April 27, 2015

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Cavaliers not thinking about potential playoff previews, they just want to keep getting better

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers’ loss in Miami on Monday, their second to the Heat this season, would have served as a first-round playoff preview if the regular season had ended prior to Thursday. Tonight’s game at Quicken Loans Arena against the Indiana Pacers, who have also beaten the Cavs twice this season, could be a Read More…

Cavaliers 89, Suns 79: Weird win features bad start, awful fourth quarter and LeBron James’ removal of his headband

CLEVELAND — It was the Cavaliers’ fourth game in five nights, which might explain why it seemed like four different games in one night. Completely disinterested at the start, sensational for a long stretch and then awful in the fourth quarter, the Cavs downed the Phoenix Suns 89-79 Saturday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Read More…

Commentary: Despite Atlanta’s huge lead in standings, Cavaliers best team in East

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

The Cavaliers aren’t a perfect team — anyone who has watched Matthew Dellavedova play point guard for longer than a five-minute stretch can see that — but they are the best team in the Eastern Conference. The NBA standings don’t back up that claim, of course, but the Cavs are the team no one wants Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Tristan Thompson’s performance brings back memories

Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) takes an off-balance shot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson in an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson’s performance Sunday in Houston brought back very hazy memories for Cavaliers analysts Jim Chones, Austin Carr and Campy Russell. Thompson had 14 points and 18 rebounds off the bench in an overtime loss to the Rockets, making him the first Cleveland reserve to post those numbers since Chones had 18 points Read More…

Cavaliers crush Celtics, snap two-game losing skid

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson dunks against the Boston Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won their 12th straight at home, beating Boston 110-79. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — And on the first night, they got some rest. Beginning a stretch of four games in five nights, the Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics 110-79 Tuesday at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. It won’t be as easy tonight in Toronto, Friday in Atlanta or Saturday at home vs. Phoenix, but the Cavs (38-24) had Read More…

Commentary: Cavaliers overtime loss filled with bad, but there’s 1 giant positive

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James heads for the bench after missing two free throws as Houston Rockets' Josh Smith celebrates in the final seconds of overtime Sunday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Enough went wrong in the Cavaliers’ overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday to fill an entire column — and we will get to that in a moment — but don’t ever lose sight of the fact this was still a game Cleveland could and should have won. That’s a negative in the loss Read More…

LeBron James scores 42 as Cavaliers handle Golden State in marquee matchup

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, front, drives past Golden State Warriors’ David Lee during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James showed he’s still the best player in the world and the Cavaliers made a strong case they might now be the best team in the NBA. It was only one game, but Cleveland looked very impressive Thursday night while downing the Golden State Warriors 110-99 in front of a sellout crowd Read More…

Commentary: Center Timofey Mozgov a huge reason Cavaliers playing best ball in NBA

Timofey Mozgov (AP file photo)

The biggest game in the NBA tonight — and perhaps this season — will take place at Quicken Loans Arena. It will pit the best team in the league, the 44-10 Golden State Warriors, against the hottest team in the NBA, the 36-22 Cavaliers, who have won 17 of their last 19 games. It could Read More…

Rick Noland: Challenging stretch awaits Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Cavs have had plenty of reasons 
to smile lately with 16 wins in their last 18 games, but the schedule is about to get a lot tougher. (AP FILE PHOTO)

The Cavaliers have won 16 of their last 18 games, they’re healthy and clicking on all cylinders and veteran Kendrick Perkins will add a nice insurance policy inside. But the schedule is about to get a whole lot tougher. A game against Detroit tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills should be Cleveland’s third straight Read More…

Cavs quiet at trade deadline; LeBron says this roster could win title

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James high-fives Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday without the Cavaliers making a move, but that’s perfectly OK. “We can win a championship with this roster,” four-time league MVP LeBron James said following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Obviously, health is a huge thing (and) clicking at the right time. The team that is clicking Read More…