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2018 Schedule
1-0, 1st in Central
LeBron opens season ready to go (1:02)
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2hDave McMenamin

LeBron shakes ankle woes in near triple-double

LeBron James was limited to playing just one preseason game, thanks to an ankle injury, but he showed no ill effects as he finished one assist shy of a triple-double in the Cavaliers' opening night win over the Celtics.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James said the Cleveland fan base gave Kyrie Irving a pretty easy time during his first return trip to Quicken Loans Arena. "It was nothing," James said. "That was nothing. What do you want me to say? I've experienced big boos before. That was like a pat on the back. It could never… I love our fans to death. That was nothing."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue said JR Smith's first go as the Cavs' sixth man was "good" as he put up 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting and four rebounds in 22 minutes but his back stiffened up on him, leading to only three minutes of playing time in the fourth quarter. "We had to get him out," Lue said. "But he was good."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Ty Lue took a page out of his own coaching manual from his very first postgame press conference by ripping his team for their conditioning following the Cavs' 102-99 win over Boston. "I thought our pace was really terrible tonight," Lue said. "We've got to get in better shape. As far as pushing ourselves, not saving ourselves. We've got to do a better job of playing hard six or seven minutes, you get tired, come out. Our pace was really slow. To hold a team to 41 percent shooting and they were at 36 or 37 for a while and not play with pace getting up and down the floor, that's not good for us. We want to play fast, we want to get up and down the floor. I thought tonight we settled and played a half-court game."

Wade feels for Hayward, discusses LeBron's 'trash' performance (0:41)
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3hChris Forsberg

Celtics, Cavs both affected by Hayward injury

Drawing comparisons to some of the worst on-court injuries in recent history, the Celtics and rival Cavaliers sent well-wishes to Gordon Hayward after he dislocated his left ankle and fractured his tibia.

LeBron 'those are the injuries you never see coming' (1:03)
Hayward suffers serious injury in Celtics' loss (2:32)
Irving sending well wishes to Hayward (1:51)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens on Gordon Hayward: "I really feel for him." Said it's a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia. He's being flown to Boston for further tests."

Wilbon: 'It was tough to get back into the game' (1:49)
LeBron, D-Wade back together again (1:50)

Paul Sabin ESPN Analytics 

Kevin Love's 23-foot three with 46 seconds remaining increased the Cavs win probability from 65% to 83%, - the highest WPA of the game.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue: "I thought a few times we didn't respect Jaylen Brown."

Kyrie embraces with LeBron, Cavs (0:31)
Love connects from deep after pass from LeBron (0:27)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving embrace on court after Irving's 3-point attempt to force overtime misses at the buzzer.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavaliers 102, Celtics 99. Gritty effort by Boston to claw its way back but LeBron James made big plays when it mattered. Big night for Boston's kids in Jaylen Brown (career-high 25 points) and Jayson Tatum (14 points, 9 rebounds) after early loss of Gordon Hayward.

ESPN Stats & Info

Hayward's injury making waves in Vegas

No timetable has been announced yet for Gordon Hayward, but his injury has already shifted things significantly in Las Vegas. Better than even money to win the East entering the season, the Cavaliers are now even more prohibitive favorites. Meanwhile, the Celtics' chances were cut significantly, and their odds to win the NBA title dropped from 10-1 to 20-1.

James finds Green for the posterizing dunk (0:19)
Rose and Smart trade buckets to end 3rd quarter (0:30)
Tatum takes on LeBron for the bucket and foul (0:25)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics could have easily let this game get away after Gordon Hayward injury. Instead, with a healthy dose of Marcus Smart and the kids (Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown) they erased an 18-point deficit.

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.03rd
Rebounds Per Game50.01st
Assists Per Game19.04th
Points Allowed99.01st

Team History


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