May 25, 2015

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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.

Cavs down Hawks in OT behind LeBron James’ triple-double

CLEVELAND — Counting the consecutive shots he missed at the start, LeBron James had a monstrous quadruple-double Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Despite going 0-for-10 from the field at the outset, James finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as the Cavaliers defeated the Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: It’s only been one game, but it’s OK to start thinking about a sweep

At the moment, Kyrie Irving is just a shadow of the player who Thursday was named third-team All-NBA. LeBron James, a unanimous selection in making the All-NBA first team for the ninth time in his 12-year career, sprained his right ankle. Iman Shumpert slipped and came up limping. Kevin Love is already out for the Read More…

Commentary: Confident Cavs have toughness, and LeBron James, and that should be enough vs. Hawks

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The Cavaliers are a confident bunch. And they should be. That doesn’t mean beating the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals will be easy — it won’t be — but beat them the Cavs should. “We’re feeling good,” power forward Tristan Thompson said Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re confident and we know what Read More…

Kyrie Irving says he will play in Game 1

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INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt and four-time league MVP LeBron James are playing it coy, but Kyrie Irving is not. The three-time All-Star plans on being in the starting lineup Wednesday in Atlanta when the Cavs play the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m pretty much going (to play),” Irving Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers show they’re a tough, together team

LeBron James sat center stage at the postgame podium Thursday night at the United Center. That he was flanked by Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson tells you everything you need to know about the Cavaliers’ 94-73 Eastern Conference semifinal series-clinching victory over the Chicago Bulls. “These are first-timers right here,” James said, pointing to Dellavedova Read More…

LeBron James turned in a Game 5 for the ages to give Cavaliers a 3-2 lead over the Bulls, but can he do it again?

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James went where only Dwyane Wade and Elvin Hayes had gone before. He also went where no NBA player has gone in at least 38 years. With 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks and zero turnovers in the Cavaliers’ 106-101 Game 5 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Read More…

Cavaliers stagger Bulls behind 38 points from LeBron James and 25 from Kyrie Irving, move a game away from advancing

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may be wounded, but they still have plenty of fight left in them. And basketball, too. Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and motivated by a fourth-quarter fracas, the Cavs moved within one win of the Eastern Conference finals by defeating the Chicago Bulls 106-101 Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Read More…

Cavs notebook: Injured Irving can’t bear to sit

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is going to be in the starting lineup tonight at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. How much he’ll be able to help the Cavs remains to be seen, but with the series tied at two games Read More…

Cavaliers: Coach David Blatt defends self after pair of criticized decisions in Game 4

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt made like Tom Cruise on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts, a day after his “Top Gun” ended up being right on target in an 86-84 playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls. After he unsuccessfully attempted to call a timeout his team didn’t have in Game 4 and then tried Read More…

Cavaliers: Another lineup change could be coming tonight with Iman Shumpert ailing, J.R. Smith returning from suspension

INDEPENDENCE — There’s a chance the Cavaliers will use their fourth different starting lineup in four games when they take on the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight at the United Center. When power forward Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder and shooting guard J.R. Smith was suspended for a Read More…