October 25, 2014

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NBA preseason: Kevin Love finds his groove, scores 25 points to lead Cavaliers past Heat in Brazil

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, right, moves the ball under pressure from Miami Heat's Shawne Williams during a preseason game in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO — LeBron James and Anderson Varejao dominated the attention all week, but Kevin Love demanded it on the floor Saturday night. Love sizzled with 25 points and seven rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 122-119 preseason overtime victory against the Miami Heat, James’ first appearance against his former team. Love shot 9-for-12 in the game, Read More…

LeBron James not sure if he’ll return to Brazil in two years for another Olympics

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks during team practice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

RIO DE JANEIRO — The beaches and glamour of Rio de Janeiro haven’t yet convinced LeBron James that he should come back in two years for a shot at a third Olympic gold medal. James has spent several days in Rio preparing for today’s NBA preseason game against his former Miami Heat teammates, but reiterated Read More…

Cavs: Native Varejao grabbing bulk of attention in Brazil

Anderson Varejao

RIO DE JANEIRO — They don’t get any bigger than LeBron James — except when you’re in Brazil, where the attention paid to Anderson Varejao shades his NBA superstar teammate. As they practiced together for Cleveland on Thursday for an NBA preseason game in Rio de Janeiro against the Miami Heat, it was easy to Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving sprains ankle, but tweets that it’s not serious

Kyrie Irving

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The Cavaliers’ lone free day in Brazil was spent with canceled sightseeing plans and Kyrie Irving in a walking boot. Irving was injured during practice before the Cavs’ flight departed Tuesday. X-rays and an MRI taken Tuesday were negative, a league source said, and the boot was considered precautionary. It’s Read More…

Cavs: Anderson Varejao set for Brazil

Anderson Varejao

INDEPENDENCE — Center Anderson Varejao hopped on a plane Tuesday evening, elated to be headed to his native Brazil to play basketball with the Cavaliers. “I’m excited,” the 6-foot-11, 267-pounder said following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Everybody here is excited. It’s going to be a good trip. “It’s going to be one of those things Read More…

New NBA TV deal certain to pay off for LeBron James

LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James knew what he was doing in July when he signed a two-year contract with the Cavaliers, which included an opt-out clause after the first year. The NBA renewed its television deals with ESPN and TNT on Monday, and the league’s annual television revenue will increase from $930 million to more than Read More…

Cavaliers dominate boards, Maccabi Tel Aviv in exhibition opener

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love fights for a rebound against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the second quarter of a preseason exhibition game Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — If the Cavaliers get stops, they’re going to get rebounds. And after they get rebounds, they’re going to get a lot of easy hoops. All that was on display Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena, where Cleveland dominated outmanned Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 in an exhibition opener played in front of an announced Read More…

Cavaliers give new coach David Blatt’s offense rave reviews

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — David Blatt spent his first few weeks on the job downplaying his offensive ingenuity and reminding people he likes to coach defense, too. Yet after the first week of practice, it’s clear on which side Blatt has made an impression on this veteran team. “His offensive stuff is borderline genius,” Mike Miller said Read More…

Rick Noland: Here’s a line that might help the Cavs pick up a title

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, stands during the national anthem before the team's scrimmage. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cavaliers coach David Blatt will spend the preseason experimenting with various starting lineups, but I’ve already decided on mine: Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters in the backcourt, LeBron James and Kevin Love at the forward spots and Anderson Varejao in the middle. James, Love and Irving, of course, are locks, but the shooting guard and Read More…

‘Electrifying’ scrimmage draws nearly 17,000 fans to see LeBron James’ return, new Cavaliers lineup

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, stands during the national anthem before the NBA basketball team's scrimmage Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — It was an event as much as it was an intrasquad scrimmage. The Cavaliers were greeted by 16,723 enthusiastic fans at their Wine & Gold scrimmage Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. “It was electrifying playing for the first time in front of our fans,” said LeBron James, who was greeted by a Read More…