Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption "All season long there’s been an undercurrent of redemption for these Cleveland Cavaliers. There was LeBron James trying to repair his broken Cleveland backstory. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving trying to prove they really are winners despite their playoff-less past. And even coach David Blatt leaving..." April 25

  • LeBron James on why Kevin Love gets criticized

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James was riffing on Kevin Love when he went down a path he immediately realized was incorrect. “He’s been highly criticized this year for I don’t know why,” LeBron said. “I know why. I know why. I know.” Suddenly, it felt as if the room full of reporters all asked the follow-up..." April 25

  • Kevin Love: I know Cavs have my back "LeBron James marched down the court holding up three fingers on each of his hands in celebration and Kevin Love giddily skipped behind him in the same direction Thursday night. Love had just hit a 3-pointer off a James pass in the final minute of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 103-95 Game 3 win over..." April 24

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • LeBron James, Kevin Love guide Cavaliers to a 3-0 series lead after 103-95 win over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With their backs up against the wall, the Boston Celtics put together one valiant, aggressive effort in trying to avoid a 0-3 first-round deficit. However, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were too much down the stretch, picking up a gritty 103-95 road win on Thursday night at the TD..." April 24

  • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead charge, power Cavaliers to 99-91 win, 2-0 series lead on Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Those pesky Boston Celtics made life miserable for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, but the fourth-quarter heroics of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lifted their team to a 99-91 win to take an 2-0 first-round series lead. Boston can't match the Cleveland pound-for-pound in talent, but can match..." April 22

  • Jae Crowder on Cavs: 'Nobody on their team is intimidating' "Despite playing tough in both games, the Boston Celtics are down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the regular season the Celtics used intelligent hard-nosed play to win and while this effort has carried over to the playoffs, the Cavaliers are just..." April 22

  • LeBron James on Pat Riley’s supposed rip: ‘It’s not my concern right now’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Whether he was actually aware of it or not, LeBron James on Tuesday insisted that he had no idea that Pat Riley may have taken a subtle shot at him, instead insisting he has much bigger things to worry about right now. When discussing the upcoming draft, the Miami Heat president appeared to..." April 22

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    Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

    Marcus Smart on approach against LeBron tonight. Said C's will give him some new looks. "I'd definitely like to guard him a little bit more"

  • LeBron James is unsocial during playoffs with self-imposed blackout

    Akron Beacon Journal "LeBron James insists he’s on a communication blackout and wasn’t aware of a veiled jab Heat President Pat Riley appeared to aim in his direction. That’s the way it always goes with James this time of year. James says he shuts his phone off, stays off social media and locks in solely on the..." April 21

  • Did LeBron mislead Pat Riley last summer during free agency with a smiley face emoji?

    Miami Herald "Did LeBron James mislead Pat Riley last summer during free agency with a smiley face emoji? Here's the circumstantial evidence... Sherlock-Holmes-Sherlock-Holmes-detective-crime-smiley-emoticon-001232-facebook — On Monday, Riley was asked about the draft and next season and the Heat's..." April 21

  • Cleveland Cavaliers overcome Game 1 nerves, Big 3 combine for 69 points in 113-100 victory over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers are 15 wins away from their ultimate goal after winning Game 1 of this first-round series against the Boston Celtics 113-100 on Sunday afternoon. The Q was electrifying. The organization went with a whiteout look as fans sported "All In" T-shirts supplied by the team...." April 20

  • Man charged in fight over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is better

    Chicago Tribune "Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges. Daniel Mondelice, 22, was first arrested early Saturday after fighting with another man over whether Air Jordan or King..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    LeBron on Kyrie Irving:

  • Cavs' youthful roster excites LeBron James but has him wary for playoffs "As LeBron James embarks on his 10th trip to the postseason Sunday in what he hopes will finish with his fifth straight appearance in the Finals (and sixth overall) there is a degree of trepidation mixed in with his excitement. While the Cleveland Cavaliers' 34-9 record to close out the regular..." April 19

  • LeBron looks forward to 'challenge' of leading inexperienced playoff team "Ten months have passed since LeBron James and the Miami Heat were bounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, losing Games 3 to 5 by an average of 19 points. While James finds himself on a new team on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff opener against the Boston Celtics on..." April 18

  • David Blatt doesn't want to put too much responsibility on LeBron James "LeBron James -- on the cusp of the 10th playoff appearance of his 12-year career -- is no stranger to the postseason. James' coach, David Blatt, and two of his most productive teammates, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, are postseason neophytes, however. It will be the first taste of the NBA..." April 18

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • LeBron-less Cavaliers outpace Wizards for season-finale 113-108 overtime win

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers were without LeBron James, but they overcame an early 15-point deficit to give the fans a gritty, hard-fought 113-108 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Fan Appreciation Night in the season finale. The Wizards were down one with 10.1 seconds left when..." April 16

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    Joe Vardon @joevardon

    Blatt said Kyrie will play, LeBron will rest

  • LeBron James jokingly says Kevin Love is the MVP "It has been a whirlwind first season playing together for LeBron James and Kevin Love. Here is a quick recap: Love and James are not best friends. James has been frustrated with Love at times this season. Love felt like he had difficulty fitting in at times which prompted James to take..." April 15

  • How a shy kid from Russia became the man the Cavaliers needed

    SB Nation "Things were looking bleak for the Cleveland Cavaliers in early January. This, after all, was a team that had been built to compete for a championship. And yet here they were, losing again to a lottery-bound group. This time it was to the tanking Sixers, who had only won four games all..." April 14

  • LeBron James' triple-double, JR Smith's 8 3s and Kyrie Irving exiting highlight a 109-97 beating of Detroit Pistons

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Detroit Pistons are in evaluation mode as the organization assesses a few young players and how they might fit moving forward. But the obvious assessment was that they didn't belong on the same court with the Cavaliers on Monday at The Q, because they were manhandled 109-97, the Cavaliers'..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • ‘We All Had Great Teammates': Kobe Bryant Defends LeBron James Joining Heat

    Uproxx "With 36 year-old Kobe Bryant long ago sapped of the ability that once made him a viable candidate for the title of basketball’s best player, you’d think comparisons between he and LeBron James would be long gone. But Mamba Nation cares not for reality, nuance, or timeliness; rings(s,s,s,s) need no..." April 14

  • J.R. Smith says everyone knows LeBron James is the real MVP

    Sportress of Blogitude "On a night when LeBron James posted is second triple-double of the season (21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) in a 109-97 win over the Detroit Pistons after sitting out Sunday’s game, one of the superstar’s teammates unequivocally stated that everyone knows King James is the real NBA..." April 14

  • Jason Lloyd: Explaining my postseason awards ballot and why I voted LeBron James for MVP

    Akron Beacon Journal "Trying to wade through the NBA’s postseason awards ballot is both an honor and a welcomed burden. You want to do your best to get it right by your standards, even if sometimes you’re the lone voice in the field. Much has been made this season over the media’s role in handing out some of the..." April 14

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    Irving is officially out for the rest of the game with right hip tightness, according to the Cavs. Calling it a precautionary measure.

  • Celtics know Cavs will have different look in playoffs

    CSN New England "If the Boston Celtics clinch a playoff berth and wind up playing Cleveland as expected, at least they’ll be familiar with their first round foe right? That would yes … and no. Having played them twice in the last three days can do nothing but breed a certain amount of familiarity. Boston..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

  • Cavs rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love against Celtics "The Cleveland Cavaliers will rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith in their game Sunday against the Celtics. "When we qualified last week [for the No. 2 seed], we sort of made a plan for how we want to manage the last period of the season here," Cavs coach David Blatt said..." April 12

  • J.R. Smith to players: Be careful out there "As a member of the New York Knicks, J.R. Smith frequented the nightclub in the Chelsea section of New York, where the Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland and the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were involved in a late-night incident this week. Now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers,..." April 12

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    LeBron James says he'll play tonight vs Boston. "I was never sitting out tonight. I never had that in my mind."

  • Cavaliers clinch East's No. 2 seed and Central Division title in 104-99 win against Milwaukee

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers put an exclamation point on a night when they clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and captured the Central Division title, finishing the evening with a 104-99 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs entered the game needing either a win against the Bucks..." April 09

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    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    Though not finalized, LeBron James hinted he'll sit the next 2 games. Both are against Celtics so it could affect playoff race/seedings

  • LeBron James: I would vote for myself as MVP this season "NBA players will be able to vote in their own set of postseason awards for the first time this year, players union executive director Michele Roberts said in a memo made public on Wednesday. LeBron James said he knows who he would peg as this season's MVP. From ESPN: James said that..." April 09

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

  • Rest for LeBron, Cavs apparently will come after second seed clinched

    Akron Beacon Journal "Cavs coach David Blatt said he has no plans to rest players in Wednesday's 8 p.m. game against the Bucks in Milwaukee. The Cavs are one victory shy, or one Chicago Bulls' loss away, from clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and their fourth Central Division title in..." April 08

  • LeBron to sit games before playoffs but unsure which ones

    The Score "LeBron James may hold the entire Eastern Conference playoff bracket in the palm of his hands. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar iterated Tuesday that he plans to sit out a few games for rest before the end of the season but remains unsure of which ones he'll take off. This, of course, after he..." April 07

  • ‘What’s up, p—-?’: Joakim Noah remains LeBron’s No. 1 troll

    New York Post "NBA seasons come and go, but one thing stays the same: Joakim Noah is an obscenity-spewing thorn in LeBron James’ side. The two players — who have faced each other in more than a fair share of high-stakes NBA games — got involved in yet another round of verbal fisticuffs Sunday, when James’..." April 07

  • LeBron James secures first triple-double and Cleveland Cavaliers nail 16 threes to defeat Chicago Bulls 99-94

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James' first triple-double of the season and a barrage of 3-pointers lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers past the division rival Chicago Bulls, 99-94, at The Q on Easter Sunday. With the victory, Cleveland (50-27) has won the season series with Chicago (46-31) 3-1. It took him until his..." April 06

  • David Blatt believes Chicago Bulls went 'a little overboard' in handling of LeBron James

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "A Tom Thibodeau-coached team is known for three things: playing hard from start to finish; tenacious, aggressive defense; and performing with a high degree of physicality. Those are the three components that also embody what Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is all about when he takes the..." April 06

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith takes NBA record 17 3-pointers and no 2s "J.R. Smith might have had the most J.R. Smith game of J.R. Smith's career on Sunday. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard took 17 shots in 43 minutes in his team's 99-94 win over the Chicago Bulls, and every single one of them was from 3-point range. That is an NBA record for 3s attempted without a..." April 06

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    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    Kevin Love (back) says he will be good for tomorrow's game against Bulls.

  • Heat are no match for Cavs, crushed 114-88

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers made it 17 straight home wins after destroying the Miami Heat 114-88 Thursday night, using a balanced attack to finish with season split vs. Miami at two games apiece. Cleveland (49-27) was without Kevin Love, who continues to battle back problems. But his teammates..." April 03

  • LeBron James sits 20th on scoring list "Cavaliers forward LeBron James moved into the top 20 on the NBA's all-time scoring list Thursday night against the Miami Heat. A first-quarter hook shot by James, 30, gave him 24,816 career points, passing longtime New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing. "It's an honor," James said. "When I..." April 03

  • Intangibles key to LeBron's MVP case "With the votes for the NBA's awards due in two weeks, the general sentiment seems to be that LeBron James' MVP campaign is becoming a bit of an afterthought. Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors rolling, riding a 10-game win streak to become the first team to 60 wins this season. Russell..." April 03