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Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue yells to players during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Cleveland. The Kings won 116-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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  • Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue yells to players during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Cleveland. The Kings won 116-112 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Drama kings: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue upset by distractions

    CLEVELAND (AP) — They are losing to teams they should be beating — easily. And making matters worse, the NBA champion Cavaliers are embroiled in distractions. Drama kings. “I hate it,” coach Tyronn Lue said Thursday following practice. With six losses in eight games, the Cavs are in a slump they never expected. They’re also […]
  • Los Angeles Lakers center Tarik Black scrambles on the floor for a loose ball as Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard and guard Allen Crabbe defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

    Lillard, McColllum lead Trail Blazers over Lakers 105-98

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 24 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-98 on Wednesday night, capping Portland’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of the team’s 1977 NBA championship. CJ McCollum added 24 points for the Blazers, who have won 11 straight regular-season games against the Lakers. Los Angeles […]
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 124-122.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    LeBron miffed with direction of slumping Cavaliers

    CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has alluded to flaws with Cleveland’s roster all season. He got much more detailed about the cracks and crevices in the NBA champions after their fifth loss in seven games. James urged the team’s front office to do more after a 124-122 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans, […]
  • Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) looks up to dunk in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 118-103.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    LeBron considering return to US Olympic team under Popovich

    INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich. James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games. “It factors a lot,” James said Saturday as […]
  • Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison, center, tries to fight through the pick set by Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, left, as he tries to guard Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Irving, Korver lead Cavaliers past Kings 120-108

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, Kyle Korver added 18 in his most productive game since joining Cleveland last week and the Cavaliers tuned up for a NBA Finals rematch by beating the Sacramento Kings 120-108 on Friday night. LeBron James had 16 points and 15 assists, Kevin Love added 15 points […]
  • Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum celebrates after hitting a shot, next to Cleveland Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. McCollum scored 27 points as the Blazers won 102-86. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

    McCollum scores 27 as Trail Blazers beat Cavaliers 102-86

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — That 24-hour travel odyssey hardly took a toll on the Portland Trail Blazers. C.J. McCollum scored 27 points and the Trail Blazers shook off any fatigue caused by weather-related delays to beat the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers 102-86 on Wednesday night. Allen Crabbe added 24 points off the bench for […]
  • FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, file photo,Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) sets up a shot in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Atlanta. Korver has officially joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired one of the NBA's best 3-point shooters in a trade from Atlanta. The Cavs sent forward Mike Dunleavy, guard Mo Williams, cash and a protected future first-round draft pick to the Hawks for Korver, who gives the NBA champions another offensive weapon. The trade was agreed upon Thursday and completed Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)

    Sure shot: Cavs acquire Korver, complete deal with Hawks

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The defending NBA champions just got a whole lot tougher to stop. Two days after agreeing to the deal, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a trade with Atlanta for Kyle Korver, one of the league’s best 3-point shooters, who will be able to spot up on the perimeter and wait for LeBron James […]
  • Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, right, greets forward Thabo Sefolosha who comes to the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    AP source: Cavs nearing deal for Hawks’ Korver

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyle Korver could soon be hoisting shots for the NBA champions. The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to finalize a deal to acquire Korver, one of the league’s elite 3-point shooters, in a trade from the Atlanta Hawks, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The sides […]
  • FILE - In this May 7, 2016, file photo, Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and Leicester's Wes Morgan lift the trophy as Leicester City celebrate becoming the English Premier League soccer champions at King Power stadium in Leicester, England. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

    Cubs, Cavs douse droughts, cleanse curses with 2016 titles

    CLEVELAND (AP) — They hugged, danced and cried while waving those ‘W’ flags like never before after an inconceivable win — 108 years of pent-up emotion released. But after the wait and surviving an epic, ulcer-inducing Game 7, Chicago Cubs fans — relatives spanning generations, college pals and life-long friends who came to Cleveland hoping […]
  • FILE - In this June 19, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, celebrates with teammates after Game 7 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif. There was no stopping James this year. He continued to mesmerize on the court, his game showing no signs of decay now one-third of the way through his 14th season. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    As he turns 32, LeBron James savors ‘magical’ ride in 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Not everyone wants 2016, month after month of messy moments and mayhem, to end. For LeBron James, it was a charmed year. “A magical run,” he said. “I felt like Aladdin on my flying magic carpet.” On top of the world. James soared in his second season back in Cleveland, his homecoming […]