April 21, 2014

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Rick Noland: Give up on Kyrie Irving? Think again

Kyrie Irving

Some want him traded yesterday. Others want him around as long as possible, regardless of the cost. Some think he can be a savior. Others think he’ll never be a winner. Some think he’s the answer to a problem. Others think he’s the cause of it. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about Cavaliers guard Read More…

Cavaliers’ playoff hopes about gone after OT loss to Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, controls a rebound against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao in overtime Saturday in Cleveland. Jefferson scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Bobcats' 96-94 over tie win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may have gotten a fork stuck in them Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Already a long shot to make the playoffs, Cleveland will now need a minor miracle after falling 96-94 in overtime to the Charlotte Bobcats. Even if the Cavs (31-47) win their last four games, Atlanta needs to Read More…

Commentary: Tonight’s game vs. Atlanta should have playoff feel for young Cavs team

Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova drives against the Indiana Pacers Sunday in Cleveland. The Cavs playoff push continues tonight against the Hawks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cavaliers are about to get a taste of what postseason basketball is like. Actually, Mike Brown’s club is about to go one better than that: When the Cavs play the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the usually lifeless Philips Arena, they’ll be playing almost the equivalent of Game 7 of a playoff series. At the Read More…

Cavaliers could get Kyrie Irving back tonight

Kyrie Irving

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has some decisions to make. Will guard Kyrie Irving play tonight in Orlando? If he plays, will he start? If Irving starts, who comes off the bench? Will it be point guard Jarrett Jack, who has helped the team’s offense gain a fluidity it lacked most of the season, Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving gets clearance to practice, might be able to play Wednesday vs. Magic

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers got some great news, some bad news and signed a player Monday. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who has missed the last eight games with a strained tendon in his left biceps, was examined Sunday by team physician Dr. Richard Parker, with the Cavs announcing Monday that the 6-foot-3, 191-pounder has been Read More…

Cavs hang on to defeat Raptors despite letting big lead slip away, making potentially costly mistake

The Cavs' Tristan Thompson throws down two of his 15 points Tuesday night at The Q. He also had 13 rebounds. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers get a pardon for forgetting how to play with a gigantic lead, but they’ve used all their mulligans when it comes to botched inbounds plays. In the end, however, Cleveland overcame both Tuesday to hold on for a 102-100 win over the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. “That’s a game, Read More…

Rick Noland: Looking for a method to the March Madness? Check out these possibilities for the Cavaliers’ next draft pick

Like you, me and a lot of other people, Cavaliers scouts watched a lot of NCAA Tournament games over the weekend. Their first-round pick could very well have played in one of them. At 27-44 through Sunday, Cleveland had the ninth-worst record in the league, but was just 3½ games away from being tied for Read More…

Slow start, lack of bodies no help as Cavaliers fall to Rockets

Houston Rockets' James Harden, front, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — March Sadness continued at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night. The shorthanded and slumping Cavaliers dropped their fourth straight game, falling 118-111 to the high-octane Houston Rockets in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates. Just as they did Thursday, when they trailed Oklahoma City by 24 in Read More…

Durant leads Thunder past shorthanded Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and the Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova represented the long and short of it. Led by the spunky Dellavedova, the Cavs played hard Thursday night, but the Oklahoma City Thunder was just bigger and “badder” while registering a 102-95 victory in front of 18,246 fans at Quicken Loans Arena. The long-armed, Read More…

Cavs Notes: Kyrie Irving glad surgery not in plans for now

Kyrie Irving

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving is stressing the positive in regards to his latest injury. A strained tendon in his left biceps forced Irving to miss his 42nd game in three seasons with the Cavaliers on Tuesday night when LeBron James and the Miami Heat visited Quicken Loans Arena. Irving, who suffered the injury Sunday against Read More…