May 31, 2016

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Commentary: NBA referees keep swallowing their whistles, which is bad for the game … and for the Cavs’ LeBron James

With the NBA playoffs growing in intensity every day, it’s time for somebody to blow the whistle on the whistle blowers. Because they obviously aren’t inclined to blow their whistles themselves. In case you missed it, in the playoff game Monday between San Antonio and Oklahoma City that ended in total anarchy once the players Read More…

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James would love to play Wade, Heat in conference finals

  INDEPENDENCE —  LeBron James is great at staying in the moment, but the Cavaliers small forward can’t help but think about what might be on the horizon. With the Cavs preparing to host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the four-time league Read More…

Cavs’ Lue wants more calls, free throws for LeBron

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue turned 39 Tuesday, complete with “Happy Birthday” playing from the speakers following practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. A good present might be a few more free throw attempts for LeBron James when the Cavs host the Atlanta Hawks tonight at 8 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal Read More…

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Cavaliers 104, Hawks 93: Cleveland blows 18-point lead, then rallies late for Game 1 victory

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers nearly gave a game away, then won going away. After blowing an 18-point third-quarter lead, the Cavs locked down defensively, got some pivotal offensive rebounds and rode big hoops by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith to a 104-93 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday in Game 1 of Read More…

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Cavaliers Commentary: With the game on the line, Cleveland’s stars step on the gas pedal

CLEVELAND — Well, that escalated quickly. Both ways. The Cavs are like that sometimes. Take a big lead. Take a few, or a lot, of possessions off, let the other team back into the game, then hit the accelerator and go roaring across the finish line first. They did it again Monday night against Atlanta Read More…

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Cavaliers: Kevin Love doesn’t let bad shooting night get him down

CLEVELAND — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is struggling to make shots, but he hasn’t allowed it to affect the rest of his game. Love recorded his fifth straight double-double to open the playoffs Monday night, collecting 17 points and 11 rebounds as Cleveland beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93 in Game 1 of their Eastern Read More…

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Cavaliers eager to get back on court against Hawks, say they’re not worried about long layoff between playoff series

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers went eight days between games after sweeping Boston in the first round last year and promptly lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to the Chicago Bulls. Cleveland went nine days between games after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the conference finals and promptly lost Game 1 of the NBA Read More…

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Commentary: Cavs title just might be in the stars this season

Now that the NBA and its officials have established, during the Cavs-Pistons series, that an elbow to the head/shoulder is not only not a fineable offense, it isn’t even a foul, let the no-decapitation-no-foul playoffs continue. We’re officially into the big boy basketball season now, and the Cavs are as well equipped to handle, maneuver Read More…

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Cavs won’t be overconfident

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are focused on defending guys like Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Kyle Korver. What they won’t be concerned about when they open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena is guarding against overconfidence. Top-seeded Cleveland has defeated the fourth-seeded Hawks seven straight Read More…

Kevin Love’s versatility on defense could be key for Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love spent most of a first-round sweep of the Detroit Pistons defending a small forward or center. The Pistons basically started two small forwards in Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris, with Love spending the majority of his time defending Morris. Detroit then cross-matched at the other end, with Harris Read More…

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