Thursday Sports in Brief
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant will miss the remainder of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinal against the Houston Rockets with a strained right...
AP Source: Lakers to interview Vogel for coaching job
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are trying to quickly rebound in their head coaching search after failing to land Tyronn Lue.
A person familiar with the search said former Indiana...
AP Source: Cavs to interview Blazers assistants to be coach
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' coaching search will venture into the Pacific Northwest.
Cleveland plans to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for its coaching...
Cavaliers find hope, positives at end of post-LeBron season
CLEVELAND (AP) — After handing out sneakers, signed balls and other gifts to fans, the Cleveland Cavaliers gathered one last time after the fourth-worst season in franchise history ended and took...
Cavs coach Drew uncertain about future after tough season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Drew survived one of his most challenging seasons as a coach. He's not sure he wants another one — or if he'll even get it.
Cavs, Drew put off discussion on future until after season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Larry Drew said he has not spoken with the club's front office about his future with the team.
Drew, who became Cleveland's coach when Tyronn Lue was fired...
Cavs sign Drew to new coaching contract for rest of season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Drew's awkward impasse with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over.
The team's struggles are getting worse.
The Cavs relented to Drew's requests by restructuring his contract and signing him to be their coach for the remainder of this season — and perhaps beyond.
Cavaliers call lawsuit by former assistant coach ‘frivolous’
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers say an age-discrimination lawsuit filed by former assistant coach Jim Boylan is "frivolous" and a "shameless cash grab."
Boylan filed a claim Thursday. The team did not pick up its contract option last summer on the 63-year-old Boylan, who spent five seasons with the team working on staffs under David Blatt and Tyronn Lue.
Cavs ‘acting’ coach Drew says progress in contract talks
CLEVELAND (AP) — Larry Drew's strange standoff with the struggling Cavaliers continues.
Cleveland's "acting" head coach said negotiations with the team on restructuring his contract are "moving forward in a positive direction" but the sides have not reached an agreement.
Drew wants the team to re-work his deal if he's going to take over for Tyronn Lue as the team's interim coach during a rebuilding season. Lue was fired Sunday following a 0-6 start.
Unhappy JR Smith wants Cavaliers to trade him
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith has added another tier to the Cavaliers' mounting troubles.
Dropped from the rotation and unhappy with his role on a team rebuilding through youth, Smith said Thursday that he wants to be traded. The enigmatic guard said he hasn't formally requested a trade by Cleveland's front office because the Cavs are already aware of his feelings.
"They know," Smith said following shootaround. "They don't want me, so they obviously know."
Cavaliers beat Hawks to get first win after firing Lue
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood scored a season-high 26 points, Cedi Osman added 20 and Cleveland ended its six-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Atlanta Hawks 136-114 on Tuesday night in the Cavaliers' first game since coach Tyronn Lue was fired.
The Cavs came in as the NBA's only winless team, and Lue paid the price for club's slow start.
Drew crew: Cavaliers end slide, beat Hawks 136-114
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers played unselfishly, aggressively and together for the first time this season.
They almost always do for Larry Drew.
Rodney Hood scored a season-high 26 points, Cedi Osman added 20 and Cleveland ended its six-game losing streak to start the season, beating the Atlanta Hawks 136-114 on Tuesday night in the Cavs' first game since coach Tyronn Lue was fired.
Drew ‘disappointed’ Cavaliers haven’t restructured contract
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers want Larry Drew to be their "voice." They aren't listening to him.
Drew said Tuesday night he's "very disappointed" the Cavs have not yet restructured his contract. The team's top assistant, Drew has been asked to fill in as head coach on an interim basis after Tyronn Lue was fired on Sunday amid a 0-6 start.
Drew asked for guarantees if he's going to take over the rebuilding team. So far, the Cavaliers haven't given him any.
Cavaliers’ coaching situation unclear after Lue’s firing
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — After an emotional day and restless night, Larry Drew went back to work.
He organized practice, met with stunned players still reeling from Tyronn Lue's firing and put the Cleveland Cavaliers through drills as they prepared for Tuesday's game.
But after walking off the floor, Drew, the team's top assistant coach under Lue for the past two years, wanted to make something clear.
"I'm not the interim coach," he said emphatically. "I'm the voice right now."
Westbrook, George lead Thunder past Suns for 1st win
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder didn't care that Phoenix had just one win this season, was playing the second game of a back-to-back and was missing its leading scorer.
They just wanted to get a win.
Oklahoma City finally broke through for the first time in five tries this season. Paul George and Russell Westbrook each scored 23 points, and the Thunder beat the Suns 117-110 on Sunday.
Cavaliers fire coach Tyronn Lue after 0-6 start
Tyronn Lue didn't make it through the season's first month without LeBron James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers fired their coach on Sunday and named assistant Larry Drew interim head coach. The Cavaliers are off to a 0-6 start without James, who left Cleveland this summer for the second time in his career and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent.
Cavaliers’ Love misses second straight game with sore foot
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is out for the second straight game because of a sore left foot.
Cleveland (0-5) hosts the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Love didn't play in Wednesday's loss to Detroit and missed three of the Cavaliers' four exhibition game because of the injury.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Love tried to play through the soreness and wanted to stay on the floor because the team has been struggling.
- The Washington TimesSNYDER: Firing Lue another classless Cavaliers moveOctober 29, 2018
- The Washington TimesCavaliers fire coach Tyronn Lue after six games: ReportOctober 28, 2018
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Cavs’ Love to miss against Pistons with sore left foot
DETROIT (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love will miss Thursday night's game against the Pistons with a sore left foot, another blow to a winless Cleveland team.
Love missed three preseason games with an unspecified injury in the same foot. He was favoring his foot following Wednesday's home loss to Brooklyn, and after traveling with the team to Detroit, the Cavs ruled him out several hours before tip-off.
It's not yet known if he will be able to play Saturday night against the Indiana Pacers.
No LeBron, no spotlight: Cavaliers start anew without star
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — As the Cavaliers wandered around posing for silly photographs, reading radio promotions and doing interviews, everything felt different.
This media day was nothing like the past four. Cleveland heads into the season with very little buzz, zero drama and low expectations. The spotlight, which has illuminated the Cavs in recent years, is pointed elsewhere.
Cavaliers re-sign forward Rodney Hood
CLEVELAND (AP) — Restricted free agent forward Rodney Hood has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hood joined the Cavaliers at the trade deadline last season, coming over from Utah. The 6-foot-8 Hood was offered a $3.4 million qualifying offer from Cleveland in June and agreed to sign it over the weekend.
Cavs sign David Nwaba; guard played with Bulls last season
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers made another move in their post-LeBron James makeover, signing free-agent guard David Nwaba to a one-year contract.
The deal is for the veteran's minimum of $1.5 million.
The 25-year-old Nwaba played for Chicago last season, averaging 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 70 games. The 6-foot-4 guard made 21 starts.
AP Source: Cavs reach agreement with free agent G Nwaba
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says free agent guard David Nwaba has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Nwaba, who played for the Chicago Bulls last season, will join the Cavs once contract terms are finalized, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because negotiations between the sides is are ongoing.
AP source: Cavaliers re-signing F Channing Frye
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Cavaliers will re-sign forward Channing Frye for next season.
Frye, who was traded by the Cavs in February to the Los Angeles Lakers, will get the $2.4 million veteran's minimum contract, said the person who spoke Saturday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.
Yahoo Sports and other outlets previously reported Frye's return.
On call: Cavs turning to seldom-used Hood against Warriors
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood's most significant moment in these playoffs came while sitting on the bench.
Well, he's getting up and getting in the NBA Finals.
Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State's size and ability to switch assignments on defense, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he'll play Hood in Game 3 on Wednesday night in hopes of cutting into the Warriors' series lead.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is dealing with anxiety
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is being treated for anxiety, saying before Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the pressure-packed playoffs bring him so much joy.
He also realizes there are so many people dealing with challenges in life, so his story may help others.
Lue took a leave of absence on March 19 for health reasons and when he returned April 5 acknowledged he experienced "piercing" chest pains during two games this season.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cleveland forward Kevin Love has completed the NBA's concussion protocols and is in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State on Thursday night.
Love was injured early in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston and was not able to play in Game 7 of that series. He traveled to California with the Cavaliers and was on the floor with them during practice Wednesday at Oracle Arena.
Long shots: Odds against Cavs in NBA Finals against Warriors
CLEVELAND (AP) — The odds are longer than a Stephen Curry 3-pointer, Kevin Durant's wingspan or Draymond Green's catalog of technical fouls.
LeBron James and the Cavaliers are being given little — or no — chance of winning their fourth straight NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors, who have been installed by Las Vegas bookmakers as the heaviest favorites in the past 16 years.
Love still in concussion program, status for Game 1 unknown
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love remains in concussion protocol and his status for Game 1 of the NBA Finals is still unclear.
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue gave an update Tuesday before the team flew to San Francisco for Thursday's opener. The Cavs are playing the Golden State Warriors in the finals for the fourth straight year.
LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals
BOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out.
He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway.
And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.
The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.
Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion
CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love won't be able to help LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 7 against the Celtics.
Love was placed in the NBA's concussion protocol and the All-Star forward will miss Sunday's series finale of the Eastern Conference finals, a personal blow and yet another challenge for Cleveland to overcome.
Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he'll play next.
Game 7 is on. And any talk about James' future is on hold.
Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series.
Alarmed: LeBron, Cavs facing win-or-else Game 6 vs Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston's defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home.
A piercing alarm sounded.
"Uh-oh," Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming siren.
While Lue and his home were clearly safe, and the light-hearted moment passed quickly, it was also symbolic of Cleveland's urgent situation.
Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — They've survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA's most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle.
The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them. So it's not a surprise they're calm despite trailing the Boston Celtics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.
"We know what it takes," coach Tyronn Lue said. "We're down 0-2. No need to panic."
Welcome, rookies: Kokoskov, Pierce getting their 1st shots
Brad Stevens' first opportunity to become an NBA head coach was presented to him by Boston. Same goes for Tyronn Lue, with Cleveland. Same goes for Steve Kerr, with Golden State.
Hiring rookies worked out just fine for those clubs.
Point grad: Cavs’ Hill receives diploma during NBA playoffs
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — George Hill has gone from point guard to point grad in the NBA playoffs.
Cleveland's starting guard missed practice Saturday and had a good excuse for his absence — he graduated from college.
Hill received his diploma from IUPUI and took part in commencement ceremonies in Indianapolis while his teammates got in one last workout before heading to Boston for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Connected at hip: Cavs, Celtics intertwined since big trade
CLEVELAND (AP) — Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.
The Eastern Conference's top two teams have been intertwined for more than a year — from a summer blockbuster trade, from opening night, from afar.
Cavs laugh off Hood’s apology for not entering Game 4
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Rodney Hood got an unusual reaction when he apologized to his Cleveland teammates for refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto.
The chaotic Cavaliers have dealt with bigger nonsense this season.
"They was like, 'Hood, that's not really a distraction' because of everything that they've been through this year," he said. "So they all took light of it. They understand, so it wasn't anything really."
AP source: Cavs won’t discipline Hood for refusal to play
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood's playoff problems now extend to off the court.
Hood, who has seen his role reduced during his first postseason with Cleveland, will not be fined or suspended for refusing to enter Monday night's Game 4 blowout win over the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
LeBron James leads Cavs to win to advance to Eastern Conference semifinals
CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers lived to play another day on Sunday as elimination in the first round of the NBA playoffs was a distinct possibility.
The Indiana Pacers were certainly a formidable opponent, but the men dressed in gold and blue didn't have a number 23 in their lineup by the name of LeBron James.
Cavaliers G George Hill returns for Game 7 against Pacers
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard George Hill is back for Game 7 against Indiana after missing three games with back spasms.
Coach Tyronn Lue says Hill is available to play Sunday, but he wouldn't say if the veteran is starting. Lue did not reveal any of his starters.
Hill was injured in the series opener and has been bothered by back spasms since. But with Cleveland's season on the line, the veteran wanted to play and Lue said Hill was cleared to go by the team's medical staff.
Cavs missing guards Hill, Calderon against Wizards
CLEVELAND (AP) — It's rookie Cedi Osman's turn to start at point guard for the Cavaliers. Just about everyone else has gotten a chance.
With guards Jose Calderon and George Hill out with injuries, Osman will make his first career start at guard on Thursday night when the Cavs host the Washington Wizards. Osman has made nine previous starts this season, but all were at small forward.
Former Husker Lue to return to Cleveland Cavalier bench
A person familiar with the decision says Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is expected to resume his duties on Thursday against Washington.
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- Hardaway, Knicks give Cavs 4th loss in 5 games, 114-95
- Nets overcome James' triple-double, beat Cavaliers 112-107
- Cavs' Dwyane Wade sidelined with bruised knee
- Tough millennial: Jaylen Brown could be Celtics' X-factor
- AP Interview: Wade wants to wear Heat jersey again _ someday
- It's done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland
- Irving-Thomas deal continues NBA summer of blockbuster moves
- AP Source: Cavaliers agree to terms with Cedi OsmanJuly 12, 2017
- Cavaliers announce Jeff Green signingJuly 11, 2017
- AP Source: Cavaliers re-sign Korver for 3 years, $22 millionJuly 2, 2017
- Cavaliers sign veteran point guard Jose CalderonJuly 2, 2017
- AP source: Cavaliers owner, Billups met for 2nd straight day
- Cavaliers watch NBA draft as Billups watch continues
- Cleveland Cavaliers donate $875,000 to Habitat for HumanityJune 23, 2017
- Cleveland Cavaliers players, coaches serve Thanksgiving dinner to young students (video)
- 'Shell-shocked' Pistons slapped around by LeBron, Cavs
- Cavaliers win 5th straight in 116-88 rout of Pistons
- Cleveland Cavs could remain in The Q through 2044, according to new lease
- Iman Shumpert, Teyana Taylor's reality show picked up by VH-1
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- LeBron James scores 31 points, Cavaliers top Hornets 115-107
- Hardaway hits late 3 to lift Knicks over Jazz 106-101