April 19, 2015

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Irving, Love excited for playoff debuts

Rick Noland The Gazette 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 Read More…

Rick Noland Cavs commentary: LeBron James has chance to bring closure

Cleveland’s Kevin Love, right, and LeBron James celebrate an overtime win over the Wizards Wednesday night. Sunday, Cleveland begins the playoffs at home against Boston. (AP PHOTO)

It was five years ago. Sometimes, it seems like yesterday. More often, it feels like a lifetime ago. The last time the Cavaliers were in the playoffs, it was 2010. The opponent was the Boston Celtics, the same team the Cavs will play — and perhaps sweep — in the first round this year. Try Read More…

Former Medina thrower to be inducted to Medina County Sport Hall of Fame

Former Medina and Kent State thrower Mindy Wirtz will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame on June 11. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Melinda “Mindy” Wirtz is a thrower. Always has been, always will be, in some way, shape or form. But these days, the 1992 Medina High graduate, who will be inducted into the Medina County Sports Hall of Fame during June 11 ceremonies at The Galaxy Restaurant, uses lessons learned from heaving a 2.2-pound discus and Read More…

Cavs tuning up for playoffs, LeBron James back with triple-double

The Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives on Detroit’s Caron Butler. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — In what was likely their final dress rehearsal before the playoffs, LeBron James and the Cavaliers played to rave reviews Monday night while downing the Detroit Pistons by the deceiving final score of 109-97 at Quicken Loans Arena. James posted his second triple-double in his last four games played with 21 points, 10 Read More…

Exhibition-like game goes to Boston

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — For the home team, it looked a lot like an exhibition game, albeit a sometimes entertaining one. Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert didn’t play and Joe Harris, Kendrick Perkins, Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, James Jones and Kendrick Perkins all saw action in the first half Friday night as the Read More…

Rick Noland sports commentary: Coaching, poaching & toasting

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It’s a rainy day and most high school sporting events have been canceled — this is not a bad thing when you are working a Gazette office shift — so let’s fill some space for the boss by Rick-o-cheting around the world of sports: I didn’t really care who won the NCAA Tournament for men’s Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James records triple-double as Cleveland drills 16 trifectas

The Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith reacts after making a 3-pointer against Chicago. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — This one was about triples and a triple-double. Behind 16 3-pointers and the first triple-double of the season by LeBron James, the Cavaliers recorded their 18th straight home win Sunday with a 99-94 victory over the Chicago Bulls at Quicken Loans Arena. James, who finished with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, Read More…

Cavs: Cleveland drops Miami into tie for eighth in playoff chase

The Cavaliers’ Timofey Mozgov dunks against Miami. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The potential Eastern Conference playoff preview held Thursday night would no longer be a first-round meeting if the season ended today. The second-seeded Cavaliers recorded their 17th straight home win by knocking off Miami 114-88 at Quicken Loans Arena, dropping the Heat from a tie for seventh into a tie for eighth in Read More…

A look ahead: Cavs, Heat game could be playoff preview

Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

INDEPENDENCE — The fans and national television networks would eat it up. If the NBA regular season ended today, the second-seeded Cavaliers (48-27) would play seventh-seeded Miami (34-40) in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That means a preview of sorts could be played out tonight at Quicken Loans Arena when LeBron James Read More…

Cavs’ Kyrie Irving about Sunday’s win: ‘Whew, that was terrible’

The Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving shoots against Philadelphia’s Ish Smith. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers lost two players to injury and nearly got beat by the third-worst team in the league, but everything still came up roses Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena. There was, of course, no shortage of fertilizer. Despite losing Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert and failing to score on its final eight possessions, Read More…