March 30, 2015

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Cavaliers 87, 76ers 86: Ugly win is good enough

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers lost two players to injury and nearly got beat by the third-worst team in the league, but everything still came up roses Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. There was, of course, no shortage of fertilizer. Despite losing Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert and failing to score on its final eight possessions, Read More…

Cavs notes: Blatt says focus on keeping sharp

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may rest some key players before the end of the regular season, but some time off is also built into the schedule. The Cavs, who beat Philadelphia 87-86 on Sunday for their 16th straight win at Quicken Loans Arena, don’t play again until they host Miami on Thursday. After that, they Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Despite recent great play, 3 issues could be troublesome in postseason

Since starting the season 19-20, the Cavaliers have gone 27-6. That .818 winning percentage over the last 33 games comes out to 67 victories when extrapolated over an 82-game regular season. With 10 games left before the start of the postseason, there is no disputing the Cavs (46-26) have been playing some great basketball heading Read More…

Cavs 95, Pacers 92: Cleveland outlasts Indiana, earns playoff berth for first time since 2010

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers clinched their first playoff berth in five years in a playoff-style game. It wasn’t always pretty, but Cleveland qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a hard-fought 95-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. “We’re not going to get any roses for Read More…

Cavs Notes: Kevin Love trying to contribute on offense any way he can

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love says he feels comfortable in the Cavaliers offense, but he’s still exploring ways to get even more comfortable on a team that also features high-powered scorers in LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. The power forward’s latest attempt to get involved in ways other than shooting 3-pointers is to run the floor Read More…

Cavaliers not thinking about potential playoff previews, they just want to keep getting better

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers’ loss in Miami on Monday, their second to the Heat this season, would have served as a first-round playoff preview if the regular season had ended prior to Thursday. Tonight’s game at Quicken Loans Arena against the Indiana Pacers, who have also beaten the Cavs twice this season, could be a Read More…

Cavaliers 89, Suns 79: Weird win features bad start, awful fourth quarter and LeBron James’ removal of his headband

CLEVELAND — It was the Cavaliers’ fourth game in five nights, which might explain why it seemed like four different games in one night. Completely disinterested at the start, sensational for a long stretch and then awful in the fourth quarter, the Cavs downed the Phoenix Suns 89-79 Saturday night at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Read More…

Commentary: Despite Atlanta’s huge lead in standings, Cavaliers best team in East

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

The Cavaliers aren’t a perfect team — anyone who has watched Matthew Dellavedova play point guard for longer than a five-minute stretch can see that — but they are the best team in the Eastern Conference. The NBA standings don’t back up that claim, of course, but the Cavs are the team no one wants Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Tristan Thompson’s performance brings back memories

Boston Celtics' Shavlik Randolph (42) takes an off-balance shot against Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson in an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson’s performance Sunday in Houston brought back very hazy memories for Cavaliers analysts Jim Chones, Austin Carr and Campy Russell. Thompson had 14 points and 18 rebounds off the bench in an overtime loss to the Rockets, making him the first Cleveland reserve to post those numbers since Chones had 18 points Read More…

Cavaliers crush Celtics, snap two-game losing skid

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson dunks against the Boston Celtics in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won their 12th straight at home, beating Boston 110-79. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND — And on the first night, they got some rest. Beginning a stretch of four games in five nights, the Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics 110-79 Tuesday at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. It won’t be as easy tonight in Toronto, Friday in Atlanta or Saturday at home vs. Phoenix, but the Cavs (38-24) had Read More…