August 28, 2015

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Cavaliers are believing in David Blatt: Coach’s first year in NBA hasn’t been easy, but confidence, support keep growing

INDEPENDENCE — When the Cavaliers were scuffling earlier this season, rookie NBA coach David Blatt got an impassioned vote of confidence from general manager David Griffin. Now, with the Cavs about to play Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, Blatt is getting rave reviews Read More…

Escape from New York: Ex-Knicks Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith exactly what the Cavaliers needed … and vice versa

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INDEPENDENCE — Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have been perfect fits for the Cavaliers. How perfect? They’ve switched roles in the postseason and the Cavs still haven’t missed a beat as they prepare to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James not worried about outside shot

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James knows exactly what is wrong with his 3-point shot: It’s not going in. “They’ve been short and they’ve been long. They’ve been left and they’ve been right,” the Cavaliers small forward said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “They haven’t been in.” As sensational as James has been in averaging 27.6 points, Read More…

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s mind at ease about injuries, says he’s looking forward to NBA Finals

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving first had to overcome the physical obstacles. Then he had to deal with bigger mental hurdles. That’s why it was important for the Cavaliers point guard to play in the final game of his team’s Eastern Conference final sweep of Atlanta. Though some questioned the intelligence of playing the three-time All-Star Read More…

Cavs notes: Anderson Varejao unlikely to return for Finals

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt dangled the carrot, then yanked it back just as quickly. Asked Friday at Cleveland Clinic Courts about injured center Anderson Varejao possibly playing at some point in the NBA Finals, which start Thursday night at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors, Blatt said, “Andy Varejao? That would be Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James takes time to reflect after Eastern Conference sweep

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James is one of those athletes who doesn’t look back or ahead too often. But after the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals for the second time in their 45-year history by completing a sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the 30-year-old was in a rare reflective Read More…

Cavaliers sweep Hawks aside, head back to NBA Finals

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, left, forward LeBron James, center, and center Timofey Mozgov (20) react on the sidelines late in the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach David Blatt, wearing a microphone for TNT’s telecast, put his arm around small forward LeBron James while the two stood in front of the Cleveland bench with more than two minutes remaining in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs, who completed their sweep of the outmanned Atlanta Hawks Read More…

LeBron put up NBA’s best postseason performance in Game 3

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James ventured into Wilt Chamberlain territory Sunday night in the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks. James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in the Cavs’ 114-111 overtime win in Game 3, numbers that had never been posted in a playoff game. The last time they were posted in Read More…

Cavs notes: Dellavedova is inside Hawks’ heads

INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Dellavedova has the Atlanta Hawks thinking. What they’re thinking isn’t warm and fuzzy. Atlanta players stopped short of calling the Cavaliers point guard a dirty player, but several — Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, Kent Bazemore — expressed displeasure with his aggressive nature. The Cavs, up 3-0 in the Eastern Conference finals heading Read More…

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…