April 18, 2015

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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…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers, LeBron have changed a lot since 2010, but the chance to erase bitter memories is still there

It was five years ago. Sometimes, it seems like yesterday. More often, it feels like a lifetime ago. The last time the Cavaliers were in the playoffs, it was 2010. The opponent was the Boston Celtics, the same team the Cavs will play — and perhaps sweep — in the first round this year. Try Read More…

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…

Cavaliers Commentary: Players waiting anxiously to learn what team they’ll face in 1st round

The Cavaliers clinched the Central Division title and locked up the second seed in the Eastern Conference six days ago. What still isn’t clear, though, is which team Cleveland will face in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. Boston, Indiana and Brooklyn remain in the mix — and might not solidify the seventh seed Read More…

Cavaliers don’t shine without stars, lose to Celtics

BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn’t get carried away by Boston’s rout of a Cleveland team that bore little resemblance to the real Cavaliers. LeBron James and J.R. Smith watched from the bench. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving didn’t even get that far. None of those four starters played because Cleveland already had clinched 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…

Cavs win over Bucks gives them division title, No. 2 seed in East

MILWAUKEE — Largely dormant through the first three quarters, LeBron James did just enough to help the Cleveland Cavaliers firm up their playoff picture. James scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including a critical 3-pointer, and the Cleveland Cavaliers held on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 104-99 on Wednesday night. With Read More…

Cavaliers: Winning Central Division matters to LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — On the verge of another title, just not the one he came home to claim, LeBron James looked upward. His eyes glanced toward the ceiling of Cleveland’s practice facility, where the banners honoring the team’s Central Division titles hang. There are three, and No. 4 can be embroidered with one more win. And Read More…