January 31, 2015

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Cavaliers deal Dion Waiters to Thunder, get J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert from Knicks

Dion Waiters

INDEPENDENCE — Dion Waiters’ stay in Cleveland is over. The Cavaliers finalized a three-team deal sending Waiters to Oklahoma City and bringing New York’s J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland, the team announced late Monday night. The Cavs also received a first-round pick from the Thunder, which would be top-18 protected for Oklahoma City Read More…

Cavs Notes: LeBron’s two-week timetable remains flexible

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers announced on New Year’s Day that LeBron James would miss two weeks with left knee and lower back soreness, but that doesn’t mean a Jan. 15 return date is set in stone. “The timetable is very fluid,” Cleveland coach David Blatt said Sunday prior to a 109-90 loss to the Dallas Read More…

Talented Mavericks rout undermanned Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks’ Rajon Rondo, left, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Dallas Mavericks are a championship-caliber team. The Cavaliers, as presently constituted, are barely a team at all. That was on display early and often Sunday afternoon at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena, where the Mavericks cruised to a 109-90 victory. Already without starting center Anderson Varejao (torn Achilles) for the rest of the Read More…

Cavs GM David Griffin fully supports coach David Blatt

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt yells to players during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday. Dallas defeated Cleveland 109-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin threw his complete support behind coach David Blatt prior to a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. In an impromptu session with the media about 40 minutes before the 1 p.m. tipoff, an impassioned Griffin said rumors the organization was unhappy with Blatt’s Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers coach David Blatt must earn LeBron James’ respect

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt must start holding LeBron James accountable if he wants to earn the superstar's respect. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

LeBron James turned 30 today, and the best birthday present he could get from the Cavaliers would be more direction from coach David Blatt. James has always been among the most coachable superstars in the league. He wants to be coached. Actually, he loves to be coached. He craves it. Like most superstars, however, James Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Cleveland needs big man but vows not to panic

Detroit Pistons’ Greg Monroe drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson during the fourth quarter Sunday in Cleveland. The Pistons defeated the Cavaliers 103-80. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers could have used another big man before center Anderson Varejao was lost for the season with a torn Achilles, but they vow not to panic now that they seem to really need one. “We’ll have to patiently wait to see if there is a move to be made,” Cleveland coach David Read More…

Cavs rocked by lowly Pistons

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, center, tries to squeeze between Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond, left, and Caron Butler, right, Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland teams are off and running in their quest to go another 50 years without a major pro sports championship. With a performance that made the Browns seem close to a Super Bowl by comparison, the Cavaliers were annihilated, dismantled and embarrassed 103-80 by a bad Detroit Pistons team Sunday at boo-filled Quicken Read More…

Cavs: Win against Timberwolves could be costly, Anderson Varejao suffers injury

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao writhes in pain after getting injured during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Cleveland. (AP Photo/The Plain Dealer, Thomas Ondrey)

CLEVELAND — It might turn out to be a very costly victory for the Cavaliers. Cleveland beat the inferior Minnesota Timberwolves 125-104 Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, but lost center Anderson Varejao in the process. The oft-injured Varejao crashed to the floor under Cleveland’s basket and, after being surrounded by teammates and coaches during a Read More…

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…