Trans. Nov 26 8:21 ET (Nov 26 8:21 ET ) LeBron James produced game highs of 29 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to spark the Cleveland Cavaliers over Washington 113-87, avenging a loss to the Wizards five days earlier. James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player who rejoined Cleveland this season after four years at Miami, has struggled to pull the team's talent together after only one month of the NBA season. Kevin Love on Wednesday added 21 points and australian guard Kyrie Irving contributed 18 points for the Cavaliers, who also had 15 points off the bench from guard Dion Waiters.
Kevin Love made 7-of-10 from the field for 21 points against the Wizards on Wednesday with five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.
The Scoop:It was a season high in field goal percentage by a lot and he also added his fourth block of the season. Love played much closer to the basket tonight and he might be finally starting to learn how to play with his teammates. The buy-low window is closing soon.
Nearly a month into his homecoming season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA superstar LeBron James and his new teammates still struggle to discover roles and mesh into a title contender. The Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 victory over Orlando, but at 6-7 on the season remain very much a work in progress. James left the Cavaliers in 2010 for Miami and won two NBA titles and lost twice more in the NBA Finals before making his return to his home region last July, joining Australian guard Kyrie Irving and adding star big man Kevin Love to create a new "Big Three" that figured to make Cleveland the team to beat in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : numberFire . A statistical case that, any schedule-related misgivings aside, the Toronto Raptors are every bit as good as their East-leading 12-2 record suggests. (A fun aside, over at Raptors HQ : Alex Wong finds out how often the Raps have been 10 games over .500 in their 20-year history. Spoiler alert: Not very often.) PF : SB Nation . OK, so LeBron James doesn't "stink," but he clearly hasn't been as good thus far this season as we've come to expect, so what gives? Mike Prada goes to the videotape, where he finds the Cleveland Cavaliers star looking like his explosiveness and effort (especially on defense) have too often come up empty. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] SF : Talking Points . Tim Kawakami revisits the Golden State Warriors' decision not to trade Klay Thompson for Kevin Love, which led to Love becoming a member of the Cavs, and which has looked thus far — with the Dubs' red-hot to start the season and Love struggling in Ohio — like a pretty sound choice. SG : LamarMatic . A good look at how the Orlando Magic chopped down a 20-point Charlotte Hornets lead on Friday , with the threat of Channing Frye's long-range shooting unlocking Orlando's offense and giving Charlotte's defense fits. PG : Rolling Stone . Jeb Lund runs through the 15 worst owners in professional sports, with the NBA owning the dubious distinction of claiming four of the top seven spots. 6th : GQ . Bethlehem Shoals doesn't like the idea of shortening the NBA season: "Basketball, like it or not, takes time to unfold. It's like asking why anyone would spend more than ninety minutes watching a movie, or ever read a novel instead of a magazine." 7th : San Antonio Express-News . Jeff McDonald on what the San Antonio Spurs' now-legendary H-E-B spots reveal about the organization's larger-scale success: "The Spurs did not win a title because they make great commercials. But it is possible they make great commercials because of some of the characteristics that made them champions." 8th : TrueHoop . Chris Herrington on the Memphis Grizzlies' offense — ranked sixth in the NBA in points scored per possession as of this wrting — and how a year of work looks to have vindicated head coach Dave Joerger's insistence that his ground-and-pound-bound roster could play faster and more aggressively. 9th : The Triangle . Zach Lowe on what's going right for the Dallas Mavericks' league-leading offense, and what needs to go better for its middle-of-the-pack defense for Rick Carlisle's club to become a real championship contender. 10th : Regressing . For the data-visualization lovers out there, a neat interactive tool for looking at all sorts of stats from throughout NBA history. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers riding a four-game losing streak and sitting two games under .500 in an uneven start to a season many expected to result in a championship, LeBron James made headlines Monday by summing up his team's troubles in two words: "I stink." He then went about the business of righting the ship by proving himself a liar, much to the chagrin of the visiting Orlando Magic: [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] James grabbed control of Monday's contest at Quicken Loans Arena, repeatedly attacking the basket and either scoring or notching the assist on the Cavs' first 17 points, pacing Cleveland to a 10-point lead after 12 minutes. After a rest on the bench that saw the Cavs' reserves extend the lead, James brought more of the same in the second quarter, setting up a pair of Kevin Love jumpers and a Shawn Marion 3-pointer that pushed the advantage to 19, and capping the first half's scoring with a foul-line fadeaway over a too-small Evan Fournier, giving him 22 points on 12 shots and seven assists by intermission. A pair of LeBron free throws following a clear path foul midway through the third put Cleveland up 20; Orlando never got closer, as the Cavs' second unit finished off a 106-74 rout that, for the moment, quieted talk of fragility , challenges and, of course, stench. Just as he instantly took responsibility for the game-sealing turnover that capped last week's loss to the San Antonio Spurs, James viewed Monday's meeting with the Magic as an opportunity to show a more vocal and proactive form of leadership amid turmoil than he modeled earlier this season , and the result was a comfortable victory. From The Associated Press : "I'm my biggest critic," James said. "I wasn't happy with my play the last week. No one puts any more pressure on me than myself. You go out and you just don't talk about it, you show it too." Cavaliers coach David Blatt wasn't surprised that James followed his self-criticism with a strong game. "His influence is widespread," Blatt said. "The things that he does and the way he plays the game and the impact he has on those around him is consequential in every respect. He can impact in every way. He did that and obviously everyone followed." James finished with 29 points on 9-for-17 shooting, 11 assists against just one turnover, four rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes of play through three quarters before resting for the entire final frame. Anderson Varejao (14 points, six rebounds, two assists, two blocks), Kevin Love (12 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals) and Kyrie Irving (12 points, four assists, four steals, no turnovers) offered plenty of support in a get-well win that saw the Cavs hold the 6-10 Magic to just 36.3 percent shooting and score 25 points off 18 Orlando turnovers. Blatt called the skid-snapping win "a good small step," but the still-getting-acclimated-to-his-new-gig coach knows that blowing out a likely lottery squad that's flirting with bottom-third-of-the-league rankings in offensive and defensive efficiency — and that was without injured second-leading scorer Tobias Harris — doesn't necessarily prove the Cavs are on the right track. Still, with the Cavs struggling to string together consistent performances at this early stage of their development, the component parts of Monday's win — better ball movement, more committed and active defense, and, perhaps more importantly than anything else, LeBron playing very hard from the opening tip with the expectation that his teammates would rise to his level — are the kinds of things James and company can build on, and the ingredients for a sweeter-smelling, more reliably excellent brand of ball. "A win always makes things feel better," James said after the game, according to Chris Fedor of Northeast Ohio Media Group . "But we still have a lot of work to do. Tomorrow we'll see some of the things we did well, see some of the things that we didn't do so well and we can work on it. It's a good start." Well, it sure doesn't stink, at least. Video via Dawk Ins . More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
Kevin Love scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Cavs' 106-74 blowout win over the Magic on Monday.
The Scoop:LeBron James had the only big line with 29 points and 11 assists and Kyrie Irving put up just 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting with four assists, four steals and a three in 31 minutes, so the lower volume from Love isn't without company. His rebounding is way down and that might be his most troubling stat, because his 40 percent field goal shooting is almost obligated to jump up over 45 percent at some point. At a top 40-50 value this season, the buy low window is still wide open.
Kevin Love struggled against the Wizards on Friday with eight points, eight boards, two assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
The Scoop:He was horrible on both ends of the floor and the Wizards went at him on defense. Love is shooting below 39 percent from the field on the year and has scored just 12.6 points per game over his last five. Despite the awful start, he's still been a top-40 player before tonight, but his value has trended down in the past two weeks. It be a good idea to see if his owner is hitting the panic button.
Kevin Love, who recently asked for a bigger offensive role, finishing Saturday's game with a season-high 23 points on 8-of-16 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, as well as seven boards and one steal.
The Scoop:Love hasn't been satisfied with the number of looks he's gotten inside ten feet of the hoop, but tonight 10 of his attempts came from that range (six of which he made). His mild offensive improvement is hard to appreciate from the Cavs' perspective, as they blew a big early lead at home, but at least Love's fantasy owners have some cause for optimism.
Struggling to come together with consistent teamwork around superstar LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers suffered their third consecutive NBA defeat, falling to the Washington Wizards 91-78. James, a four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, left Cleveland for Miami in 2010 and won two titles with the Heat before returning to the Cavaliers last July, teaming with Irving, big man Kevin Love and new coach Dave Blatt to try and bring his home region team its first NBA crown.
The Scoop:While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Nov 20 12:00 ET
News (various sources)
LeBron, Cavs wallop Wizards 113-87 (The Associated Press) (2 Days Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James didn't stop after making a turnover, hustling down the floor to make up for his miscue. More...