May 2, 2016

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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…

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has his players’ trust

INDEPENDENCE — Tyronn Lue, who will turn 39 on May 3, is three years older than Cavaliers small forwards Richard Jefferson and James Jones. He’s less than eight years older than LeBron James. But … “He’s our coach and we love him,” James said Friday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We trust the system he’s put Read More…

Noland: Cavs’ championship path won’t be easy … but the first round should be

Reggie Jackson — the Detroit Pistons point guard, not the prodigious home run hitter — must have been feeling like Mr. April the other day. “I don’t want to fight Goliath’s homeboy or little brother,” he said earlier this week. “I want to fight Goliath.” Jackson and the eighth-seeded Pistons (44-38) will get their wish Read More…

King of the postseason: LeBron James in top form as Cavaliers prepare for Pistons, expected playoff run

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had a three-word response when asked how to contain Cavaliers small forward LeBron James when he’s on top of his game. It turned into six words because he said it twice: “I don’t know. I don’t know.” Neither does anyone else, and that’s great news for the Cavs, who Read More…

LeBron leads Cavs past Hawks to clinch East’s top seed

CLEVELAND — And on Wednesday, a lot of them will rest. Led by LeBron James with an assist from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 109-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs (57-24), due in large part to James’ Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James named player of the week again

It’s almost getting to the point where it will be bigger news when LeBron James is not named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The small forward received the honor Monday for the second straight week, fifth time this season, 34th time as a member of the Cavaliers and NBA-record 53rd time in his career. Read More…

No big difference: J.R. Smith picks up the slack with Kyrie Irving out, scores 27 points to help Cavaliers hold off Hornets

CLEVELAND — There’s a new “Big Three” in town. With Kyrie Irving sidelined due to a sprained ankle, LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith had huge Sunday afternoons as the Cavaliers downed the Charlotte Hornets 112-103 at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. The trio combined for 83 points, 22 rebounds and 19 assists as the Read More…

Cavaliers 107, Nets 87: Payback a cinch as Cleveland blows out Brooklyn, gets revenge for recent loss

CLEVELAND — Revenge probably isn’t something an NBA championship contender should have to seek against the Brooklyn Nets, but the Cavaliers got some Thursday night. A week after somehow losing to the lowly Nets in Brooklyn, Cleveland did whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted en route to a 107-87 victory at sold-out Quicken Loans Arena. Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Kyrie Irving addresses off-court issue but says he’s focused on basketball

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving briefly addressed his relationship with R&B singer Kehlani on Wednesday night in four Twitter posts that were later deleted. The relationship, which ended before any of the following occurred, was put in the social media spotlight Monday when a male recording artist who had also dated Kehlani posted a Read More…