April 23, 2014

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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…

Cavs’ Varejao still feels pain from 26-game losing streak

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao winced as if he had just twisted an ankle while grabbing a rebound. A seemingly innocent question triggered hidden pain. Even more than three years later, the sting of losing a record 26 straight games lingers for Cleveland’s hustling center, who always makes the most of every minute on the floor. Read More…

Cavaliers 97, Pistons 96: Dion Waiters beats buzzer, Detroit with jumper

Dion Waiters gets a hug from Anderson Varejao on Wednesday after he hit the winning shot over Detroit's Brandon Jennings at the buzzer. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t ready to throw in the towel. With only 10 healthy players, the Cavaliers overcame a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 97-96 on Dion Waiters’ baseline jumper as time expired. With nine games left, Cleveland remains in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, 3 1⁄2 Read More…

Rick Noland: Looking for a method to the March Madness? Check out these possibilities for the Cavaliers’ next draft pick

Like you, me and a lot of other people, Cavaliers scouts watched a lot of NCAA Tournament games over the weekend. Their first-round pick could very well have played in one of them. At 27-44 through Sunday, Cleveland had the ninth-worst record in the league, but was just 3½ games away from being tied for Read More…

Cavaliers 106, Knicks 100: Jarrett Jack scores 23 in 2nd half as Cleveland stops slide at 4 games

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' Tyler Zeller at Madison Square Garden Sunday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — A chance for New York to gain ground in the playoff race was there, until Jarrett Jack took it away. Now the Knicks have 3,000 miles to think about how this game — and maybe any realistic postseason hopes they had — was lost. Jack scored a season-high 31 points Sunday night Read More…

Slow start, lack of bodies no help as Cavaliers fall to Rockets

Houston Rockets' James Harden, front, drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Alonzo Gee Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — March Sadness continued at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night. The shorthanded and slumping Cavaliers dropped their fourth straight game, falling 118-111 to the high-octane Houston Rockets in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicates. Just as they did Thursday, when they trailed Oklahoma City by 24 in Read More…

Durant leads Thunder past shorthanded Cavaliers

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant shoots against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and the Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova represented the long and short of it. Led by the spunky Dellavedova, the Cavs played hard Thursday night, but the Oklahoma City Thunder was just bigger and “badder” while registering a 102-95 victory in front of 18,246 fans at Quicken Loans Arena. The long-armed, Read More…