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LeBron James scores 36 points, Tristan Thompson grabs 12 offensive rebounds in Cavs' 114-108 OT win

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2014

CHICAGO: LeBron James started the overtime session Friday just as he started the game: in charge and on the attack. As a result, the Cavaliers survived a fourth-quarter collapse to win their first game of the season in an early season matchup against what should be their biggest rival in the East.

James scored 36 points, including the Cavs’ first eight in overtime in their 114-108 victory against the Chicago Bulls at United Center. He received a huge assist from Tristan Thompson, who grabbed four offensive rebounds in the overtime session alone.

Thompson followed his fourth with a dunk, giving the Cavs a 108-104 lead with 24 seconds left. Thompson 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench. Twelve of his 13 rebounds were offensive.

The win washed away the lingering residue from Thursday’s disappointing home-opening loss against the Knicks, but it didn’t come without a fight.

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Cavs, Anderson Varejao agree on three-year extension

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2014
Varejao with Blatt

CHICAGO: Anderson Varejao has re-signed with the Cavaliers, the team announced hours before facing the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a league source with knowledge of the talks said it was a three-year deal worth $30 million. The final year is non-guaranteed. Varejao is in the final year of a six-year, $49 million deal and would’ve been an unrestricted free agent next summer. But the return of LeBron James prompted both sides to strike a deal. Varejao is one of James’ favorite all-time teammates.

With Varejao out of the way, the Cavs have a few hours left before Friday’s midnight deadline to strike an extension with Tristan Thompson. Otherwise he’ll become a restricted free agent next summer and the Cavs will have the right to match any deal he receives. 

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Pregame: Cavs (0-1) at Bulls (1-0)

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2014

Kyrie Irving says communication needs to improve; Bulls' Jimmy Butler gametime decision tonight

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2014
Irving and Spike

CHICAGO: One night after the Cavaliers’ high-powered offense looked disjointed in an opening-night loss to the Knicks, they’ll face a stiffer challenge Friday when the Chicago Bulls celebrate their home opener.

Now they’ll wait to see if the Bulls will be at full strength after defensive specialist Jimmy Butler (thumb) participated in shootaround Friday morning, according to the Chicago Tribune. Butler hadn't practiced since Oct. 19 and would provide help for the Bulls in defending LeBron James.

These are the two early season favorites to meet in the conference finals, but Thursday’s loss to the Knicks indicated how much work remains for the Cavs.

James might have had eight turnovers, but Kyrie Irving blamed himself for the Cavs’ offensive struggles.

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What they're saying: TNT broadcast booth

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2014

CLEVELAND: Thoughts from TNT Inside the NBA analysts during and after Thursday's 95-90 loss to the Knicks on opening night...

Kenny Smith on Cleveland’s LeBron James being a scorer as opposed to deferring to teammates: “When he did that in Miami they didn’t win. When he said, ‘I’m the best player, and I’m going to be the best player, and you guys have to fall back,’ that’s when they won championships. So, to me, he’s going to have to be the best player for them to be successful.”

Reggie Miller on the adjustment James’ Cavaliers teammates need to make: "When you acquire the best player on the planet in LeBron James, I said early on, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waters need to be in the gym shooting 500 to 1,000 jump shots a day because LeBron James is going to be double and triple teamed, especially in the open court."

Charles Barkley on Kevin Love as one of the best power forwards in the NBA: “The guy’s been the best power forward in the NBA the last three or four years. He didn’t have a lot of help in Minnesota. You’re getting 12, 13, 14 rebounds a night… You can’t fake rebounding numbers…if you’re getting 14 rebounds a night, you’re a hell of a player.”

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Knicks 95, Cavs 90; Jason Lloyd's 28 final thoughts on LeBron James' first game back with Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 31, 2014
LeBron powder toss

CLEVELAND: Twenty-eight thoughts for 28 fourth-quarter points from the Knicks in the Cavs’ 95-90 loss on opening night…

1. LeBron James was not good. In fact, he was arguably the Cavs’ worst player on the court. That might be the last time that happens.

2. James shot 5-for-15 and committed eight turnovers. Some of it was sloppy ball handling, some was miscommunication – watching Kyrie Irving cut one way while throwing it another. It happens, particularly with a new team. Also, James hadn’t played in 10 days since he sat the final preseason game.

3. “I hate turning the ball over,” James said. “It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is something that’s definitely not OK.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love makes himself comfortable

By George Thomas Published: October 31, 2014

The Cleveland Cavaliers played LeBron James’ homecoming game Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena, but Kevin Love came into the house and made himself comfortable.

Love scored 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, grabbed 14 rebounds and added four assists in the Cavs’ 95-90 opening night loss in his first regular season game as a Cavalier.

Love, who played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons, confessed that it was different for him to begin his seventh campaign in a new city and different uniform.

“It was an emotional game. I mentioned it beforehand,” he said. “Everything leading up to this first game put us in spot where it was going to be a chance to go out and perform in front of our home crowd, but we knew it was going to be a different type of energy.”

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LeBron James commits eight turnovers, Cavs stumble on opening night with 95-90 loss to Knicks

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2014

CLEVELAND: The night began with a confetti toss and ended in bitter disappointment. In between, the cautions of the players and coach David Blatt throughout the preseason of how long it will take the Cavs to figure things out rang true.

Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, including a big basket over LeBron James in the final minute and the New York Knicks spoiled James’ reunion celebration with a 95-90 victory Thursday.

A city and team poised for an explosion instead fizzled under the spotlight of opening night. James shot just 5-for-15 and finished with 17 points, five rebounds and eight turnovers in his first game back since announcing on July 11 he was returning to the Cavaliers after four years in Miami.

The arena had the atmosphere of a conference finals contest, but the Knicks took control in the second half behind red-hot shooting, terrific bench play and a stagnant Cavs offense.

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Video: LeBron James' powder toss

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 30, 2014

VIDEO: Time lapse of new LeBron James/Nike banner in Cleveland

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2014

CLEVELAND: The new LeBron James/Nike banner is in place for tonight's season opener. Here is a time lapse video from Sherwin-Williams on the process. 


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Scoreboard message confirms LeBron's chalk toss is back

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 30, 2014

Apparently LeBron James knew ahead of time how Cavs fans would vote on Twitter on whether to reinstate his legendary chalk toss. He abandoned the practice from his Cavs days during his four-year stint with the Miami Heat.

During pre-game testing of the new scoreboard a message read: "Be part of the chalk toss. After player intros, get your confetti ready and toss it in the air when LeBron does it."

Packets of confetti awaited fans at their seats in Quicken Loans Arena, along with a T-shirt and poster, for the Cavs' season opener against the New York Knicks.

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Seen and heard around The Q: Can't keep everyone happy

By George Thomas Published: October 30, 2014

As people trickle into the area that surrounds Quicken Loans Arena, the feeling of pent-up euphoria ready to be unleashed for the Cleveland Cavaliers is evident.

Smartphones come out to snap pictures and video of setup for Kendrick Lamar and recently announced appearance of Imagination Dragons.

Bomb sniffing dogs draw the aroma from trucks and vans parked near the curb at The Q and the scalpers shout the familiar refrain:  “Who’s got tickets?  Who needs tickets?”  Apparently more than five hours before game time is never too soon to do business.   And, no, they’re not particularly happy.

A couple of chaps from Lorain have just set up for business on Huron and things are slow.  They’re not particularly happy either.

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LeBron James appreciates significance of today; Cavs preparing for return of the powder toss

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2014
LBJ answers questions on court

CLEVELAND: The ESPN and TNT sets are up and an adjacent street concert begins in a few hours. Northeast Ohio is the epicenter of the sports world today and LeBron James has an appreciation for all the attention he has brought to Northeast Ohio.

“This is probably one of the biggest sporting events up here ever,” James said Thursday morning following Cavs shootaround. “A lot of people are here. SportsCenter would never come to Cleveland.”

The Cavs open the season at 8 p.m. against the New York Knicks, who were crushed last night in Chicago. James stayed home and watched most of the NBA games on last night. Now it’s his turn.

James and the Cavs have apparently decided to bring back his famous pregame “powder toss,” which he stopped doing in Miami. James asked fans on social media whether or not to do it and said Thursday morning the results weren’t in. But it’s clear the Cavs are preparing for it.

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Cavs coach David Blatt on opener: 'I'm excited as hell. Who wouldn't be?'

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 30, 2014

Here's what Cavs coach David Blatt said after Thursday morning's shootaround for the 8 p.m. opener against the New York Knicks:

Q: You excited?

A: Absolutely. And I’ve gone through it a number of times, not in this environment, but over the course of my career. I can tell you myself and the staff, we’re as excited as anybody. This is the beginning of the journey and we’ve worked hard during the course of the preseason. Our ownership group and management worked hard this summer to put a good team in our hands. Very excited would be a very fair way to describe the feeling.

Q: Ever have an opener with this type of anticipation?

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Pregame: Cavs (0-0) at Knicks (0-1)

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 30, 2014

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert never believed relationship with LeBron James was irreparable

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 29, 2014
Gilbert, Dan

CLEVELAND: Even at its worst, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert says he never believed his relationship with LeBron James was irreparable.

“Unless you’re really doing some significant harm to another human being, I don’t think the bridge is ever burned,” Gilbert told reporters Wednesday on the eve of the Cavs’ opener against the New York Knicks. It was the first time Gilbert spoke publicly in eight months.

“We had a night where emotions were flying high on all sides,” Gilbert said. “Things like that happen a lot in business where people have phone calls and heated exchanges and people are writing each other emails and letters, and then the next day they’re eating lunch and doing business. It’s not a be-all or end-all type thing.

“Except when you’re in the sports world, something like that is blown up and the whole world knows it.”

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LeBron James confirms birth of his daughter, Zhuri Nova James

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 29, 2014

CLEVELAND: LeBron James confirmed on Wednesday the birth of his daughter, Zhuri Nova. It is he and wife Savannah’s third child together. Zhuri was born last week.

“My family is happy and it’s a blessing to be able to add another one to our family,” James said the day before the Cavs open the season at home against the New York Knicks. It is the family’s first daughter.

“”It’s different. It’s a lot different,” James said. “You give rough love to your boys and you give soft love to your daughter. I understand that and I’m looking forward to the journey of all three of them growing up.”

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Kevin Love misses practice time after getting hit in rib, David Blatt says he's fine

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 28, 2014

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love took a shot to the rib cage and sat out part of practice on Tuesday, but Cavs coach David Blatt said he will be fine for Thursday’s opener against the New York Knicks.

“We pulled him out, but he’s OK,” Blatt said.

Love has suffered a number of minor dings during the preseason. He was kicked near his Achilles in a game against the Heat, but remained in the game. He missed time with a sore neck and also battled a sore knee during the preseason.

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Cavs release Shane Edwards, reduce roster to NBA limit of 15

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 25, 2014

INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers released Shane Edwards on Saturday, reducing the roster to the 15 players they are expected to start the season with Thursday against the Knicks. 

Edwards' release was expected and means other fringe guys such as Lou Amundson, A.J. Price and Alex Kirk all made the Cavs final roster.

Edwards has spent time with the Canton Charge previously and is likely headed back if he clears waivers. Under league rules, a team holds first right of refusal over their final three cuts of training camp. 

That means Stephen Holt, Chris Crawford and Edwards could all bypass the Development League draft and be placed directly on the Canton Charge if the Cavs choose. All three will be considered NBA free agents, but the Cavs will at least have their D-League rights. 

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LeBron James to let fans decide on powder toss via social media

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 24, 2014

LeBron James listened to sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce when making his decision whether to return to the Cavs.

But James will leave the choice of whether he resumes his ritual of the pre-game powder toss up to the fans. The Cavs open the season Thursday at home against the New York Knicks.

James said Friday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts that he will let fans decide via social media whether he goes back to the habit, which he abandoned during his time with the Miami Heat.

James didn't give details on which social media platform he would pick.

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Anderson Varejao named starting center in Cavs' season opener

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 24, 2014

Anderson Varejao will be the Cavs' starting center in Thursday night's opener against the New York Knicks, coach David Blatt said Friday.

Blatt didn't go all the way in his announcement, saying "the way we've been playing, that's pretty much how we're going to go" in reference to Varejao. The 10-year veteran has started five of six preseason games he's played in.

Blatt emphasized that Tristan Thompson may get the call over Varejao at times this season. But Blatt cited LeBron James' familiarity with Varejao as the major reason he has the edge. Varejao played six seasons with James during James' first stint with the Cavs.

"That was more or less the idea of beginning with Andy, just because those two guys are so good together," Blatt said after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. "Tristan is equally as efficient in either case. That's more or less the basis. It doesn't mean that Tristan won't be starting some of the games; I'm sure he will be. Just right now that's the way we're looking to go.

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Grizzlies 96, Cavs 92: Jason Lloyd's final thoughts at conclusion of preseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 23, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn.: Twenty-two thoughts for 22 Cavs fast-break points Wednesday after they concluded the preseason 5-2 following a 96-92 loss to the Grizzlies…

1. In discussing LeBron James’ impact on a game, one current Cavs player put it this way: “He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game. You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin (Love) and the other night with Andy (Varejao).”

2. In the game against the Heat in Rio, James had the assist on each of Love’s first three baskets and five of his nine. Most of his looks were wide open, and after the game Cavs coach David Blatt commended Love for how quickly he fit into the Cavs. That happened, of course, because James took it upon himself to get Love going.

3. It was Varejao’s turn against the Bulls, perhaps the best defensive team in the league with a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate at center in Joakim Noah. Varejao scored 22 points in 23 minutes, and while James only assisted on three of Varejao’s 10 baskets, he was on the floor during eight of them.

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Cavs fall to Grizzlies in preseason finale 96-92 on night LeBron rests, starters sit 4th quarter

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 22, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn: The Cavaliers appear to have escaped the preseason with 15 healthy bodies and a good portion of their high-powered offense installed. Under the circumstances, that makes October a winning month.

The Cavs closed their preseason with a 96-92 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, a game they played without LeBron James. Coach David Blatt also yanked the rest of the starters prior to the start of the fourth quarter and finished the game with guys who will comprise the end of the roster.

Kyrie Irving had 16 points and three assists, Kevin Love had 12 points and eight rebounds and Dion Waiters had 15 points when they exited in the third quarter, accounting for 43 of the Cavs’ 67 points entering the fourth.

Tristan Thompson had nine points and five rebounds off the bench after Anderson Varejao again started at center, but battled foul trouble and scored two points in 16 minutes.

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NBA votes down proposed changes to draft lottery; Cavs reportedly voted in favor

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 22, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn.: The NBA’s current draft lottery system will remain in place after 13 teams voted no to a proposal that would make it more difficult for the worst teams to win the No. 1 pick, Yahoo Sports reported. The vote was held Wednesday at the Board of Governors meeting in New York.

The Cavaliers, recently the biggest benefactors of the current system, voted in favor of better balancing the odds between the non-playoff teams, according to Yahoo, which reported the 13 teams that voted down the proposal: the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls.

The Cavs had the worst cumulative record the last four years and won three of those lotteries, but they never won with the best odds. They jumped from the eighth slot in 2011 to win it with a 2.8 percent chance, they leaped from third in 2013 with a 15.6 percent chance and defied the odds again in May when they came up from ninth for another stunning win on just a 1.7 percent chance. 

They traded two of those top picks for Kevin Love and now are the favorites to win the East. 

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Kyrie Irving scores 28 points, Derrick Rose scores 30 for Bulls in Cavs' 107-98 preseason victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 20, 2014

COLUMBUS: If Monday’s preseason showing was any indication, the Cavs/Bulls series will be the highlight of the Eastern Conference this season.

Kyrie Irving had 28 points and seven assists and LeBron James had 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Cavs’ 107-98 victory at Value City Arena.
Cavs coach David Blatt said this would closely resemble a regular season game in terms of rotation and minutes and it certainly did. Four of the five starters played at least 30 mintues, with Anderson Varejao being the only exception. Varejao managed 22 points and eight rebounds in just 23 minutes.

This night might ultimately be remembered as the night Derrick Rose reintroduced himself to the NBA. Rose looked as explosive as ever, blowing by any defender the Cavs put in front of him to score 30 points in only 24 minutes while shooting 12-for-18. Rose added five rebounds, three assists and did not turn the ball over.

He entered shooting just 41 percent in the preseason and 33 percent on 3-pointers. Yet he moved fluidly Monday, making 3 of 4 3-pointers and pulling the Bulls within 51-49 at the half before sitting much of the second half.

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Mavericks 108, Cavs 102; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts with Kyrie Irving's return

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 18, 2014

CLEVELAND: Thirteen thoughts for 13 shots by Kyrie Irving in his return in what was ultimately the Cavs' first loss of the preseason...

1. Want to know what leadership looks like? Leadership is James Jones correcting players who were on the locker room floor stretching recently when David Blatt walked in to address the team. Jones told the players to get up, sit in their chairs and give their attention to their head coach.

2. Leadership is LeBron James telling guys not to eat during film sessions. When it’s “team” time, as in any activity that relates to improving the team, James told them all of their energy needs focused on that. There will be no distractions, such as eating.

3. Perhaps even moreso than what they provide on the court, this is why guys like Jones and Mike Miller were brought here behind LeBron. The Cavs haven’t had much veteran leadership in the past. That has all changed.

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Kyrie Irving returns with 23 points, but Kevin Love sits in Cavs' 108-102 loss to Mavericks

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 17, 2014

CLEVELAND: Just as one member of the Cavs’ Holy Trinity returns to the court, another always seems to exit. As Kyrie Irving returned from a sprained ankle in Friday’s 108-102 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Love sat for what the Cavs called routine maintenance.

Irving had 23 points in 28 minutes, Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds and LeBron James had 12 points while taking just six shots in the Cavs’ first loss of the preseason.

They have now played five preseason games, but Irving, Love and James haven’t played together since the opener two weeks ago. No one seems overly concerned, however, and the hope is the Big Three will play together in both of next week’s games – the final two of the preseason.

“I’m only concerned that we’re all healthy when the season starts,” James said. “We’ll have time throughout practices and regular season games to make the adjustments that are needed. But we need to be healthy. That’s all that matters.”

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Kyrie Irving will play tonight vs. Mavericks; Love and Marion to sit

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 17, 2014

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving will return to the Cavaliers tonight when they host the Dallas Mavericks in the final preseason game at Quicken Loans Arena.

Irving missed three games with a sprained ankle, but went through a rigorous workout Thursday and was cleared to return.

Shawn Marion and Kevin Love will both rest tonight, but the Cavs say Love is healthy and there is no lingering concern over his sore neck or knee. 

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LeBron James scores 26 points, finds his rhythm in Cavs' 98-93 preseason win against Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 15, 2014

CINCINNATI: LeBron James has spent the early part of this preseason helping his teammates find a rhythm. He spent Wednesday night finding his own.

James shook off a sluggish start to the preseason to score 26 points in 24 minutes in the Cavs’ 98-93 preseason victory against the Indiana Pacers on the campus of Xavier University.

James totaled 19 points in his first two preseason games while shooting 6-for-19. He washed all of that away with a 9-for-12 performance Wednesday while adding four rebounds and three assists. His only blemish were the four turnovers, which give him 10 for the preseason.

Kevin Love was banged around for the second consecutive night and did not play in the second half. He injured his neck in the first half and remained in the locker room for treatment after halftime, although the Cavs say it isn’t serious.

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Love scores 25, Waiters has 23 in Cavs' 106-100 win over Bucks on night LeBron rests

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 14, 2014

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love had 25 points and Dion Waiters had 23 in the Cavs’ 106-100 victory Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.

LeBron James missed the game to rest, Kyrie Irving sat with a sprained right ankle and Kevin Love sat the fourth quarter after banging knees with Jabari Parker, rendering the Cavs without any members of their Big Three to close the game.

Anderson Varejao also knocked knees in the fourth quarter and hobbled to the bench. Varejao injured his right knee, the same one that caused him so many problems two years ago. But both Varejao and Love watched the end of the game from the bench and neither needed to head to the locker room during the game for more examinations.

The decision to rest James was not a surprise since the Cavs are playing three games in four nights and coach David Blatt already warned James would miss one of them.

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LeBron James will not play tonight vs. Milwaukee Bucks

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 14, 2014

CLEVELAND: LeBron James will not play Tuesday night when the Cavaliers face the Milwaukee Bucks. He will play on Wednesday when they face the Indiana Pacers in Cincinnati, coach David Blatt said.

James resting tonight is simply a maintenance issue. He is not injured. 

"Just part of our process and part of our management of how we want to approach preseason and best get him ready for the start of the season," Blatt said.

Blatt said Tristan Thompson will be a game-time decision tonight as well. Thompson missed practice Monday and is dealing with a sore shoulder, although it's not considered serious. 

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LeBron will likely skip an upcoming game; Irving due back near end of the week

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 13, 2014

The Cavs have three preseason games this week, but two of their big three will likely be sitting out some of them.

Kyrie Irving may miss Tuesday's home exhibition against the Milwaukee Bucks and Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers in Cincinnati as he continues to rehab a sprained ankle. LeBron James is leaning towards taking one of the back-to-back games off, but isn't sure which one.

The best chance for fans to see both may be Friday, when the Cavs host the Dallas Mavericks at Quicken Loans Arena.

Irving was hurt in practice Tuesday before the Cavs left for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for Saturday's exhibition against the Miami Heat. Irving said teammate Anderson Varejao stepped on his foot, but didn't consider the injury serious.

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Cavs 122, Heat 119 OT; Jason Lloyd's final thoughts from Rio

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 12, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO: Twenty-six thoughts for 26 terrific minutes from Kevin Love in a 122-119 overtime win that capped a memorable week in Brazil…

1. This isn’t at all groundbreaking, but if the Cavs are going to win a championship this season, they must learn how to defend. The perimeter defense was terrible last season, as were a lot of the pick-and-roll coverages. That’s what made Saturday encouraging.

2. I thought Dion Waiters was great defensively. He snuck behind Chris Bosh and poked away a steal in the first half, he went straight up on one of Dwyane Wade’s drives to the basket and forced Wade to give it up on another possession and generally just seemed to be more aware. Waiters’ stout upper body gives him the capability of being a strong defender, he just has to want to do it. Against the Heat he was great at both ends.

3. Kevin Love’s defensive liabilities are well documented. Even Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor got his shots in after the trade that brought him to Cleveland. And those deficiencies are real.

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Cavaliers 122, Heat 119 (OT): LeBron James' first game against former team ends in victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 11, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO: Kevin Love had 25 points and seven rebounds and LeBron James had seven points and eight assists in the Cavaliers’ 122-119 preseason overtime victory Saturday against the Miami Heat, James’ first appearance against his former team.

After James conceded Friday he was “surprised” by some of the comments made by some of his former teammates this week, there was little interaction between them on Saturday. James gave Chris Bosh the standard hug prior to the opening tip, but it was brief. James played only 20 minutes and struggled shooting all night, missing six of his first seven shots and his first three free throws, but Love covered it on a night the Cavs were without their third star in Kyrie Irving.

Irving, as expected, missed the game with a sprained right ankle he injured prior to the team departing for Brazil.

Anderson Varejao got the start at center and had 14 points while receiving the loudest pregame ovation for playing in front of his home crowd. The sellout crowd chanted for Varejao in the final minutes of regulation and again in overtime, so he stood and waived from the bench as they cheered him again.

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Pregame from Brazil: Cavs vs. Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 11, 2014

Pregame: Cavs (1-0) vs. Heat (0-2)

Time: 5 p.m.; Venue: HSBC Arena; TV/Radio FS Ohio, ESPNews/WTAM Officials: Ron Garretson, Brent Barnaky, Leon Wood

Cavs starters: Matthew Dellavedova (4.0 ppg, 0 rpg, 2.0 apg); Dion Waiters (15 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg); LeBron James (12.0 ppg, 4.0 ppg, 4.0 apg); Kevin Love (8.0 ppg, 11.0 ppg, 4.0 apg); Anderson Varejao (6.0 ppg, 15.0 rpg, 1.0 apg)

Heat starters: Mario Chalmers (6.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.0 apg); Dwyane Wade (8.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.5 apg); Luol Deng (11.0 ppg, 4.5 apg, 2.0 rpg); Shawne Williams (8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 0.5 apg); Chris Bosh (13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.5 apg)

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LeBron James' "Survivor's Remorse" given second season by Starz

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 10, 2014

Survivor's Remorse will receive a second season, Starz announced Friday. The comedy television show, executive produced by LeBron James, Tom Werner and Maverick Carter, will receive 10 episodes in season two, six more than the premiere season. 

The show debuted Oct. 4 with a multiplatform performance of 1.3 million viewers the first week, according to the network. 

"We're thrilled with the overwhelming critical acclaim 'Survivor's Remorse' has received and we look forward to continuing our partnership with such an all-star team," Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said in a statement. 

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Cavs starters run through drills at start of practice in Brazil

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 10, 2014



Cavs starters execute a passing drill at the start of practice on Friday. Anderson Varejao and Matthew Dellavedova practiced with the starters. 

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Anderson Varejao working with starters in Rio

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 10, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil: Anderson Varejao has been the center of attention since the Cavaliers landed here, so it's only fitting he start Saturday's preseason game against the Miami Heat. 

Varejao worked with the starters during Friday's practice at Flamengo Club, along with Matthew Dellavedova, who again replaced Kyrie Irving. Irving is out nursing a sprained ankle and isn't expected to play Saturday. 

Varejao hosted a party for Cavs dignitaries on Thursday and has been mobbed by the Brazilian press at practice. 

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Video podcast: Cavs trip in Brazil with Jason Lloyd and Ron Ledgard

By Ron Ledgard Published: October 10, 2014

Jason Lloyd is with the Cavs in Brazil as they prepare for an exhibtion game Saturday against the Miami Heat.

The game will be at 5 p.m. and televised on ESPNews.

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Postcards from Rio with Jason Lloyd on Cavs trip

By Ron Ledgard Published: October 10, 2014

Parts of Rio de Janeiro create some of the most beautiful images in the world. Here are snapshots from around town, including Sugar Loaf Mountain at dusk and Copacabana Beach, all courtesy of Cavs beat writer Jason Lloyd.

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Ray Allen's agent shoots down rumors, says Allen undecided on playing this season

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 7, 2014

Jim Tanner, the agent for Ray Allen, shot down rumors via Twitter Tuesday that the 39-year-old shooting guard was headed to the Cavs.

On the Twitter account for Tandem Sports and Entertainment, Tanner said, "Amid continued rumors and having spoken with Ray today, let me be very clear. Ray’s position has not changed. Ray has not decided if he will play this season nor has he signed w/ the @Cavs."

The statement was a response to Internet reports that Allen had agreed to terms with the Cavs.

A 19-year NBA veteran, Allen spent the past two seasons playing with Cavs star LeBron James with the Miami Heat. With the Heat, Allen averaged 10.3 points, shot 44.6 percent from the field and .398 from 3-point range. He played 79 games in 2012-13 and 73 in 2013-14.

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LeBron plays first half, Cavs pound Blatt's former team with 107-80 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 5, 2014
Love dribbles vs Maccabi

CLEVELAND: LeBron James had 12 points, four rebounds and four assists while playing just the first half and the Cavs handled Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 on Sunday in the preseason debut of their revamped roster.

Cavs coach David Blatt conceded before the game he was entering the night with mixed emotions after guiding Maccabi to a Euroleague title over the summer. He hoped both teams would play well and that the Cavs would win, so he essentially got his wish.

Kevin Love had eight points, 11 rebounds and four assists in his first game in a Cavs jersey. Kyrie Irving had 16 points and five assists and Dion Waiters had 15 points and three assists.

The Cavs outrebounded Maccabi 64-36. Anderson Varejao had 15 rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench.

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Pregame: Cavs vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 5, 2014
Fan holds LBJ fathead

Injury report: Cavs: None.

Officials: Sean Wright, Dedric Taylor, Josh Tiven



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LeBron James, Mike Miller sit out practice Friday morning to rest; will return for evening session

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 3, 2014
LBJ closeup straight on

LeBron James missed practice Friday morning to rest his cranky back, but coach David Blatt insisted it’s just a maintenance issue and James will return to practice Friday night. The Cavs are holding their third two-a-day on Friday.

Mike Miller also sat Friday morning, while Blatt said guys like Anderson Varejao and Shawn Marion have previously sat out practices to rest. This was the first practice James has missed.

“We wanted to give him a little bit of a break. We may do more of that,” Blatt said. “These are guys with multiple years on their resume and on their legs, so we’re trying to be careful and smart with them.”

James acknowledged the other day his back still flares up occassionally. 

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Video: Watch Cavs rookies get pranked by LeBron James prior to intrasquad scrimmage

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 3, 2014




Watch the video above. See the two guys running onto the floor, laughing, and no one behind them? That is Joe Harris and Alex Kirk. LeBron James pranked the two rookies prior to Wednesday’s Wine & Gold scrimmage at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Wizards' Bradley Beal still talking about Dion Waiters, looking forward to Nov. 21 meeting with Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 2, 2014
Beal, Bradley media day pose

CLEVELAND: Bradley Beal is still talking about Dion Waiters and the budding backcourt rivalry between the Cavs and the Washington Wizards. Beal was a guest on a Washington sports radio station and said he’s already eyeing Nov. 21 – the first meeting between the two teams.

“I mean, some guys just get to talking, and that’s all he’s doing right now,” Beal said of Waiters. “But what we’re going to do, we’re just going to prove it. And November 21, they come here, so we’ll just duke it out then.”

To recap this silly war of words, Beal initially proclaimed he and John Wall comprised the best backcourt in the league. Waiters called that “nonsense,” to which Wall scolded Waiters for talking when he hasn’t even established himself as a starter. So Waiters responded by posting this YouTube clip to his Twitter account.


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LeBron James, rest of Cavs, learning to Love full-court passes

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 2, 2014
Love, Kevin dunks W&G

CLEVELAND: LeBron James flashed Kevin Love a quick glance during a free throw attempt Wednesday night at the Q. As soon as the shot went up, James sprinted alone toward the other end of the floor as Love grabbed the ball and turned to heave it.

Officials blew it dead, halting the Wine & Gold scrimmage momentarily and preventing a highlight dunk from James in a 1 on 0 fast break, but the brief moment in the intrasquad scrimmage made clear just how often – and easily – the Cavs will be able to run this season.

Love’s full-court chest passes are a thing of beauty – particularly when one of his targets was an All-Ohio receiver in high school who probably could’ve had a successful NFL career if he wanted.

“No one in the league does that like him. No one,” James said before comparing it to Dwyane Wade’s full-court baseball pass. “To have a guy like Love is great.”

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Podcast: Reviewing the Cavaliers' Wine & Gold scrimmage and looking ahead to Brazil

By Published: October 2, 2014

LeBron James and the Cavaliers played their annual Wine & Gold scrimmage Wednesday night, and the Q was rockin with more than 16,000 fans. Jason Lloyd also talks of the first week of Cavs training camp and begins to look ahead to the trip to Brazil.

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LeBron James welcomed back to Q with roaring ovation at Wine & Gold scrimmage

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 1, 2014
LBJ W&G scrimmage

CLEVELAND: The last time LeBron James was in this building wearing this jersey, he departed the court to a smattering of boos in a half-empty arena following a crushing playoff defeat.

Upon his return Wednesday night, the cheers from the 16,723 who filled the arena were so loud he couldn’t hear when he was being introduced.

James received his first of many welcome-back roars at Quicken Loans Arena during the team’s annual Wine & Gold scrimmage. James was the last one to be introduced, but started his introductory walk too early.

“I really couldn’t hear,” he said. “The roar was very well-received and I’m grateful to be in this position where the fans can welcome me back like that.”

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Video: LeBron James' first introduction in his return to Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 2, 2014

CLEVELAND: More than 16,000 fans showed up to an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday night to welcome LeBron James back to the Cavaliers.

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