May 25, 2015

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Cavs’ Love will miss at least Eastern Conference semifinals

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) is dragged by the arm by Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday. AP

“The Big Three” will be reduced to “The Dynamic Duo” for the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Cavaliers announced Monday evening that three-time All-Star power forward Kevin Love will miss the entire series, which will start Monday against the Chicago-Milwaukee winner, due to a shoulder injury suffered Sunday in a 101-93 series-clinching win in Boston. Love Read More…

Cavs’ Smith suspended two games; Boston’s Olynyk out one

In the span of an hour, Monday went from bad to worse for the Cavaliers. With power forward Kevin Love having just been ruled out for the Eastern Conference semifinals due to a dislocated left shoulder, the Cavs then learned shooting guard J.R. Smith had been suspended by the NBA for the first two games Read More…

J.R. Smith has history of fines, suspensions

After taking a hard foul from Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins (3), Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) is separated from Perkins teammates and floor official late in second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Crowder was involved in two physical plays during the game. First, he was shoved by Perkins and both drew technical fouls. Then he left the game with a sprained left knee when he was knocked down as J.R. Smith swung his arm backward while jostling for a rebound early in the third quarter. AP

Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith has been suspended six times in his career –  five times by the league and once by Denver –  for a total of 27 games. Fifteen of those games –  12 by the league and three by the Nuggets –  were for off-court incidents. Here’s a rundown of his suspensions Read More…

Noland: Cavs’ Love deserves plenty of love

A lot can be said, some of it bad but much of it good, about Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love, but before we delve into all that, let’s first say this: Throughout his under-the-microscope first season as a member of Cleveland’s “Big Three,” the guy has been the consummate professional. Handsome, polite and well spoken, Love Read More…

Cavaliers: Starters have been strong, but Cleveland getting no scoring punch from bench

INDEPENDENCE — From the glass-is-half-empty approach, the Cavaliers bench has been outscored 106-36 by its Boston counterparts. From the glass-is-overflowing department, Cleveland’s starters have outscored those of the Celtics 176-85. No matter how the numbers are crunched, however, the Cavs lead the Celtics 2-0 in their first-round, best-of-seven series as they prepare for Game 3 Read More…

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving dominate down the stretch, carry Cavaliers past Celtics and to 2-0 lead in series

CLEVELAND — Batman and Robin were never this good. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined to score the Cavaliers’ last 28 points Tuesday night as Cleveland defeated the Boston Celtics 99-91 at Quicken Loans Arena to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. James, who finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, seven assists Read More…

Cavaliers head into Game 2 against Celtics with 1-0 lead and confident they still have plenty of room for improvement

INDEPENDENCE — The bad news for the Boston Celtics is they trail the Cavaliers 1-0 in a best-of-seven series. The worse news is Cleveland, a convincing 113-100 winner Sunday in Game 1, has the potential to play even better tonight at 7 in Game 2 at Quicken Loans Arena. Cavs coach David Blatt, however, isn’t Read More…

A ‘Big Three’ party: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead way as Cavaliers down Celtics in playoffs opener

CLEVELAND — “The Big Three” took center stage Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. Twice. First, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love led the Cavaliers to a 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series. Then they shared the postgame interview podium — Love on the left, James in the middle, Read More…

Cavs notes: David Blatt leaves his love for Celtics behind

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach David Blatt grew up in the Boston suburb of Framingham rooting for the late 1960s Celtics teams of Bill Russell and John Havlicek. Those days are long gone. “I’m not a Celtics fan anymore, I can guarantee it,” Blatt said Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena prior to his team’s 113-100 victory Read More…

Cavaliers: For Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, it’s playoffs time … ready or not

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have watched a lot of NBA playoff games. Now they will finally get to play in one. Both three-time All-Stars, fourth-year pro Irving and seventh-year man Love will make their postseason debuts Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena when the Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of Read More…