Al Iannazzone

Jason Smith is starting the second half at center, replacing Dalembert

Scott Cacciola

Part of the Humongotron is out.

Steve Popper

So, LeBron is 1-for-9 with Travis Wear guarding him for a portion of the first half. Seems about right.

Chris Herring

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

Alan Hahn

Halftime with me and Daughtry is next on @ESPNNY98_7FM. #Knicks

Ian Begley

Melo & Travis Wear have guarded LeBron a bunch so far. Those 2, along w/the rest of #Knicks, held LBJ to 1-of-9 shooting w/4 TOs in 1st half

Chris Herring

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

Marc Berman

After James airball, he's 1 for 9 with 4 turnovers and Knicks up 2.

Tina Cervasio

Kevin Love is killing it. 14 pts 9 Rebs. LeBron is -6 in +/- ~game tied at 40. #Knicks #Cavaliers

Ian Begley

Small sample, but the #Knicks' 3 shooting guards (Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Hardaway Jr.) are shooting a combined 8-for-33 thus far this year.

Marc Berman

We're all tied at 40-40 because LeBron James is playing worse than Quincy Acy and Cole Aldrich.

Al Iannazzone

LeBron is 1-for-8 with four turnovers.

Chris Herring

LeBron 1-of-8 with four turnovers so far.

Frank Isola

LeBron will explain his first half performance in a letter ghost written by Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins. Can't wait.

Al Iannazzone

Knicks have tied the game with a 16-5 run. LeBron has been very quiet.

Howard Beck

Hard to leave Bargnani and JR. RT @Ethan J. Skolnick: Carmelo Anthony could have been a Chicago Bull

Ian Begley

Update: J.R. Smith is back in the game. If his back is bothering him, he's choosing to play through it. #Knicks

Marc Berman

LeBron may get a triple double with turnovers part of the package. Got 4 TOs as #Knicks hanging in at 33-28 with 7:39 left in half.

Alan Hahn

That looks like the plan. RT @realjlive: Man. Play Melo and the youngins. They have less to unlearn.

Howard Beck

Good job, Cleveland. RT @Michael Lee: Justin Bieber gets no love in CLE. Was mercilessly booed as his image came up on the Humongotron.

Jonah Ballow

LeBron is just 1-of-6 to start this game.

Steve Popper

Can we just get Travis that video of him defending LeBron and call it a night.

Marc Berman

Cole Aldrich in game. Travis Wear in game. Safely you can say Fisher has no idea about his rotation. Not for a while.

Ian Begley

J.R. Smith walked off the floor gingerly. He may have tweaked the back injury that's been bothering him for the last few weeks. #Knicks

Jonah Ballow

Where is Johnny Football?

Marc Berman

Back spasms again for J.R. Smith, according to Tina C. Came out of game. Never had real back issues before preseason.

Tina Cervasio

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.

Al Iannazzone

J.R. Smith just left the game in pain. It could be the back that hampered him in the preseason.

Al Iannazzone

Justin Bieber, Usher and Michael Strahan are sitting together. I normally sit with Berman, Herring and Popper. They win.

Steve Popper

We're not in Miami anymore. Justin Bieber gets booed when shown on the screen.

Chris Herring

JR seems to break every rule that was ever written involving the triangle.

Jonah Ballow

Loooks like J.R. tweaked his back on that play. Timeout #Knicks.

Jonah Ballow

I respect K. Love going with the cutoff shirt under the jersey. That was my move.

Chris Herring

JR seems to break every rule that was ever written involving the triangle offense.

Jonah Ballow

Travis Wear getting some early minutes. Fisher mentioned as an option on the wing during pregame.

Marc Berman

Jason Smith, who was rather horrible last night, has bagged 2 straight mid-range jumpers. That's why they signed him.

Jonah Ballow

Jason Smith w/ back-to-back midrange buckets to help the #Knicks get back in this game.

Frank Isola

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

Chris Herring

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

Al Iannazzone

Knicks are 6-for-18, missing open looks all over the place, and there have been many possessions with no triangle being run.

Alan Hahn

"I don't need shooters, I need MAKERS."

Marc Berman

LeBron a bit out of control so far, so pepped to be back. 3 turnovers for James but Cavs lead 21-12.

Jonah Ballow

Larkin has saved the #Knicks on some defensive possessions in transition.

Howard Beck

"It must be cool to know that you're the best basketball player in the world." -- my 8-yr-old, accurately.

Frank Isola

Looks like the Knicks have given up on the triangle until the day Marc Gasol signs.

Frank Isola

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."

Barbara Barker

LeBron gets first bucket of Cleveland II campaign. Runs to baseline and makes a Popye muscle. #Knicks #Cavaliers

Al Iannazzone

LeBron's fast basket is a layup in transition with Melo draped on his shoulder and arms. James flexed after the layup.

Steve Popper

For all of the party going on the Cavs and LeBron could have sprung for a faster internet.

Jared Zwerling

Something that goes under-covered about LeBron: how he sees weak side so well. His skip passing ability. Has strength to find corners fast.

Al Iannazzone

So far it's Melo 6 and Love 5.

Jared Zwerling

Make that 6 points. All of the Knicks so far.

Jared Zwerling

It might be LeBron's home opener, but Melo going for 50 tonight. Forget the Triangle. Spoiling the festivities. Already with 4 points.

Steve Popper

KNICKS LEAD 4-2 - LEBRON IS GOING BACK TO MIAMI!!!

Steve Popper

And the confetti goes up in the air as the Cavs celebrate the .... wait, the opening tip?

Marc Berman

White confetti all over my computer and arena now after symbolic fan tossing to mimic LeBron's talcum powder throw.

Chris Herring

I have confetti falling on my head. The game hasn't even started yet. What in the hell.

Barbara Barker

LeBron does his powder toss. Crowd mimics him with confetti. Game on. #Knicks #Cavaliers

Al Iannazzone

LeBron James just got one of the loudest pregame cheers I've heard. Melo doesn't get anything near that at MSG.

Steve Popper

I honestly think the fans want to see LeBron throw the chalk more than they want to see him play the Knicks.

Marc Berman

LeBron James is officially reintroduced as a Cleveland Cavalier during intros at 8:08 p.m.

Frank Isola

If the Cavs play as well as this introduction the Knicks don't stand a chance.

Steve Popper

If they have David Blatt working behind a curtain like the Wizard of Oz I'm going back to my hotel.

Steve Popper

Even the brains behind pro wrestling are watching this Cavs show and thinking, "That's a little over the top."

Scott Cacciola

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.

Steve Popper

Usher and the anthem. http://t.co/7EhQxRUvO8

Al Iannazzone

Usher performing the anthem. http://t.co/IMEhqSeHi8

Barbara Barker

Usher singing national anthem. #LeBron knicks http://t.co/sQCxjK0tO6

Steve Popper

Usher is blowing my deadline.

Marc Berman

Last call for Cleveland score contest on historic LeBron James Night. #Cavaliers 109, #Knicks 92 #retweethewinner

Frank Isola

Quicken Loans Arena is loud...and Taylor Swift hasn't shown up yet.

Chris Herring

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.

Ian Begley

Fisher says Carmelo Anthony will start the game guarding LeBron James but #Knicks will throw different looks at LBJ, including J.R. & Acy.

Barbara Barker

They're playing the new creepy Nike Cleveland ad on the big screen. Crowd goes wild. #Hesnotthepope

Tina Cervasio

Everyone at seats & standing during warm ups. Place went ballistic when LeBron was on screen. I filmed… instagram.com/p/uy8WQjgkEI/

Steve Popper

Oh, that's not right - as they're showing preview video they show Bargnani. That's just rubbing it in.

Al Iannazzone

Fisher said before the game, "it's obviously electric here."

Steve Popper

It's an awesome Nike ad - but kind of leaves out the whole, "I'm taking my talents to South Beach" angle.

Marc Berman

Many celebs on hand, including Roger Federer's Cleveland-based agent Tony Godsick. Fed comes on occasion to Cleve to visit.

Jonah Ballow

So, it's pretty loud in here.

Steve Popper

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.

Ian Begley

Fisher says J.R. & Iman saying #Knicks quit last night is "not troublesome. But definitely not a habit that we'd want to allow to set in."

Steve Popper

Former Nets owner Jay-Z also in town tonight for Travis Wear's first game in Cleveland.

Steve Popper

Waiting for Spike 1984 tossing a hammer through it. RT @Scott Cacciola: Behold its glutinous majesty: The HUMONGOTRON. http://t.co/wfuWnpkVCS

Ian Begley

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."

Scott Cacciola

Behold its glutinous majesty: The HUMONGOTRON. http://t.co/OFbmeBDqSk

Steve Popper

Usher is singing the anthem, Kendrick Lamar is across the street. I have not seen Drake yet in a Cavaliers uniform.

Steve Popper

Troubling part is this - bags of chalk for all the fans. This could look like nuclear fallout soon. http://t.co/VtOYnMcC6Q

Ian Begley

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."

Barbara Barker

Crowd in Cleveland goes crazy as they show LeBron what has to be the world's largest video screen. #Knicks #lebron http://t.co/IbxYQWgaBG

Chris Herring

With Spike Lee sitting courtside here in Cleveland, I'd guess that LeBron is gonna go off for like 90 points tonight.

Steve Popper

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

Steve Popper

But Spike is courtside so basically it's the same as every other NBA game.

Steve Popper

So, inside the arena....humungatron - a giant video screen over the court...Cavs take the court to blaring music, standing ovation...

Frank Isola

If Steve Mills has any eligibility left, Derek Fisher might need him tonight.

Frank Isola

Former Princeton teammates David Blatt & Steve Mills met for a few minutes before last night's game. "Steve could play" said the Cavs coach.

Al Iannazzone

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.

Howard Beck

Beck/Bucher: What Did We Learn from the Returns of Kobe Bryant and Derrick Rose? bleacherreport.com/articles/22507… via @bleacherreport