May 27, 2015

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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…

A ‘Big Three’ party: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love lead way as Cavaliers down Celtics in playoffs opener

CLEVELAND — “The Big Three” took center stage Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. Twice. First, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love led the Cavaliers to a 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of a best-of-seven series. Then they shared the postgame interview podium — Love on the left, James in the middle, Read More…

Brian Dulik: Kyrie Irving right at home on playoffs stage

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the best player on the court Sunday afternoon in his NBA playoff debut. The three-time All-Star scored a game-high 30 points — making his first five 3-point attempts — as Cleveland pulled away for a 113-100 win over Boston in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference opening-round series. Irving’s Read More…

Kevin Love has strong postseason debut despite slow start

CLEVELAND — Apparently Kevin Love wasn’t in the same rush as Kyrie Irving to prove that playoff experience wasn’t necessary to put together a solid postseason performance. While Irving scorched the nets from the opening tip to the final buzzer during the pair’s NBA postseason debut, Love missed his first five shots — finally sinking Read More…

Cavs notes: David Blatt leaves his love for Celtics behind

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach David Blatt grew up in the Boston suburb of Framingham rooting for the late 1960s Celtics teams of Bill Russell and John Havlicek. Those days are long gone. “I’m not a Celtics fan anymore, I can guarantee it,” Blatt said Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena prior to his team’s 113-100 victory Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James challenges Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love to be “great” during postseason

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James has won two world championships and played in five NBA Finals. Cavaliers teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have never appeared in a playoff game. On the eve of the 2015 postseason, “The Chosen One” made it clear that he won’t accept their inexperience as an excuse. “In order for us Read More…

Cavaliers: For Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, it’s playoffs time … ready or not

INDEPENDENCE — Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love have watched a lot of NBA playoff games. Now they will finally get to play in one. Both three-time All-Stars, fourth-year pro Irving and seventh-year man Love will make their postseason debuts Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena when the Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of Read More…

Cavaliers 113, Wizards 108 (OT): LeBron James rests, but Cleveland gets fun win in regular-season finale

CLEVELAND — LeBron James was a witness for the Cavaliers. Normal starters John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce and Nene sat out for the Washington Wizards. In what amounted to an entertaining and competitive exhibition game on Fan Appreciation Night, Cleveland closed the regular season with a 113-108 overtime win Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Read More…

Bring on the Celtics: Cavaliers enter tonight’s regular-season finale finally knowing their first-round opponent

CLEVELAND — Exactly who will play for the Cavaliers tonight is uncertain, but their first-round playoff opponent is now locked in. Second-seeded Cleveland will host Boston, which wrapped up the seventh seed Tuesday night by beating Toronto, when the playoffs open this weekend. The series will begin Saturday or Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. The Read More…