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Foul ball? Miller agrees with LeBron’s ref assessment

Former NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller loves the long ball. According to LeBron James, chicks do, too. What referees don’t seem to like, according to James, is calling fouls when he gets hammered on shots near the basket. “I’ve actually always felt this,” Miller said during an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump. “Even when he was […]

Cavs’ Lue aims to energize ‘predictable’ offense

It’s not easy to implement four new players after trading away six. But that’s the challenge faced by Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. And Lue can see the struggles of not only the new players in trying to fit in, but of the entire offense. So the coach is adding to the playbook, attempting to […]

When it comes to Cavs, laid-back Hood feeling good

Rodney Hood is new to the Cleveland Cavaliers and this is all new to him. “I’m trying to learn a lot on the fly,” he said. “I still gotta find myself and how I fit around the guys. I’m still trying to figure that out. I got a little ways to go. But energy and […]

Cavs can make some net gains with win

In many ways, the Cleveland Cavaliers can win twice Tuesday night at home vs. the Brooklyn Nets. First, they can win the actual game — and considering these are the Nets, the Cavs should. Secondly, everyone knows the Cavs have the Nets’ first-round draft pick (via the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston). And the worse […]

Pacers have sights set on top-four seed

Being doubted is nothing new to the Indiana Pacers. People have been doing it since they supposed got “robbed” in the Paul George trade over the summer. George went to the Oklahoma City Thunder for in return for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonins. Social media and the national media raved about the deal for the […]

Dribbles: Lue needs to step up so Cavs can, too

Random dribbles following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ disheartening 110-94 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. 1. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue got his butt kicked. That’s not the only reason the Cavs lost, but it is one reason. 2. In fairness to Lue, the same thing is often said about any coach standing on […]

Celtics’ Irving shows Knicks what they’re missing

All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has little reason, maybe zero reason, to leave the Boston Celtics. But the New York Knicks are allowed to dream. Irving lit up New York to the tune of 31 points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Celtics rolled to a 121-112 win at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. […]

Cavs’ James pushing through to play all 82

At the beginning of the year, LeBron James said he has no intention of resting. “I told you I want to play every game,” the Cleveland Cavaliers star said in January. “If my health continues as it is right now, then that’s what it is.” With 24 of the 82 regular-season games remaining, James is […]

Dribbles: New Cavs rediscover previous magic

Random dribbles following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bounce-back of a 112-89 road win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. 1. You know things are going well when John Holland buries a 3-pointer and Ante Zizic hits a floater in the lane. 2. Yeah, those two normally save their best nights for the Canton Charge, but this […]

Mavericks sign Hopson to 10-day contract

Free agent swingman Scotty Hopson has agreed to a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks, according to a report from ESPN. Hopson, 28, previously only played in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013-14 season, appearing in two games. He then was traded four times between July and September before the next season […]

Nowitzki calls Mavs situation ‘heartbreaking’

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki admittedly has been impacted by an investigation centered on sexual misconduct in the front office. “It’s disappointing,” Nowitzki said, via the Dallas Morning News. “It’s heartbreaking. I’m glad it’s all coming out. I was disgusted when I read the (Sports Illustrated ) article, obviously, as everybody has. I was shocked … […]

Hawks ink Cleveland to 10-day deal

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Antonious Cleveland to a 10-day contract, the team announced in a press release Thursday. By league rules, the Hawks had until Friday to add a 14th player to their roster. Cleveland was with the Dallas Mavericks on a two-way contract earlier this season, appearing in 13 NBA […]

Dribbles: Reality hits Cavs, and that’s to be expected

Random dribbles following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 110-103 loss to the visiting Washington Wizards on Thursday. 1. Well, it was bound to happen. The new-look Cavaliers finally had an off night, a night where they couldn’t shoot straight, a night where most everything that could go wrong … did. 2. It’s just too bad it had […]

Shumpert still ailing, likes Kings’ promise

Right now, there is only so much Iman Shumpert can do for the Sacramento Kings. “This is probably the most annoying (injury),” Shumpert said of the lingering plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Shumpert, 27, is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard. He arrived in Sacramento via the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline Feb. 8. (The Kings […]