November 25, 2014


Cavaliers: Copying the Spurs’ championship ways?

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters plays in a preseason game against the Memphis Grizzlies . (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers aren’t emulating the San Antonio Spurs, but they are studying the reigning NBA champions. It’s gotten to the point where even shooting guard Dion Waiters, who admitted Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he studied film only when it was required over his first two seasons in the league, sounded like Read More…

Cavaliers to unveil new scoreboard on opening night

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers’ roster isn’t the only thing that’s going to be better this season. A new-and-improved 5,550-square-foot, high-definition scoreboard will be unveiled Thursday when Cleveland hosts the New York Knicks in its season opener at Quicken Loans Arena. Billed as the largest HD scoreboard at any arena in the country, the improved version Read More…

NBA preview: Cavaliers, Spurs have that favorite feel

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James goes against Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis in a preseason NBA basketball game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept the gang together. They brought back nearly every piece from the team that annihilated James and the Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron taking ownership of the NBA

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — His shirt soaked with champagne after winning his fourth title in 2007, Tim Duncan had one more move before celebrating further with his Spurs teammates. He pivoted in a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena, pulled 22-year-old LeBron James close and delivered a message. “The league is going to be yours soon,” Duncan told James. Read More…

LeBron-less Cavs fall to Grizzlies in preseason finale

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Mike Miller, left,and Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes struggle for control of a loose ball Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn. The Grizzlies won 96-92. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Grizzlies reserves accomplished what the starters couldn’t — they built enough of a lead to put away the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marc Gasol had 16 points and nine rebounds, his backup Kosta Koufos scored eight of his 13 points in the fourth quarter and the Grizzlies beat Cleveland 96-92 on Wednesday Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers have met the the preseason hype

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Mike Dunleavy Monday in Columbus. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Expectations surrounding the Cavaliers were so high it would have been virtually impossible for them to exceed them in the preseason, but let’s be honest: They’ve looked pretty darn good as they prepare for their exhibition finale tonight in Memphis. Here’s a look at some of the positives, followed by a few areas of concern Read More…

Cavaliers 107, Bulls 98: Plenty pitch in to lift Cavs to preseason win

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

COLUMBUS — It was only an exhibition game, but it could very well have been a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. With both teams sticking to their regular-season rotations and the Cavaliers’ “Big Three” playing together for just the second time in the preseason, Cleveland downed the Chicago Bulls 107-98 Monday night in front Read More…

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…