May 24, 2016

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About Rick Noland

Rick Noland is the Cavs beat writer for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and the author of "Over Time," a compilation of stories he's written in more than 30 years as a journalist. He can be reached at 330-721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

Postseason process working perfectly for Cavaliers so far

The Cavaliers will play in another country tonight, but so far they’ve been out of this world in the 2016 playoffs. Now 10-0 in the postseason, the Cavs own a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals as they had to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to take on the Raptors in Game 3 tonight at 8:30 Read More…

Cavaliers 108, Raptors 89: Dominance continues with another rout as Cleveland improves to 10-0 in playoffs

CLEVELAND — If this had been a high school game, the Quicken Loans Arena crowd would have been doing the sing-song chant “It’s too easy” by the end of the third quarter. Fueled by fantastic performances from The Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the Cavaliers once against dominated the helpless Read More…

Cavaliers keeping focus on Raptors and not history

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers have gone where only four other teams in NBA history have gone before. By routing the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavs became the fifth team to start the postseason with nine straight wins. Cleveland players and coaches, however, aren’t thinking about their place Read More…

Cavaliers 115, Raptors 84: Cleveland makes it look easy again, trounces Toronto in Game 1

CLEVELAND — It’s got to get harder, right? Right? The Cavaliers continued their impressive 2016 playoff run in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, thoroughly dominating the Toronto Raptors while winning 115-84 Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. With Cleveland victorious for a franchise-record ninth straight time in the postseason, Kyrie Irving (27 points, Read More…

Cavs, LeBron James all business as Raptors series looms

INDEPENDENCE — For the second straight day, LeBron James was ultraserious when meeting with media members Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. There was no smiling or joking. He was cooperative, as always, but when he didn’t like a question, he brushed it aside as quickly as the Cavaliers disposed of the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Read More…

It’s Toronto time: Cavaliers finally know their opponent … and that they have to slow down the Raptors’ star guards

INDEPENDENCE — Basketballs started bouncing on the practice court at Cleveland Clinic Courts at about 6 p.m. Sunday. With the Toronto Raptors blowing out the Miami Heat 116-89 in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Cavaliers finally knew their opponent in the conference finals, which will begin Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. at Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving in fine form for playoffs after rough regular season following return from injury

INDEPENDENCE — Everything feels good. From his knee to his psyche to his jumper, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is in a great place as his team waits to start the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m playing all right,” Irving said with a smile following practice Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I can always play better.” Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: LeBron James says when he’ll retire is up to his kids

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James is 31 years old and in his 13th NBA season. He’s four wins from appearing in his sixth straight NBA Finals, seventh overall and vying for his third title. The four-time league MVP is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but retirement is not really on his Read More…

Big Three has Cavaliers rolling

INDEPENDENCE — There are three big reasons why the numbers add up to an 8-0 playoff record and legitimate championship aspirations for the Cavaliers. LeBron James is averaging 23.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists, while Kyrie Irving is at 24.4, 1.9 and 5.5 and Kevin Love is at 18.9, 12.5 and 2.1. For good Read More…

Commentary: Believing in Cavs getting easier and easier

One thing stands out in what has been a remarkable postseason to date for the Cavaliers. It’s not the NBA-record 77 3-pointers they made in a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It’s not the league-record — for any game — 25 threes they made in Game 2 of that Read More…