April 29, 2016

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Kevin Love’s versatility on defense could be key for Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love spent most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons defending a small forward or center. The Pistons basically started two small forwards in Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris, with Love spending the majority of his time defending Morris. Detroit then cross-matched at the other end, with Harris Read More…

Iso just part of Cavs’ game plan

INDEPENDENCE — The word from Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and point guard Kyrie Irving: Don’t sweat the isolation offense. After moving the ball extremely well for most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons, the Cavs appeared to resort to some bad habits in the fourth quarter of Game 4, but Lue said Wednesday Read More…

Cavs complete sweep of Pistons, await 2nd-round opponent

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Bring on the Atlanta Hawks or Boston Celtics. And the Justin Bieber concert. They resorted to some bad offensive habits late and ultimately needed a missed 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills, winning Read More…

Commentary: Kyrie Irving shows he can carry Cavs if needed

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyrie Irving made a half-court shot to end the third quarter, buried a 3-pointer in the final minute of the fourth, then locked down defensively on the last play of the game. Given the setting and the situation, it was the finest performance of his five-year NBA career. Irving scored 20 Read More…

Kyrie Irving comes through: Point guard scores 26 points and hits big shot as Cavaliers down Pistons, take 3-0 lead in series

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Justin Bieber concert is still on, and his teenage fans can thank Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers. In what might have been his most complete game of the season, Irving hit a dagger 3-pointer from the right corner as the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 101-91 Friday Read More…

Commentary: Cavaliers’ ‘Big Three’ living up to hype

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — General manager David Griffin walked out of the Cavaliers’ locker room smiling from ear to ear Friday night. When a team employee asked how he was doing, it took him a millisecond to respond. “It’s hard to be much better than we are right now,” he said. There wasn’t a hint Read More…

Cavaliers spread the wealth, make a playoff record-tying 20 3-pointers on way to dominating win over Pistons, 2-0 lead

CLEVELAND — The Detroit Pistons don’t “Stan” a chance when the Cavaliers shoot like this. After Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy and rookie small forward Stanley Johnson complained about LeBron James getting favoritism from the officials in Game 1, the Cavs simply shot the lights out while winning 107-90 in Game 2 Wednesday night at Read More…

Commentary: Pistons’ forward Stanley Johnson is all talk when it comes to matching up with Cavs star LeBron James

Pistons small forward Stanley Johnson is one of the most intriguing rookies in the NBA, combining toughness with a pure scoring touch. Common sense, however, doesn’t appear to be in his skill set. Cavaliers superstar LeBron James burned Johnson for a game-high 27 points and six rebounds Wednesday, powering Cleveland to a 107-90 win over Read More…

Can’t Stan ya: Cavaliers star LeBron James downplays complaining by Pistons’ Stan Van Gundy and Stanley Johnson

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James took a stand in regards to the Stans. Despite some complaining by Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy and rookie small forward Stanley Johnson, the Cavaliers small forward vowed not to alter his aggressive style of play in Game 2 tonight at 8 at Quicken Loans Arena. “Stan (Van Gundy) has Read More…

Rick Noland: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue makes his share of good moves in playoff debut … and some pretty bad ones, too

Tyronn Lue had some great moments in his first playoff game as a head coach and a few highly questionable ones. We’ll emphasize the former first because one in particular helped the Cavaliers defeat the Detroit Pistons 106-101 in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series, but later we’ll also bring up a few fundamental — Read More…