May 22, 2015

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Brian Dulik commentary: Kyrie Irving brilliant in Cavs debut

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was the best player on the court Sunday afternoon in his NBA playoff debut. The three-time All-Star scored a game-high 30 points — making his first five 3-point attempts — as Cleveland pulled away for a 113-100 win over Boston in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference opening round series. Read More…

Cavs: Kevin Love finds sweet rhythm after shaky shooting early

Kevin Love

CLEVELAND — Apparently Kevin Love wasn’t in the same rush as Kyrie Irving to prove that playoff experience wasn’t necessary to put together a solid performance. While Irving scorched the nets from the opening tip to the final buzzer during the pair’s NBA postseason debut, Love missed his first five shots — finally sinking a Read More…

Cavaliers’ playoff history against Boston isn’t pretty

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers and Celtics have met five times in the NBA playoffs prior to this season. Boston has won four of the matchups, three of which broke the hearts of Cleveland basketball fans. A look back at each of those series:   1976 Eastern Conference finals Celtics win best-of-seven series, 4-2 Coach: Bill Read More…

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…

Take a trip back in time to the 1985 NBA Playoffs: Celtics vs. Cavaliers

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Before LeBron Act II … And before LeBron Act I … And before the Lenny Wilkens-Mark Price-Brad Daugherty-Larry Nance-Craig Ehlo Era … Let’s remember World B. Free’s 1984-85 Cavaliers, who had a brief shining moment, reversing a horrible season’s start to becoming a No. 8 playoff seed despite a losing record and facing Larry Bird’s 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…

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 commentary: J.R. Smith keeps on chucking

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The legend of NBA gunslinger J.R. Smith grew even larger on Sunday afternoon. The mercurial shooting guard made 8-of-17 3-pointers — topped by a half-court circus shot at the second-quarter buzzer — in leading the Cavaliers to a 99-94 win over the Chicago Bulls. “J.R. Swish” scored all 24 of his points beyond the arc Read More…