February 28, 2015

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Cavaliers Commentary: Lot of low grades on midseason report card

Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are among only a few players who received B grades for the first half of the season from beat writer Rick Noland. Most of the team received Cs and Ds. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Cavaliers won’t officially reach the halfway point of the regular season until they play in Los Angeles tonight against the Lakers and Friday versus the Clippers, but Professor Noland has seen enough. With Cleveland an unforgivable 19-20 and in a stretch where it has lost six straight games and nine of its last 10, Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs are champs on paper, chumps on the court

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, right, drives past Houston Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas, Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

On paper, everything Cavaliers general manager David Griffin did this week makes perfect sense. But let’s not lose sight of the fact the Cavs also looked pretty good, on paper, when they made their original offseason moves, highlighted by signing LeBron James, re-signing Kyrie Irving and trading for Kevin Love. That’s why there remains this Read More…

Rockets 105, Cavaliers 93: Losing continues during busy day at The Q

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson, left, from Canada, and Houston Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas battle for a loose ball Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — In other news, the Cavaliers lost 105-93 to the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. On the day they traded two first-round picks for 7-foot-1, 250-pound Denver center Timofey Mozgov and finalized the Monday deal that brought J.R. Smith and the currently injured Iman Shumpert to Cleveland, the Cavs Read More…

Cavaliers notes: J.R. Smith ready and willing to shoot

Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith shoots over Houston Rockets’ Corey Brewer Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith doesn’t dispute his reputation as a gunner. “When in doubt, shoot the ball,” the 29-year-old guard said Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena prior to making his Cavaliers debut against the Houston Rockets. Smith, acquired along with Iman Shumpert from the New York Knicks on Monday in the three-team trade that sent Read More…

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…