February 1, 2015

Elyria
Flurries
29°F
test

Cavaliers final report card: Tough year yields tough grades

Professor Noland has spent the last week reflecting on the Cavaliers’ 19-63 season and grading final exams. Somewhat surprisingly, he – Professor Noland loves to refer to himself in the third person – is now in a slightly better mood as he prepares to issue final report cards for the 2010-11 season: Baron Davis Acquired Read More…

Draft might be thin, but Cavs GM confident he can find good players

Grant

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant isn’t worrying about who will ultimately be in the June 23 NBA Draft. He’s concerned only about finding two quality players from those who are eligible to be selected. “Every year, we know one thing: We know there’s 12-15 good players,” Grant said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Read More…

Cavs year in review: Team acknowledges tough year, points to better 2012

J.J. Hickson and the Cavaliers were down and out a number of times this season, but the team is optimtistic about the future. (AP photo.)

INDEPEDENCE — There was a franchise-record 55-point loss in Los Angeles, but there was also a victory over the Lakers at Quicken Loans Arena. There was the Dec. 2 debacle in LeBron James’ first game back at The Q, but there was also a home win over the Miami Heat. There was an NBA-record 26-game Read More…

Cavs 100, Wizards 93: Cavs end season with win; Tait closes career

414cavsslide

CLEVELAND — “Have a good life, everybody!” Joe Tait changed his signature sign-off just a bit in his final radio broadcast for the Cavaliers, a 100-93 season-ending victory over the Washington Wizards in front of a sellout crowd Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena. After finishing his broadcast from “The Joe Tait Perch,” the 73-year-old signed Read More…

Cavaliers refuse to back down, still fighting for wins

.

INDEPENDENCE — Though they’re guaranteed to finish with the fourth-worst record in franchise history, the Cavaliers still have some fight in them. Lanky center Ryan Hollins personified that spirit Monday night in Detroit, getting ejected after a fourth-quarter skirmish with Charlie Villanueva in a game Cleveland went on to win, 110-101. “Anything can definitely happen Read More…

Cavs notes: Joe Tait to call last game tonight

040911taitslide

INDEPENDENCE — Joe Tait’s remarkable career as the radio play-by-play voice of the Cavaliers will end after he broadcasts tonight’s season finale against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena. Tait, who last summer was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, has broadcast Cavs games for 39 of their 41 years of Read More…

Cavaliers 110, Pistons 101: Tempers flare in fight to the finish

.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Charlie Villanueva drifted over toward the free-throw line as if setting a pick, then collided with Ryan Hollins. Moments later, the two had each other wrapped up, each with a hand on the other’s face while players, officials and coaches tried to break up the skirmish. It’s been a forgettable season Read More…

Cavaliers fall to Bucks, Drew Gooden’s triple-double

Even after his first career triple-double, Milwaukee Bucks big man Drew Gooden knows he’ll never be mistaken for Magic Johnson. “More like Tragic Johnson sometimes,” Gooden joked. “But I try. I try to get my teammates going.” Gooden, the former Cavalier, had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, and John Salmons scored 32 points, Read More…

Bulls bash Cavs, wrap up best record in East

CLEVELAND – One team clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference. The other moved back into a tie for the worst mark in the NBA. And a sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena had no trouble figuring out which team was which. The Chicago Bulls guaranteed themselves home-court advantage through at least the first Read More…

Brian Dulik: Joe Tait leaving mark on Cavs, Cleveland and his profession

Chuck Swirsky is one of the NBA’s top play-by-play announcers, building a successful career as the radio voice of the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors. But long before he reached the pros, he was a 19-year-old intern at WWWE 1100-AM, where he had the opportunity to work under Joe Tait. “I was a freshman at Read More…