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Jason Smith is starting the second half at center, replacing Dalembert
Part of the Humongotron is out.
So, LeBron is 1-for-9 with Travis Wear guarding him for a portion of the first half. Seems about right.
Travis Wear has already shown enough, between tonight & preseason, to show he deserves to be on this tm. Knicks would be wise to develop him
NYK hangs tight thru the first half, but gives up alley-oop in the final second of 2Q. Cavs up, 44-42, at half. LeBron: 1-of-9 w 4 turnovers
After James airball, he's 1 for 9 with 4 turnovers and Knicks up 2.
We're all tied at 40-40 because LeBron James is playing worse than Quincy Acy and Cole Aldrich.
LeBron is 1-for-8 with four turnovers.
LeBron 1-of-8 with four turnovers so far.
LeBron will explain his first half performance in a letter ghost written by Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins. Can't wait.
Knicks have tied the game with a 16-5 run. LeBron has been very quiet.
LeBron is just 1-of-6 to start this game.
Can we just get Travis that video of him defending LeBron and call it a night.
Cole Aldrich in game. Travis Wear in game. Safely you can say Fisher has no idea about his rotation. Not for a while.
Where is Johnny Football?
Back spasms again for J.R. Smith, according to Tina C. Came out of game. Never had real back issues before preseason.
JR is hurt. Holding right side/back. My wifi is spotty. Bieber is sitting between Usher & my pastor. And LeBron plays for the Cavs again.
J.R. Smith just left the game in pain. It could be the back that hampered him in the preseason.
Justin Bieber, Usher and Michael Strahan are sitting together. I normally sit with Berman, Herring and Popper. They win.
We're not in Miami anymore. Justin Bieber gets booed when shown on the screen.
JR seems to break every rule that was ever written involving the triangle.
I respect K. Love going with the cutoff shirt under the jersey. That was my move.
JR seems to break every rule that was ever written involving the triangle offense.
Travis Wear getting some early minutes. Fisher mentioned as an option on the wing during pregame.
Jason Smith, who was rather horrible last night, has bagged 2 straight mid-range jumpers. That's why they signed him.
Marv once worked for Knicks. As did Thibodeau & Steve Clifford. How's that for a triangle. And they were all dismissed by...the Great Kazoo
Gonna be painful watching NYK take this many midrange jumpshots all yr, especially when you consider how good they were from 3 not long ago
Knicks are 6-for-18, missing open looks all over the place, and there have been many possessions with no triangle being run.
"I don't need shooters, I need MAKERS."
LeBron a bit out of control so far, so pepped to be back. 3 turnovers for James but Cavs lead 21-12.
"It must be cool to know that you're the best basketball player in the world." -- my 8-yr-old, accurately.
Looks like the Knicks have given up on the triangle until the day Marc Gasol signs.
Man, Carmelo was jogging back and wasn't even looking at the ball. He defended that like he was thinking "I should have gone to Chicago."
LeBron's fast basket is a layup in transition with Melo draped on his shoulder and arms. James flexed after the layup.
For all of the party going on the Cavs and LeBron could have sprung for a faster internet.
Something that goes under-covered about LeBron: how he sees weak side so well. His skip passing ability. Has strength to find corners fast.
So far it's Melo 6 and Love 5.
Make that 6 points. All of the Knicks so far.
It might be LeBron's home opener, but Melo going for 50 tonight. Forget the Triangle. Spoiling the festivities. Already with 4 points.
KNICKS LEAD 4-2 - LEBRON IS GOING BACK TO MIAMI!!!
And the confetti goes up in the air as the Cavs celebrate the .... wait, the opening tip?
White confetti all over my computer and arena now after symbolic fan tossing to mimic LeBron's talcum powder throw.
I have confetti falling on my head. The game hasn't even started yet. What in the hell.
LeBron James just got one of the loudest pregame cheers I've heard. Melo doesn't get anything near that at MSG.
I honestly think the fans want to see LeBron throw the chalk more than they want to see him play the Knicks.
LeBron James is officially reintroduced as a Cleveland Cavalier during intros at 8:08 p.m.
If the Cavs play as well as this introduction the Knicks don't stand a chance.
If they have David Blatt working behind a curtain like the Wizard of Oz I'm going back to my hotel.
Even the brains behind pro wrestling are watching this Cavs show and thinking, "That's a little over the top."
It's all very understated here in Cleveland. "There's no place like home," James says on the HUMONGOTRON before flames shoot out of it.
Usher and the anthem. http://t.co/7EhQxRUvO8
Usher performing the anthem. http://t.co/IMEhqSeHi8
Usher is blowing my deadline.
Usher in no rush.
Quicken Loans Arena is loud...and Taylor Swift hasn't shown up yet.
Fan loyalty aside, don't see how anyone can hate on LBJs decision to return to CLE. Great for him. Great for the city. Great for the sport.
Oh, that's not right - as they're showing preview video they show Bargnani. That's just rubbing it in.
Fisher said before the game, "it's obviously electric here."
It's an awesome Nike ad - but kind of leaves out the whole, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" angle.
Many celebs on hand, including Roger Federer's Cleveland-based agent Tony Godsick. Fed comes on occasion to Cleve to visit.
So, it's pretty loud in here.
Got to say, they know how to do a video. LeBron gathers team into huddle - and then all the fans and the entire city. But no Taylor Swift.
Former Nets owner Jay-Z also in town tonight for Travis Wear's first game in Cleveland.
Fisher says the atmosphere is "electric" but "once the game starts, it’s 5 on 5, so we’re not playing against everybody in Northeast Ohio."
Behold its glutinous majesty: The HUMONGOTRON. http://t.co/OFbmeBDqSk
Usher is singing the anthem, Kendrick Lamar is across the street. I have not seen Drake yet in a Cavaliers uniform.
Troubling part is this - bags of chalk for all the fans. This could look like nuclear fallout soon. http://t.co/VtOYnMcC6Q
Fisher on starting Acy: "Defensively it gives us some looks early, but we also want to get a look at Amar’e as a center in that 2nd group."
With Spike Lee sitting courtside here in Cleveland, I'd guess that LeBron is gonna go off for like 90 points tonight.
Taylor Swift did make an appearance on the humungatron - so the whole Welcome to New York thing is over like so many of her relationships
But Spike is courtside so basically it's the same as every other NBA game.
So, inside the arena....humungatron - a giant video screen over the court...Cavs take the court to blaring music, standing ovation...
If Steve Mills has any eligibility left, Derek Fisher might need him tonight.
Former Princeton teammates David Blatt & Steve Mills met for a few minutes before last night's game. "Steve could play" said the Cavs coach.
It's LeBron's homecoming but the Cavs must have known I was coming. Press meal is Italian food, including tiramisu and cannoli for dessert.