April 21, 2015

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Brian Dulik: Tristan Thompson’s game continues to soar

Tristan Thompson was the final player in the Cavaliers locker room Thursday following their 114-88 rout of the Miami Heat. The 6-foot-10-inch Canadian had his long legs soaking in an ice tub, prompting him to joke that he was going to need help standing up and driving home. “Playing in a game like that really Read More…

Cavaliers: Tonight’s matchup vs. Heat could be preview of first-round playoff series

INDEPENDENCE — The fans and television networks would eat it up. If the NBA regular season ended this morning, the second-seeded Cavaliers (48-27) would play seventh-seeded Miami (34-40) in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That means a preview of sorts could be played out tonight at Quicken Loans Arena when LeBron James Read More…

Cavaliers give Memphis the blues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Cleveland Cavaliers’ recent dominance carried over to a trouncing of one of the best teams in the Western Conference. The Cavaliers built a 29-point lead in the third quarter, maintained the cushion through the fourth and defeated Memphis 111-89 on Wednesday night, handing the Grizzlies their biggest home loss of the Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: Despite recent great play, 3 issues could be troublesome in postseason

Since starting the season 19-20, the Cavaliers have gone 27-6. That .818 winning percentage over the last 33 games comes out to 67 victories when extrapolated over an 82-game regular season. With 10 games left before the start of the postseason, there is no disputing the Cavs (46-26) have been playing some great basketball heading Read More…

Cavs 95, Pacers 92: Cleveland outlasts Indiana, earns playoff berth for first time since 2010

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers clinched their first playoff berth in five years in a playoff-style game. It wasn’t always pretty, but Cleveland qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a hard-fought 95-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. “We’re not going to get any roses for Read More…

Cavs Notes: Kevin Love trying to contribute on offense any way he can

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love says he feels comfortable in the Cavaliers offense, but he’s still exploring ways to get even more comfortable on a team that also features high-powered scorers in LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. The power forward’s latest attempt to get involved in ways other than shooting 3-pointers is to run the floor Read More…

Cavaliers not thinking about potential playoff previews, they just want to keep getting better

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers’ loss in Miami on Monday, their second to the Heat this season, would have served as a first-round playoff preview if the regular season had ended prior to Thursday. Tonight’s game at Quicken Loans Arena against the Indiana Pacers, who have also beaten the Cavs twice this season, could be a Read More…

Three-point shooting carries Cavaliers past Nets

CLEVELAND — Thanks to a big lift from J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, the Cavaliers’ home-court winning streak is now at 14 games. Smith and Shumpert scored 22 points — and buried six 3-pointers — in the second quarter Wednesday, paving the way for Cleveland’s 117-92 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn took a pair Read More…

Heat 106, Cavaliers 92: LeBron James’ latest return to Miami ends with another loss

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s top offensive highlight of the night led to no points. Didn’t matter. The Miami Heat had more than enough. Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half, Goran Dragic added 20 points and nine assists, and Miami handed LeBron James another loss on his former home floor with Read More…

Cavaliers 123, Magic 108: Kyrie Irving remains red-hot, scores 33 points in 34 minutes

ORLANDO, Fla. — Kyrie Irving got right back to work Sunday night. The All-Star guard is on quite a tear. Irving scored 33 points and J.R. Smith had 25, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 123-108 victory over the Orlando Magic. Irving went 12-for-15 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line in his first Read More…