May 22, 2015

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J.R. Smith has history of fines, suspensions

After taking a hard foul from Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins (3), Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) is separated from Perkins teammates and floor official late in second quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Sunday, April 26, 2015. Crowder was involved in two physical plays during the game. First, he was shoved by Perkins and both drew technical fouls. Then he left the game with a sprained left knee when he was knocked down as J.R. Smith swung his arm backward while jostling for a rebound early in the third quarter. AP

Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith has been suspended six times in his career –  five times by the league and once by Denver –  for a total of 27 games. Fifteen of those games –  12 by the league and three by the Nuggets –  were for off-court incidents. Here’s a rundown of his suspensions Read More…

Cavaliers 101, Celtics 93: Cleveland completes sweep in physical, heated game

BOSTON — LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics. It may have been the calmest, most congenial 20 seconds of a physical game that left two players with potentially serious injuries and Cleveland wondering if Kevin Love would be ready for the Read More…

Cavaliers: Kevin Love dislocates shoulder, blames Boston’s Kelly Olynyk for “bush league” play

BOSTON — Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder Sunday on what he said was a “bush league” play. Cleveland’s power forward was injured in the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ 101-93 victory that completed a four-game sweep when he and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk chased a loose ball into the left corner after Jae Crowder of Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James looks to continue first-round success with sweep of Celtics today

The first round of the NBA playoffs seems too easy for LeBron James. He’s never lost a first-round series. His teams are 39-7 in first-round games. And when Cleveland visits Boston in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference matchup today, James and the Cavaliers will be taking the court with a 3-0 lead. If that Read More…

Noland: Cavs’ Love deserves plenty of love

A lot can be said, some of it bad but much of it good, about Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love, but before we delve into all that, let’s first say this: Throughout his under-the-microscope first season as a member of Cleveland’s “Big Three,” the guy has been the consummate professional. Handsome, polite and well spoken, Love Read More…

Cavaliers in command: LeBron James scores 31 points as Cleveland downs Celtics, takes 3-0 lead in series

BOSTON — LeBron James got to the arena early. When he left the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series. James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since a masterful performance in the 2012 postseason and Cleveland moved one win away from a sweep in Read More…

Cavaliers: Starters have been strong, but Cleveland getting no scoring punch from bench

INDEPENDENCE — From the glass-is-half-empty approach, the Cavaliers bench has been outscored 106-36 by its Boston counterparts. From the glass-is-overflowing department, Cleveland’s starters have outscored those of the Celtics 176-85. No matter how the numbers are crunched, however, the Cavs lead the Celtics 2-0 in their first-round, best-of-seven series as they prepare for Game 3 Read More…

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving dominate down the stretch, carry Cavaliers past Celtics and to 2-0 lead in series

CLEVELAND — Batman and Robin were never this good. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined to score the Cavaliers’ last 28 points Tuesday night as Cleveland defeated the Boston Celtics 99-91 at Quicken Loans Arena to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven playoff series. James, who finished with 30 points, nine rebounds, seven assists Read More…

Brian Dulik: Cavs’ ‘Big Two’ more than enough on this night

The Cavaliers looked lethargic and played disinterested, which is almost always a deadly combination in the NBA playoffs. Fortunately for Cleveland, there were two reasons — specifically, two All-Stars — why that wasn’t the case Tuesday night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving scored the Cavaliers’ final 28 points and rescued them from the brink of Read More…

Cavaliers: Timofey Mozgov more active in Game 2 win

CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov was pretty much a non-entity in Game 1 of the Cavaliers’ first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against Boston. Things changed Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. After recording only six points on four field-goal attempts over 23 minutes Sunday, Mozgov was a different guy in Game 2, scoring 16 points on Read More…