February 6, 2016

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Ingraham: Blatt wasn’t built for today’s NBA

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Let’s cut to the chase. David Blatt, with the sixth-highest career regular-season winning percentage and second-highest playoff winning percentage of any coach in NBA history got fired because his players didn’t like him. It’s as simple as that. In today’s NBA, the inability to reach and lead your players trumps won-loss record every time. That Read More…

Bulls 96, Cavaliers 83: Tyronn Lue loses debut as coach as Cleveland misses ton of shots

CLEVELAND — Tyronn Lue’s NBA head coaching career started the same way David Blatt’s did: The Cavaliers lost. The Chicago Bulls, who had dropped six of their last eight and had three key players out with injuries, downed the Cavs 96-83 in front of 20,562 booing fans at Quicken Loans Arena and a national television Read More…

Cavaliers: New coach Tyronn Lue challenges team to play “right way” and with spirit

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue points in the first half of an NBA game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday in Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue threw the hammer down in his first news conference since taking over the team. When asked what he planned on doing differently than the deposed David Blatt, he quickly responded. “I wouldn’t say differently, I would say do some things better,” Lue said Saturday before Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Read More…

(UPDATED) Cavaliers fire David Blatt as coach despite 30-11 record, trip to Finals; top assistant Tyronn Lue takes over

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt didn’t get fired because of losses. He got canned because his team couldn’t handle winning. That was the word from general manager David Griffin, who sent shockwaves through the NBA on Friday afternoon when he fired Blatt, who had compiled an 83-40 regular-season record in a season and a Read More…

Rick Noland: The bottom line? David Blatt was never the right coach for the Cavaliers

Those of you up in arms about the Cavaliers firing coach David Blatt, stop it. Puh-lease! Just stop it! One, a guy with no previous NBA coaching experience — of any kind — shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. Two, Blatt easily could have been fired before the midpoint of last season, because Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron in for the All-Star Game; Kyrie, Love have to wait and see

CLEVELAND — LeBron James is in, while Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will have to wait a week to learn whether they will join the four-time league MVP in the Feb. 14 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto. Cavaliers small forward James was the leading vote-getter in the Eastern Conference while earning his 12th straight All-Star Read More…

Cavs use hacking strategy to pull away from Clippers

The Cavaliers' J.R. Smith, right, fouls the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday in Cleveland.  AP

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach David Blatt hates the strategy, but he employed it successfully Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland intentionally fouled Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan six times while it was ahead, and it helped the Cavs to an impressive 115-102 victory. “Those are the rules,” Blatt said. “We felt we could Read More…

Cavs bounce back with easy win over Brooklyn

NEW YORK — There’s only one way to go when you’ve been floored. “It’s painful to get knocked down, but it’s shameful not to get back up if you get knocked down,” Cleveland coach David Blatt said. The Cavaliers did Wednesday, with Kevin Love collecting 17 points and 18 rebounds to help them bounce back Read More…

Danger signs? Cavaliers’ blowout loss to Warriors, winless record against league’s top teams, reveal areas of concern

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ locker room finally opened nearly 25 minutes after a seismic loss to the NBA champions. David Blatt turned right and headed down the hallway. “Coach on the move,” a security officer said into his walkie-talkie. Blatt stopped in a side room to field questions. He didn’t have all the answers. Following Read More…

Defending champ Warriors hand Cavs a humbling home loss

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CLEVELAND — At least the Cavaliers were unified beforehand that they weren’t going to use a home game against the Golden State Warriors as a measuring stick. Cleveland didn’t belong on the same court as the defending NBA champion Warriors on Monday, getting absolutely humiliated 132-98 in front of 20,562 dumbfounded fans at Quicken Loans Read More…