April 17, 2014

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Rick Noland: Give up on Kyrie Irving? Think again

Kyrie Irving

Some want him traded yesterday. Others want him around as long as possible, regardless of the cost. Some think he can be a savior. Others think he’ll never be a winner. Some think he’s the answer to a problem. Others think he’s the cause of it. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about Cavaliers guard Read More…

Cavs commentary: Irving talking a lot, but can’t quiet rumors he wants out

Kyrie Irving

Before and after games lately, Kyrie Irving is still shooting. At Josh Gordon, at the media. Irving is firing back. A turbulent Cavaliers season began to tremble again in recent days. Just when peace and harmony seemed restored with hand pounds and back slaps — within the Cavs’ roster, within Irving and Dion Waiters — Read More…

Cavaliers’ playoff hopes about gone after OT loss to Bobcats

Charlotte Bobcats' Bismack Biyombo, left, controls a rebound against Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao in overtime Saturday in Cleveland. Jefferson scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Bobcats' 96-94 over tie win. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may have gotten a fork stuck in them Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Already a long shot to make the playoffs, Cleveland will now need a minor miracle after falling 96-94 in overtime to the Charlotte Bobcats. Even if the Cavs (31-47) win their last four games, Atlanta needs to Read More…

Cavaliers’ playoff hopes in trouble after loss to Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack shoots as he falls down with the ball against the Atlanta Hawks, Friday in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA — A hot-shooting night put the Atlanta Hawks back in sole possession of a playoff spot. Poor shooting cost the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game they desperately needed. Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points and the Hawks beat Cleveland 117-98 Friday night in a costly setback for the Cavaliers’ late-season playoff Read More…

Commentary: Tonight’s game vs. Atlanta should have playoff feel for young Cavs team

Cleveland Cavaliers' Matthew Dellavedova drives against the Indiana Pacers Sunday in Cleveland. The Cavs playoff push continues tonight against the Hawks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cavaliers are about to get a taste of what postseason basketball is like. Actually, Mike Brown’s club is about to go one better than that: When the Cavs play the Atlanta Hawks tonight at the usually lifeless Philips Arena, they’ll be playing almost the equivalent of Game 7 of a playoff series. At the Read More…

Cavaliers 119, Magic 98: Kyrie Irving returns, push for playoffs continues with big win

Kyrie Irving makes a shot as he gets between Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson and Kyle O'Quinn.

ORLANDO, Fla. — At this point in the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to make one last run at the playoffs and the Orlando Magic is looking for luck in the NBA Draft lottery. Both improved their chances of reaching those goals Wednesday night as the Cavaliers beat the Magic 119-98 behind 26 points Read More…

Cavaliers could get Kyrie Irving back tonight

Kyrie Irving

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Mike Brown has some decisions to make. Will guard Kyrie Irving play tonight in Orlando? If he plays, will he start? If Irving starts, who comes off the bench? Will it be point guard Jarrett Jack, who has helped the team’s offense gain a fluidity it lacked most of the season, Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving gets clearance to practice, might be able to play Wednesday vs. Magic

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers got some great news, some bad news and signed a player Monday. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who has missed the last eight games with a strained tendon in his left biceps, was examined Sunday by team physician Dr. Richard Parker, with the Cavs announcing Monday that the 6-foot-3, 191-pounder has been Read More…

Cleveland gets big win over East-leading Pacers to keep its long-shot playoff hopes alive

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson grabs a rebound ahead of Indiana Pacers' David West Sunday in Cleveland. Cleveland defeated Indiana 90-76. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers struck first. Every time the Indiana Pacers started to make a push, the Cavs pushed back harder. The result was an impressive and important 90-76 Cleveland victory Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, and it came against the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference. “We didn’t back down,” said Read More…

Nets 108, Cavaliers 97: Brooklyn too tough at home, snaps Cleveland’s 3-game winning streak

Brooklyn Nets' Shaun Livingston and Andray Blatche vie for a rebound with Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller Friday New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

NEW YORK — After three long games on the road, the Brooklyn Nets made quick work of Cleveland back at home. Paul Pierce scored 17 of his 22 points in a flawless first quarter, and the Nets pulled away in the second on the way to their 12th straight home victory, 108-97 over the Cavaliers Read More…