November 21, 2014

Partly sunny

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…

NBA preseason: LeBron James takes charge in win over Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives past Indiana Pacers guard George Hill in the second half Wednesday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

CINCINNATI — LeBron James has spent the early part of this preseason helping his teammates find a rhythm. He spent Wednesday night finding his own. James shook off a sluggish start to the preseason to score 26 points in 24 minutes in the Cavs’ 98-93 preseason victory against the Indiana Pacers on the campus of Read More…

Love leads Cavs past Bucks while LeBron, Kyrie sit out

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love, left, drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker during the first quarter of a preseason game Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers defeated the Bucks, 106-100. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — With LeBron James resting and Kyrie Irving out with a sprained ankle, “The Big Three” was reduced to “The Big One” on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Power forward Kevin Love shot the lights out, shooting guard Dion Waiters joined in the fun and Cleveland’s third string outplayed Milwaukee’s starters down the Read More…

LeBron James to skip exhibition against Bucks

LeBron James

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James will not play in the Cavaliers’ exhibition game against Milwaukee. With Cleveland scheduled for three preseason games in four days, coach David Blatt wants to rest his superstar Tuesday night. James is not injured and Blatt says this is “just part of our process and part of our management of Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James plans to sit out one of next two preseason games

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James scores during a preseason game against Miami Heat. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

INDEPENDENCE — Some fans in Cleveland or Cincinnati are going to be disappointed. LeBron James said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will sit out an exhibition game this week, but he’s unsure which one. The Cavs host the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7 at Quicken Loans Arena, then play Indiana on Wednesday at Read More…