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  1. Tristan Thompson talks switch from left to right-handed shooter

    Oct 14, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson

    Through two preseason games, Tristan Thompson is 11-of-18 shooting for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s 61.1 percent for those of you scoring at home. It’s just two preseason games, be careful reading too much into it, but maybe it portends a big jump from last season when he shot 48.8 percent from the field. This isn’t…

  2. Cavaliers still searching for small forward to replace that guy who left town

    Oct 14, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Earl Clark, Miroslav Raduljica

    Since LeBron James bolted Cleveland for Miami, the small forward spot has been a black hole for the Cavaliers. There was Jamario Moon. Then Omri Casspi. Then Alonzo Gee, who is still on the roster. Now Earl Clark is getting a shot. Not exactly a murderer’s row. The Cavaliers have built a team they like…

  3. Cavaliers’ Tyler Zeller had emergency appendectomy Friday

    Oct 12, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Tyler Zeller

    Tyler Zeller didn’t play for the Cavaliers Friday night and at the time it was listed as due to the strained hip flexor that he has battled through camp. But instead he was having an emergency appendectomy — having his appendix removed — tweets Cavaliers radio play-by-play announcer John Michael. This is a common operation…

  4. Anthony Bennett scores 14 fourth quarter points in Cavaliers’ preseason win over Magic (VIDEO)

    Oct 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    When the Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett with the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft, the move came as a bit of a surprise.  Truth be told, there was no obvious, clear-cut choice to be made, but Bennett was recovering from shoulder surgery, so teams didn’t get a chance to see him during the…

  5. Anthony Bennett struggling with conditioning as he starts NBA career

    Oct 11, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Part of the reason it was a surprise Anthony Bennett was the No. 1 overall pick is that nobody had seen him workout — he had shoulder surgery and did not go through the NBA Draft Combine, or do pre-draft workouts this season. After that he couldn’t play in Summer League either. So maybe it’s…

  6. Jarrett Jack’s behind-the-back assist for Anthony Bennett’s first NBA bucket (VIDEO)

    Oct 9, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Jarrett Jack is going to win over a lot of people in Cleveland — he is fun to watch and a great guard to have coming in off the bench (the Warriors will miss him). Among those new fans — Anthony Bennett. The No. 1 overall pick from last season got his first NBA points…

  7. Cavaliers’ Bennett, Varejao cleared for basketball activities

    Oct 1, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    We have some rare good injury news out of a training camp: The Cleveland Cavalier’s No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and the guy he may someday replace in the lineup, Anderson Varejao, both have been fully cleared for basketball activities entering training camp. This was expected, but now it is official. Bennett had shoulder surgery…

  8. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sep 26, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Last season: Kyrie Irving became the youngest All-Star since LeBron James, but the Cavaliers were decidedly awful throughout the year, finishing 24-58. Only the Bobcats were worse both offensively and defensively, Injuries took a major toll (more on that below), but the season never looked promising at any point, regardless. On the bright side, Dion…

  9. Cavs’ Varejao says he is at 70 percent, will be ready for camp

    Sep 20, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Anderson Varejao

    Last season Anderson Varejao played in 25 games, his health slowed by blood clots in his leg. He spent last season and most of this summer (except when he was getting married) working on getting healthy. Which would be nice — 31 games is the most Varejao has played in a season the last three.…

  10. Tristan Thompson says switching shooting hands is working out well

    Sep 19, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving

    It’s one of the more bizarre off-season story lines — Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson decided to switch his shooting hands. His first two seasons in the league he has been left handed and last season he shot 48 percent overall, 39.7 percent beyond five feet from the rim and 60.8 percent from the free throw line.…

  11. Cavs’ No. 1 pick Bennett back playing 5-on-5 after surgery

    Sep 19, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Back before he could do a lot of pre-draft workouts, before he was the surprise No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett had surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. Which is one of the reasons nobody really expected him to go No. 1. He had the surgery…

  12. Reports: Varejao, Bennett healthy for Cavaliers

    Sep 16, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Cleveland has its sights set on one of the last couple playoff spots in the East next season. To get there is going to take more than just the “Kyrie Irving Show” — he’s going to need help. Particularly help along the front line. Enter Anderson Varejao and Anthony Bennett. Reports have both power forwards…

  13. Report: Anderson Varejao cleared to return in time for training camp

    Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Anderson Varejao was having his best season statistically last year, until a knee injury forced him out of action in December, and then the ensuing blood clot that developed ended his season entirely. Now comes word that he’s been medically cleared in time for the start of training camp in a few weeks, but questions…

  14. Victor Oladipo says “I really didn’t want to go to Cleveland” (then tries to retract it)

    Sep 13, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    via @NBA twitter

    Sports stars are learning what politicians have started to learn — in today’s media environment your comments are not just heard by the small audience in front of you. Your comments are national, they are everywhere. (Politicians love to tell each audience what they want to hear, but do that today and the inconsistencies in…

  15. FIBA Americas: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Mexico qualify for 2014 FIBA World Cup

    Sep 9, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Martinez celebrates after defeating Canada during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship tournament will wrap up this week, but the important part was concluded on Sunday when the semifinalists were finalized. The top four teams of the tournament automatically earn berths to next year’s FIBA World Cup (an Olympic qualifier) meaning Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina and Mexico are one step closer…

  16. Tristan Thompson’s free throw percentage up 20 points right handed

    Sep 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

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    Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson is left handed… and not a terribly good shooter that way. Last season he shot 39.7 percent beyond five feet from the rim and 60.8 percent from the free throw line left handed. Thompson went with a radical fix: start to shoot right handed. Don’t laugh — it’s working. Through his first…

  17. FIBA Americas schedule features Canada vs. Brazil on Sunday

    Sep 1, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Axier Sucre, Diego Bareiro

    The FIBA Americas tournament enters Day 3 on Sunday after a solid first two days of action. Sunday’s games don’t feature the marquee matchups that littered Friday and Saturday, but the first contest of the day should be worth watching. Canada and Brazil are both in the conversation for the Final Four next weekend, a…

  18. FIBA Americas results and recap, featuring Jack Michael Martinez vs. Luis Scola

    Sep 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Argentina's LuisScola goes for a basket against Martinez of Dominican Republic during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament finished its second day of action on Saturday night. The games that were supposed to be the best ended up being the most lopsided but, on the bright side, even those games were relatively fun to watch for a weekend in August. Saturday’s featured game, according to your’s truly, took…

  19. FIBA Americas Tournament schedule continues with Canada vs. Puerto Rico

    Aug 31, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Jose Barea goes for a basket against Brazil during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    Friday’s action was fine at the FIBA Americas tournament down in Venezuala, but Saturday’s games should offer a bit more intrigue. Four of the top five teams will be in action in the second day of round-robin play, featuring an interesting matchup of Canada against Puerto Rico. Both teams take 1-0 records into the first…

  20. FIBA Americas Tournament became Renaldo Balkman show on Friday

    Aug 31, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Puerto Rico's Balkman goes for a basket against Brazil's Giovannoni during their FIBA Americas Championship basketball game in Caracas

    The 2013 FIBA Americas tournament tipped off on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela, with teams from North, South and Central America attempting to move one step closer to playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It’s still a bit early to be talking about that since the tournament won’t end until September 11, but…

  21. Anderson Varejao saves the day for two stranded travellers

    Aug 21, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Anderson Varejao, Ekpe Udoh, Doron Lamb

    Imagine you, like me, speak only English. You’re visiting family in a foreign country where nearly nobody speaks English. When it’s time to fly home, the airport can be a scary place. Your family can go only so far with you before reaching an area only for ticketed passengers. But with very specific and detailed…

  22. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett officially signs with Cavaliers

    Aug 21, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett from UNLV reacts after being selected by the Clevland Cavaliers as the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft in Brooklyn

    Anthony Bennett is still recovering from shoulder surgery, but his arm is working well enough to sign his first NBA contract. The Cavaliers have officially signed Bennett to his rookie deal, which is for four years and a little over $22 million, the team announced. Bennett was the surprise No. 1 overall pick out of…

  23. Kyrie Irving deflects questions regarding his future

    Aug 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Kyrie Irving is one of the best young players in the NBA right now and the centerpiece of a Cleveland Cavaliers squad that could develop into a very good team in a couple of years. The team’s point guard was hesitant to confirm that he’d still be a Cavalier when the team’s potential meets reality,…

  24. Who are Rookie of the Year favorites? Burke, Oladipo to start

    Aug 9, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    There’s a formula for who often wins the Rookie of the year. They have to be a good player, certainly. More than that, he needs to be a player with the ball in his hands and on a team where he is going to be asked to take on a lot of responsibility. Damian Lillard…

  25. No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett talks pressure of position (VIDEO)

    Aug 8, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Anthony Bennett

    Nobody outside the Cleveland war room expected Anthony Bennett to go No. 1 overall, not even Bennett. He admits that to NBC’s own Kay Adams in the latest of our videos out of the rookie photo shoot that took place Tuesday. He says he doesn’t really feel pressure being the top pick and he talks…

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