July 5, 2015

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NBA Finals: LeBron James will likely have to shoulder load again if Cavaliers are going to bounce back with win

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James casually swished a jumper from the corner, an otherwise ordinary shot with a higher degree of difficulty given the backpack hanging over his shoulders. In the NBA Finals, James might have to carry something much heavier than a backpack. He might have to put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back. Read More…

NBA Finals: Warriors confident following big Game 4 win in Cleveland

OAKLAND, Calif. — The media crush that descended upon the Golden State Warriors’ practice facility Saturday forced Stephen Curry to shoot on the far court, where a billboard that honors the 1974-75 championship team hangs on the wall. As if Curry and the Warriors needed a reminder, the giant yellow sign served as a symbolic Read More…

Rick Noland: One bad loss no reason to count Cavs out

A “small” move by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has left David Blatt and the Cavaliers with some big decisions heading into Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday at Oracle Arena. Not wanting the Warriors to go down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series — and fully aware that teams that do so Read More…

Cameras inadvertently show more of LeBron than necessary

CLEVELAND — LeBron James may need to call Janet Jackson to get some advice on how to handle wardrobe malfunctions. Moments before Game 4 of the NBA Finals began on Thursday night, James inadvertently exposed himself to millions watching on live television. As James was getting ready to take the court, an ABC camera moved Read More…

NBA Finals: Cavs suffer big loss vs. Warriors’ small lineup

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CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers should have quit while they were ahead. Problem was, there were still more than 45 minutes left in the game. After scoring the first seven points of the night, the Cavs were thoroughly dismantled by the Golden State Warriors, dropping Game 4 of the NBA Finals 103-82 Thursday at Quicken Loans Read More…

Brian Dulik: Warriors finally able to slow LeBron James

CLEVELAND — Warriors coach Steve Kerr was not going to allow Cavaliers small forward LeBron James to beat his team Thursday night. He threw double-teams, blitzes and a variety of defensive looks at the best basketball player in the world. It proved to be a winning strategy, and then some, as Golden State routed Cleveland Read More…

NBA Finals: Cavs center Timofey Mozgov plays big in loss

CLEVELAND — Golden State coach Steve Kerr revealed his game plan when he replaced 7-foot center Andrew Bogut with 6-6 forward Andre Iguodala in the starting lineup. With the Warriors switching to a smaller group, the Cleveland Cavaliers knew that their 7-1 center — Timofey Mozgov — should be able to dominate under the basket Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James doing whatever it takes to lead Cleveland to victories

CLEVELAND — This isn’t how LeBron James wants or likes to play. It’s how he has to play. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sidelined by injuries, James has averaged an NBA Finals personal high of 35.7 shots and 41.0 points through three games against the Golden State Warriors. The performance, which includes personal finals Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving says he has no regrets, doesn’t blame organization for broken kneecap, calls it “freak moment”

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CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving is trying to stay positive during a tough time for him emotionally, but he has no regrets. The Cavaliers point guard met with the media Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena for the first time since fracturing his left kneecap a week ago in overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals Read More…

Cavaliers Notes: Matthew Dellavedova says he’ll be ready to go in Game 4 after issue with cramping

CLEVELAND — To the surprise of absolutely no one, Matthew Dellavedova expects to be in the Cavaliers’ starting lineup tonight at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. After scoring a playoff career-high 20 points with five rebounds and four assists Tuesday in Cleveland’s 96-91 Game 3 Read More…