May 22, 2015

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Cavaliers off to a stumbling start, drop series opener to Bulls

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CLEVELAND — The shorthanded Cavaliers didn’t have as many weapons as the Chicago Bulls, and they seemed intent on proving it early and often. With Kevin Love out with a dislocated shoulder and J.R. Smith suspended, Cleveland never led in dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 99-92 Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Read More…

Brian Dulik: J.R. Smith’s absence costs Cavs big-time

LeBron James left every ounce of energy he had on the court, playing undersized power forward. So did point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Iman Shumpert and center Tristan Thompson. Shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova also gave everything he had, joining the aforementioned quartet during crunch time. But it wasn’t enough — and it likely won’t Read More…

Iman Shumpert comes out firing for shorthanded Cavaliers, scores 22 on career playoff-high 17 shots but it’s not enough

CLEVELAND — Iman Shumpert knew the Cleveland Cavaliers needed two things in their Eastern Conference semifinal series opener against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night — a shooter to replace suspended guard J.R. Smith and a third scoring option to replace injured forward Kevin Love. Shumpert did all he could to fill both roles. Making Read More…

Cavaliers expect tough test from Bulls … and that’s just fine with them

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers know beating the Chicago Bulls four times in seven games won’t be easy. They also know it’s not supposed to be. Without power forward Kevin Love for the rest of the season due to a dislocated left shoulder and minus shooting guard J.R. Smith due to a two-game suspension, the Cavs Read More…

Power move? Cavaliers veteran James Jones says he’ll be ready if moved into starting lineup with Kevin Love out

CLEVELAND — James Jones is listed at 6-foot-8 and a generously high 215 pounds. Of the 201 shots he attempted in 57 regular-season games, only 26 came from inside the 3-point line. He’s 34 years old, gets to the foul line only slightly more often than Halley’s Comet appears and no longer has the lateral Read More…

LeBron James feeling restless as Cavs wait to find out next opponent; Kevin Love has surgery, will miss 4-6 months

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are in a holding pattern, and their captain doesn’t like being on autopilot. Four-time league MVP LeBron James is getting restless, and the Cavs, who finished their first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, aren’t even close to beginning their Eastern Conference semifinal series, as Game 1 won’t be until Read More…

Cavs’ Love likely done for the season

INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Love is almost certainly done for the season. Whether he’s finished in Cleveland, the Cavaliers will worry about down the road. “That’s a question that I can’t answer right now,” four-time league MVP LeBron James said Tuesday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I think that’s the last thing on his mind Read More…

Cavs stand behind suspended J.R. Smith

INDEPENDENCE –  J.R. Smith was shooting jumpers at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Tuesday, but it will be awhile before the Cavaliers shooting guard gets to take any in playoff game action at Quicken Loans Arena. The 29-year-old was suspended for the first two games of the Eastern Conference semifinals for striking Boston’s Jae Crowder in Read More…

Cavs’ Love will miss at least Eastern Conference semifinals

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) is dragged by the arm by Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday. AP

“The Big Three” will be reduced to “The Dynamic Duo” for the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Cavaliers announced Monday evening that three-time All-Star power forward Kevin Love will miss the entire series, which will start Monday against the Chicago-Milwaukee winner, due to a shoulder injury suffered Sunday in a 101-93 series-clinching win in Boston. Love Read More…

Cavs’ Smith suspended two games; Boston’s Olynyk out one

In the span of an hour, Monday went from bad to worse for the Cavaliers. With power forward Kevin Love having just been ruled out for the Eastern Conference semifinals due to a dislocated left shoulder, the Cavs then learned shooting guard J.R. Smith had been suspended by the NBA for the first two games Read More…