The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
In a game that was relatively close all the way through, the Cavs pulled off a 116-108 victory in their first game since the announcement of Kevin Love’s knee surgery, behind a near triple double from LeBron (25 points, 14 assists, eight rebounds). Channing Frye (21 points, 10 rebounds) and Tristian Thompson (14 points, 11 rebounds) combined to account for Love’s absence, through Thompson’s energy down low and Frye’s perpetual green light to shoot from deep. Andrew Wiggins, who always plays well against the Cavs, had a game-high 41 points, with Townes adding 26 more.
There is finally some clarity on where things stand on the coaching front for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was reported by Chris Haynes two weeks ago that the Cavs coaching staff were incredibly frustrated as they had not been signed to new contracts. Damon Jones, James Posey, Jim Boylan, and Phil Handy are all were reportedly stuck in limbo heading into next season without deals. That situation has reportedly changed significantly.
CLEVELAND — The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James have signed a new multiyear contract, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Cleveland went into Boston and made a statement without Tristan Thompson.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made a statement Wednesday night in game that LeBron James downplayed less than 24 hours before.
The Cavaliers escaped against the Raptors on Friday night.
The Cavaliers beat the Raptors 94-91. Kyrie Irving lead the team in points with 26 while Kevin Love also played very well, chipping in 18 and 10 in the winning effort. The Cavs played well in the first game against Toronto since last season’s conference finals and it was nice to see the team pick up right where they left off.
The Cavs won and Kevin Love returned to game action nearly two weeks early from knee surgery, but the question must be asked:
What is going on with the injuries on this team?
Cleveland beat the Utah Jazz 91-83 Thursday night behind 33 points from LeBron James. Love, who had missed the last 13 games, contributed 10 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.
When the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers lost Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the season due to a fractured tibia just 58 seconds into his debut, they were left searching for a suitable replacement who is both capable and eligible for this year’s playoff run and title defense. Now, it seems they have found their man.
Kyrie Irving didn’t play, but that was hardly a problem for the Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers are now 18-5. They are the NBA champs. There are some soft spots in the armor, perhaps, but this is a very good team. A year ago at this time, Kyrie Irving was coming back from a devastating knee injury. Many had expected Kevin Love to assert himself in Irving’s absence, show the multi-faceted offensive game that made him a superstar in Minnesota.
It’s déjà vu from last year’s Cavs-Raptors matchup.
After losing Game 1, the Toronto Raptors made changes to their starting lineup to better match the Cleveland Cavaliers. Out went DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas, in came Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson.
No Kevin Love? No problem, as the Cavs beat the Suns 118-103.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made easy work of the Phoenix Suns tonight, winning 118-103. Without Kevin Love, the Cavs thrived against one of the league’s worst teams, taking advantage of the Suns’ poor perimeter defense and their lack of offensive flow. The Cavs hit 19 threes for the game, forced Phoenix to only attempt that many, and posted 29 assists for the game. After the West coast road trip, this was a welcome win to get refocused with four of the next five games coming in Cleveland.
It was a vulgar display of power for 48 minutes, with the Warriors leading wire-to-wire en route to a second strong showing against the Eastern Conference’s best. The Warriors will have to win the Western Conference in order to see the Cavaliers again this season.
Everywhere from the Las Vegas sportsbooks to ESPN's Basketball Power Index to even LeBron James' framing of the 2017 NBA Finals has the Cleveland Cavaliers as heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors.
But Kevin Love doesn't buy it.
"The whole underdog thing is funny to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title," Love said Saturday after the Cavs' first practice in preparation for the Warriors since clinching a spot in the Finals.
Boston’s starting backcourt came up big, and Gerald Green added some much needed offense off the bench.
The last time Isaiah Thomas played the Grizzlies, he dropped a career high 44 points. He didn’t quite match that, but he still kept up his “Eastern Conference Player of the Week” form. He extended his 20-points-in-a-game streak to 16, the longest in the NBA this season. He wasn’t alone though, as Avery Bradley (23 points) and Gerald Green (19) posted some nice scoring numbers as well.
The Boston Celtics announced Wednesday that they have signed free-agent guard/forward Gerald Green, re-signed center Tyler Zeller and signed 2016 NBA Draft picks forward Jaylen Brown, guard Demetrius Jackson and forward Ben Bentil.
Good teamwork gets the Celtics the win in Miami despite a shaky second half
Due to injuries, the Celtics’ starting lineup has seen limited time together on the court this season, but when they have played together it has been pretty impressive. This game against the Heat saw the starters impress yet again as, despite some setbacks in the second half, the healthier Celtics were able to overcome their opponents handily.
Even though they were visiting the Heat’s hometown it was the Celtics that were on fire. Finally able to roll out virtually a full roster (minus Gerald Green, who was out with a hamstring injury) the Celtics looked a lot more like the force that they were expected to be this season.
The luck of the Irish overcame the dark magic of the Wizards in this must-win matchup between two of the best teams in the East.
In a must-win matchup that was both a possible playoff preview and a battle for the second-seed in the East the home crowd was rippling with anticipation as the rivalrous showdown began. Both teams started with intense energy on both ends of the floor, challenging each other on every possession. The result was a closely contested quarter where each side struggled to gain advantage.
Big lead, lose lead, win in overtime.
Playing the second half of a back-to-back and their fourth game in five nights, the last thing the Celtics needed was overtime with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Of course, that’s exactly what they got.
Boston took the No. 1 seed, and now they can prove they’re worth it.
The Boston Celtics are somehow the No. 1 seed, and the Chicago Bulls are somehow in the playoffs. Neither seemed likely a couple weeks ago, but here we are, with both teams earning a chance to face off against each other.
The Celtics are considering trading down in the loaded draft class
The Boston Celtics are in serious talks to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe. The 76ers own the No. 3 overall pick in the draft.
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