INDEPENDENCE: Kay Felder remains in the league’s concussion protocol and has been ruled out for Tuesday’s season opener against the New York Knicks. Felder’s absence leaves Iman Shumpert as the primary backup barring a trade before rosters are due into the league at 5 p.m.
Shumpert has struggled with ball-handling duties in the past, but the Cavs have few other options right now.
“We’re going to give Shumpert a look and see how he does,” Lue said. “If he’s comfortable with it and feels good when we’re doing it then we will continue to roll with Shump.”To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers have moved up the start time of Tuesday’s season opener to accommodate the Indians, who will host Game 1 across the plaza on the same evening.
The Cavs’ ring ceremony and banner raising will begin at 7 p.m. and the game against the Knicks will tip off at 7:30. The first pitch of the World Series is set for shortly after 8 p.m.
“Wanted to spread out 2 of the greatest sports moments in CLE history,” Cavs owner Dan Gilbert tweeted in explaining the change.To read more or comment...
Do you hear that? That sound may be wedding bells ringing for Cavs forward Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian.
In Touch Weekly reports a source close to Kardashian said Thompson has proposed and the two are planning their wedding for a new reality show.
But ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin tweeted the report isn't true, according to a source close to Thompson.
A source close to Tristan Thompson tells ESPN the story re: his engagement to Khloe Kardashian/reality TV series is false on both countsTo read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: LeBron James scored 18 points and Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the Cavaliers’ 96-91 loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday at Ohio State in the final preseason tune-up. The Cavs will have a week off prior to the season opener Tuesday against the New York Knicks.
Kyrie Irving left in the second quarter with left calf tightness and did not return, although the injury isn’t considered serious. Coach Tyronn Lue held him out for precautionary reasons.
J.R. Smith started at shooting guard in his first appearance since signing a four-year contract, although he played just 12 minutes and scored four points, including one 3-pointer. Smith will spend the last week of preseason getting his legs back.To read more or comment...
COLUMBUS: Kyrie Irving left Tuesday’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards with left calf tightness and will not return, according to the team.
Irving left for good with 8:22 left in the second quarter. He was scoreless in 10 minutes Tuesday and finishes the preseason playing in three games. Coach Ty Lue is treating Tuesday’s preseason game at Ohio State as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but now he’s doing it without his point guard.
Irving’s injury isn’t considered serious, they’re just being cautious with him since Tuesday marked the preseason finale. The Cavs open the regular season next Tuesday at home against the New York Knicks.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith walked around Cleveland Clinic Courts a happy man on Sunday.
The 3-point sharp-shooter joked with teammates, hugged Cavs staff members and addressed the media about returning to play for the defending NBA champions.
“It feels great,” Smith said of being back with a reported four-year contract worth $57 million. “I didn’t take my physical yet, so I can’t practice, but it feels good to be in the gym, be around the guys and to be a part of it.”
Smith said he plans to practice Monday, which makes forward LeBron James happy.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: Shooting guard J.R. Smith has a new contract and is pumped about the Cavaliers chances to repeat as NBA champions.
Smith also knows that several teams have improved, including the Golden State Warriors who signed Kevin Durant to play alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala.
“We have an unbelievable opportunity to repeat,” Smith said. “We have a great nucleus of guys once again. We are starting 0-0 just like everybody else and we are so far from that. We just have to continue to get better everyday and not focus on the championship. We are going to get everybody’s best shot, so we really have to take it game-by-game.”To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: Cavaliers forward LeBron James continues to be impressed by the Indians, and players such as Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen in the Major League Baseball playoffs.
“Terry Francona has a great system in and those guys are following it,” James said. “It’s fun to see what they are doing. They are playing great ball.”
James said he watches baseball in October and keeps up on other sports, such as football.
Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith said he was center fielder and pitcher in baseball, before focusing on basketball full-time during his sophomore year of high school.To read more or comment...