May 23, 2015

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Cavaliers 113, Wizards 108 (OT): LeBron James rests, but Cleveland gets fun win in regular-season finale

CLEVELAND — LeBron James was a witness for the Cavaliers. Normal starters John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce and Nene sat out for the Washington Wizards. In what amounted to an entertaining and competitive exhibition game on Fan Appreciation Night, Cleveland closed the regular season with a 113-108 overtime win Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Read More…

Bring on the Celtics: Cavaliers enter tonight’s regular-season finale finally knowing their first-round opponent

CLEVELAND — Exactly who will play for the Cavaliers tonight is uncertain, but their first-round playoff opponent is now locked in. Second-seeded Cleveland will host Boston, which wrapped up the seventh seed Tuesday night by beating Toronto, when the playoffs open this weekend. The series will begin Saturday or Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Read More…

Cavaliers 109, Pistons 97: Starters play, LeBron James has triple-double, J.R. Smith scores 28 in playoff tuneup

CLEVELAND — In what was likely their final dress rehearsal before the playoffs, LeBron James and the Cavaliers played to rave reviews Monday night while downing the Detroit Pistons by the deceiving final score of 109-97 at Quicken Loans Arena. James posted his second triple-double in his last four games with 21 points, 10 rebounds Read More…

Celtics snap Cavaliers’ 18-game home win streak

CLEVELAND — For the home team, it looked a lot like an exhibition game, albeit a sometimes entertaining one. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert didn’t play and Joe Harris, Kendrick Perkins, Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, James Jones and Kendrick Perkins all saw action in the first half Friday night as the Cavaliers fell 99-90 to Read More…

Triples no trouble: Cavaliers down Bulls behind 16 3-pointers, LeBron James’ first triple-double of season

CLEVELAND — This one was about triples and a triple-double. Behind 16 3-pointers and the first triple-double of the season by LeBron James, the Cavaliers recorded their 18th straight home win Sunday with a 99-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. James, who finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Read More…

Heat checked: Cavaliers breeze past Miami

CLEVELAND — The potential Eastern Conference playoff preview held Thursday night would no longer be a first-round meeting if the season ended today. The second-seeded Cavaliers recorded their 17th straight home win by knocking off Miami 114-88 at Quicken Loans Arena, dropping the Heat from a tie for seventh into a tie for eighth in Read More…

Cavaliers: Tonight’s matchup vs. Heat could be preview of first-round playoff series

INDEPENDENCE — The fans and television networks would eat it up. If the NBA regular season ended this morning, the second-seeded Cavaliers (48-27) would play seventh-seeded Miami (34-40) in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That means a preview of sorts could be played out tonight at Quicken Loans Arena when LeBron James Read More…

Cavaliers 87, 76ers 86: Ugly win is good enough

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers lost two players to injury and nearly got beat by the third-worst team in the league, but everything still came up roses Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. There was, of course, no shortage of fertilizer. Despite losing Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert and failing to score on its final eight possessions, Read More…

Cavs notes: Blatt says focus on keeping sharp

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may rest some key players before the end of the regular season, but some time off is also built into the schedule. The Cavs, who beat Philadelphia 87-86 on Sunday for their 16th straight win at Quicken Loans Arena, don’t play again until they host Miami on Thursday. After that, they Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Despite recent great play, 3 issues could be troublesome in postseason

Since starting the season 19-20, the Cavaliers have gone 27-6. That .818 winning percentage over the last 33 games comes out to 67 victories when extrapolated over an 82-game regular season. With 10 games left before the start of the postseason, there is no disputing the Cavs (46-26) have been playing some great basketball heading Read More…