Cavaliers Nation https://cavaliersnation.com Cleveland Cavaliers News, Rumors, Schedule, Videos, and Wallpapers for Cavs Fans Everywhere Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:58:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 https://cavaliersnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cavaliersnationlogofavicon.jpg Cavaliers Nation https://cavaliersnation.com 32 32 Cedi Osman Brimming With Confidence Following Career-High Scoring Night https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/20/cedi-osman-brims-confidence-careerhigh-scoring-night/ Sat, 20 Oct 2018 17:58:20 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32586 Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 131-123 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Cedi Osman showed why he’s the next big thing in Cleveland. With career-highs in points (23), assists (8), and three-point makes (4), the 23-year-old showcased his abilities as a reliable scorer, shooter, and playmaker. After the game, Osman described his high confidence […]

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Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 131-123 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Cedi Osman showed why he’s the next big thing in Cleveland. With career-highs in points (23), assists (8), and three-point makes (4), the 23-year-old showcased his abilities as a reliable scorer, shooter, and playmaker.

After the game, Osman described his high confidence levels and impressive work ethic over the summer.

“I’m right now full of confidence and I believe in my shots,” Osman said. “I was working really hard during the summer. I know before that my 3-point shots weren’t that good. But I was working really hard this summer and I know that I improved a lot.”

It isn’t hard to see where Osman is coming from. He had an incredibly successful summer, playing for the Turkish national team, shining in NBA Summer League, and even working out with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kawhi Leonard.

Down by as much as 21, the Cavs kept charging back in a thrilling comeback attempt. Moreover, Osman drilled four triples on the night (doubling his previous high of two), two of which came in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter and cut the Timberwolves lead to five points and four points, respectively. He successfully showcased his ability to make big shots in high-pressure situations when it counts the most.

Though Osman approved of the Cavs’ perseverance, he emphasized a need to play consistent defense throughout the duration of a game.

“We have to learn how to play defense for 48 minutes, not just three quarters or 20 minutes,” Osman said. “We will. We’re a young team and we have a lot of good players who work hard. We just have to learn, which we will. We just have to keep playing hard.”

The void left by James’ departure will be incredibly hard to fill, but Osman looks like he is ready to become a star for the Cavs and one of the leaders of the team.

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Cavs Officials Reportedly Said ‘Tread Is Off His Tires’ in Reference to LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/19/cavs-officials-joke-lebron-james-minutes/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 23:48:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32579 LeBron James has played a lot of minutes in the NBA, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are well aware of that. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Cavs officials have privately joked that “the tread is off his tires” when it comes to James and the minutes he logged last season. James led the league in […]

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LeBron James has played a lot of minutes in the NBA, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are well aware of that.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Cavs officials have privately joked that “the tread is off his tires” when it comes to James and the minutes he logged last season. James led the league in minutes played last season, averaging 36.9 per game.

Whether or not these recent comments add a new dimension to a potential rift between James and Cavs management is yet to be seen. But despite being 33 years old, James does not appear to have any intention of slowing down.

James is now a Los Angeles Laker, and Lakers head coach Luke Walton emphasized that he will attempt to reduce the number of minutes that James plays in each game in an effort to preserve the superstar for the long run.

“We want to make sure we’re not only playing at our best come the end of the season but that he’s fresh,” Walton said. “And that’s a goal for us. And it’s a goal that we’re on a journey and it’s not a one-year journey. We’re continuing to try to and be our best season by season, but also as each one goes on. And obviously he gives us the best opportunity to be at our best.”

When it comes to how many minutes James will actually play, though, Walton did not cite an exact number and instead said that he wants James’ minutes in a “reasonable” range.

“That will probably change with how we’re playing as a team, where we’re at for the season,” Walton explained. “We’ll try to keep him at a reasonable number.”

Last year also marked the first time in James’ 15 seasons in which he played all 82 games of the regular season, a significant achievement considering James’ age and heavy workload. Walton said that James repeating the same feat is “definitely a possibility,” and followed up with how he plans on resting players this year.

“Rest with me is always kind of, you’ve got to take it as it comes,” Walton said. “See how the season’s going, get to those tough stretches. Are there nagging injuries happening or not? And that’s when you would do it. We’re not going to just rest somebody just to rest them. Only if the body or mind needs it, in my opinion.”

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Tyronn Lue Says LeBron James ‘Lost His Powers’ After Switching to Lakers Jersey https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/19/tyronn-lue-comments-lebron-lakers-uniform/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 18:46:11 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32565 Former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James played his first regular season game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. During Friday morning’s shootaround, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue offered a sarcastic response to seeing James in a different jersey. More Ty on LeBron last night. Please, try not to turn this into a Twitter […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James played his first regular season game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. During Friday morning’s shootaround, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue offered a sarcastic response to seeing James in a different jersey.

James made his decision to join the Lakers on the first day of free agency in July, ending his second stint with the team. During the previous four seasons, James had led the Cavaliers to four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. That remarkable stretch included the Cavaliers’ comeback in the 2016 Finals that culminated with James winning Finals MVP honors.

When James returned to Cleveland in 2014, Lue was set to begin his first year with the team as an assistant coach. In January 2016, Lue was elevated to the head coaching position and subsequently led the team to the franchise’s first-ever league title. With James playing an integral role in making that championship possible, Lue was able to parlay that achievement into a lucrative new five-year contract.

Now without James, Lue has the challenge of leading a rebuilding Cavaliers team back to the playoffs. Any postseason run likely won’t include another trip to the Finals, but James is also facing steep odds in reaching his ninth consecutive Finals. That’s because the Lakers are in a similar position to the Cavaliers and face the additional challenge of competing against the likes of Western Conference powerhouses Golden State and Houston.

Lue and the Cavaliers will face James and the Lakers twice this season, with the first contest taking place at Quicken Loans Arena on Nov. 21. The rematch will take place in January at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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Cavs News: Cleveland Cavaliers Release Injury Report for Tonight’s Matchup vs. Minnesota Timberwolves https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/19/update-playing-status-injured-cavaliers/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 17:32:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32561 The statuses of both Larry Nance Jr. and J.R. Smith for the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ Friday night road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves remain up in the air. Both players sat out the Cavaliers’ season opener in Toronto on Wednesday night. Larry Nance remains questionable for tonight. No one really knows on JR. Nance (ankle) and Smith […]

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The statuses of both Larry Nance Jr. and J.R. Smith for the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ Friday night road game against the Minnesota Timberwolves remain up in the air. Both players sat out the Cavaliers’ season opener in Toronto on Wednesday night.

Both Nance and Smith suffered their injuries last week, with Smith previously dealing with a hip problem during the Cavs’ training camp.

Earlier this week, Nance signed a contract extension with the Cavaliers. Once he takes the court again, he’ll start his first full season with the the team after being acquired in a deadline deal last February.

Smith had hoped to start the season strong after two down seasons that were marked by injury and a decline in his production. Unfortunately, the most prominent bit of news during the preseason came during Smith’s first appearance of the season in a Oct. 6 game against Boston. In that contest, Smith nearly became embroiled in an on-court brawl and was later fined $15,000 for his actions.

If neither player is able to compete against Minnesota, their next opportunity will come in the Cavaliers’ home opener on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers May End Up Tanking 2018-19 Season https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/19/cavs-insider-tanking-possibility/ Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:40:47 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32552 Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers having stated that they have no plans to tank the 2018-19 NBA season, that belief isn’t shared by all of their fans and members of the media. One insider has indicated that the course of the season and what takes place at the start of 2019 will likely determine the road […]

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Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers having stated that they have no plans to tank the 2018-19 NBA season, that belief isn’t shared by all of their fans and members of the media.

One insider has indicated that the course of the season and what takes place at the start of 2019 will likely determine the road taken by the Cavs.

Last season, the Cavaliers drastically revamped their roster at the deadline in an effort to shake the team out of their doldrums and reach the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year. That was accomplished, but with the July departure of LeBron James, the plan of attack this season is much more modest, with a simple playoff berth being the basic goal for a rebuilding franchise.

That 15-game January schedule includes the Cavaliers’ longest road trip of the season and is the month before the trade deadline. By the time that month ends, the team will have played 52 games on the year, more than enough time to gauge the level of progress the it has made.

If the team is floundering at that point, contending teams will likely be looking at some of the Cavs veterans as possible trade options. One of the most likely Cleveland players to fall into this category is veteran point guard George Hill, given the fact that the team drafted rookie Collin Sexton in June to eventually take over his position.

Of course, this heightened concern about the Cavaliers’ situation comes in the wake of the team’s season-opening loss in Toronto on Wednesday night. That defeat came on the road against the team that had the best record in the Eastern Conference last year and with the Cavaliers missing veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith and center Larry Nance Jr. from the lineup. Those factors may be reason enough to at least temporarily hold off on discussions of tanking for the time being.

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J.R. Smith Stars in Hilarious Commercial for Upcoming ‘The Grinch’ Film https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/18/jr-smith-stars-hilarious-commercial-upcoming-the-grinch-film/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 20:09:56 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32544 Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith put his acting chops on display when he starred in a hilarious commercial for the upcoming film “The Grinch.” Smith himself posted the commercial to his own Instagram page, and the topic of the advert is a clear sign that the guard still knows how to poke fun at himself. […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith put his acting chops on display when he starred in a hilarious commercial for the upcoming film “The Grinch.”

Smith himself posted the commercial to his own Instagram page, and the topic of the advert is a clear sign that the guard still knows how to poke fun at himself.

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At this point, Smith taking off his shirt should never come as a surprise. It has, in may ways, become his trademark move. What is perhaps more surprising is that he was willing to poke fun at his epic miscue that came in the final seconds of Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

Aside from starring in movie commercials, Smith is currently working to get back on the court after elbow soreness and an MRI left him unable to participate in Wednesday night’s 2018-19 season opener. While no structural damage was found in the elbow, it is possible Smith will miss more time to rehab the injury.

In the end, this commercial serves as a reminder that basketball is just a game and a form of entertainment just like a movie. It may feel like life and death sometimes, but what matters most is that the players and fans all have fun.

There are few players in the NBA better at reminding people of that very fact than Smith.

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Kevin Love Says He Got Technical Foul in Season Opener for ‘Whitest Thing’ He Could’ve Said https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/18/kevin-love-says-technical-foul-season-opener-whitest-thing-said/ Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:58:26 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32535 Kevin Love earned his first technical foul of the 2018-19 season in the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ Wednesday night loss to the Toronto Raptors after shouting out in frustration with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter. While technicals are often dealt out after players get into physical altercations or if they begin yelling obscenities at other players, […]

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Kevin Love earned his first technical foul of the 2018-19 season in the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ Wednesday night loss to the Toronto Raptors after shouting out in frustration with 4:07 left in the fourth quarter.

While technicals are often dealt out after players get into physical altercations or if they begin yelling obscenities at other players, fans or refs, Love was granted one for doing nothing else but yelling “come on!”

Following the game, Love couldn’t help but find comedy in the situation.

“Whitest thing I could’ve said,” Love said.

It seems the referees calling the game were a bit quick to pull their whistles. That doesn’t change the fact that Love had quite a bit to be frustrated about.

After spending the summer preparing for the biggest season of his career in recent memory, the All-Star big man struggled to find his groove in the season opener. While he finished the night with a respectable 21 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, Love failed to have much of an impact on the game in the first half as the Cavs fell behind by double digits.

His struggles were perhaps best represented by his field-goal percentage from the game, where he shot just 5-of-18 from the field and 1-of-4 from beyond the three-point line.

Despite Love’s lackluster performance and subsequent Cavs defeat, there is a lot to be excited about based on what fans saw on Wednesday night. Cleveland fell behind early in the game, but it managed to scrape back to bring the score within single digits with several minutes left to go.

Not only that, but it did it against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. A team that won 59 games just a season ago and added likely MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard in the offseason.

Beyond that, many of the Cavs’ youngsters managed to put on strong performances. Rookie Collin Sexton showed his intensity and grit and finished the game with nine points in just 18 minutes of play.

Second-year forward Cedi Osman impressed with a double-double performance, ending the night with 17 points and 10 rebounds. If those two players and Love can find a way to gel together this season, the Cavs could certainly surprise some people this season.

For Love, it will take some time for him to get comfortable in his new role on the team. Hopefully, it won’t take too long for his shouts of frustration to turn into shouts of elation.

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Report: 2 Cavs Players Ruled Out for Season Opener vs. Raptors https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/17/report-2-cavs-players-ruled-out-season-opener-raptors/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:27:11 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32509 On Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially clarified the statuses of J.R. Smith and Larry Nance Jr. for the team’s opener against the Toronto Raptors by ruling them out of the contest. Smith is dealing with a sore right elbow, while Nance is recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last week in practice. #Cavs Larry […]

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On Wednesday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers officially clarified the statuses of J.R. Smith and Larry Nance Jr. for the team’s opener against the Toronto Raptors by ruling them out of the contest.

Smith is dealing with a sore right elbow, while Nance is recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last week in practice.

The status of the 33-year-old Smith, who’s looking to bounce back after two subpar seasons, was uncertain even before his preseason injury woes. There had been talk of his role in Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue‘s rotation being diminished because of his struggles that were the byproduct of both issues on and off the court. For the opener, Rodney Hood will be in his shooting guard spot.

The 25-year-old Nance, who signed a four-year contract extension with the team on Monday, is expected to share starting center duties with Tristan Thompson, depending on the particular matchup. He was acquired at midseason last year from the Los Angeles Lakers and is also expected to see action at the power forward spot. He’s the son of Cavs legend Larry Nance Sr.

Following Wednesday night’s regular season opener at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the Cavaliers move on for another road matchup on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The team’s home opener will be Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena against the Atlanta Hawks.

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Kevin Love Says LeBron James More Like a Planet Than a Person https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/17/kevin-love-lebron-james-planet-person/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 21:43:49 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32519 In a recent interview with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Kevin Love compared his close friend and former teammate LeBron James to a planet rather than just a man. The comparison came when Love discussed the impact James’ decision to leave will have on the Cleveland Cavaliers: “There’s a complete shift. “I think, Bron is, I said it […]

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In a recent interview with Joe Vardon of The AthleticKevin Love compared his close friend and former teammate LeBron James to a planet rather than just a man.

The comparison came when Love discussed the impact James’ decision to leave will have on the Cleveland Cavaliers:

“There’s a complete shift. “I think, Bron is, I said it in an interview, do you watch ‘Succession’ at all, on HBO? F–ing amazing. Anyway, they talk about the dad in the show, and they go ‘he’s not a person, he’s a planet.’ He just takes everything with him and shifts the paradigm and, like, that’s who Bron is. There’s so much attention, so much force, that him moving conferences does have that kind of effect, because it was always LeBron and the Cavs. Now there’s some semblance of parity and balance in the East, so people look at it like there’s maybe four, five, six teams who say ‘we can make some noise, it’s ours for the taking.’ Like Indiana, who looks really, really good.”

For a player that has been compared to a king for the entirety of his NBA career, raising the bar to a planet is a definite indicator of just how much Love respects the four-time MVP.

There is no doubt that the 2018-19 season will be filled with experiences and expectations that Cavs fans have not felt for quite some time. Instead of being near the top of the list when it comes to favorites to advance to the NBA Finals, most experts are listing the Cavs as dark horses to make the playoffs.

While those changing expectations may seem to be somewhat disappointing, there are also a lot of things to be excited for.

For Love, he will have the opportunity to truly lead a team for the first time since his days with the Minnesota Timberwolves. In the season prior to when he was traded to the Cavs, Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Those are truly elite numbers by any metric.

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Those numbers took a definite hit when he was traded to Cleveland and had to share the ball with not only James, but former Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving as well. Now, Love will get the opportunity to prove that he can be the focal point for an NBA team once again.

Aside from Love, James’ departure also gives other players opportunities to shine as well.

Second-year player Cedi Osman is probably the first name on that list. He will be tasked to replace James as the Cavs’ starting small forward, and while nobody expects him to fill the planet-sized void James has left in the lineup, Osman has shown glimpses that he could develop into a truly talented player.

Aside from that, Cavs rookie Collin Sexton will also get a chance to grow in a trial-by-fire scenario this season. The first-round draft pick from the University of Alabama showed a lot of promise this summer.

If James had decided to re-sign with the Cavs, it is likely that they would have used their 2018 first-round pick to trade for an established veteran. Instead, fans now get to watch Sexton progress into what they hope will be a premier NBA point guard.

With James’ departure comes a lot of uncertainty, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Hopefully, Love, Osman, Sexton, and everyone else wearing the Wine and Gold this season can prove that there is much more to Cleveland basketball than just King James.

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Cavs Announce Starting 5 for Regular Season Opener vs. Raptors https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/10/17/cavaliers-announce-starting-lineup-opener/ Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:14:40 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=32505 The Cleveland Cavaliers announced their starting five for the team’s season opener against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Comparing this quintet to the five that started in Cleveland’s opener last season shows that just two players from that 2017 group, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, remain in the lineup. Lineup note: Cavs will start […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced their starting five for the team’s season opener against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Comparing this quintet to the five that started in Cleveland’s opener last season shows that just two players from that 2017 group, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, remain in the lineup.

The most prominent absence in this group from last season is small forward LeBron James, who left to play for the Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason. Second-year man Cedi Osman has the monumental task of trying to fill the hole left by James’ departure, while the backcourt will have two players, George Hill and Rodney Hood, who joined the Cavs at midseason last year.

Hood, who agreed to accept a $3.4 million qualifying offer from the Cavs during the offseason, is hoping to deliver a strong year, since his acceptance of the team’s offer allows him to become an unrestricted free agent next July. He’ll be in the shooting guard spot, a position that’s largely been held in recent years by veteran J.R. Smith, who’s been ruled out of the opener because of right elbow trouble.

Another Cavs player who will also miss the contest is Larry Nance Jr., who’s still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last week in practice. The fourth-year big man signed a four-year contract extension with the Cavaliers on Monday.

Rookie guard Collin Sexton will make his debut with the Cavaliers after having been the eighth overall selection in this year’s NBA draft. Spending a single season at the University of Alabama, the 19-year-old Sexton has impressed during Las Vegas Summer League action and the preseason.

The Raptors ended last season with the best record in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, but were then swept by the Cavaliers in the conference semifinals. That led to the dismissal of head coach Dwane Casey, who subsequently was hired by the Detroit Pistons, with Toronto hiring Nick Nurse to replace him. The team also pulled off a blockbuster deal during the offseason, sending guard DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for disgruntled forward Kawhi Leonard.

The Cavaliers-Raptors clash is set to tip just after 7 p.m. ET at Air Canada Centre.

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