December 19, 2014


Brian Dulik: Spurs win this round, but expect big things from Cavs by season’s end

San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw and Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving battle for the ball Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is one of the surliest interviews in professional sports. He enjoys demeaning sideline reporters and mocking journalists in every city, as was the case Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. Popovich’s responses included, “Duh,” “Did you stay up all night thinking of that question?” and “I never said that. You’re making those Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James says ‘Big Three’ minutes need to come down

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives against San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard Wednesday in Cleveland. The Spurs defeated the Cavaliers 92-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t ready for a rest right now, but he knows he’s playing too many minutes. The Cavaliers small forward entered a game against San Antonio on Wednesday ranked third in the league at 39.1 minutes per night, while point guard Kyrie Irving was fourth (38.4) and power forward Kevin Love was fifth Read More…

Spurs have blueprint Cavaliers want to follow

In this June 10, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan and forward Kawhi Leonard defend against LeBron James during Game 3 of the NBA finals. The Spurs have denied James winning two NBA titles, and in last year's Finals, the Spurs dismantled the Heat. On Wednesday, James faces his nemesis for the first time since June. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

INDEPENDENCE — SportsCenter will be in town again tonight and ESPN will televise the game nationally. The Cavaliers host the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena, and Cleveland players are fully aware they’ll have to play much better than they did Monday against Denver in order to win. “They Read More…

Cavaliers make team-record 19 3-pointers, cruise past Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James shoots over Atlanta Hawks' Al Horford. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers made NBA history, team history and showed just how great they are capable of being Saturday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland made 9-of-9 from 3-point range in the opening period — the most in a quarter without a miss in league history — en route to a resounding and Read More…

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead Cavaliers past Celtics with big fourth-quarter rally

BOSTON — Cleveland’s third quarter was unacceptable to LeBron James. The fourth period was much better. James and Kyrie Irving helped the Cavs rally for a 122-121 win over Boston on Friday. James had 10 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth, and Irving scored 15 of his 27 in the final quarter of Read More…

After review, NBA strips LeBron of Monday’s triple-double

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James dunks against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers small forward LeBron James was matter of fact about recording a triple-double Monday against New Orleans, then having it taken away the next day when someone in the NBA office reviewed a tape of the game. The four-time league MVP would, however, like to know exactly who that someone is. “I had Read More…

Cavaliers: David Blatt pleased with Joe Harris’ energy

Joe Harris

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt didn’t say rookie Joe Harris would play in front of veteran Mike Miller on Friday night in Boston. For that matter, Blatt didn’t even say the second-round pick would be in the rotation against the Celtics. The rookie NBA coach, however, made it clear he was pleased with Harris’ Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers show improvement, but still have problem areas

New Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson drives on Cleveland Cavaliers' Anderson Varejao Monday, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

The Cavaliers showed Monday night in an exciting and fun-to-watch 118-111 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans just how dynamic and dominant they are capable of being offensively. At the same time, they also showed their half-court offense is still very much a work in progress, that they are at their best when they are Read More…

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love combine for 86 points, carry Cavaliers past Pelicans

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving puts up a shot against New Orleans Pelicans' Omer Asik Monday. Irving scored 32 points in a 118-111 win over New Orleans. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Anderson Varejao made a midrange set shot, Tristan Thompson had a dunk and Shawn Marion converted a layup. That was it. “The Big Three” of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for the remaining 61 points in the second half Monday night as the Cavaliers came from behind to beat a Read More…

Cavs notes: Pelicans’ Anthony Davis a big deal and Cavs know it

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) backs in on Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday. Davis scored 27 points in a 118-111 loss to the Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Two of the best power forwards in the NBA were on the floor Monday night when Kevin Love and the Cavaliers hosted Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena. “He’s tough,” Love said of the 21-year-old Davis. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s had a great season Read More…