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Windhorst: LeBron James Has 'Warrior Paranoia'

Nov 27, 2015 12:49 PM

ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James has "Warrior Paranoia."

James has been more concerned with winning regular season games this season than he has in the past as the Golden State Warriors have started 16-0.

James held a players-only meeting after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on Wednesday to the Toronto Raptors.

"I really think that the Warriors have had an effect on him. It's interesting. I've never seen this before."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Cavaliers Hold Players-Only Meeting After Loss To Raptors

Nov 26, 2015 10:36 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers held a players-only meeting following a 103-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron James and James Jones got on the team for its inconsistent play during their 11-4 start to the season.

"It's all mindset," James said after the game, still visibly frustrated. "It comes from within. I've always had it; my upbringing had me like that. It's either you got it or you don't."

David Blatt absolved the Cavaliers of any fault after the game, but James rejected the softer stance.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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LeBron James: We've Taken Downplaying Of Eastern Conference Personally

Nov 24, 2015 6:43 PM

LeBron James has been sensitive to how the Eastern Conference has been downgraded in the views of the public and the media.

There had been brief conversations about changing the playoff format to counter the imbalance between conferences.

"There's always been a conversation," James said. "Obviously our conference has always been downplayed the last couple years and we've kind of taken it personal."

The Eastern Conference is trying to rewrite the narrative this season.

Eleven of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference have a record of .500 or better.

"I think from a collective group of all 15 teams, trying to just hold our end of the bargain and not be the sought-after conference," James said pointedly. "The Western Conference respect us, and glad to be on this side and see so many great teams, so many teams doing well."

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Stephen Curry, LeBron James Named Players Of The Week

Nov 23, 2015 3:46 PM

Stephen Curry and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Player of the Week for games played between Nov. 16th and Nov. 22nd.

James led Cleveland to a 2-1 record this past week, averaging 25.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists in 36.0 minutes per game. 

Curry led the Warriors to a 4-0 week behind 30.8 points (second in the NBA), 6.0 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals (third in the NBA). Curry shot 50.6 percent from the field and 96.0 percent from the foul line, and connected on a league high 17 three-point field goals.

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LeBron: Warriors Are Healthiest Team In NBA History

Nov 23, 2015 1:17 PM

LeBron James believes the Golden State Warriors' success has been greatly helped by their fortune when it comes to avoiding injuries.

"I think it comes with a lot of health," James said. "They've been healthy. They've been the most healthy team I've ever seen in NBA history, and they have great talent. Those guys all play for one common goal and that's to win and that's all that matters."

James said that continuity in the lineup has led to consistency in their play.

"They've just been consistent," James said. "I think the most impressive thing is the way they just they've been playing at a high level, man, for so long."

Kyrie Irving (left knee), Iman Shumpert (right wrist), Timofey Mozgov (right shoulder) and Mo Williams (right ankle) all sidelined.

"I'd much rather be on the other side and having guys in the lineup, having guys healthy," James said. "I've always heard that saying of, 'Is it a blessing that guys are out and guys can step in?' I think it's good for some of the guys that don't get to play as much -- they get an opportunity. But at the same time, I'd much rather be full and know what we're going to have and play at a high level for most of the year so we know what we can fall back on at the end of the season.

"But that's one thing you can't control. You can't control injuries. The one thing you can control is what you're doing out on the floor, how well you're playing, how hard you're playing and how much you're sacrificing and giving to your teammates."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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J.R. Smith Accused Of Choking 19-Year-Old

Nov 20, 2015 9:59 PM

J.R. Smith has been accused of choking a 19-year-old high school student in New York City.

According to the Daily News, which cited police sources, Smith allegedly confronted the teen, Justin Brown, after Brown heckled Smith for being traded by the New York Knicks.

The alleged incident occurred at about 4 a.m. ET on Nov. 13, outside Artichoke Basille's Pizza, not far from the popular lounge 1 OAK.

Police sources told the Daily News that Brown alleged that Smith, 30, "checked him against the exterior of the building and put his hands around Brown's neck."

Smith's attorney, Alex Spiro, called the allegations "absolutely false."

"We don't believe he's going to be charged," Spiro told ESPN.

"We are aware of the story and have spoken to J.R. about it," David Griffin said. "J.R.'s attorney has issued a statement on the matter and there will be no further comment from the team on this at this point."


Dave McMenamin, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA

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Timofey Mozgov Out Up To Two Weeks With Strained Deltoid

Nov 20, 2015 2:39 PM

Timofey Mozgov experienced a strained right deltoid during the second quarter of last night’s game against Milwaukee.

Additional examination and MRI today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health confirmed the strain.

Mozgov will be out approximately 10 days to two weeks.

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Cavs Assign Joe Harris To Canton

Nov 20, 2015 2:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge.

Harris has appeared in two games for the Charge this season, averaging 26.0 points on .487 shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 38.5 minutes per game.

Harris has played in four games for the Cavs this season.

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Joe Harris Assigned By Cavaliers To Canton

Nov 14, 2015 7:01 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Harris has played in four games for the Cavs this season.

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Kyrie Irving Cleared For Intensive Weight-Bearing Activities

Nov 14, 2015 5:51 PM

Kyrie Irving has been cleared for intensive weight-bearing activities as he works his way back from a fractured kneecap.

Irving suffered the injury during Game 1 of The Finals in June.

David Blatt stated on Thursday that Irving still has "a ways to go."

Once Irving is permitted to practice, a week of full practice sessions with no setbacks is what the team needs to see before he's allowed to make his season debut.

Irving's recovery timetable was scheduled for 3-4 months and he's now been out over five months.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Kyrie Irving Still Has 'Ways To Go' Before Returning
Kyrie Irving's daily work includes building up his legs and some on-court work.

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Kevin Love Wasn't The Player LeBron James Expected During First Season
The relationship of actually being teammates was not good initially and team officials now conceded LeBron James didn't treat Kevin Love very well last season.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Kevin Love: I Was Always Coming Back To Cavaliers
Kevin Love was asked if his meeting with LeBron James before the start of the offseason was as important as it seemed to the media and public at the time.

Rohan Nadkarni/Sports Illustrated

J.R. Smith To Undergo MRI On Injured Right Knee
David Blatt's demeanor while talking about J.R. Smith made the injury sound serious.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kyrie Irving Increasing Workload, No Timetable Yet On Return
Kyrie Irving underwent surgery on a fractured kneecap five months ago.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavs Undecided On Using $10.5M Trade Exception This Season
The Cavaliers committed to spending $175.6 million on payroll with $65 million of that in luxury taxes.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron Dealing With Bad Back But Striving To Play In All 82 Games
LeBron James hasn't played in all 82 games during his entire career.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Love Going To Be Cavs' 'Main Focus' On Offense
Kevin Love's production fell from 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds in 2013-14 with the Wolves to 16.4 and 9.7 last season.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Quinn Cook Waived By Cavaliers
Quinn Cook appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 3.3 points and 2.2 assists in 12.9 minutes per game.

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Cavs Waive Austin Daye, D.J. Stephens, Dionte Christmas, Jack Cooley
The Cavaliers have waived Austin Daye, D.J. Stephens, Dionte Christmas and Jack Cooley.

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Tristan Thompson Agrees To Five-Year, $82M Deal With Cavs
Tristan Thompson has ended his holdout by taking the offer Clevenad had on the table all along.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Harden, Curry, LeBron, Davis, Gasol Voted By GMs As Best At Each Position
James Harden was the choice of 79.3 percent of GMs at shooting guard, ahead of Klay Thompson with 10.3 percent.

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GMs Predict Championship For Cavs, Regular Season MVP For LeBron James
The Cavaliers are the title pick for 53.6 percent of general managers.

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Jack Cooley Agrees To Deal With Cavs
Jack Cooley was waived this week by the Jazz.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs May Have Pulled Five-Year, $80M Offer To Tristan Thompson
The Cavaliers could have kept that offer on the table to Tristan Thompson, but were under no obligation to do so.

Larry Coon/Basketball Insiders

LeBron James Undergoes Injection In Back, Likely Out For Rest Of Preseason
By receiving the injection now, LeBron James is unlikely to miss any significant time.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Harvard Professor: LeBron James' LRMR Is Future Of Sports Marketing
In 2005, LeBron James cut ties with his agent and corporate marketing firm to create his own agency and handle all of those operations in house.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cuyahoga County To Finance Quicken Loans Arena Improvements
Dan Gilbert has fronted the money for some high-profile improvements.

Mark Naymik/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Love Practices Fully For First Time Since Injury
Kevin Love will likely play game action on Thursday against the Indiana Pacers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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