May 22, 2015

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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…

Cavs commentary: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had no answer for LeBron

LeBron James

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been one of the top strategists in the NBA for more than two decades. “Thibs” also has been as successful as anyone in stopping LeBron James throughout his 12-year career. Neither proved to be the case Wednesday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. James dominated from start to 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…

Shumpert did all he could to fill voids

Shaun Bennett The Gazette CLEVELAND — Iman Shumpert knew the Cavaliers needed two things in their Eastern Conference semifinal series opener against the Chicago Bulls: A shooter to replace suspended guard J.R. Smith and a third scoring option to replace injured forward Kevin Love. Shumpert did all he could to fill both roles. Making his Read More…

Cavs hurting without Smith

LeBron James left every ounce of energy he had on the court, playing undersized power forward. So did point guard Kyrie Irving, small forward Iman Shumpert and center Tristan Thompson. Shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova also gave everything he had, joining the aforementioned quartet on the court during crunch time. But it wasn’t enough — and 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…

Cavaliers know they have to step up and fill void

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers took Friday off, but they’ll know who they’re playing in the Eastern Conference semifinals when they return to the practice floor today at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Outspoken Chicago center Joakim Noah, who said in the regular season that he’d love to play the Cavs in the playoffs Read More…

Jones could get start at power forward

Rick Noland The Gazette CLEVELAND — James Jones is listed at 6-foot-8 and a very generously high 215 pounds. Of the 201 shots he attempted in 57 regular-season games, only 26 came from inside the 3-point line. He’s 34 years old, gets to the foul line only slightly more often than Halley’s Comet appears and Read More…