December 20, 2014

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Mike Miller gives Cavs a shot: Veteran guard returns to lineup, drills 7 3-pointers on night Big 3 struggle on offense

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers will take ’em any way they can get ’em right now. It wasn’t pretty and it took a late missed 3-pointer to avert a potential overtime, but Cleveland found a way to beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-91 Friday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. “I salute my guys,” said Cavs coach Read More…

Cavaliers a disaster on defense, get blown out at home by Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, and Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha, from Switzerland, chase down a loose ball in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — There’s no sense trying to defend the Cavaliers, because they didn’t attempt to defend anyone all night. In what was an absolutely abysmal effort — if it can even be called that — Cleveland fell 127-98 to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. “I really don’t have too, too Read More…

Rick Noland: Ignore the critics, LeBron James is still the best

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past Charlotte Hornets' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

He’s lost some explosiveness. He takes a few possessions off defensively. His rebounding numbers are down. He turns 30 in a few weeks. He even missed a game because of, gasp, knee soreness. Relax, people. While there is at least a grain of truth to all of the above statements, LeBron James is still so Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron James not down on Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives on Charlotte Hornets' Brian Roberts in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is still a friend and supporter of Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who struggled mightily Sunday in his first NFL start. “He’s worked very hard,” the Cavaliers small forward said Monday before a game against the Charlotte Hornets. “You can’t put all that pressure, or everything that happened, on just one game. Read More…

Cavaliers ride 21-0 start to win over Hornets

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving shoots against Charlotte Hornets' Gerald Henderson in the first quarter Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Turns out there was nothing wrong with the Cavaliers that some home cooking, a scintillating start and a dose of the Charlotte Hornets couldn’t cure. In a game that should have been much easier than it turned out to be, no-killer-instinct Cleveland notched a 97-88 victory over the NBA’s worst road team Monday Read More…

LeBron, Kyrie play with sore knees, but can’t rally Cavs vs. New Orleans

Cleveland’s LeBron James shoots over New Orleans’ Luke Babbitt during the first half Friday night in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 119-114. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

NEW ORLEANS — The knees felt strong enough to play, but the defense wasn’t strong enough to support anyone. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were both in the starting lineup despite battling sore left knees, but the New Orleans Pelicans shot 56 percent to beat the Cavs 119-114 despite missing their own superstar in Anthony Read More…

Cavaliers put up a fight but fall short against Thunder

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison, right, defends as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving shoots in the fourth quarter Thursday. Oklahoma City won 103-94. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Cleveland Cavaliers found out before Thursday’s game that they would be without LeBron James. They couldn’t have found a less sympathetic opponent. Oklahoma City, which struggled without injured stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant the first month of the season, took advantage of the short-handed Cavaliers with a 103-94 victory. James Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers still too inconsistent with their defensive effort

Toronto Raptors' Louis Williams drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Pardon me if I’m not quite as giddy as Fred McLeod and Austin Carr, but there are reasons for optimism as the Cavaliers reach the quarter pole of their regular season. Though currently on an eight-game winning streak, there are, too, still areas of concern. On pace to win 53 games, the Cavs can look Read More…

Cavs notes: James Jones making most of minutes

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson defends as Brooklyn Nets center Mason Plumlee goes to shoot in the second half of an NBA basketball game at the Barclays Center, Monday. Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao and Cavaliers forward James Jones defend Brooklyn Nets center Jerome Jordan. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James was checking in at the scorer’s table Monday night in Brooklyn when veteran James Jones made his third straight 3-pointer in the second quarter. “He does not miss,” James said to no one in particular. “He does not miss.” The 6-foot-8, 215-pound Jones, signed as a free agent over the summer, Read More…

Cavaliers lock down win over Raptors with 4th-quarter rally

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots against Toronto Raptors' Terrence Ross and James Johnson Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The eighth straight was great for the Cavaliers. After sleepwalking through most of the first three periods, the Cavs played like the best team in the Eastern Conference in the fourth and came back to defeat the Toronto Raptors 105-101 Tuesday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. LeBron James led the way with Read More…