December 21, 2014

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Cavs Notes: Anderson Varejao back on the floor

Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao, left, puts pressure on Milwaukee Bucks' Zaza Pachulia Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers defeated the Bucks 111-108. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao was back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks and Tristan Thompson went back to coming off the bench. Varejao missed the Cavaliers’ win over Indiana on Saturday with a bruised rib, but practiced fully Monday. “Both Andy and Tristan are capable starters,” Cleveland coach David Blatt said. “Who Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving tightening up on defensive end

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving defends against Washington Wizards' Paul Pierce Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

INDEPENDENCE — It used to be that the only time Kyrie Irving’s name and defense were mentioned in the same sentence, words like “lacking,” “bad,” or even “atrocious” were also used. That’s no longer the case when talking about the Cavaliers point guard. Now in his fourth year, Irving won’t be named to the NBA Read More…

Cavs notes: No complaints, Mike Miller knows role

The Cavaliers’ Mike Miller tries to break up a play against the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, right, and Monta Ellis, earlier this season in Cleveland. (AP photo)

CLEVELAND — Mike Miller isn’t worried about the fact he hasn’t been playing. Signed as a free agent over the summer, the Cavaliers swingman has not seen action in the last three games, all victories. “I’ve been through this before,” Miller said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re winning games right now, which is great. Read More…

Starting lineup leads Cavs past Pacers for third straight win

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson dunks the ball in front of Indiana Pacers' David West Saturday. The Cavaliers defeated the Pacers 109-97. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was a great night, for starters. And it ended well for the Cavaliers as well. Minus a member of its first unit for the first time this season, Cleveland road a new starting five to a 109-97 victory over the shorthanded Indiana Pacers on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs Read More…

Cavaliers to face a Pacers team experiencing change, challenges

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers will be facing a different Indiana Pacers team tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. All-Star small forward Paul George will likely miss the entire season after suffering a gruesome leg injury over the summer while preparing for the FIBA World Cup, while shooting guard Lance Stephenson left for Charlotte through free agency. Read More…

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…