February 9, 2016

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Cavs’ Irving not able to go tonight vs. Thunder

The Cavaliers will soon be whole again, but it won’t be tonight when they host the red-hot Oklahoma City Thunder at Quicken Loans Arena. Point guard Kyrie Irving won’t make his long-awaited return from a fractured kneecap, while shooting guard Iman Shumpert is expected to miss the game with a strained right groin sustained Tuesday Read More…

Noland: As player and person, Hot Rod Williams can’t be defined just by numbers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward John Williams (18) goes up for a shot against Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics during a 122-104 NBA Eastern Conference semifinal win by Cleveland in 1992 at the Richfield Coliseum.  AP FILE

The first time I spoke with John “Hot Rod” Williams was in the summer of 1986, which was also the year I started covering the Cavaliers for this paper. I was at the office; Williams was in his hometown of Sorrento, Louisiana, where he was raised by Barbara Colar, the woman who adopted him. I Read More…

Coach David Blatt wants Cavaliers to have ‘greater sense of urgency,’ get back to how they were playing earlier in season

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt warned everyone this season would be one of peaks and valleys. Losers of three straight, no longer the top seed in the Eastern Conference and just a half-game ahead of the Chicago Bulls in the Central Division at the start of this week, the Cavs (13-7) are in one of Read More…

Just did it: LeBron James signs lifetime deal with Nike

INDEPENDENCE — If they weren’t already, LeBron James and his family are now set for a number of lifetimes. Having already earned an approximate $450 million in NBA salary and endorsements, James reached a lifetime agreement Monday with shoe and athletic apparel giant Nike. Terms of the deal, which was in the works for a Read More…

Injured Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving feeling better mentally and physically, says he’s ‘in a great place’

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving spoke to the media Thursday following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. That alone is an indication he’s getting close to returning. There is still no timetable for the regular-season debut of the Cavs point guard, but Irving is now taking part in 5-on-5 workouts and was extremely upbeat in his first Read More…

No answers at The Q: Cavaliers suffer first loss of season at home as the struggling Wizards dominate from start to finish

David Blatt

CLEVELAND — Well, the Cavaliers aren’t going to go undefeated at Quicken Loans Arena this season. Lethargic at the start and not much better after that, the Cavs fell 97-85 to the previously struggling Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, their first loss in 10 games at The Q this season. Cleveland (13-5) had won 29 Read More…

Cavs’ injured starting backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert getting better, participate in some contact drills

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert took another step Monday. It wasn’t a gigantic leap, but the Cavaliers’ injured guards were able to take part in some contact drills in a moderated practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Neither Irving (knee) nor Shumpert (wrist) has been cleared to participate in a full-contact workout. “We had Read More…

LeBron James hits last-second shot to lift Cavs over Nets

CLEVELAND — David Blatt drew up the play every coach would diagram: “Give it to 23.” Four-time league MVP LeBron James hit an 8-foot hook shot with 1.9 seconds to go Saturday night to lift the Cavaliers to a hard-fought 90-88 victory over the Brooklyn Nets at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. A desperation 63-footer by Read More…

Noland: Ranking the top five players in NBA history

Former Milwaukee Bucks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson answer questions before an NBA game between the Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 7 in Milwaukee. AP

LeBron James joining Oscar Robertson as the only players to rank in the NBA’s all-time top 25 in points and assists got me thinking about how I would rank the greatest basketball players in history. Surprisingly, by the time I had driven from Quicken Loans Arena to Medina late Monday night, I had settled on Read More…

Cavs 117, Magic 103: LeBron joins Oscar Robertson to form elite pair

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — LeBron James and Oscar Robertson now form an exclusive club. James joined “The Big O” as the only players to rank in the NBA’s all-time top 25 in points and assists, helping the shorthanded Cavaliers defeat the Orlando Magic 117-103 Monday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. James, who also finished with 15 Read More…