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NBA Finals: Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Warriors’ Stephen Curry have spotlight, but really just crave a championship

Stephen Curry and LeBron James, this season’s brightest stars, are taking basketball’s biggest stage. The NBA Finals start Thursday with the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers, two teams who have little experience playing this time of year. James is the exception, getting ready to appear in his fifth straight finals. He won two 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…

Cavs sweep Hawks, earn shot at NBA championship

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Kyrie Irving returned to the starting lineup, LeBron James was his usual brilliant self and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 to clinch the Eastern Conference championship with a four-game sweep Tuesday night. Now, the Cavs are just four wins from Cleveland sports immortality. That’s right folks … the Cavs are headed to Read More…

Brian Dulik: LeBron James at top of his game … and loving it

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James poses for a selfie with fans after the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals for a sweep, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. AP

LeBron James owns two world championships and four MVP awards, but he has never played better than he is right now. Nor, it appears, has he ever been happier. James basked in the cheers — soaking in every second of the celebration with his family — after the Cavaliers eliminated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Read More…

Kyrie Irving doesn’t disappoint in his return to the lineup

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) and Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) battle for a rebound in the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving wasn’t going to be denied Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Nobody was going to keep him off the floor. Nobody was going to keep him from getting on the scoreboard. Nobody was going to stop him from showing off his uncanny passing ability. Irving, who missed 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…

Tristan Thompson’s clutch rebound looms large in Cavs’ win

CLEVELAND — The Atlanta Hawks were doing a tremendous job keeping Cavs forward Tristan Thompson off the glass during the bulk of Sunday night’s game at Quicken Loans Arena. Thompson came into the game leading Cleveland in rebounding, averaging 10 a game during the postseason. But Thompson managed only one rebound in the first half, Read More…