1. LeBron James' Body Has Come Around, So Here Come the New-Look Cavaliers

    CLEVELAND — If the past six Cleveland Cavaliers games—all Cavs wins—haven't served as sufficient warning, five words should sound a piercing alarm for the rest of the NBA ...

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  2. Another Slow Start May Be Turning into Another Turnaround Story for Cavs' Blatt

    CLEVELAND — Looking back now, several months later, it's easier for Joe Ingles to evaluate what happened at Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, to put that team's transformation, ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 4 days ago 75,961 reads 111 comments

  3. As Always for LeBron, It's His Teammates, Not the Coach, Who Matter Most

    CLEVELAND — Before he left the Cavaliers locker room Monday for the winter chill, LeBron James showed another sign that the sun is finally starting to shine on his 2014-15 season...

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  4. Chicago Bulls Struggling to Take Defensive Identity of Tom Thibodeau's Teams

    CLEVELAND — Noise can be nuisance when that noise is coming from the outside, whether the crowd or the critics...

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  5. Never Easy to Please, Stan Van Gundy Is Finding the Sunny Side in Detroit

    The nostalgia flowed freely in a text exchange between two men near the top of their profession. John Calipari, now king of Kentucky, recently found a photo more than three decades ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 11 days ago 69,350 reads 60 comments

  6. Atlanta Hawks Are for Real, but Are They Ready for What's Next?

    DETROIT — NBA teams must possess many attributes to seriously contend, with talent, toughness and intelligence at the forefront...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 17 days ago 64,881 reads 233 comments

  7. David Griffin Cashes in His Chips to Assemble Cleveland Cavaliers 2.0

    CLEVELAND — The timing wasn't ideal, but that was actually appropriate for the occasion. The timing, when it comes to NBA transactions, approvals or announcements, rarely is as anyone would imagine or prefer...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 19 days ago 213,649 reads 384 comments

  8. LeBron James Hasn't 'Felt Great All Year,' Talks Recent Cavaliers Trades

    CLEVELAND — Whether judged visually or empirically, LeBron James hasn't consistently appeared to be quite the same player as he'd been the past four seasons with the Heat ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 20 days ago 101,908 reads 191 comments

  9. Cleveland Cavaliers Ditch Dion Waiters for Depth, Defense and Flexibility

    PHILADELPHIA — With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving back in Cleveland, this was supposed to be his night, in his city, in front of his people, but nothing really went according to script for Dion Waiters this season...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 21 days ago 160,907 reads 286 comments

  10. Cavs GM Says David Blatt Will 'Remain Our Coach,' but That May Not Stop Noise

    CLEVELAND — Everything changed for David Griffin, David Blatt and the Cleveland Cavaliers with an essay...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 23 days ago 52,643 reads 130 comments

  11. Searching for Silver Linings in LeBron James' Absence

    The conversation occurred on Dec. 20, and LeBron James has played five games since. Still, nearly two weeks later, with a two-week sabbatical now planned, these statements have a little extra resonance...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 25 days ago 48,250 reads 125 comments

  12. Can David Blatt Buy Enough Time to Get Cleveland Cavaliers to Buy In?

    ATLANTA — It was a swell start for David Blatt. The Cleveland Cavaliers — his Cavaliers, at least for now—had come out catalyzed rather than comatose, compensating ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 27 days ago 50,336 reads 167 comments

  13. LeBron James Exclusive: At 30, How He Sees His Game, His Family and the Future

    At age 17, LeBron James was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for the first time. At 25, he had already won one NBA MVP award and was working on a second in what would be the final season of his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers .

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 29 days ago 141,535 reads 305 comments

  14. LeBron James' Return to Miami Shows How Much He Misses Dwyane Wade

    MIAMI — There was an opportunity missed in this Christmas clash, and it wasn't by the shorthanded, hometown Miami Heat , who played one of their more complete games of the ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 143,404 reads 213 comments

  15. Miami Fans Should Take High Road as LeBron James Returns—Be Better, Not Bitter

    MIAMI — The stage is set in South Florida again, not because the Heat's recent home performances warrant the spotlight, but because the stage goes where LeBron James does, firmly under his size-15 feet...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 60,537 reads 218 comments

  16. Dwyane Wade on LeBron James' Miami Return: 'I Hope Our Fans Are Appreciative'

    It's been a decade since Dwyane Wade played his first Christmas Day game. Back then, he was an emerging star, but, as is the case this Christmas, he wasn't the primary storyline...

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  17. Continued Signs of Growth, Not 'Signature Wins,' Most Critical for Cavaliers

    CLEVELAND — There's a natural desire to add relevance to the NBA regular season to make it seem like the six months prior to the postseason hold some real meaning for the ...

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  18. With Little Separation Atop the East, One Move Could Make All the Difference

    It was a romp of ridiculous proportions, the Cavaliers sinking all nine of their three-point attempts in the first quarter, and 19 in all, on their way to a 33-point victory against the Atlanta Hawks...

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  19. Rampant Injuries, Subpar Heat Season Provide Test for Pat Riley's Patience

    MIAMI — After the final buzzer signaled completion of the Heat 's sixth home loss in their last seven games, and the stragglers left their seats to stagger into Sunday night, ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 121,219 reads 337 comments

  20. Michael Malone Just the Latest Coach to Be Doomed by Unreasonable Expectations

    It was after a shootaround during the 2013 NBA Finals when Gregg Popovich received the news from a reporter, which is always his preferred method of information delivery...

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  21. LeBron James Still Learning to Play the Percentages with New Cavs Teammates

    Steve Smith saw a lot of this coming. He saw a team in Cleveland that was distinctly different from the one that LeBron James led in Miami, one without a running-the-floor mate ...

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  22. Cavaliers' Achilles' Heel Is Team Defense, Not LeBron James' Purported Decline

    NEW ORLEANS — The doubts won't doom LeBron James . The questions about his athleticism at his supposedly advanced age—two weeks short of 30—won't even fluster him, ...

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  23. Oklahoma City Thunder Primed to Storm Up the Standings

    OKLAHOMA CITY — "Scary" was an appropriate word to describe the sequence late in Thursday's second quarter, the one that stopped some hearts in Ohio and left another superstar scrambling out of his seat in the locker room...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 63,649 reads 187 comments

  24. LeBron James Caught in Difficult Balancing Act in Addressing Social Issues

    It was a night of princely pomp, due to the presence of the royal couple, and solemn circumstance, with NBA players showing support for a Staten Island man killed by police...

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  25. How Is David Blatt Adjusting? Assessing the Early Work of LeBron's New Coach

    NEW YORK — After accepting his first head-coaching job with the Golden State Warriors this summer, Steve Kerr sought a top assistant to help with the transition...

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