March 27, 2015

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Cavs bully smaller Pistons to grab first win

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CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving didn’t dwell over his dubious debut for more than a minute. Life in the NBA moves too quickly for reflection. “It’s on to the next one,” he said. “To survive in this game you have to have that attitude.” Cleveland’s rookie guard scored just six points and hardly played like the Read More…

Raptors 104, Cavaliers 96: Opener ends in defeat

CLEVELAND — It wasn’t the start Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers envisioned. With its No. 1 overall draft pick in the starting lineup but struggling mightily, Cleveland lost its season opener 104-96 to Toronto on Monday at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. The 19-year-old Irving had six points on 2-for-12 shooting — he was 1-for-5 on Read More…

Brian Dulik: One Cavs rookie struggles, the other shines

On an otherwise forgettable opening night, one of the Cavaliers’ first-round draft choices made quite a first impression Monday. Power forward Tristan Thompson — the fourth pick in the NBA Draft — energized the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench, but couldn’t save Cleveland from a 104-96 Read More…

Irving will start at point guard tonight

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will begin his NBA career in the starting lineup. Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, will be on the floor for the opening tip tonight at Quicken Loans Arena when the Cavs begin regular-season play against the Toronto Raptors. “Honestly, it really didn’t matter Read More…

Cavaliers 2011-12: Building year ahead

INDEPENDENCE — Enjoy the development — and tolerate the ups and downs — of rookies Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. Keep an eye on Omri Casspi, who just might be the answer at small forward. Hope Samardo Samuels, Semih Erden, Alonzo Gee and even young veteran Ramon Sessions can show they’re long-term pieces to the Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavs season not about wins and losses

Most of the tearing down is over. Now the building starts. That’s the most important thing to remember as the Cavaliers begin the 66-game, 2011-12 season. Coming off a miserable 19-63 campaign that featured a league-record 26 straight losses and an almost unconscionable 36 defeats in 37 games, the Cavs are now starting — they Read More…

Cavaliers: 2011-12 player bios

2011-12 roster Omri Casspi, F, 3rd year Age: 23; Ht: 6-9; Wgt: 225; From: Israel Last season: Averaged 8.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.0 apg. Shot .412 from field, .372 on 3-pointers and .673 at line. What we know: Bothered by sore knee in training camp, but expected to be team’s starting small forward. l Read More…

Cavaliers: Samuels ready to work

INDEPENDENCE — When the now 6-foot-9, 260-pound Samardo Samuels was a senior and 6-9, 227-pound Tristan Thompson was a sophomore, they were teammates at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, N.J. Neither was the team’s starting center. That spot was occupied by 6-9 270-pound Gregory Echenique, now a junior at Creighton University. “We lost one Read More…

Kyrie Irving has solid debut as Cavaliers beat Pistons in preseason opener

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyrie Irving’s first exhibition game was a success. Irving scored 21 points — including five free throws in the final minute — in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 91-87 victory over Detroit on Friday night. The Pistons nearly rallied from an 11-point deficit, but they turned the ball over with a chance to Read More…

Cavs’ Antawn Jamison happy again

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INDEPENDENCE — Last season didn’t go the way Cavaliers power forward Antawn Jamison had hoped, and he puts a lot of the blame for that on himself. A solid citizen on and off the court during his NBA career, Jamison was unhappy about losing his starting spot to J.J. Hickson at the beginning of the Read More…