Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • J.R. Smith, LeBron James too much for Atlanta Hawks as Cleveland Cavaliers take Game 1 of ECF 97-89

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers took a 1-0 series lead thanks to J.R. Smith's postseason career-high of 28 points and his three-point barrage that lifted the Cavaliers past the Atlanta Hawks, 97-89, in the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night. Smith connected on eight of his 12 3-point..." May 21

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them

    Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

  • LeBron James on what Paul Pierce meant to his career: 'I knew I had to become much better'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If last week were indeed Paul Peirce's final NBA game as he hinted, a piece of LeBron James would go off into the sunset with him. When you think of a James arch nemesis, Pierce's name is likely to come up and vice versa. Retiring after an efficacious 17-year career is undoubtedly..." May 19

  • LeBrons; history in the East Finals is rare and brilliant, could lead to bright future for the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Eastern Conference Finals are a place where LeBron James has done much of the dirty work in building his legend. James' best two playoff games both took place in the conference finals. His highest scoring average in the postseason is there. And when the Cavaliers play in Atlanta against..." May 18

  • Cavaliers believe Atlanta Hawks’ regular-season dominance no indicator of conference finals fate

    Akron Beacon Journal "On the surface, the Cavaliers’ 1-3 regular-season record against the Atlanta Hawks doesn’t bode well for their showdown in the Eastern Conference finals. But after practice Saturday, Cavs coach David Blatt was willing to dig a little deeper. “People are going to say, and rightfully so, they..." May 18

  • Warriors favored over Cavs in Vegas to win NBA championship

    ESPN.com "The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the odds-on favorites to win the NBA title. Heading into the conference finals, the Warriors are 4-7 favorites to win the championship at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The Cleveland Cavaliers are next at 5-2, followed by the Atlanta Hawks at 8-1 and..." May 18

  • Blatt: Hoping Irving progresses by game time

    ESPN.com "Kyrie Irving's status for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday remains up in the air, as the All-Star point guard continues to deal with tendinitis in his left knee and a strained right foot. Irving sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers' practice Saturday, a..." May 18

  • Cavs owner shoots down rumor that David Blatt will be fired no matter what

    Pro Basketball Talk "There have been plenty of indications throughout both the regular season and the playoffs that Cavaliers head coach David Blatt may not be the best fit, and may be gone once the season is finished. LeBron James has publicly criticized Blatt more than once, and even worse, has come out and said..." May 17

  • 5d
    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    #Cavs G Kyrie Irving (knee) did not practice today. He could rest up until Game 1.

  • 5d
    Marla Ridenour @MRidenourABJ

    #Cavs Tristan Thompson (shoulder) was able to practice.

  • After Cavaliers advance to conference finals, J.R. Smith takes jab at Knicks

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert can be solid complementary role players on a team. In New York, there wasn’t much to complement (or compliment, for that matter). But the pair have fit in well with the Cavaliers — a team that was in need of depth and quality role players — and helped Cleveland..." May 16

  • Cleveland Cavaliers advance to Eastern Conference Finals with total team win, 94-73, over Chicago Bulls in Game 6

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "For the first time since 2009, the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Chicago Bulls, 94-73, on Thursday night to win the series 4-2. Once LeBron James nailed that dagger of a game-winning shot in Game 4, the Bulls never really recovered. Whether..." May 15

  • Tristan Thompson is headed for a massive payday

    CBSSports.com "Tristan Thompson doesn't have to be this good. Thompson, drafted by the Cavaliers in 2011, has developed into a major impact player for the Cavaliers. Coming off the bench this season, Thompson had as much of an impact as any 6th Man of the Year candidate, and did so in meaningful ways,..." May 15

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    Bleacher Report NBA @BR_NBA

    According to Lisa Salters, Kyrie Irving is now DOUBTFUL to return vs. Chicago with a left knee injury #NBAPlayoffs

  • LeBron James looks for closeout win in Michael Jordan's old home

    ESPN.com "Back in the United Center for a potential closeout Game 6 in the building affectionately known as "The House that Michael Jordan built," LeBron James admitted that the place puts MJ on his mind. "I do think about what he was able to accomplish, but I don't think about comparable," James said..." May 14

  • Kyrie Irving: 'Most I've done to prepare for one game in my whole entire career'

    Akron Beacon Journal "When he was a rookie teenager, Kyrie Irving used to watch the elaborate stretching and icing a veteran like Antawn Jamison did before and after games and Irving would chuckle. Now only 23, Irving has joined the club. Irving said he felt good again when he woke up this morning and will be ready..." May 14

  • Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova given technical for role in Game 5 fracas

    ESPN.com "Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova has been assessed a technical foul for his role in an altercation during Tuesday's Game 5 between the Cavs and Chicago Bulls, the league announced Wednesday. The incident occurred with 10:25 remaining in the fourth quarter after Aaron Brooks' layup..." May 14

  • More likely to return next year: David Blatt or Tom Thibodeau?

    SI.com "David Blatt has faced more drama than he ever could have imagined during his first season as an NBA head coach, enduring roster overhauls before the season and in the middle, while trying to adapt to the NBA game and keep the universe's best player happy. Tom Thibodeau is in his fifth year..." May 14

  • Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving not 100 percent, but he's producing vs. Bulls

    The News-Herald "The Cavaliers weren’t sure which player was going to show up for Game 5. Was it going to be the Kyrie Irving who was limping up and down the court and had no lift on his shot, or was it going to be the dynamic three-time All-Star? They found out on his first fastbreak. He took it directly..." May 14

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    Jason Lloyd @JasonLloydABJ

    #Cavs say Kendrick Perkins will travel with team to Chicago.

  • Kendrick Perkins involved in domestic dispute, according to police reports

    SB Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kendrick Perkins was involved in an alleged domestic dispute in the city of Westlake, Ohio, according to police reports obtained by SB Nation. Police pulled Perkins over after a 911 caller reported a roadside disturbance, saying a woman appeared to be hitting Perkins...." May 13

  • LeBron James' 38 points power Cavs to a 3-2 series lead over Chicago, 106-101

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James carried the Cavaliers to pivotal 106-101 Game 5 win over the Chicago Bulls to take a 3-2 series lead Tuesday night at The Q. Thanks to James' 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks, Cleveland is one win away from reaching the Eastern Conference Finals..." May 13

  • Police: Cavaliers' Kendrick Perkins in verbal dispute with wife

    The Morning Journal "Police say Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins got into a verbal altercation with his wife on the side of a road. A 911 caller told police Perkins and his wife, Vanity, were “fighting” by their car on Wednesday morning. When officers arrived, the couple claimed they were having an argument...." May 13

  • Taj Gibson: Fans in Cleveland are ‘classless’

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson was understandably upset after he was ejected from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Tuesday night. He wasn’t just angry with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, however. Gibson also took aim at the fans. When he was on his way to the..." May 13

  • Cavaliers coach David Blatt defends his yielding to LeBron James

    ESPN.com "The day after his team's biggest win of the season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt had to address several controversies that sprang up in the wake of the buzzer-beating victory over the Chicago Bulls. Specifically, Blatt avoided potential disaster when he called for a timeout with nine..." May 12

  • 9d
    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    LeBron James skipped Cavs shootaround to rest sprained ankle. "It's been better, it's been worse. I'll be ready tonight."

  • Kyrie Irving refuses to sit out despite right foot, left knee ailments

    ESPN.com "Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, already suffering from a strained right foot, underwent an MRI on Monday morning that revealed tendinitis in his left knee, according to the team. Irving said his left leg started to bother him as he overcompensated for his sore right foot, an..." May 12

  • 10d
    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    LeBron James said he's getting round the clock treatment on his left ankle and will be playing tomorrow in Game 5

  • 10d
    MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

    Blatt "I almost blew it " - on trying to call a time out after D Rose bucket. They didn't have any time outs. Blatt is too honest. Smh

  • MRI reveals Kyrie Irving has tendinitis in left knee

    Fear The Sword "Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had MRI after this morning and it reveled that Irving is suffering from tendinitis in his left knee on a top of a right foot strain. Irving will, however, still play in Tuesday's Game 5 vs. the Chicago Bulls. Irving has been noticeably slower and..." May 11

  • LeBron overruled coach on final play call, demanded last shot

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James had the opportunity to take the final shot in regulation of Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls Sunday because he demanded it. Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt initially had LeBron set to inbound the ball for his team with 0.8 seconds left and the game tied at 84, but James told..." May 11

  • Kyrie will play despite foot strain, knee pain

    SB Nation "An MRI has revealed that Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has a right foot strain and tendinitis in his left knee, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Nevertheless, Irving is not expected to miss any time, even though he admitted he's having a lot of trouble "running around." "I..." May 11

  • Kyrie Irving also bothered by a "sore left leg"

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is hurting more than he is letting on. He's dealing with more than just the right foot strain that was made public by coach David Blatt on Friday, even though the injury occurred almost three weeks ago in Game 2 of the first-round series against the..." May 11

  • LeBron James hits a game-winning jumper to even series with Chicago Bulls, 86-84

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Anything Derrick Rose can do, LeBron James can do two days later. With 1.4 seconds left in a seesaw affair that witnessed sporadic (at best) offense from both teams, James hit a 22-foot fallback jumper from the left corner that splashed as the buzzer sounded. The response to Rose's Game 3..." May 11

  • LeBron 'will not show any weakness' around teammates

    ESPN.com "In the wake of a devastating loss at the buzzer to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night, LeBron James said he's determined not to show weakness around his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates. The Cavs, who now trail the series 2-1 heading into Sunday's Game 4, have experienced some misfortune over the..." May 10

  • Kyrie Irving reveals foot injury as poor shooting dooms Cavaliers

    USA Today "The basic statistics for LeBron James in Game 3 against the Chicago Bulls looked good: 27 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. But just like his performance in the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 1 loss to the Bulls in their Eastern Conference semifinal series, it was not an efficient performance...." May 10

  • Tristan Thompson calls Derrick Rose's game-winner a 'lucky shot,' a shot that left Cleveland Cavaliers dejected

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson has seen this up close and personal before. "I contested," Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group late Friday night. "It wasn't like he just walked in and took a three. That's all you can really ask for. It was a lucky shot. He hit it off the glass...." May 09

  • Kyrie Irving playing through strained right foot

    ESPN.com "After his point guard played 38 minutes without registering a single assist and missed 10 of 13 shots attempted Friday night, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt revealed Kyrie Irving has been playing in these playoffs with a sore right foot. "Look, we're not talking about it, but Kyrie has..." May 09

  • Feud between LeBron James, Joakim Noah continues in Game 3

    ESPN.com "A new chapter was added to LeBron James and Joakim Noah's long-running feud Friday night, when James became upset about trash talk from Noah that he felt crossed the line. Midway through the third quarter of what turned out to be a thrilling 99-96 Bulls victory on a buzzer-beater from Derrick..." May 09

  • Derrick Rose's buzzer-beating three-pointer lifts Bulls past Cavs

    Chicago Sun-Times "With a fist pump and a scream, Tom Thibodeau was once again witnessing greatness. It’s been a few years. Three to be exact. There’s been a few knee surgeries along the way. Three to be exact. But when Derrick Rose banked in a three-pointer as the horn went off in Friday’s 99-96 Bulls win,..." May 09

  • 13d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Cavaliers coach David Blatt said Iman Shumpert will play but be monitored.

  • Cavs get J.R. Smith back for Game 3, still unsure about Shumpert

    The Score "J.R. Smith's back. After serving his two-game suspension for a Game 4 spinning backfist that leveled Jae Crowder, the shooting guard is back to help his team attempt to take the lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls. "We're getting one of our main guys back, a..." May 08

  • Cavaliers apologize for controversial video during Game 2

    CSN Chicago "The Cleveland Cavaliers apologized Thursday afternoon for an insensitive video displayed during the Cavs-Bulls Game 2 contest Wednesday night. The Cavs apparently played a video on the Jumbotron that featured a Cavs fan throwing his girlfriend over the couch in a botched "Dirty Dancing" skit..." May 08

  • Kevin Love admits he's been dodging Kelly Olynyk's calls

    USA Today "Kevin Love was knocked out of the NBA playoffs during their Round 1 series against the Celtics when Kelly Olynyk grabbed his arm, a move that caused Love’s shoulder to separate and labrum to tear. Olynyk maintains that he had no intent to injure Love, and he doesn’t really have any history of..." May 07

  • Cavs thump Bulls, 106-91, to even series 1-1

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James said he would have a different mindset going into Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls. If you weren't buying it, James essentially said, "Don't believe me, just watch" as his 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists helped the Cavaliers crush the Bulls, 106-91, to even the Eastern..." May 07

  • Cavaliers’ Kevin Love apparently refuses to accept apology for injury from Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk

    Washington Post "Boston Celtics star Kelly Olynyk might want to try flowers, chocolates or maybe even an Edible Arrangement if he wants to get in the good graces of Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love. Per Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk and his representatives have continued to..." May 07

  • Joakim Noah says fan in Cleveland spit on him after Game 2

    Larry Brown Sports "All of Joakim Noah’s hatred for the city of Cleveland may have finally come back to bite him in the behind … or face, in this case. According to CSN Chicago reporter Chuck Garfien, Noah told a security guard after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland Wednesday that a fan..." May 07

  • 14d
    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    David Blatt says Iman Shumpert (pulled left groin) is feeling a little bit better and he's hopeful he'll be a go for Game 3 against Bulls.