May 30, 2015

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Commentary: Confident Cavs have toughness, and LeBron James, and that should be enough vs. Hawks

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The Cavaliers are a confident bunch. And they should be. That doesn’t mean beating the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals will be easy — it won’t be — but beat them the Cavs should. “We’re feeling good,” power forward Tristan Thompson said Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We’re confident and we know what Read More…

Kyrie Irving says he will play in Game 1

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INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt and four-time league MVP LeBron James are playing it coy, but Kyrie Irving is not. The three-time All-Star plans on being in the starting lineup Wednesday in Atlanta when the Cavs play the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m pretty much going (to play),” Irving Read More…

Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving’s status uncertain for Game 1 vs. Hawks

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James should have had a stethoscope hanging around his neck as he reeled off the latest medical updates on him and his teammates. “It goes without saying that we’re banged up right now,” the pseudo Dr. J said Saturday. As they prepare to meet the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers show they’re a tough, together team

LeBron James sat center stage at the postgame podium Thursday night at the United Center. That he was flanked by Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson tells you everything you need to know about the Cavaliers’ 94-73 Eastern Conference semifinal series-clinching victory over the Chicago Bulls. “These are first-timers right here,” James said, pointing to Dellavedova Read More…

A knockout blowout: Cavs trounce Bulls to win series

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All-Star Kyrie Irving was injured again and unable to play in the second half. All-Star LeBron James wasn’t his dominant scoring self. The Cavaliers were on the road at the hostile United Center in Chicago. None of it mattered. The Cavaliers are moving on to the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland pulled away in the second Read More…

Cavaliers 94, Bulls 73: Cleveland crushes Chicago in Game 6, advances to Eastern Conference finals

CHICAGO — No dominant performance by LeBron James. Not much from Kyrie Irving, either. Somehow, the Cleveland Cavaliers still found a way to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. James struggled to score 15 points, Irving limped off the court and the Cavaliers still beat the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Read More…

Cavaliers: Matthew Dellavedova fills in for injured Kyrie Irving, provides huge lift with 19 points

CHICAGO — When Kyrie Irving went down, Matthew Dellavedova was ready and willing to step in. And more than able. Dellavedova recorded postseason career highs in points (19), field goals (seven) and 3-pointers (three) Thursday as Cleveland closed out the Chicago Bulls with a 94-73 victory in Game 6 at the United Center. The Cavs Read More…

LeBron James turned in a Game 5 for the ages to give Cavaliers a 3-2 lead over the Bulls, but can he do it again?

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James went where only Dwyane Wade and Elvin Hayes had gone before. He also went where no NBA player has gone in at least 38 years. With 38 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks and zero turnovers in the Cavaliers’ 106-101 Game 5 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, Read More…

Bulls-eye: Cavs take 3-2 series lead back to Chicago

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert (4) hugs Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) late in the second half against the Chicago Bulls during Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 106-101. AP

CLEVELAND — In an Eastern Conference semifinal series filled with offensive runs and close finishes, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls provided another gem Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs fell behind early, then ran out to a huge lead before withstanding a late Bulls rally to come away with a 106-101 victory. Read More…

Cavaliers stagger Bulls behind 38 points from LeBron James and 25 from Kyrie Irving, move a game away from advancing

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers may be wounded, but they still have plenty of fight left in them. And basketball, too. Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and motivated by a fourth-quarter fracas, the Cavs moved within one win of the Eastern Conference finals by defeating the Chicago Bulls 106-101 Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Read More…