February 1, 2015

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Cavs notes: LeBron James feeling better than he has all season

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James runs the ball up against Chicago Bulls' Tony Snell Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Good news for the Cavaliers: LeBron James is feeling better than he has at any point this season. After missing eight games with left leg and lower back soreness, the 6-foot-8 small forward went into a game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena averaging 33.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and Read More…

Cavaliers complete L.A. sweep with win over Clippers

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, left, and forward LeBron James hug during the second half against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday. The Cavaliers won 126-121. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Cleveland closed out its road trip with a sweep of Los Angeles’ NBA teams in a hint of a turnaround for a team coming out of a six-game skid. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points and LeBron James added 32 in the Cavaliers’ 126-121 victory over the Clippers on Friday night. Tristan Thompson Read More…

Cavs 109, Lakers 102: LeBron scores 36 as Cleveland ends 6-game skid

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ed Davis, right, shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers' Timofey Mozgov defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped their six-game losing streak with a 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night despite Kobe Bryant’s 19 points and career-high 17 assists. Kyrie Irving added 22 points for Cleveland, which had lost nine of 10 before James held off Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Lot of low grades on midseason report card

Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are among only a few players who received B grades for the first half of the season from beat writer Rick Noland. Most of the team received Cs and Ds. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Cavaliers won’t officially reach the halfway point of the regular season until they play in Los Angeles tonight against the Lakers and Friday versus the Clippers, but Professor Noland has seen enough. With Cleveland an unforgivable 19-20 and in a stretch where it has lost six straight games and nine of its last 10, Read More…

Cavaliers: Coach David Blatt, LeBron James downplay sideline shove

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and head coach David Blatt argue with the referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — LeBron James and David Blatt downplayed an incident in which the four-time MVP shoved his coach during Cleveland’s loss to the Phoenix Suns. In the first half of Tuesday night’s game, Blatt was vehemently arguing a call when James pushed him back to the bench. The incident occurred after James was called for Read More…

LeBron’s return not enough as Cavs lose to Suns

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots over Phoenix Suns' Alex Len during the second half Tuesday in Phoenix. The Suns won 107-100. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — LeBron James scored 33 points in his return from a two-week layoff but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Cleveland Cavaliers from going down to their sixth straight loss, 107-100 to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. Markieff Morris scored a career-high 35 points on 15-of-21 shooting for the Suns, who outscored the Read More…

Cavaliers: David Blatt’s NBA education an ongoing process

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

HOENIX — On the day he was introduced as Cavaliers head coach 6½ months ago, David Blatt’s supreme confidence permeated the room. He dismissed the egos of NBA players as a non-issue, he proudly boasted how he had won everywhere he has been and he downplayed differences between the European game and the NBA. “I’ve Read More…

Cavaliers put up little fight in blowout loss to Kings

Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry, center, does a reverse layup between Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, left, and Timofey Mozgov during the third quarter Sunday. The Kings won 103-84.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — LeBron James declined to speak to reporters after Cleveland’s latest loss without him. His Cavaliers teammates had another quiet night, too. DeMarcus Cousins had 26 points and 13 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings beat Cleveland 103-84 on Sunday, handing the Cavaliers their seventh loss in eight games with James out with a Read More…

Cavaliers stumble down the stretch against Warriors, suffer fourth straight loss

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, top, steps over Golden State Warriors' Marreese Speights during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. — On one side of the floor, LeBron James sat on Cleveland’s bench in a suit. On the other, Mark Jackson talked about his former team from the ESPN broadcast table. And in the middle, the Golden State Warriors gave another highlight-worthy performance on their home court. Klay Thompson finished with 24 points Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs are champs on paper, chumps on the court

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, right, drives past Houston Rockets’ Donatas Motiejunas, Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

On paper, everything Cavaliers general manager David Griffin did this week makes perfect sense. But let’s not lose sight of the fact the Cavs also looked pretty good, on paper, when they made their original offseason moves, highlighted by signing LeBron James, re-signing Kyrie Irving and trading for Kevin Love. That’s why there remains this Read More…