the top overall vote-getter in final results released Thursday. A late run by Golden State guard Stephen Curry gave him 1,513,324 votes, while James, the top vote-getter last season, received 1,470,483 in fan balloting. Cleveland Read More…

Cavaliers 106, Jazz 92: A feel-good story — flu can’t slow down rolling Cavs

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks on Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward during the second half Wednesday in Cleveland. James scored 26 points to lead Cleveland to a 106-92 win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — For the most part, the Cavaliers looked sick — in the positive, slang sense — Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz. With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving suffering from flu-like symptoms in recent days, the Cavs recorded a healthy 106-92 victory at Quicken Loans Arena to extend their winning streak to four games. Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Shawn Marion will retire after season, his 16th

Shawn Marion

CLEVELAND — This is Shawn Marion’s 16th NBA season. It will also be his last. The 36-year-old didn’t make himself available to the media Wednesday prior to a game against the Utah Jazz, but told several outlets earlier in the day that he planned to retire at the end of the season. The news wasn’t Read More…

Cavaliers bash Bulls for third straight win

Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov shoots on Chicago Bulls' Pau Gasol Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — With coach Urban Meyer, quarterback Cardale Jones and a number of other Ohio State football players in attendance Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers played like champions. Coming off a five-game West Coast trip, Cleveland never trailed and led by as many as 25 points en route to an impressive 108-94 Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James feeling better than he has all season

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James runs the ball up against Chicago Bulls' Tony Snell Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Good news for the Cavaliers: LeBron James is feeling better than he has at any point this season. After missing eight games with left leg and lower back soreness, the 6-foot-8 small forward went into a game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena averaging 33.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Lot of low grades on midseason report card

Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are among only a few players who received B grades for the first half of the season from beat writer Rick Noland. Most of the team received Cs and Ds. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Cavaliers won’t officially reach the halfway point of the regular season until they play in Los Angeles tonight against the Lakers and Friday versus the Clippers, but Professor Noland has seen enough. With Cleveland an unforgivable 19-20 and in a stretch where it has lost six straight games and nine of its last 10, Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs are champs on paper, chumps on the court

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, right, drives past Houston Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas, Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

On paper, everything Cavaliers general manager David Griffin did this week makes perfect sense. But let’s not lose sight of the fact the Cavs also looked pretty good, on paper, when they made their original offseason moves, highlighted by signing LeBron James, re-signing Kyrie Irving and trading for Kevin Love. That’s why there remains this Read More…

Rockets 105, Cavaliers 93: Losing continues during busy day at The Q

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson, left, from Canada, and Houston Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas battle for a loose ball Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — In other news, the Cavaliers lost 105-93 to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. On the day they traded two first-round picks for 7-foot-1, 250-pound Denver center Timofey Mozgov and finalized the Monday deal that brought J.R. Smith and the currently injured Iman Shumpert to Cleveland, the Cavs Read More…

Cavaliers notes: J.R. Smith ready and willing to shoot

Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith shoots over Houston Rockets’ Corey Brewer Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith doesn’t dispute his reputation as a gunner. “When in doubt, shoot the ball,” the 29-year-old guard said Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena prior to making his Cavaliers debut against the Houston Rockets. Smith, acquired along with Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks on Monday in the three-team trade that sent Read More…