July 29, 2015

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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…

Cavaliers Commentary: It’s only been one game, but it’s OK to start thinking about a sweep

At the moment, Kyrie Irving is just a shadow of the player who Thursday was named third-team All-NBA. LeBron James, a unanimous selection in making the All-NBA first team for the ninth time in his 12-year career, sprained his right ankle. Iman Shumpert slipped and came up limping. Kevin Love is already out for the Read More…

Commentary: Confident Cavs have toughness, and LeBron James, and that should be enough vs. Hawks

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The Cavaliers are a confident bunch. And they should be. That doesn’t mean beating the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals will be easy — it won’t be — but beat them the Cavs should. “We’re feeling good,” power forward Tristan Thompson said Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re confident and we know what Read More…

Kyrie Irving says he will play in Game 1

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INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt and four-time league MVP LeBron James are playing it coy, but Kyrie Irving is not. The three-time All-Star plans on being in the starting lineup Wednesday in Atlanta when the Cavs play the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m pretty much going (to play),” Irving Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers show they’re a tough, together team

LeBron James sat center stage at the postgame podium Thursday night at the United Center. That he was flanked by Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson tells you everything you need to know about the Cavaliers’ 94-73 Eastern Conference semifinal series-clinching victory over the Chicago Bulls. “These are first-timers right here,” James said, pointing to Dellavedova Read More…