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Cavaliers: Zydrunas Ilgauskas not sure what all the number-retiring fuss is about, in his opinion all he did was his job

Zydrunas Ilgauskas, left, holds his jersey during a halftime ceremony retiring his jersey Saturday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Former Cavaliers center Zydrunas Ilgauskas managed to get through his No. 11 jersey retirement ceremony without shedding a tear. “I didn’t cry because I was on a time limit,” Ilgauskas quipped Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs hosted the New York Knicks. “It’s a really humbling experience to know how Read More…

Michael Jordan shoots down Cavaliers again: Bobcats owner’s talk fires up team, which hands Cleveland costly loss

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, right, watches the Bobcats defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 101-92, on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Looks like you can blame Michael Jordan for yet another Cleveland Cavaliers loss. Call this one The Speech. While not as devastating as The Shot, it still hurt this year’s team plenty. Jordan, the Charlotte Bobcats owner, praised his team during a pregame locker room speech before Friday night’s 101-92 win over Read More…

Rick Noland: Ex-Cavaliers star Zydrunas Ilgauskas will always stand tall as a player and even taller as a person

In my 28 years covering the Cavaliers, I’ve interviewed players from Andriuskevicius to Zeller, from Amaechi and Anderson to Williams, Woodson and Wright. Almost all have been cooperative, some have been funny and a few have even been enlightening, but a handful will always stand out as being extra special. One of those, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Read More…

Cavaliers worth a quarter: Cleveland holds Spurs to 13 points in first period, but lose after giving up 109 over final three

Cleveland Cavaliers' Luol Deng drives between San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter, left, and Patty Mills Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — When Cavaliers coach Mike Brown got a technical foul for walking onto the floor midway through the third quarter, he did as good a job of slowing down the San Antonio Spurs as his players did over the final three periods. After an outstanding first quarter, Cleveland had a defensive meltdown over the Read More…

LeBron James interested in attending when Cavs retire Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ number

Zydrunas Ilgauskas

INDEPENDENCE — An upcoming ceremony may have just gotten bigger. LeBron James could be at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night when the Cavaliers retire the No. 11 jersey of former center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Ilgauskas, who played with James for seven years in Cleveland and another in Miami, had the Akron native on a list Read More…

Cavaliers: Dion Waiters ready to return after missing seven games; Anderson Varejao closer but likely needs more time

Dion Waiters

INDEPENDENCE — Some help is on the way for the Cavaliers. Shooting guard Dion Waiters, who has missed the last seven games with a hyperextended knee, went through a full practice Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and is expected to play tonight when the Cavs host the San Antonio Spurs at Quicken Loans Arena. Center Read More…

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown happy to defend his offense

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown, left, talks with Kyrie Irving against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

In the hours after the Cavaliers acquired Spencer Hawes, the new center told Mike Brown he had a good understanding of what the Cavs did offensively because he had just played them as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown joked that if he read the scouting report, he essentially knew all the Cavaliers did Read More…

Cavaliers fade in second half, fall to Grizzlies

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving goes to the basket in front of Memphis Grizzlies' Mike Conley, left, and Courtney Lee. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After sleep-walking through the first half, the Grizzlies managed to wake up in time to claim their fifth straight victory at home. Zach Randolph had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Memphis used a big second half to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-96 Saturday night. “Coach just stated the obvious — that Read More…

Kyrie Irving’s first triple-double lifts Cavaliers past Jazz

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving drives past Utah Jazz's Trey Burke. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — On the night he got his first career triple-double, Kyrie Irving finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and one “I love you.” With a fan running toward him on the court midway through the fourth quarter, Irving had a night to remember Friday as the Cavaliers downed the Utah Jazz 99-79 Read More…

Cavaliers 114, Thunder 104: Kyrie Irving stars again as Cleveland gets surprising victory

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving heads up the court after stealing the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder coach Scott Brooks joked during pregame that he didn’t like what he saw from Kyrie Irving at the All-Star Game. Brooks coached the West and watched as Irving led the East to a comeback win on his way to earning MVP honors. Brooks didn’t like what he saw from Irving on Read More…