OKLAHOMA CITY: LeBron James will miss Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma Thunder with a sore knee.
James missed the team’s shootaround Thursday morning and remained at the team hotel to receive treatment on the ailing knee. He hasn’t complained of soreness in the knee this season, but he has played at least 41 minutes in three of the last five games, including 42 minutes in Tuesday’s home win against the Toronto Raptors.
James is averaging the second-most minutes in the league this season and is on pace to play his most minutes in four years.
The Thunder will be at full strength tonight and is riding a three-game winning streak with the return of reigning Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant from foot surgery.To read more or comment...
Time: 8 p.m.; Place: Chesapeake Energy Arena
Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM, La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)
Injury report: Cavs - LeBron James (knee) questionable; Mike Miller (concussion) out; Thunder - None.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: Eighteen thoughts for 18 points from Dion Waiters in a they-did-what? 105-101 come-from-behind Cavs victory Tuesday.
1. LeBron James shot 29 percent on 3-pointers his rookie year. He made only 63 of the 217 he attempted. He evolved into a 40 percent 3-point shooter one year in Miami and has hovered around 38 percent over his last four seasons.
2. But it was the knock on James early in his career, that he wasn’t a good jump shooter, that made his 3-pointer in the final minute Tuesday so poignant. He tied Mark Price as the all-time leader in 3-pointers in a career.
3. Price spent his first nine seasons in Cleveland (although he lost a little more than a full year to injuries) before bouncing around the league a bit at the end. He still ranks 30th all-time in NBA 3-point percentage (.402). But James surpassed him in a little more than seven seasons. Quite remarkable for a kid who once upon a time couldn’t shoot – although in fairness, James has also attempted in excess of 400 more 3s than Price did in his time with the Cavs.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored 35 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the game’s final minute, and the Cavs came roaring back from a 14-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night 105-101 and extend their winning streak to eight straight.
The Raptors shot 65 percent in the first half and built a 73-59 lead early in the third quarter, but the Cavs slowly fought their way back and tied the game at 97 on a 3-pointer from Kevin Love with 3:49 left. They dominated the offensive glass in the final minutes, grabbing four offensive rebounds to extend critical possessions. One offensive rebound from Tristan Thompson led to James’ game-changing 3-pointer with 48 seconds left, giving the Cavs their first lead since the first quarter.
Love had 17 points and nine rebounds, Kyrie Irving had 13 points and 10 assists and Dion Waiters scored 18 points off the bench for the Cavs, who are enjoying their longest winning streak since the 2009-10 season – James’ final year in Cleveland before departing for Miami.
Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, Lowry had 16 points and a season-high 14 assists and Terrence Ross had 18 points for the Raptors, who shot just 30 percent in the fourth quarter (6 of 20) to lose to the Cavs for the second time in five nights. They were held to one basket over a five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter while the Cavs outscored them 12-2 to tie the game.To read more or comment...
Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM, La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)
Injury report: Cavs - Mike Miller (concussion) out; Raptors - DeMar DeRozan (thigh) out.To read more or comment...
NEW YORK: Twenty-nine thoughts for 29 minutes from Tristan Thompson on an emotionally-charged, volatile night inside and outside Barclays Center.
1. What a trip. From protesters blocking traffic Thursday night, rerouting the Cavs’ departure out of town to the royal couple’s arrival tonight and the demonstrators outside Barclays Center, it was quite an emotionally-charged couple of days in New York (with a brief stop in Toronto in between).
2. Even by LeBron’s standards, this was a wild, memorable and sometimes surreal trip.
3. “As a team I loved our approach,” James said. “I loved our mindset. We had a bunker mentality coming into this road trip understanding how important it was and we took care of business.”To read more or comment...
NEW YORK: Between protesters, a visit from the royal couple and a number of NBA players taking a stand on social issues, the Cavaliers capped an explosive night at Barclays Center with a 110-88 victory against the Brooklyn Nets.
Basketball, however, hardly felt like the priority.
Police swarmed the arena more than three hours before tip-off in preparation for both protesters and the arrival of Prince William and Princess Kate, who wanted to watch LeBron James as part of their three-day trip to the United States. But their arrival coincided with a demonstration in front of the arena over 34-year-old Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by New York police and died last summer on Staten Island. A grand jury elected not to indict the officer last week, prompting outrage and protests across the city.
Kyrie Irving and LeBron James joined the protest Monday by wearing black “I CAN’T BREATHE” t-shirts during pre-game warm-ups. James has been outspoken on social issues for the last few years and particularly this season. But Irving has remained relatively silent until now.To read more or comment...
NEW YORK: Kyrie Irving and LeBron James are wearing black “I CAN’T BREATHE” t-shirts prior to tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in support of Eric Garner.
Garner died in a Staten Island neighborhood as the result of a chokehold from a New York policeman last summer. Protests have broken out across New York the last few days after a grand jury chose not to indict the officer on murder charges. Garner's final words, uttered over and over and caught on video, were "I can't breathe."
Irving and James received the shirts from former Cavs player Jarrett Jack, who now plays for the Nets. A majority of Nets players wore the shirt pregame, too. It’s the same shirt Bulls star Derrick Rose wore pregame a couple nights ago.
“We’re in the city where a tragedy happened,” Irving said. “It’s really important to us that we stand up for a cause, especially this one. It hits kind of close to home and it means a lot to me. … What happened is a tragedy and I feel terrible about it.”To read more or comment...
TORONTO: Eighteen thoughts for 18 shots by LeBron in an impressive 105-91 win over the Toronto Raptors…
1. This was a big boy win for various reasons. Of course there was the revenge factor after losing to this team at home two weeks ago by 17. But there was also the exhaustion factor. Kyrie Irving played 44 minutes Thursday against the Knicks. Kevin Love and LeBron James each played 39 minutes.
2. Then the Cavs’ trip to Toronto was a nightmare. Roads in New York were blocked by protestors, leaving the bus to wind through detour after detour in order to get back to the team plane in Newark, N.J. Customs in Toronto took much longer than usual, meaning the players didn’t get to bed until about 4 a.m. early Friday. They had a late morning film session and then Irving played 38 minutes against the Raptors, Love played 40 and James played 42.
3. “It’s just one of those games as a professional you just have to go out and do it,” Irving said. “You have to psyche yourself up. We got in late. … Our legs were a little tired, but that’s part of being a professional. We have to go out there and do our jobs.”To read more or comment...
TORONTO: This time they didn’t need an explosive scoring night from Kyrie Irving. They didn’t even need LeBron to do something LeBronesque.
This time the Cavs took down the best team in the East with another impressive defensive effort and a methodical offensive approach that built an earl lead and answered every Toronto Raptors run with one of their own.
LeBron James had 24 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds, Kevin Love had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Kyrie Irving had 15 points and six assists in the Cavs’ impressive 105-91 victory Friday. It was their sixth consecutive win, which matches last season’s longest winning streak. No Cavs team has won seven in a row since James’ final season before leaving for Miami.
The Cavs didn’t really play well in recent wins against the Milwaukee Bucks and then Thursday against the New York Knicks. They gutted out victories those nights with superior talent and timely stops. But the tenacious defense returned against the Raptors, as did timely rebounds from Tristan Thompson. Thanks in large part to Thompson’s 21 points and 14 rebounds, the Cavs enjoyed more production out of their bench Friday (33 points, 16 rebounds) than they have in quite awhile.To read more or comment...