November 22, 2014

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Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98: Plenty pitch in to lift Cavs to preseason win

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — It was only an exhibition game, but it could very well have been a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. With both teams sticking to their regular-season rotations and the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” playing together for just the second time in the preseason, Cleveland downed the Chicago Bulls 107-98 Monday night in front Read More…

Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Kyrie Irving looks good but defense doesn’t as Cavaliers fall to Mavericks

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving floats a shot over Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) during the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game Friday in Cleveland. Irving led the Cavaliers with 23 points in a 108-102 loss to Dallas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving returned after a three-game preseason absence and showed his offense was already in regular-season form. On the flip side, the Cavaliers’ defense, particularly in the first and third periods, left a lot to be desired. On a night when Kevin Love and Shawn Marion rested and LeBron James didn’t seem all Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty to like about the Cavs so far

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Indiana Pacers forward Damjan Rudez. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

The Cavaliers are undefeated midway through their eight-game preseason schedule — and early returns have been almost as perfect as their 4-0 record. Sure, Kyrie Irving has been out with a sprained ankle, LeBron James and Anderson Varejao sat out a game to rest and Kevin Love suffered a not-very-serious strained neck Wednesday in Cincinnati, Read More…

Love leads Cavs past Bucks while LeBron, Kyrie sit out

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker during the first quarter of a preseason game Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers defeated the Bucks, 106-100. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — With LeBron James resting and Kyrie Irving out with a sprained ankle, “The Big Three” was reduced to “The Big One” on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Power forward Kevin Love shot the lights out, shooting guard Dion Waiters joined in the fun and Cleveland’s third string outplayed Milwaukee’s starters down the Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James plans to sit out one of next two preseason games

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James scores during a preseason game against Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

INDEPENDENCE — Some fans in Cleveland or Cincinnati are going to be disappointed. LeBron James said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will sit out an exhibition game this week, but he’s unsure which one. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 at Quicken Loans Arena, then play Indiana on Wednesday at Read More…

Cavs: Anderson Varejao set for Brazil

Anderson Varejao

INDEPENDENCE — Center Anderson Varejao hopped on a plane Tuesday evening, elated to be headed to his native Brazil to play basketball with the Cavaliers. “I’m excited,” the 6-foot-11, 267-pounder said following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Everybody here is excited. It’s going to be a good trip. “It’s going to be one of those things Read More…

New NBA TV deal certain to pay off for LeBron James

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James knew what he was doing in July when he signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers, which included an opt-out clause after the first year. The NBA renewed its television deals with ESPN and TNT on Monday, and the league’s annual television revenue will increase from $930 million to more than Read More…

Cavaliers dominate boards, Maccabi Tel Aviv in exhibition opener

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love fights for a rebound against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the second quarter of a preseason exhibition game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — If the Cavaliers get stops, they’re going to get rebounds. And after they get rebounds, they’re going to get a lot of easy hoops. All that was on display Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena, where Cleveland dominated outmanned Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 in an exhibition opener played in front of an announced Read More…

Rick Noland: Here’s a line that might help the Cavs pick up a title

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, stands during the national anthem before the team's scrimmage. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cavaliers coach David Blatt will spend the preseason experimenting with various starting lineups, but I’ve already decided on mine: Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters in the backcourt, LeBron James and Kevin Love at the forward spots and Anderson Varejao in the middle. James, Love and Irving, of course, are locks, but the shooting guard and Read More…