June 3, 2015

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Cavs: Kyrie Irving plans on being in lineup

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving defends Chicago’s Derrick Rose in the first half of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The injured Irving says he will be in the starting lineup  against the Hawks Wednesday when the Eastern Conference finals begin. (AP PHOTO)

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 show amazing intestinal fortitude

LeBron James sat center stage at the postgame podium Thursday night at the UnitedCenter. 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 and Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James goes where few have gone before

LeBron James scores on a dunk in Game 5. (AP PHOTO)

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 Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead feisty Cleveland to victory

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket between Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, left, and forward Taj Gibson, right, during the first half of Game 5 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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…

Cavs: Blame game as David Blatt owns T.O. gaffe, defends self for final play choice

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INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt made like Tom Cruise on Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts, a day after his “Top Gun” ended up being right on target in an 86-84 playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls. After he unsuccessfully attempted to call a timeout his team didn’t have in Game 4 and then tried Read More…

Cavs: J.R. Smith’s return, Iman Shumpert’s injury could juggle the rotation

Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert dunks against the Bulls. An injury leaves Shumpert’s playing status for tonight uncertain. (AP PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — There’s a chance the Cavaliers could be using their fourth different starting lineup in four games when they take on the Chicago Bulls in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals tonight at the United Center. When power forward Kevin Love dislocated his left shoulder and shooting guard J.R. Smith was suspended for Read More…

Cavs: Aggressive LeBron James helps Cleveland to even series

Cleveland’s LeBron James is fouled by Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich as he drives to the basket in the first half. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The return of the headband, the insertion of Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup, an emotional visit from Kevin Love and a terrific start were all the Cavaliers needed. Wearing his trademark headband for the first time since March 7, LeBron James had 33 points, eight rebounds and five assists Wednesday night as Read More…

James may change mindset a little

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James doesn’t plan on letting Game 2 come to him. He’s going to try to take control of it from the opening tip. Having scored just seven second-half points in the Cavaliers’ 99-92 loss to the Chicago Bulls in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, James is Read More…

Cavs don’t have enough weapons

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — The shorthanded Cavaliers didn’t have as many weapons as the Chicago Bulls, but they seemed intent on proving it early and often. With Kevin Love out with a dislocated shoulder and J.R. Smith suspended, Cleveland never led in dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals 99-92 Monday night Read More…

Griffin second in voting for NBA Executive of the Year

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers general manger David Griffin finished a close second in voting for NBA Executive of the Year. Griffin received eight first-place votes and a total of 69 points from a panel of fellow basketball executives. GoldenState’s Bob Myers won with 13 first-place votes and 82 points. Griffin signed LeBron Read More…