July 3, 2015

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Cavs: LeBron James spurns David Blatt, drills game-winner at horn

The Cavaliers’ LeBron James makes the game-winning shot over Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. (AP PHOTO)

CHICAGO — LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play — and then drew one up of his own. “Give me the ball and get out of the way,” he said. James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt’s idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper from the corner at the buzzer 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 commentary: Kyrie Irving turns in a gutsy performance

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was on the court, sinking shot after shot, when the gates opened Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena. It proved to be an omen for the rest of the evening. Irving fought through the pain from a strained right foot and left knee tendinitis, collecting 25 points and five assists as 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…

Bulls bank in winner at buzzer

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Derrick Rose banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer and scored 30 points Friday night to give the Chicago Bulls a 99-96 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Cleveland had just tied it on a 3-pointer by J.R. Smith with 10.8 seconds 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…

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…