May 1, 2016

Elyria
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Commentary: Cavs title just might be in the stars this season

Now that the NBA and its officials have established, during the Cavs-Pistons series, that an elbow to the head/shoulder is not only not a finable offense, it isn’t even a foul, let the no-decapitation-no-foul playoffs continue. We’re officially into the big boy basketball season now, and the Cavs are as well equipped to handle, maneuver Read More…

LeBron James: No way Cavs will be overconfident vs. Hawks

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are focused on defending guys like Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Kyle Korver. What they won’t be concerned about when they open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena is guarding against overconfidence. Top-seeded Cleveland has defeated the fourth-seeded Hawks seven straight Read More…

Kevin Love’s versatility on defense could be key for Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love spent most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons defending a small forward or center. The Pistons basically started two small forwards in Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris, with Love spending the majority of his time defending Morris. Detroit then cross-matched at the other end, with Harris Read More…

Iso just part of Cavs’ game plan

INDEPENDENCE — The word from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and point guard Kyrie Irving: Don’t sweat the isolation offense. After moving the ball extremely well for most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons, the Cavs appeared to resort to some bad habits in the fourth quarter of Game 4, but Lue said Wednesday Read More…

Cavaliers analysis: Lue on the mark during his playoff debut

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue performed a lot like his players in a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons: He wasn’t perfect, but he was really, really good. Lue had better players, to be sure, but except for some very shaky lineups to start the second and fourth quarters of Game 1, he coached circles around Read More…

Cavs complete sweep of Pistons, await 2nd-round opponent

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Bring on the Atlanta Hawks or Boston Celtics. And the Justin Bieber concert. They resorted to some bad offensive habits late and ultimately needed a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, winning Read More…

Commentary: Kyrie Irving shows he can carry Cavs if needed

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyrie Irving made a half-court shot to end the third quarter, buried a 3-pointer in the final minute of the fourth, then locked down defensively on the last play of the game. Given the setting and the situation, it was the finest performance of his five-year NBA career. Irving scored 20 Read More…

Cavs expect Detroit’s best in tonight’s Game 4

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was relaxed and appeared to be well rested Saturday afternoon. His players were even more content after being given the day off. All of them were pleased for the same reason. Cleveland leads Detroit 3-0 in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series, and has the opportunity to sweep Read More…

Kyrie Irving comes through: Point guard scores 26 points and hits big shot as Cavaliers down Pistons, take 3-0 lead in series

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Justin Bieber concert is still on, and his teenage fans can thank Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers. In what might have been his most complete game of the season, Irving hit a dagger 3-pointer from the right corner as the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 101-91 Friday Read More…

Commentary: Cavaliers’ ‘Big Three’ living up to hype

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — General manager David Griffin walked out of the Cavaliers’ locker room smiling from ear to ear Friday night. When a team employee asked how he was doing, it took him a millisecond to respond. “It’s hard to be much better than we are right now,” he said. There wasn’t a hint Read More…