May 29, 2015

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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…

James is getting restless

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are in a holding pattern, and their captain doesn’t like being on autopilot. Four-time league MVP LeBron James is getting restless, and the Cavs, who finished their first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, aren’t even close to beginning their Eastern Conference semifinal series, as Game Read More…

Life without Love

Rick Noland The Gazette INDEPENDENCE — Kevin Love is almost certainly done for the season. Whether he’s finished in Cleveland, the Cavaliers will worry about down the road. “That’s a question that I can’t answer right now,” four-time league MVP LeBron James said Tuesday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I think that’s the last Read More…

Smith receives two-game suspension

Rick Noland The Gazette In the span of an hour, Monday went from bad to worse for the Cavaliers. With power forward Kevin Love having just been ruled out for the Eastern Conference semifinals due to a dislocated left shoulder, the Cavs learned shooting guard J.R. Smith had been suspended by the NBA for the Read More…