May 27, 2015

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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…

Cavaliers: In battle of walking wounded, Cleveland coach David Blatt glad to have LeBron “Superman” James

ATLANTA — While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing. It’s understandable. This series could turn into a war of attrition — and they’ve only played one game. James was limping around, Kyrie Irving went to the bench Read More…

Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89: LeBron James scores 31, J.R. Smith 28 as Cleveland makes statement with Game 1 win in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who Read More…

Cavaliers: J.R. Smith, who’s found a home in Cleveland, makes 8 3-pointers in Game 1 win

INDEPENDENCE — J.R. Smith barely has as an inch of skin not covered by tattoos, offering a colorful timeline of the enigmatic Cleveland shooting guard’s life. Some of the markings are personal: portraits on his chest of his mom and Jesus, an NBA logo on his ring finger and an interlocking NY on his neck. 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…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving’s status uncertain for Game 1 vs. Hawks

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James should have had a stethoscope hanging around his neck as he reeled off the latest medical updates on him and his teammates. “It goes without saying that we’re banged up right now,” the pseudo Dr. J said Saturday. As they prepare to meet the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, 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…

A knockout blowout: Cavs trounce Bulls to win series

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All-Star Kyrie Irving was injured again and unable to play in the second half. All-Star LeBron James wasn’t his dominant scoring self. The Cavaliers were on the road at the hostile United Center in Chicago. None of it mattered. The Cavaliers are moving on to the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland pulled away in the second Read More…

Cavaliers 94, Bulls 73: Cleveland crushes Chicago in Game 6, advances to Eastern Conference finals

CHICAGO — No dominant performance by LeBron James. Not much from Kyrie Irving, either. Somehow, the Cleveland Cavaliers still found a way to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. James struggled to score 15 points, Irving limped off the court and the Cavaliers still beat the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Read More…