April 24, 2014

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Rick Noland: Ex-Cavaliers star Zydrunas Ilgauskas will always stand tall as a player and even taller as a person

In my 28 years covering the Cavaliers, I’ve interviewed players from Andriuskevicius to Zeller, from Amaechi and Anderson to Williams, Woodson and Wright. Almost all have been cooperative, some have been funny and a few have even been enlightening, but a handful will always stand out as being extra special. One of those, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Read More…

Cavaliers worth a quarter: Cleveland holds Spurs to 13 points in first period, but lose after giving up 109 over final three

Cleveland Cavaliers' Luol Deng drives between San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter, left, and Patty Mills Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — When Cavaliers coach Mike Brown got a technical foul for walking onto the floor midway through the third quarter, he did as good a job of slowing down the San Antonio Spurs as his players did over the final three periods. After an outstanding first quarter, Cleveland had a defensive meltdown over the Read More…

LeBron James interested in attending when Cavs retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ number

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

INDEPENDENCE — An upcoming ceremony may have just gotten bigger. LeBron James could be at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night when the Cavaliers retire the No. 11 jersey of former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Ilgauskas, who played with James for seven years in Cleveland and another in Miami, had the Akron native on a list Read More…

Cavaliers: Dion Waiters ready to return after missing seven games; Anderson Varejao closer but likely needs more time

Dion Waiters

INDEPENDENCE — Some help is on the way for the Cavaliers. Shooting guard Dion Waiters, who has missed the last seven games with a hyperextended knee, went through a full practice Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and is expected to play tonight when the Cavs host the San Antonio Spurs at Quicken Loans Arena. Center Read More…

Kyrie Irving’s first triple-double lifts Cavaliers past Jazz

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving drives past Utah Jazz's Trey Burke. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — On the night he got his first career triple-double, Kyrie Irving finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and one “I love you.” With a fan running toward him on the court midway through the fourth quarter, Irving had a night to remember Friday as the Cavaliers downed the Utah Jazz 99-79 Read More…

Call it another loss: Officials don’t do Cavaliers any favors down the stretch vs. Raptors but team doesn’t blame refs

Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson shoots around Cleveland Cavaliers' Spencer Hawes during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers television announcers Fred McLeod and Austin Carr hammered the refs. Cavs players and coaches did not. On a night when three calls didn’t go their way down the stretch, the Cavs fell 99-93 to the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday in front of 13,758 fans at The Q. “The referees weren’t why we Read More…

Cavs notes: Injured 3 remain out for tonight’s game in Oklahoma City

Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao, from Brazil, shoots against the Denver Nuggets on Dec. 4. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — No help arrived for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night when they hosted the Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena. It’s highly unlikely any will be coming tonight in Oklahoma City, either. Center Anderson Varejao missed his seventh straight game with a sore back, shooting guard Dion Waiters sat out his fourth straight with Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs’ hopes of making playoffs fading fast

Cleveland Cavaliers' Spencer Hawes looks to pass against Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

It’s looking more and more like Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and son Nick could be back in Secaucus, N.J., in May. After winning the NBA Draft Lottery for the second time in three years last spring, Dan Gilbert vowed his moribund franchise would not return in 2014. But with 25 games left in their disappointing Read More…

Poor shooting sinks Cavs in loss to Wizards

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irvingshoots against Washington Wizards' Trevor Ariza Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Because they couldn’t make shots, the Cavaliers had no shot Sunday night against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena. A downright offensive performance on offense led to a 96-83 loss in front of 17,238 fans, who saw their team lose its second straight after a six-game winning streak. The Cavs (22-35), who Read More…

Boys basketball: Bucks deprive Wildcats of title share

Keystone's Austin Conrad gets past the block of Buckeye's Chris Vogt in the fourth quarter Friday night at Keystone.

LAGRANGE — Keystone wanted to share, but Buckeye would have none of it. The Bucks captured an outright Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division title and set a program record for wins in a season Friday with a 49-38 victory in front of a packed house. “We wanted it outright,” Buckeye point guard Cory Inman said Read More…