October 30, 2014

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Cavaliers notes: LeBron says Bulls are the team to beat in the East

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James takes a shot against the Chicago Bulls Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS — LeBron James isn’t going to provide any bulletin board material for Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls, who are widely considered the Cavaliers’ most formidable challenger in the Eastern Conference this season. “Chicago is a lot better than us right now,” James said Monday prior to an exhibition game against the Bulls at Read More…

Kyrie Irving looks good but defense doesn’t as Cavaliers fall to Mavericks

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving floats a shot over Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis (11) during the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game Friday in Cleveland. Irving led the Cavaliers with 23 points in a 108-102 loss to Dallas. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving returned after a three-game preseason absence and showed his offense was already in regular-season form. On the flip side, the Cavaliers’ defense, particularly in the first and third periods, left a lot to be desired. On a night when Kevin Love and Shawn Marion rested and LeBron James didn’t seem all Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty to like about the Cavs so far

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives against Indiana Pacers forward Damjan Rudez. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

The Cavaliers are undefeated midway through their eight-game preseason schedule — and early returns have been almost as perfect as their 4-0 record. Sure, Kyrie Irving has been out with a sprained ankle, LeBron James and Anderson Varejao sat out a game to rest and Kevin Love suffered a not-very-serious strained neck Wednesday in Cincinnati, Read More…

NBA preseason: LeBron James takes charge in win over Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives past Indiana Pacers guard George Hill in the second half Wednesday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI — LeBron James has spent the early part of this preseason helping his teammates find a rhythm. He spent Wednesday night finding his own. James shook off a sluggish start to the preseason to score 26 points in 24 minutes in the Cavs’ 98-93 preseason victory against the Indiana Pacers on the campus of Read More…

Love leads Cavs past Bucks while LeBron, Kyrie sit out

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker during the first quarter of a preseason game Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers defeated the Bucks, 106-100. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — With LeBron James resting and Kyrie Irving out with a sprained ankle, “The Big Three” was reduced to “The Big One” on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Power forward Kevin Love shot the lights out, shooting guard Dion Waiters joined in the fun and Cleveland’s third string outplayed Milwaukee’s starters down the Read More…

LeBron James to skip exhibition against Bucks

LeBron James

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James will not play in the Cavaliers’ exhibition game against Milwaukee. With Cleveland scheduled for three preseason games in four days, coach David Blatt wants to rest his superstar Tuesday night. James is not injured and Blatt says this is “just part of our process and part of our management of Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James plans to sit out one of next two preseason games

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James scores during a preseason game against Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

INDEPENDENCE — Some fans in Cleveland or Cincinnati are going to be disappointed. LeBron James said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will sit out an exhibition game this week, but he’s unsure which one. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 at Quicken Loans Arena, then play Indiana on Wednesday at Read More…

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…