January 29, 2015

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Cavaliers deal Dion Waiters to Thunder, get J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert from Knicks

Dion Waiters

INDEPENDENCE — Dion Waiters’ stay in Cleveland is over. The Cavaliers finalized a three-team deal sending Waiters to Oklahoma City and bringing New York’s J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to Cleveland, the team announced late Monday night. The Cavs also received a first-round pick from the Thunder, which would be top-18 protected for Oklahoma City Read More…

Short-handed Cavaliers lose 17-point lead, fall to lowly 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams in action during an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA — LeBron James was absent. So were Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. By the end, Cleveland’s 17-point lead was gone, too. Tony Wroten scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 9.1 seconds left to lift the Philadelphia 76ers to a 95-92 win over the short-handed Cavaliers on Monday night. It was Philadelphia’s Read More…

Cavs Notes: LeBron’s two-week timetable remains flexible

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers announced on New Year’s Day that LeBron James would miss two weeks with left knee and lower back soreness, but that doesn’t mean a Jan. 15 return date is set in stone. “The timetable is very fluid,” Cleveland coach David Blatt said Sunday prior to a 109-90 loss to the Dallas Read More…

Talented Mavericks rout undermanned Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks’ Rajon Rondo, left, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving Sunday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — The Dallas Mavericks are a championship-caliber team. The Cavaliers, as presently constituted, are barely a team at all. That was on display early and often Sunday afternoon at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena, where the Mavericks cruised to a 109-90 victory. Already without starting center Anderson Varejao (torn Achilles) for the rest of the Read More…

Cavs GM David Griffin fully supports coach David Blatt

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt yells to players during the first quarter against the Dallas Mavericks Sunday. Dallas defeated Cleveland 109-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin threw his complete support behind coach David Blatt prior to a game against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. In an impromptu session with the media about 40 minutes before the 1 p.m. tipoff, an impassioned Griffin said rumors the organization was unhappy with Blatt’s Read More…

Cavaliers 91, Hornets 87: Love returns from injury to lead Cavs’ win

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) drives against Charlotte Hornets' Cody Zeller (40) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — David Blatt was more than a little concerned when he saw Kevin Love holding his left knee on the floor under the basket. Hard to blame the Cavaliers’ first-year coach given the run of injuries for his team. “Every time I see somebody fall down or bend over to fix their shoelaces Read More…

Cavaliers: Love, Marion return from injuries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kevin Love and Shawn Marion returned to play against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night — welcome news for a Cleveland Cavaliers team without LeBron James for the next two weeks because of knee and back strains. Love said at Friday morning’s shootaround that the back spasms that kept him out of Read More…

LeBron James will be out 2 weeks with injuries

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, walks on the sideline during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. James is expected to miss the next two weeks because of a strained left knee and back problem, the team announced, Thursday. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James’ homecoming season has hit a hurdle. The Cavaliers superstar is expected to miss at least the next two weeks with injuries to his left knee and back. The timing of the injuries are another blow to the Cavaliers, who have been jarred by a rash of medical issues and failed to Read More…

LeBron James sits out another game, dismisses reports he might leave Cavaliers a second time

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, walks on the sideline during an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. James is expected to miss the next two weeks because of a strained left knee and back problem, the team announced, Thursday. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

CLEVELAND — LeBron James ended the year with a night off for his sore left knee and an assurance that he has no plans to run away from the Cavaliers. James missed his second straight game Wednesday, and said his knee has been bothering him since before Christmas. The superstar also sat out Tuesday’s game Read More…

Short-handed Cavaliers give Hawks a fight, but fall short

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, left, dives for a loose ball against Atlanta Hawks' Jeff Teague. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ATLANTA — No LeBron James. No Al Horford. Late decisions by Cleveland and Atlanta to hold out the two stars could have led to a letdown, but Paul Millsap made sure the Hawks were tough down the stretch. Millsap scored 26 points and took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off Read More…