May 23, 2015

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Cavs trade Sessions, Eyenga for Walton, first-round pick

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers made a deal just prior to the NBA trade deadline Thursday that will likely make them worse in the short term and better over the long haul. The Cavs dealt backup point guard Ramon Sessions and seldom-used swingman Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers for a first-round pick in 2012 Read More…

Former Cavalier does damage with triple-double

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MILWAUKEE — After his first triple-double a little more than a year ago, Drew Gooden jokingly referred to himself as “Tragic Johnson.” The 6-foot-10 forward was just a bit more boastful this time around, proudly proclaiming that when he plays basketball in the summer, he’s usually the point guard. Gooden had 15 points, 10 rebounds Read More…

Cavs, Kyrie Irving can’t figure Raptors out

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CLEVELAND — The Toronto Raptors have a way of bringing out the worst in the Cavaliers and rookie sensation Kyrie Irving. Toronto improved to 3-0 against Cleveland this season by winning 96-88 Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena, halting the Cavs’ three-game winning streak and dropping them a game back of Milwaukee and New York in Read More…

In uncertain time, Cavs coach Byron Scott just coaches

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INDEPENDENCE — A lot has changed for the Cavaliers in the past week. There’s a chance even more could change by the NBA trade deadline Thursday. Coach Byron Scott is aware of all that, but he’s concentrating on the here and now. “Until March 16 (the day after the deadline), the guys that are here Read More…

Cavs notes: Coach Scott wants Sessions to stay

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CLEVELAND — If Cavaliers coach Byron Scott has his way, backup point guard Ramon Sessions will remain with the team for the rest of the season. But with the NBA trade deadline arriving Thursday at 3 p.m., Cleveland general manager Chris Grant will ultimately determine if that occurs. “When I think about the future and Read More…

Cavaliers go small, get huge win in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — Coach Byron Scott and the Cleveland Cavaliers have found a new way to maximize rookie Kyrie Irving’s closing skills when it matters the most. Antawn Jamison scored 21 points, Irving orchestrated a decisive run in the final three minutes and the Cleveland Cavaliers snapped Oklahoma City’s 14-game home winning streak by beating Read More…

Kyrie Irving makes winning layup as Cavs beat Nuggets

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DENVER — Kyrie Irving reminded Ty Lawson and the Nuggets what it feels like to be on the other end of a big shot. Irving made a driving layup with four seconds left to cap a seesaw battle in the final minutes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Denver 100-99 on Wednesday night. Irving scored 10 Read More…

Cavs should keep Varejao, say so long to Sessions and Jamison

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Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant didn’t ask for my advice, but there are three things I’d try to do — or not do — as the NBA’s March 15 trade deadline approaches: Trade Ramon Sessions, let Antawn Jamison’s contract expire and keep Anderson Varejao. None are absolutes — Varejao should be pretty darn close — Read More…

Cavs notes: Hollins, Gee expected to start for a spell

CLEVELAND — It didn’t produce the desired result on the scoreboard the first time around, but it was worth a second look and probably will get several more. Center Ryan Hollins and small forward Alonzo Gee, who both scored in double figures Saturday in a 101-98 loss to the Washington Wizards, were in the starting Read More…

Cavs notes: Kyrie Irving hoping to play on U.S. team in 2016

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving isn’t going to play for Australia in the 2012 Olympics because he wants to be part of the United States team in 2016. Irving talked recently to U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was also his coach at Duke. Krzyzewski told Irving he wasn’t sure if he’d be the head coach in Read More…