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2018 Schedule
1-0, 1st in Central
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1hAdam Reisinger

Got Beef? Cavaliers among Lonzo Ball's must-see matchups

LaVar Ball saying LeBron James' sons aren't as well-positioned for NBA success due to their father's legacy didn't sit well with the Cavs superstar. The added twist here is LeBron may one day join the Lakers.

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2hJacob Wolf

Cavs added as League of Legends franchise

Riot Games has accepted the Cleveland Cavaliers' application for a North American League of Legends Championship Series franchise for the start of the 2018 NA LCS season, sources told ESPN.

Jamie Foxx does spot-on LeBron impression (1:55)

Jacob Wolf ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have obtained a slot in the North American League of Legends Championship Series as one of the newest franchise owners, league sources told ESPN. The Cavaliers have recruited former Call of Duty pro and influencer Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag to head up their operations and are actively recruiting staff in the League of Legends space, sources said.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston sports radio was filled with chatter Wednesday wondering if Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder should be blamed for Gordon Hayward's gruesome injury. Celtics coach Brad Stevens dismissed it: "There was no ill will, no fault. That was just a unique landing from what I saw. [But] I don't have any interest in re-watching."

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18hDarren Rovell

LeBron's torn jersey leaves Nike scrambling

Nike executives were reviewing why the back of LeBron James' jersey split down the middle during Tuesday night's game action, sources told ESPN. The NBA jerseys were being worn for the first time since Nike became the league's official uniform supplier.

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Another fast start for LeBron

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 16 rebounds and nine assists in Cleveland's season-opening win over the Celtics on Tuesday. He has scored at least 25 points in 10 season openers, tying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone for the third-most games of this type in NBA history. Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins each had 11 such performances on opening night. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs signed guard London Perrantes to fill the second of their two "two-way" player slots on Wednesday, a team source tells ESPN. Perrantes and guard John Holland can both spend up to 45 days with the Cavs this season and the rest of their time will be spent playing for the Canton Charge, Cleveland's G-League affiliate. Perrantes averaged 12.7 points, 3.7 assists and 3 rebounds as a senior at Virginia last season. The Vertical first reported his signing.


Shelburne on NBA's opening night

Who will be the Lakers' starting five be come opening night? Plus, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne talks about Gordon Hayward's ghastly injury, Draymond Green's status and Chris Paul's poor performance.

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2dDave 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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2dChris 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.


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."

Team Stats

Points Per Game102.0Tied-16th
Rebounds Per Game50.0Tied-5th
Assists Per Game19.0Tied-18th
Points Allowed99.0Tied-5th

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