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Cavs fall to Hawks 98-96 in preseason opener that includes big dunk, LeBron selfie

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 7, 2015

CINCINNATI: J.R. Smith scored 15 points, including three 3-pointers, but the Cavs struggled offensively in falling to the Atlanta Hawks 98-96 in their preseason opener Wednesday at Xavier University.

LeBron James had eight points, seven rebounds and five assists, while shooting just 3 of 13 in 22 minutes and Timofey Mozgov had 13 points and five rebounds for the Cavs, who shot 42 percent (14 of 37 on 3-pointers). They were under 40 percent until a late surge from the camp invites in the fourth quartrer.

With so many starters out injured, the bench struggled against the Hawks. Anderson Varejao had eight points and a pair of offensive rebounds, while the rest of the reserves combined to shoot 33 percent (12 of 36).

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Cavs' Kevin Love will practice on Saturday, nearing return to games

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 7, 2015

CINCINNATI: Kevin Love will participate in a full practice Saturday for the first time since shoulder surgery, inching him closer to an expected preseason debut in the near future.

Both Love and Kyrie Irving remained in Cleveland to rehab during this two-game trip to Cincinnati and Philadelphia, but coach David Blatt said Wednesday morning Love will participate when the team reconvenes at Cleveland Clinic Courts this weekend.

“He’s coming along real nice,” Blatt said.

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Kevin Love expected to be ready for Cavs opener, but not Kyrie Irving

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 6, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love remains on track to play in the Oct. 27 regular season opener at the Chicago Bulls, but Kyrie Irving won’t be ready, coach David Blatt confirmed Tuesday.

“That would be fair and realistic,” Blatt said.

Love is participating in 3 on 3 drills this week and the Cavs hope he will be cleared for full practices by the weekend. Blatt has already ruled him out for this week’s preseason games at Cincinnati on Wednesday (against the Atlanta Hawks) and at the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. But Blatt has previously said the plan is for Love to play in preseason games at some point this month.

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Sasha Kaun ready for Cavs debut after playing seven years overseas

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 5, 2015

CLEVELAND: Sasha Kaun didn’t think his journey to the NBA would take seven years. If he had his way, he would’ve joined the Cavaliers three years ago when he was a free agent, but the two sides couldn’t come to terms on a deal, so he returned to CSKA Moscow.

Yet even still, when Kaun declared last season would be his final in the Euroleague, there were those within the Cavs organization who didn’t know if he was serious or leveraging for a bigger contract. As it turns out, he meant it.

Kaun will made his Cavs debut tonight in the team’s annual Wine & Gold scrimmage at Quicken Loans Arena. All of the free tickets for the event have been distributed, but fans can watch the game for free on

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LeBron James calls Tristan Thompson's holdout a distraction, urges both sides to get deal done

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 4, 2015

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James insisted his late-night social media message wasn’t directed solely at the Cavs, labeled Tristan Thompson’s holdout as a distraction and urged both sides to find common ground in a candid interview following practice Sunday.

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LeBron James pushing for stiffer gun laws in wake of child killings

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 2, 2015


INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James pushed for stiffer gun laws Friday in the wake of another child killing in Cleveland.

James spoke out on social media after an infant was shot and killed in Cleveland on Thursday, the same day 10 died in Oregon during another school shooting.

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Cavs GM David Griffin expects Tristan Thompson to be in camp Friday

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 1, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: Cavs general manager David Griffin said he expects Tristan Thompson to be on the practice floor Friday, although he declined to speculate under what type of contract.

Thompson is facing an 11:59 p.m. deadline Thursday night to accept the Cavs’ qualifying offer worth about $7 million or reject it and continue negotiations, at which point he would be considered a holdout. The team had the right to extend the Oct. 1 deadline for Thompson to sign the qualifying offer, but declined to do so.

“We fully expect (Friday) he’ll be here in some form or fashion and we’re excited to get going,” Griffin told NBA TV during a live broadcast of Thursday’s Cavs practice. “We’re hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement we will.”

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Iman Shumpert needs wrist surgery, expected to miss at least 3 months

By Jason Lloyd Published: September 29, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: Iman Shumpert needs surgery to repair a right wrist injury and is expected to miss 12 to 14 weeks, the Cavs announced on Tuesday.

Shumpert injured the wrist last week when he hit it on the rim while training, Cavs General Manager David Griffin said. Shumpert informed the Cavs of the issue during Monday’s media day and he went for an MRI, which revealed a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in the wrist. He fought shoulder and groin injuries last season and has been plagued with injuries throughout his career.

Shumpert is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday. The Cavs opened training camp Tuesday, but now J.R. Smith is likely the starting shooting guard. Shumpert is projected to return in December. 

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