May 27, 2015

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Cavaliers sweep Hawks aside, head back to NBA Finals

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith, left, forward LeBron James, center, and center Timofey Mozgov (20) react on the sidelines late in the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. AP

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers coach David Blatt, wearing a microphone for TNT’s telecast, put his arm around small forward LeBron James while the two stood in front of the Cleveland bench with more than two minutes remaining in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs, who completed their sweep of the outmanned Atlanta Hawks Read More…

Cavs sweep Hawks, earn shot at NBA championship

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Kyrie Irving returned to the starting lineup, LeBron James was his usual brilliant self and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 to clinch the Eastern Conference championship with a four-game sweep Tuesday night. Now, the Cavs are just four wins from Cleveland sports immortality. That’s right folks … the Cavs are headed to Read More…

Brian Dulik: LeBron James at top of his game … and loving it

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James poses for a selfie with fans after the Cavaliers defeated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals for a sweep, Tuesday, May 26, in Cleveland. AP

LeBron James owns two world championships and four MVP awards, but he has never played better than he is right now. Nor, it appears, has he ever been happier. James basked in the cheers — soaking in every second of the celebration with his family — after the Cavaliers eliminated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Read More…

LeBron put up NBA’s best postseason performance in Game 3

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INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James ventured into Wilt Chamberlain territory Sunday night in the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks. James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in the Cavs’ 114-111 overtime win in Game 3, numbers that had never been posted in a playoff game. The last time they were posted in Read More…

Cavs notes: Dellavedova is inside Hawks’ heads

INDEPENDENCE — Matthew Dellavedova has the Atlanta Hawks thinking. What they’re thinking isn’t warm and fuzzy. Atlanta players stopped short of calling the Cavaliers point guard a dirty player, but several — Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, Kent Bazemore — expressed displeasure with his aggressive nature. The Cavs, up 3-0 in the Eastern Conference finals heading Read More…

Cavs down Hawks in OT behind LeBron James’ triple-double

CLEVELAND — Counting the consecutive shots he missed at the start, LeBron James had a monstrous quadruple-double Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Despite going 0-for-10 from the field at the outset, James finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists as the Cavaliers defeated the Read More…

One big blowout: LeBron James just misses triple-double as short-handed Cavaliers down Hawks, grab 2-0 series lead

ATLANTA — The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t have their Big Three, but they had a huge third quarter. And they had LeBron James — their Big One. That was more than enough. James scored 30 points and the Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, beating the Atlanta Read More…

Cavaliers Commentary: It’s only been one game, but it’s OK to start thinking about a sweep

At the moment, Kyrie Irving is just a shadow of the player who Thursday was named third-team All-NBA. LeBron James, a unanimous selection in making the All-NBA first team for the ninth time in his 12-year career, sprained his right ankle. Iman Shumpert slipped and came up limping. Kevin Love is already out for the Read More…

Cavaliers: In battle of walking wounded, Cleveland coach David Blatt glad to have LeBron “Superman” James

ATLANTA — While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing. It’s understandable. This series could turn into a war of attrition — and they’ve only played one game. James was limping around, Kyrie Irving went to the bench Read More…

Cavaliers 97, Hawks 89: LeBron James scores 31, J.R. Smith 28 as Cleveland makes statement with Game 1 win in Atlanta

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ATLANTA — J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who Read More…