May 24, 2015

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Brian Dulik: Hurting Kyrie Irving a pain in Bulls’ side

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was on the court, sinking shot after shot, when the gates opened to the public at Quicken Loans Arena. It proved to be an omen for the rest of the evening. Irving fought through the pain from a strained right foot and left knee tendinitis, collecting 25 points and five Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Bulls have no answer for attacking, aggressive LeBron James

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been one of the top strategists in the NBA for more than two decades. “Thibs” also has been as successful as anyone in stopping LeBron James throughout his 12-year career. Neither proved to be the case Wednesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. James dominated from start to Read More…

Brian Dulik: J.R. Smith’s absence costs Cavs big-time

LeBron James left every ounce of energy he had on the court, playing undersized power forward. So did point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Iman Shumpert and center Tristan Thompson. Shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova also gave everything he had, joining the aforementioned quartet during crunch time. But it wasn’t enough — and it likely won’t Read More…

Blue Jays 11, Indians 4: Tribe, Corey Kluber trounced at home

CLEVELAND — The month of April was not kind to Indians pitcher Corey Kluber. His first start in May was even worse. The right-hander lasted a season-low five innings Saturday afternoon, allowing five runs and eight hits as the Toronto Blue Jays crushed Cleveland 11-4 at Progressive Field. Kluber (0-4, 4.62 ERA) was lifted after Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns’ draft off to a smart start

Tampa Bay grabbed Jameis Winston with the top pick in the NFL Draft, while Tennessee chose fellow quarterback Marcus Mariota at the second spot. The Browns, on the other hand, opted to stay out of the arms race — and played it safe with their first selection Thursday night. University of Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton Read More…

Brian Dulik: Cavs’ ‘Big Two’ more than enough on this night

The Cavaliers looked lethargic and played disinterested, which is almost always a deadly combination in the NBA playoffs. Fortunately for Cleveland, there were two reasons — specifically, two All-Stars — why that wasn’t the case Tuesday night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored the Cavaliers’ final 28 points and rescued them from the brink of Read More…

Brian Dulik: Kyrie Irving right at home on playoffs stage

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the best player on the court Sunday afternoon in his NBA playoff debut. The three-time All-Star scored a game-high 30 points — making his first five 3-point attempts — as Cleveland pulled away for a 113-100 win over Boston in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference opening-round series. Irving’s Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James challenges Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love to be “great” during postseason

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James has won two world championships and played in five NBA Finals. Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have never appeared in a playoff game. On the eve of the 2015 postseason, “The Chosen One” made it clear that he won’t accept their inexperience as an excuse. “In order for us Read More…

Brian Dulik: New uniforms not makeover Browns really need

When the most cogent statement at an event is made by the Bone Lady, it’s a pretty good sign that things have gone wrong. Such was the case Tuesday night at the Cleveland Convention Center, where the Browns unveiled their three new uniform combinations. The white home, brown road, and orange alternate jerseys — largely Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Players waiting anxiously to learn what team they’ll face in 1st round

The Cavaliers clinched the Central Division title and locked up the second seed in the Eastern Conference six days ago. What still isn’t clear, though, is which team Cleveland will face in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Boston, Indiana and Brooklyn remain in the mix — and might not solidify the seventh seed Read More…