May 26, 2015

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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…

Cavaliers 106, Bulls 91: LeBron James scores 33, as Cleveland rebounds from opening loss to even series

CLEVELAND — The return of the headband, the insertion of Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup, an emotional visit from Kevin Love and a terrific start were all the Cavaliers needed. Wearing his trademark headband for the first time since March 7, LeBron James had 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists Wednesday night as Read More…

It’s a King thing: LeBron James says he wasn’t aggressive enough in Game 1 loss to Bulls, but plans to make changes

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James doesn’t plan on letting Game 2 come to him. He’s going to try to take control of it from the opening tip. Having scored just seven second-half points in the Cavaliers’ 99-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, James is looking to be much Read More…

Cavs notes: Lineup changes could be coming for Game 2

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt is considering changing his starting lineup. Iman Shumpert will almost certainly remain at shooting guard with J.R. Smith serving the second game of a two-game suspension, but Mike Miller probably won’t be on the floor for the opening tip when the Cavs take on the Chicago Bulls in Game Read More…

Cavaliers off to a stumbling start, drop series opener to Bulls

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CLEVELAND — The shorthanded Cavaliers didn’t have as many weapons as the Chicago Bulls, and they seemed intent on proving it early and often. With Kevin Love out with a dislocated shoulder and J.R. Smith suspended, Cleveland never led in dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 99-92 Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Read More…

Cavaliers expect tough test from Bulls … and that’s just fine with them

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers know beating the Chicago Bulls four times in seven games won’t be easy. They also know it’s not supposed to be. Without power forward Kevin Love for the rest of the season due to a dislocated left shoulder and minus shooting guard J.R. Smith due to a two-game suspension, the Cavs Read More…

Power move? Cavaliers veteran James Jones says he’ll be ready if moved into starting lineup with Kevin Love out

CLEVELAND — James Jones is listed at 6-foot-8 and a generously high 215 pounds. Of the 201 shots he attempted in 57 regular-season games, only 26 came from inside the 3-point line. He’s 34 years old, gets to the foul line only slightly more often than Halley’s Comet appears and no longer has the lateral Read More…

LeBron James feeling restless as Cavs wait to find out next opponent; Kevin Love has surgery, will miss 4-6 months

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are in a holding pattern, and their captain doesn’t like being on autopilot. Four-time league MVP LeBron James is getting restless, and the Cavs, who finished their first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, aren’t even close to beginning their Eastern Conference semifinal series, as Game 1 won’t be until Read More…

Cavs’ Love likely done for the season

INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Love is almost certainly done for the season. Whether he’s finished in Cleveland, the Cavaliers will worry about down the road. “That’s a question that I can’t answer right now,” four-time league MVP LeBron James said Tuesday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I think that’s the last thing on his mind Read More…