December 22, 2014

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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…

Nuggets 106, Cavaliers 97: Another bad loss at The Q

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James passes around Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have met the enemy, and it is them. Following a trend set by their Cleveland pro football counterpart, the Cavs once again played down to the level of their competition and paid for it Monday with a 106-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Quicken Loans Arena. “You’ve got to be Read More…

Cavaliers make team-record 19 3-pointers, cruise past Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots over Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers made NBA history, team history and showed just how great they are capable of being Saturday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland made 9-of-9 from 3-point range in the opening period — the most in a quarter without a miss in league history — en route to a resounding and Read More…

After review, NBA strips LeBron of Monday’s triple-double

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers small forward LeBron James was matter of fact about recording a triple-double Monday against New Orleans, then having it taken away the next day when someone in the NBA office reviewed a tape of the game. The four-time league MVP would, however, like to know exactly who that someone is. “I had Read More…

Cavaliers: David Blatt pleased with Joe Harris’ energy

Joe Harris

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt didn’t say rookie Joe Harris would play in front of veteran Mike Miller on Friday night in Boston. For that matter, Blatt didn’t even say the second-round pick would be in the rotation against the Celtics. The rookie NBA coach, however, made it clear he was pleased with Harris’ Read More…