June 30, 2015

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Cavaliers are believing in David Blatt: Coach’s first year in NBA hasn’t been easy, but confidence, support keep growing

INDEPENDENCE — When the Cavaliers were scuffling earlier this season, rookie NBA coach David Blatt got an impassioned vote of confidence from general manager David Griffin. Now, with the Cavs about to play Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, Blatt is getting rave reviews Read More…

Escape from New York: Ex-Knicks Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith exactly what the Cavaliers needed … and vice versa

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INDEPENDENCE — Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith have been perfect fits for the Cavaliers. How perfect? They’ve switched roles in the postseason and the Cavs still haven’t missed a beat as they prepare to play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Read More…

Cavs notes: LeBron James not worried about outside shot

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James knows exactly what is wrong with his 3-point shot: It’s not going in. “They’ve been short and they’ve been long. They’ve been left and they’ve been right,” the Cavaliers small forward said Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “They haven’t been in.” As sensational as James has been in averaging 27.6 points, Read More…

NBA Finals: Warriors’ Klay Thompson close to returning

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is one step away from being cleared to play in the NBA Finals. Thompson returned to practice Monday, a major step in the All-Star shooting guard’s recovery. Thompson said he feels great and is just waiting on final clearance from doctors under the NBA’s concussion protocol Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love says he plans to stick around

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has buried the hatchet with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk. The three-time All-Star also vowed to be on the court, wearing a Cleveland jersey, for the 2015-16 regular-season opener. Love addressed those subjects — and many more — Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Clinic Courts, where the Cavaliers continued to Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James and Stephen Curry have a lot in common, including Akron hospital where they were born

INDEPENDENCE — Once he hangs up his sneakers, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James will almost certainly be immortalized with a statue outside Quicken Loans Arena. One can only imagine how Akron City Hospital will honor him, along with its second-most famous arrival. James and Warriors point guard Stephen Curry were born at the downtown medical Read More…

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving’s mind at ease about injuries, says he’s looking forward to NBA Finals

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving first had to overcome the physical obstacles. Then he had to deal with bigger mental hurdles. That’s why it was important for the Cavaliers point guard to play in the final game of his team’s Eastern Conference final sweep of Atlanta. Though some questioned the intelligence of playing the three-time All-Star Read More…

Cavs notes: Anderson Varejao unlikely to return for Finals

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt dangled the carrot, then yanked it back just as quickly. Asked Friday at Cleveland Clinic Courts about injured center Anderson Varejao possibly playing at some point in the NBA Finals, which start Thursday night at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors, Blatt said, “Andy Varejao? That would be Read More…

NBA Finals: Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Warriors’ Stephen Curry have spotlight, but really just crave a championship

Stephen Curry and LeBron James, this season’s brightest stars, are taking basketball’s biggest stage. The NBA Finals start Thursday with the Golden State Warriors against the Cleveland Cavaliers, two teams who have little experience playing this time of year. James is the exception, getting ready to appear in his fifth straight finals. He won two Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James takes time to reflect after Eastern Conference sweep

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James is one of those athletes who doesn’t look back or ahead too often. But after the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals for the second time in their 45-year history by completing a sweep of the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the 30-year-old was in a rare reflective Read More…