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LeBron James on Kevin Love injury: ‘We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes’ 04.29.15 at 10:45 am ET
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After sustaining ‘”extensive”damage in his left shoulder in a play with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk, Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love appears likely to miss the remainder of the postseason. Love’s absence reduces Cleveland’s “Big Three”of LeBron James, Love and Kyrie Irving to just two.

“We all have to pick our own game up,” James said. “We can’t fill Kevin’s shoes, you can’t do that, he’s special for a reason.”

During Game 4 of the Celtics-Cavs first-round matchup, Love and Olynyk got tangled when chasing a loose ball. Olynyk popped Love’s arm from its socket by yanking down. Olynyk was suspended for one game by the NBA.

Cleveland general manager David Griffin said the team is learning more about the injury and weighing its options when it comes to treatment.

“Surgery is an option as well, if necessary. We’re going to continue to look at that, but I don’t want there to be any expectation on Kevin that he’ll be back,” Griffin said. “I think it would be a real surprise if he we were able to participate in the postseason. I’ve still got a sliver of hope very late, but highly unlikely.”

Averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in the regular season, Love will be missed for the rest of Cleveland’s run at the title.

“Obviously, he brings so much to our team offensively and defensively,” James said. “It’s a big blow for us. We’ve got to have guys step up. You never want to have one of your major role players out. Everyone has to pick up not what he was able to do, but they have to pick up what they are capable of doing.”

Starting guard J.R. Smith also will be unavailable for the Cavs for the first two games of the second round after being suspended for swinging his arm and making contact with C’s forward Jae Crowder’s head after the two were jockeying under the basket for positioning.

Even with the roster losses, Cleveland coach David Blatt says his team is prepared for what’s to come.

“Our guys have been locked in for quite some time now,” he said. “Everyone recognizes that we all have to pick it up. The next-man-up mentality is prevalent in our work and our feeling. We’re hurting for what happened to Kev on a team level, on a personal level, but not discouraged to the point where we are any less ambitious and any less hungry to continue on this path.”

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Ray Allen reportedly weighing options for next team 02.09.15 at 10:54 am ET
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Ray Allen reportedly is slated to pick a team to play for in the next 10 days, at some time during the All-Star break. The guard is a free agent and hasn’t played professionally since the NBA Finals back in June.

Teams Allen is considering reportedly include the Cavaliers, Warriors, Hawks, Wizards, Heat and Clippers.

Fox Sports Ohio said that LeBron James and Allen met in late January and that “Allen was said to be concerned with the state of the Cavs at the time.”

James and other ex-Heat players Mike Miller and James Jones “each made a recruiting pitch for Allen to join the Cleveland Cavaliers during the offseason.”

While many teams have expressed interest, most recently, Atlanta is said to have thrown its hat into the ring. Though nothing is imminent, the Hawks “have had discussions with representatives” for Allen, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

As of Jan. 22, it was Washington that had most aggressively been pursuing Allen, per Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com. The Wizards apparently have interest in reuniting Allen with Paul Pierce.

With myriad teams to choose from, Allen’s decision likely will come down to what kind of role he’d be filling with a prospective team.

“If he goes to Golden State, how much is he really going to play there? If he goes to Cleveland, what’s his role going to be? Washington can guarantee a lot of minutes for him off the bench, and I think that’s a big factor in this,” Kennedy told a Washington radio station on Jan. 23.

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Reports: Cavaliers offer Framingham’s David Blatt coaching job 06.20.14 at 8:35 am ET
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The Cavaliers may finally have a coach, and it may be a name familiar to some in the Boston area.

The Cavs offered established European basketball coach David Blatt their head coaching job Thursday night and are discussing a contract with him, ending a lengthy five-week search, according to multiple reports.

The 55-year-old Blatt, who graduated from Framingham South High School in 1977, recently resigned as coach of Euroleague champion Maccabi Tel Aviv to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA. He reportedly was sought after by the Timberwolves and Warriors to be an assistant.

Blatt would be Cleveland’s third coach in the last three years after the team fired Mike Brown May 12. The Cavs have the No. 1 pick in next Thursday’s NBA draft.

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Report: Cavaliers considering signing Greg Oden 01.30.13 at 10:28 am ET
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Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden could be aiming for a comeback with the Cavaliers, according to multiple reports.

A person with knowledge of Cleveland’s interest told The Associated Press that the team is looking at signing Oden but is still in the process of evaluating the center’s health. Oden hasn’t played since 2009 and has had three microfracture knee surgeries, two of those on his left knee. The last of those was on Feb. 20 of last year.

The Heat also have been reported, by CBSSports.com, to be considering Oden, who was waived last March by the Trail Blazers — the team that drafted him first overall in 2007.

Oden, 25, said he’ll be back in the game next year.

“I don’t know when, but I’m taking this year off. I’ll play next year,” said Oden, who led Ohio State to the Final Four in his one collegiate season in 2007. He played just 82 games with the Trail Blazers, averaging 9.2 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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Report: Cavs may hold key to Nets-Magic deal for Dwight Howard 07.09.12 at 10:00 am ET
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The seemingly endless speculation about the future of Dwight Howard continues.

According to multiple news outlets, including Fox Sports Ohio, the Cavaliers are said to hold the key to a three-team trade that would send the All-Star center from the Magic to the Nets.

The deal may have as many as 10 players involved, including Nets forward Kris Humphries, who could go to the Cavs via a sign-and-trade agreement. Cleveland might also be seeking Nets guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick as part of the package, sources told Fox Sports Ohio late Sunday.

The 27-year-old Humphries set career highs last season — his ninth in the NBA — in points (13.8), rebounds (11.0) and blocked shots (1.2).

Howard, who becomes a free agent at the end of the 2012-13 season, has made it clear his preferred team is Brooklyn, but the Nets have been unable to offer a deal attractive enough to entice the Magic. Adding a third team such as the Cavs is expected to help speed up the process. The Lakers also have been rumored to be in the running for Howard, with young center Andrew Bynum reportedly being dangled as trade bait.

Magic officials are expected to meet Monday morning and discuss the particulars of the proposed trade.

The Magic’€™s newly hired GM, Rob Hennigan, also is in the middle of a coaching search to replace Stan Van Gundy.

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LeBron James’ return to Cleveland draws big ratings 12.03.10 at 2:48 pm ET
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LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland drew big TV ratings Thursday night, according to TNT. The game drew a 5.0 overnight TV rating, besting the 4.1 overnight rating for the NFL Network’s telecast of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Houston Texans by 22 percent.

The NBA game averaged a huge 25.4 overnight rating in the Cleveland TV market, compared to 14.9 in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area. Nation ratings peaked at 6.7 from 8:15-8:30 p.m, then declined as the Heat took control. The pregame show from 8-8:11 p.m ET outdrew the game itself, pulling a 5.9 rating.

Despite the high-rating, the game did not beat out the first Celtics-Heat matchup. Darren Rovell tweets that the Heat-Cavs drew 7.05 million viewers, while the Celtics contest drew 7.3 million viewers. Headline Planet adds the game couldn’t outpace the season opener’s 5.6 rating.

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Miami Heat up security as LeBron James returns to Cleveland 12.01.10 at 4:11 pm ET
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The Heat have decided not to release the team’s travel plans for its trip to Cleveland, when the Heat take on the Cavaliers on Thursday night, ESPN.com reports.

Typically the team releases its travel plans, hotel location and pregame workout plans for the team’s media to select outlets during away games. However, a team spokesman said on Wednesday that the team will not reveal those plans in LeBron James‘ homecoming of sorts to Cleveland.

This game will mark the first return to the city James left in July in favor of South Beach and the Heat. According to ESPN, James and his teammates are expecting a hostile environment at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

“I think it’s going to be tough,” James told ESPN. “But I’m there to win a basketball game, and I understand how passionate fans are about sports. So I’m ready for whatever response I’m going to get.”

The league has taken additional security measures in preparation for the game.  

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Cavs owner doesn’t regret ripping LeBron James in letter 10.27.10 at 8:22 pm ET
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Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said that he had not second-guessed himself for his open letter to the team’s fans in the wake of LeBron James departure over the summer. Gilbert slammed his former superstar, suggesting that James had “deserted” the team and his native Northeast Ohio region in a “narcissistic” act of “cowardly betrayal.”

On Wednesday, before his team tipped off against the Celtics in its season-opener, Gilbert appeared on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland. In comments relayed on ESPN.com, he suggested that he had no reservations about what he had said about James.

“I don’t regret it. I think that’s the feeling that I had and most of Cleveland had. …I can’t back off on that,” said Gilbert. “What I can say is that we’ve tunneled and now are focused on the future. To dwell on something like that, you’re just wasting energy.”

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LeBron Cavs gear donated to Miami shelters 07.20.10 at 3:23 pm ET
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Cavaliers fans are taking their discarded LeBron James gear to South Beach, according to SportsIllustrated.com.

With James moving on to a new kingdom in Miami next season, his hurting hometown fans cannot get their James gear off their backs quick enough.

Cleveland organizers plan to ship the wine, gold, white and navy Cavs garb — tainted with No. 23 — to South Florida homeless shelters.

Following James’ dramatic one-hour, nationally televised “Decision” earlier this month, the jerseys that once dominated Cleveland closets are quickly piling up at donation drop-off sites, according to a local restaurant manager.

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Rockets will keep Lowry 07.14.10 at 5:12 pm ET
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Rockets general manager Daryl Morey announced on his Twitter feed Wednesday that the Rockets would match the Cavaliers‘ offer for guard Kyle Lowry and retain the services of the four-year veteran.

“We plan to match the agreement, and we are excited he will be returning to the Rockets,” Morey wrote.

Lowry has spent the last 1½ seasons with Houston after starting his career in Memphis. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season in 68 games for the Rockets.

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