May 25, 2015

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Brian Dulik: Hurting Kyrie Irving a pain in Bulls’ side

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was on the court, sinking shot after shot, when the gates opened to the public at Quicken Loans Arena. It proved to be an omen for the rest of the evening. Irving fought through the pain from a strained right foot and left knee tendinitis, collecting 25 points and five Read More…

Kick it in gear: Cavaliers get fired up after tussle with Bulls

CLEVELAND — Many things can provide a spark for a basketball team. A midcourt steal that ends with a rim-shaking dunk. A great cross-court pass that results in an open 3-pointer. A swift kick in the butt. Chicago forward Taj Gibson appeared to push Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova to the ground while they were chasing Read More…

Cavs notebook: Injured Irving can’t bear to sit

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is going to be in the starting lineup tonight at Quicken Loans Arena for Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. How much he’ll be able to help the Cavs remains to be seen, but with the series tied at two games Read More…

Cavaliers: Coach David Blatt defends self after pair of criticized decisions in Game 4

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt made like Tom Cruise on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts, a day after his “Top Gun” ended up being right on target in an 86-84 playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls. After he unsuccessfully attempted to call a timeout his team didn’t have in Game 4 and then tried Read More…

Bet against LeBron at your own risk: Cavs even series

The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, second from left, celebrates with Tristan Thompson, left, J.R. Smith, center, Matthew Dellavedova, and Kyrie Irving, right, after scoring the game-winning basket during the second half of Game 4 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago on Sunday, May 10, 2015. The Cavaliers won 86-84. AP

You don’t do it. You just don’t. Doubt LeBron James, that is. Even on a day his shot wasn’t falling, his offensive fouls were mounting and his clutch gene seemed to be in remission, the Cavaliers superstar showed once again why he is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. All the four-time Read More…

Demand performance: LeBron James vetoes final play call, hits buzzer-beater to carry Cavaliers past Bulls, tie series 2-2

CHICAGO — LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play — and then drew one up of his own. “Give me the ball and get out of the way,” he said. James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt’s idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper from the corner at the buzzer Read More…

Belief remains strong: Forget injuries, 2-1 series deficit to Bulls, LeBron James still expecting big things from Cavaliers

CHICAGO — The Cavaliers are trailing in a crucial series with another road game ahead, one star is lost for the postseason, another is limping and LeBron James is struggling to make a shot. Yet the four-time Most Valuable Player isn’t wavering in his belief of what this Cavs team can accomplish. “I’ve still got Read More…

Cavaliers: Another lineup change could be coming tonight with Iman Shumpert ailing, J.R. Smith returning from suspension

INDEPENDENCE — There’s a chance the Cavaliers will use their fourth different starting lineup in four games when they take on the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight at the United Center. When power forward Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder and shooting guard J.R. Smith was suspended for a Read More…

OSU’s Cardale Jones takes on Bulls’ Joakim Noah, shows again he’s not afraid of Twitter

COLUMBUS — Once burned on Twitter, Cardale Jones certainly isn’t shy. The quarterback who came out of nowhere to lead Ohio State to the national championship in January has had a busy 24 hours posting tweets. First he cheered on his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the NBA playoffs Wednesday night. During Read More…

Headband means business: LeBron asserts himself in win

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CLEVELAND — Maybe it was the headband. LeBron James broke out his trademark wardrobe piece for the first time in months Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, and he and the Cavaliers got much different results in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Bulls. With James playing a bigger role than he Read More…