July 6, 2015

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Cavs’ Donald Sloan one of the first to be hit with flop warning

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NEW YORK — The NBA issued flopping warnings to Minnesota’s JJ Barea and Cleveland’s Donald Sloan on Monday, the first two under a new policy designed to end the act. Barea threw his upper body backward after contact while defending Sacramento’s Jimmer Fredette in the fourth quarter Friday. Sloan tumbled wildly to the court a Read More…

Cavs get crushed: Bulls beat Cleveland for ninth straight time

CLEVELAND — Next time the Cavaliers face the Chicago Bulls, take the team from the Windy City and give the points. Not to advocate betting or anything, but the Bulls once again ran roughshod over the Cavs, winning 115-86 Friday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. The Bulls, whose biggest lead was 31 early in Read More…

Anderson Varejao sparks Cavs with career numbers

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said center Anderson Varejao “must be a nightmare” for other teams to prepare for. Power forward Tristan Thompson called the wild-haired Brazilian “a horse.” And point guard Kyrie Irving said it is “the greatest feeling in the world” to have the 6-foot-11, 260-pounder on his side. All Varejao did Read More…

Cavaliers: An opening night win but don’t expect many more

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers fans were all witnesses to an opening-night win at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday night, with Cleveland beating the John Wall-less Washington Wizards, 94-84, in front of a sold-out crowd. Not to rain on the 1-0, first-place party, but it’s a pretty safe bet those fans won’t be seeing many more victories Read More…

Cavs’ Dion Waiters excited to open season in starting lineup

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INDEPENDENCE — Dion Waiters is going to feel like a high school kid tonight when he plays his first NBA game. The 20-year-old shooting guard, who came off the bench during his two years at Syracuse, will be in the starting lineup for a regular-season game for the first time since his Philadelphia prep days Read More…

Tyler Zeller plays big as Cavs fall short to Pacers in preseason

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach Byron Scott doesn’t want his players to get complacent or take anything for granted, so he’s doing his best to keep everyone guessing about his opening-night starting lineup. Scott started Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Anderson Varejao and rookie Tyler Zeller on Tuesday as Cleveland lost its final preseason game Read More…

Cavs starting jobs and roster spots still up for grabs

INDEPENDENCE — Three players are battling for two spots in the Cavaliers’ starting lineup. Five others are battling for the final three spots on the 15-man roster. Center Anderson Varejao, power forward Tristan Thompson and point guard Kyrie Irving are entrenched as regular-season starters as Cleveland enters its exhibition finale tonight at Quicken Loans Arena Read More…

Cavaliers: Team exercises options on Irving, Thompson

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers have exercised their team option on guard Kyrie Irving, the NBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year. As expected, the team also exercised its third-year option on second-year forward Tristan Thompson, who was taken with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 draft, three selections after Irving. The 20-year-old Irving averaged Read More…

NBA preseason: Cavs rookie benched after messing up play, struggling

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CANTON — Dion Waiters may not know the plays, but he now knows this: He’s going to get benched when he totally botches one up. The No. 4 pick in the draft wasn’t very good Tuesday night, and most of his teammates weren’t much better as the Cavaliers fell 97-80 to the Milwaukee Bucks in Read More…

Cavs’ Samardo Samuels looks improved in preseason win

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CLEVELAND — Samardo Samuels knows the Cavaliers desperately need someone to replace Antawn Jamison’s offense. That in mind, the native of Jamaica spent time in Charlotte this summer working with the veteran power forward, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent. The work was evident Monday night, when Samuels displayed a Read More…