The Browns had at least a handful of chances to get a victory in 2017, including two overtime games and two close calls against the Steelers.
Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer
When a reporter suggested that LeBron James was visibly more excited and tuned in since the Cleveland Cavaliers overhauled their team at the trade deadline, James shot him down. “I don't agree with that," James said. So, what is the explanation for James' improved play of late -- averaging 30.4 points on 59.8 percent shooting, 9.8 rebounds and 12 assists in his last five games with an All-Star MVP mixed in to boot? "I just think that I re-focused myself," he said after the Cavs' loss to the Wizards. "Before the deadline happened, before the trades happened, I re-focused myself to understand that I'm the leader of this team and I have to be mentally sharp and mentally strong throughout anything. Even before the trade, I planned on us having that team for the rest of the season. That was just my mindset and you saw that in the Minnesota game. We hadn't made the trades then and in the Minnesota game, I just started to change my mindset. That's just who I am. Where I am now, I think we can be really good. Like I said, we got 20-plus games left to try to figure it out. I think if we can do that, we continue what we're on now, then we'll be OK.”
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The expansion Browns have never owned two of the top five draft picks.
Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer
Rodney Hood said he and Kelly Oubre Jr. "know each other" so he wasn't too bent out of shape about the Washington Wizards swingman untying his sneakers during a break in game action in the second quarter. "He untied my shoes, evidently. I didn't recognize it until I took off running," Hood said. "He was doing it in a joking way." Hood added that one of the officials said he looked at the video of the infraction at halftime and assessed Washington with a delay of game warning retroactively.
Bradley Beal scored 18 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and tried to untie the sneakers of one of Cleveland's new players, and the Washington Wizards withstood a late assault by LeBron James to beat the new-look Cavaliers 110-103 on Thursday night.
Larry Nance Jr. announced Thursday night that the NBA has worked it out so he can switch from No. 24 to his father's retired No. 22 with the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers retired Larry Nance Sr.'s jersey in 1995.
Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue talks with Marc Kestecher about the home stretch in the regular season and adjusting to the new guys forgetting the plays during the All-Star break
ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst explains why the Cavs are energized and ready for the 2nd half of the season, coming out of the All-Star break.
The Next Level looks ahead to the Cavs 2nd half of the season and with the new players, how the expect the season to end for the Wine and Gold.
William Weinbaum ESPN
47% of respondents to a Seton Hall Sports poll released Thu. said pro athletes should use their fame to comment on social issues, 42% said no & 11% had no opinion. On Fox News' Laura Ingraham's "shut up and dribble" remark re: LeBron James & Kevin Durant, 46% disapproved & 25% approved. Among those who self-identified as African-American, 69% disapproved & 12% approved of her comment.