April 18, 2015

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Rick Noland: Challenging stretch awaits Cavaliers

LeBron James and the Cavs have had plenty of reasons 
to smile lately with 16 wins in their last 18 games, but the schedule is about to get a lot tougher. (AP FILE PHOTO)

The Cavaliers have won 16 of their last 18 games, they’re healthy and clicking on all cylinders and veteran Kendrick Perkins will add a nice insurance policy inside. But the schedule is about to get a whole lot tougher. A game against Detroit tonight at The Palace of Auburn Hills should be Cleveland’s third straight Read More…

Former Knicks J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert have fun against old team

LeBron James, left, and Iman Shumpert, right, can’t help but smile following J.R. Smith’s soaring reverse dunk during the second half Sunday against the Knicks in New York. The Cavs rolled to their 16th win in their last 18 games. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEW YORK — LeBron James was sitting comfortably on the bench and figured on staying there. Then J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert punctuated their return to New York with an alley-oop that demanded he stand. “That was beautiful, that was special,” James said. “I was planning on not getting up too many times off the Read More…

Ex-Thunder center Kendrick Perkins to sign with Cavaliers

Kendrick Perkins

NEW YORK — The Cavaliers continue to get bigger — and better. Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers Monday, multiple league sources told the Beacon Journal. ESPN first reported the move. Perkins was dealt to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline, but Yahoo reported Read More…

Cavs quiet at trade deadline; LeBron says this roster could win title

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James high-fives Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NBA trade deadline came and went Thursday without the Cavaliers making a move, but that’s perfectly OK. “We can win a championship with this roster,” four-time league MVP LeBron James said following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Obviously, health is a huge thing (and) clicking at the right time. The team that is clicking Read More…

NBA: Second-half chase has LeBron James fired up

East Team’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, drives against West Team’s Chris Paul, of the Los Angeles Clippers, during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday in New York. The West Team won 163-158. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — LeBron James isn’t used to looking up at so many teams at the All-Star break. The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks occupy his former perch atop the standings, and Stephen Curry and Paul Millsap think that’s where their teams belong. The Western Conference is loaded as usual — so good that Read More…

NBA All-Star Game: LeBron James reflects on life, legacy

LeBron James

NEW YORK — LeBron James sat at a small desk inside a preschool classroom in Harlem surrounded by books like “The Little Engine That Could,” scribbled crayon artwork on the walls and an alphabet chart. He didn’t look the least bit out of place. In fact, the setting suited him perfectly. “If I could be Read More…

LeBron James unanimously elected first vice president of NBA Players Association

NEW YORK — LeBron James is about to play a new power position — vice president. The Cavaliers star was unanimously elected first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association on Friday, giving the game’s top player a leadership role within a union set to square off in the future with the league’s owners Read More…

LeBron James scores 31 but has 8 turnovers as Cavaliers stumble against Bulls

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose drives and scores past Cleveland Cavaliers' James Jones, left, and LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday in Chicago. The Bulls won 113-98. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO — Derrick Rose drove hard to the rim and heard those familiar “MVP! MVP!” chants from the crowd. The star point guard was in top form, and so were the Bulls. Rose scored 30 points, and Chicago handed Cleveland just its second loss in 16 games, beating the Cavaliers 113-98 Thursday night. The Cavaliers, Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron James is center of attention

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James drives past Miami Heat’s Luol Deng during the first quarter Wednesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — There will be one NBA game tonight: LeBron James and the Cavaliers will play in Chicago on TNT. Everyone else will have started the All-Star break. “In the last seven or so years, I’ve always played on that last Thursday before the break,” James said Wednesday before a game against the Miami Heat at Read More…

Fun continues in romp over Miami, as Cavaliers win 10th straight at home

Cleveland Cavaliers Timofey Mozgov dunks the ball in front of Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside during the second quarter Wednesday. Mosgov scored the team-high 20 points for the Cavaliers 113-93 win over the Heat. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov was on the receiving end of a lot of passes that led to dunks, but it was the one the 7-foot Russian threw in the first period Wednesday that had everyone talking. Finding himself with the ball in transition on the left side of the court, Mozgov lofted a long alley-oop Read More…