August 3, 2015

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Brian Dulik Cavs commentary: LeBron is as good as it gets

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LeBron James owns two world championships and four MVP awards, but he has never played better than he is right now. Nor, it appears, has he ever been happier. James basked in the cheers — soaking in every second of the celebration with his family — after the Cavaliers eliminated the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 in Read More…

Medina Twp. vendor sees Cavaliers shirts fly off shelves

Steve Terepka, of Medina, checks out the selection of celebratory Cleveland Cavaliers 
T-shirts on display Wednesday at MC Sports in Medina Township. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

The Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the NBA’s 2015 Eastern Conference championship Tuesday night and by Wednesday morning, T-shirts boasting the accomplishment were available at MC Sports in Medina Township. By noon, more than 15 shirts had been sold, including five shirts to one man who was picking up the items for his whole family. Sales continued Read More…

Cavs hammer Hawks to easily advance to Finals with 118-88 win

Cleveland’s LeBron James gives instructions during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The last game of the sweep was convincing, thorough and impressive, not to mention extremely enjoyable for 20,562 screaming fans who started chanting “NBA Finals” with more than five minutes left. Dominating from start to finish Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the second time Read More…

Cavs: LeBron James’ stats last matched by Wilt Chamberlain

The Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, dunks on Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore, center, and Mike Muscala. (AP PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — LeBron James ventured into Wilt Chamberlain territory Sunday night in the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks. James had 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists in the Cavaliers’ 114-111 overtime victory in Game 3, numbers that had never been posted in a playoff game. The last time they were posted in Read More…

Cavs commentary: It’s time for Kyrie Irving to step up

Kyrie Irving

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving always looks sharp, if not stylish, while sitting on the bench in a sports coat and slacks. The three-time NBA All-Star also is a willing cheerleader, frequently offering encouragement and advice to his teammates. But if Cleveland has any chance of winning the world championship, he must be in its Read More…

LeBron puts on vintage performance

Rick Noland The Gazette “The Big Three” became “The Big One,” but LeBron James was more than enough. James put on a vintage performance Friday at Philips Arena, finishing with 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 94-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Read More…

Cavs: Fans ready for broom, but there’s still some work to do

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball against Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) during the first half in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

At the moment, Kyrie Irving is just a shadow of the player who Thursday was named third-team All-NBA. LeBron James, a unanimous selection in making the All-NBA first team for the ninth time in his 12-year career, sprained his right ankle. Iman Shumpert slipped and came up limping. Kevin Love is already out for the Read More…

Cavs: Cleveland wins series opener against Hawks

Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert takes a shot in the first half. (AP PHOTO)

LeBron James and the Cavaliers both ended bad streaks Wednesday night and J.R. Smith set a franchise playoff record. Winless in eight previous Game 1 situations on the road, James had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Cavs won for the first time in 15 series-opening games away from home, defeating the Read More…

Cavs: Kyrie Irving plans on being in lineup

Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving defends Chicago’s Derrick Rose in the first half of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The injured Irving says he will be in the starting lineup  against the Hawks Wednesday when the Eastern Conference finals begin. (AP PHOTO)

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers coach David Blatt and four-time league MVP LeBron James are playing it coy, but Kyrie Irving is not. The three-time All-Star plans on being in the starting lineup Wednesday in Atlanta when the Cavs play the Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. “I’m pretty much going (to play),” Irving Read More…

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…