December 22, 2014

Mostly clear

Rick Noland: Cavaliers show improvement, but still have problem areas

New Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao Monday, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The Cavaliers showed Monday night in an exciting and fun-to-watch 118-111 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans just how dynamic and dominant they are capable of being offensively. At the same time, they also showed their half-court offense is still very much a work in progress, that they are at their best when they are Read More…

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love combine for 86 points, carry Cavaliers past Pelicans

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving puts up a shot against New Orleans Pelicans' Omer Asik Monday. Irving scored 32 points in a 118-111 win over New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao made a midrange set shot, Tristan Thompson had a dunk and Shawn Marion converted a layup. That was it. “The Big Three” of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for the remaining 61 points in the second half Monday night as the Cavaliers came from behind to beat a Read More…

Cavs notes: Pelicans’ Anthony Davis a big deal and Cavs know it

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) backs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday. Davis scored 27 points in a 118-111 loss to the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Two of the best power forwards in the NBA were on the floor Monday night when Kevin Love and the Cavaliers hosted Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena. “He’s tough,” Love said of the 21-year-old Davis. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s had a great season Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty of issues dogging Cavs at the start

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) looks at the scoreboard against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In a week, two weeks, a month or two months from now, their problems could be ancient history, but four games — and three disappointing losses — into the season, the Cavaliers clearly have issues. Foremost among them is LeBron James’ unhappiness with the basketball acumen of guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. James is Read More…

LeBron James struggles from outset as Cavs fall to Knicks in much-anticipated season opener

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the fourth quarter Thursday in Cleveland. The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers 95-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — If it was, as LeBron James suggested beforehand, one of the biggest sporting events “ever,” then it definitely ranked with the biggest clunkers of all time. The not-very-good New York Knicks came into Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night and ruined James’ much-anticipated homecoming and the debut of Cleveland’s “Big Three,” downing the Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James sticks to routine despite all the craziness

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives against New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James understood all the hype surrounding his return and the new-look Cavaliers’ season opener, but he spent the early part of Thursday afternoon doing what he always does before a game. He took a nap. “It’s my second stint here,” James said prior to Cleveland’s opener against the New York Knicks at Read More…

Cavs Notes: Tristan Thompson likely to sign contract extension

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson drives past Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson isn’t going to come cheaply, but it sounds like the Cavaliers are ready to reward the fourth-year power forward. Cleveland has through Friday to agree to a contract extension with Thompson, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and will earn $5.4 million this season under Read More…

LeBron James, Dan Gilbert focus on shared goal of bringing Cleveland a championship

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers questions during a news conference on the day before the team's opening game. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Small forward LeBron James and owner Dan Gilbert, the two most powerful men in the Cavaliers organization, look at their divorce and second marriage the same way. “We had one bad moment and it overshadowed all the great times we had together,” James said Wednesday after practice at Quicken Loans Arena. “Now we’re Read More…

Cavs Preview: LeBron James is back in Cleveland, and many believe a title will follow

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LeBron James isn’t promising anything, but he does have a dream — and it has a chance of becoming a reality. “For me, I’ve had a vision of boats and floats going down East 9th Street in a (championship) parade,” the Cavaliers small forward said. “If you don’t have a vision, you can’t get to it.” Read More…

Cavaliers: Copying the Spurs’ championship ways?

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters plays in a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies . (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers aren’t emulating the San Antonio Spurs, but they are studying the reigning NBA champions. It’s gotten to the point where even shooting guard Dion Waiters, who admitted Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he studied film only when it was required over his first two seasons in the league, sounded like Read More…