April 29, 2016

Elyria
Cloudy
46°F
 

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.

Kevin Love’s versatility on defense could be key for Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love spent most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons defending a small forward or center. The Pistons basically started two small forwards in Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris, with Love spending the majority of his time defending Morris. Detroit then cross-matched at the other end, with Harris Read More…

Iso just part of Cavs’ game plan

INDEPENDENCE — The word from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and point guard Kyrie Irving: Don’t sweat the isolation offense. After moving the ball extremely well for most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons, the Cavs appeared to resort to some bad habits in the fourth quarter of Game 4, but Lue said Wednesday Read More…

Cavaliers analysis: Lue on the mark during his playoff debut

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue performed a lot like his players in a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons: He wasn’t perfect, but he was really, really good. Lue had better players, to be sure, but except for some very shaky lineups to start the second and fourth quarters of Game 1, he coached circles around Read More…

Cavs complete sweep of Pistons, await 2nd-round opponent

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Bring on the Atlanta Hawks or Boston Celtics. And the Justin Bieber concert. They resorted to some bad offensive habits late and ultimately needed a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, winning Read More…

Kyrie Irving comes through: Point guard scores 26 points and hits big shot as Cavaliers down Pistons, take 3-0 lead in series

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Justin Bieber concert is still on, and his teenage fans can thank Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers. In what might have been his most complete game of the season, Irving hit a dagger 3-pointer from the right corner as the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 101-91 Friday Read More…

NBA playoffs: Cavs say staying cool is key against Pistons

Unable to beat the Cavaliers on the court, Stanley Johnson and the Detroit Pistons now appear to be trying to talk LeBron James and Co. into submission. Down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 3 tonight at 7 at The Palace of Auburn Hills, the desperate Pistons could resort to extremely physical play Read More…

Cavaliers spread the wealth, make a playoff record-tying 20 3-pointers on way to dominating win over Pistons, 2-0 lead

CLEVELAND — The Detroit Pistons don’t “Stan” a chance when the Cavaliers shoot like this. After Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy and rookie small forward Stanley Johnson complained about LeBron James getting favoritism from the officials in Game 1, the Cavs simply shot the lights out while winning 107-90 in Game 2 Wednesday night at Read More…

Can’t Stan ya: Cavaliers star LeBron James downplays complaining by Pistons’ Stan Van Gundy and Stanley Johnson

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James took a stand in regards to the Stans. Despite some complaining by Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and rookie small forward Stanley Johnson, the Cavaliers small forward vowed not to alter his aggressive style of play in Game 2 tonight at 8 at Quicken Loans Arena. “Stan (Van Gundy) has Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue makes his share of good moves in playoff debut … and some pretty bad ones, too

Tyronn Lue had some great moments in his first playoff game as a head coach and a few highly questionable ones. We’ll emphasize the former first because one in particular helped the Cavaliers defeat the Detroit Pistons 106-101 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series, but later we’ll also bring up a few fundamental — Read More…

Cavaliers 106, Pistons 101: ‘Big Three’ comes up huge as Cleveland survives to take Game 1

CLEVELAND — LeBron James was flanked by Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving at the postgame interview podium. More importantly, he was supported by them early and often Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena, where the top-seeded Cavaliers needed everything they got from their “Big Three” to down the eighth-seeded Detroit Pistons 106-101 in Game 1 of Read More…