December 21, 2014

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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…

Cavaliers: Waiters can’t stay out of his own way

Cleveland’s Dion Waiters drives during the season opener against the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (AP Photo)

It was just the other day I wrote a story on Dion Waiters’ move to the bench and mentioned how Waiters means well, but sometimes can’t seem to get out of his own way. That seems to be happening again. Waiters has pulled the fire alarm again and, in typical fashion, is trying to run Read More…

LeBron James gets ball moving as Cavaliers snap skid with win over Nuggets

LeBron James goes up for shot as Denver Nuggets center Jusuf Nurkic, center, and forward Danilo Gallinari cover in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' 110-101 victory on Friday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Now this is more of what LeBron James had in mind. Cleveland moved the ball around to James’ satisfaction and held off the Denver Nuggets 110-101 on Friday night. Sure, there is plenty of work still left to do, but this performance pleased James. Very much, even. “We were in tune defensively from Read More…

Rick Noland: Plenty of issues dogging Cavs at the start

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) looks at the scoreboard against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In a week, two weeks, a month or two months from now, their problems could be ancient history, but four games — and three disappointing losses — into the season, the Cavaliers clearly have issues. Foremost among them is LeBron James’ unhappiness with the basketball acumen of guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. James is Read More…

Gordon Hayward buzzer-beater drops Cleveland to 1-3

Utah’s Gordon Hayward gets the game-winning shot off over the outstretched hand of the Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson in the closing seconds of Wednesday’s game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Gordon Hayward prides himself on his self-control. After hitting a step-back, game-winning jumper at the buzzer, he couldn’t help himself. He let out all his emotion in a celebratory frenzy. “I’ve never really done that before,” Hayward said. “It was just one of those moments.” Hayward one-upped LeBron James and gave Read More…

Trail Blazers 101, Cavaliers 82: Off nights for LeBron, Irving lead to loss

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, from France,, middle, passes off against tight defense from Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, and center Anderson Varejao, Tuesday.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard snapped out of a shooting slump with 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers held LeBron James to just 11 in a 101-82 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. Lillard was nursing an abdominal strain but had 15 points by halftime after averaging just 13.7 points on 11-for-41 Read More…

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova earning coach’s trust, getting playing time

Matthew Dellavedova

There are plenty of obvious positives to playing alongside LeBron James, but there are certainly drawbacks, too. Matthew Dellavedova knows the negatives better than anyone because his locker is right next door. When 25 or more media members are swarming James in the corner after games, it can make getting showered and dressed tricky for Read More…

LeBron James, Cavaliers bounce back from opening loss in big way, down Bulls in overtime

CHICAGO — LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team. How is this for redemption? James scored 36 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls 114-108 in overtime Friday night. The first meeting between two teams expected to challenge each other for supremacy Read More…

A jittery beginning for Cavaliers

LeBron James

CLEVELAND — No wonder Jay-Z and Beyonce stayed home. Whether it was season-opening jitters, too much preseason hype or just a bad night, LeBron James and the Cavaliers did not come as advertised Thursday night in a 95-90 loss to the Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. There was an NFL game in Charlotte, N.C., between Read More…

LeBron James struggles from outset as Cavs fall to Knicks in much-anticipated season opener

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James during the fourth quarter Thursday in Cleveland. The Knicks defeated the Cavaliers 95-90. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND — If it was, as LeBron James suggested beforehand, one of the biggest sporting events “ever,” then it definitely ranked with the biggest clunkers of all time. The not-very-good New York Knicks came into Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night and ruined James’ much-anticipated homecoming and the debut of Cleveland’s “Big Three,” downing the Read More…