The Cavaliers dominated in Game 1 in Boston.
It was always going to be an uphill battle for Boston in this series, and Game 1 confirmed that.
The Cavaliers absolutely wrecked the Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in a game that was never particularly close despite a big push from Boston to cut the lead to 17 points heading into the fourth quarter.
The Cavs made a season-high 20 three-pointers in the win.
Surprise, surprise: The Cleveland Cavaliers are hard to beat when they shoot well from behind the arc.
The Cavs are now 8-0 in the playoffs and will get more time off.
With a 109-102 road win Sunday in Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors, the Cleveland Cavaliers are onto the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Cavs, like they did in Game 3, came out cold in the first quarter. With 4:39 to play, Cleveland trailed 18-8 with the Toronto going on a 13-2 run.
In a complete team effort with standout offensive performances, the Cavs secured their place in the NBA Finals for the third straight year.
As it turns out, the regular season was largely meaningless. We end up where we thought we’d be. The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Like last year, both teams will enter the matchup healthy. Unlike last year, the Warriors have Kevin Durant.
J.R. Smith’s return did not go as planned.
Watching the Cleveland Cavaliers means confronting what you really think matters. Does energy matter? Does continuity matter? Does this particular game matter? Does anything in this world matter?
They should, all of them. The Cavs are a force of contradictions, one minute looking dominant and the next looking like they’ve never played together before. Before the game discussing energy, at some moments having none. Speaking of plans, playing without one.
Cleveland’s starters played well, but the bench fell apart.
While their starters were on the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers dominated. When they were off the court, not so much.
In a 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starters outplayed the Pacers and lead by double-digits for long stretches of the game. Lead by a 20 point performance from Dwyane Wade, 17 points from Jae Crowder and 15 points for Derrick Rose, Indiana was no much for Cleveland early.
A big night from Kyrie couldn’t save Cleveland.
Squint your eyes hard enough and you would have thought prime Moses Malone donned a Pelicans jersey for an evening. Or even Anthony Davis.
But on a night when Davis sat due to injury, the Cavs made Terrence Jones look like the best of both players. Jones tied his career-high with 36 points (13-18 from the field) and tacked on 11 rebounds in the Pelicans 124-122 victory over the Cavaliers.
Game 2 was never close and the series heads back to Cleveland the Cavs in control.
Somehow, Friday night’s Game 2 against the Boston Celtics was even easier for the Cleveland Cavaliers than their Game 1 win.
In a 130-86 win, the Cavs lead from their first field goal of the game — a Kyrie Irving floater 57 seconds into the game. In the first, Cleveland outscored Boston 32-18. In the second, with LeBron James back his normal place with the bench to start the period, the Cavs outscored the Celtics 40-13 to take a 72-31 lead at the half. James lead the Cavs with 22 first half points, Kevin Love added 18 points and Irving chipped in 14 points.
The Cavaliers held off several surges from the Bucks to get the win Monday.
The Cavaliers held off a pesky Bucks squad Monday night, as they captured a 102-95 win at home.
Just as they had all night, the Bucks hung around in the fourth quarter. After a Derrick Williams dunk set up by LeBron James, John Henson responded with a tough finish near the rim to make it 83-81. An Iman Shumpert triple from the corner made it 86-81, but once again Milwaukee closed the gap to one possession with another Henson bucket.
The Cavaliers hang on for a win against the lowly Bulls.
There may be new faces on the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, but their ability to play down to their competition has remained the same. The Cavs put in the minimum-required effort against the Chicago Bulls and came away with a 119-112 win.
Cavs unable to run with the Bulls in preseason tilt.
The Cleveland Cavaliers struggled in their first outing as a semi-complete lineup as they lost to the Chicago Bulls 108-94. While there were signs for optimism, it’s clear that this roster is still a work in progress as they prepare for the regular season.
For all the concern about the Cleveland Cavaliers heading into the playoffs, they start things off on the right foot as they sweep the Indiana Pacers with a 106-102 win in game four. While the series was often too close for comfort, this veteran team found a way to win and will be rewarded with some much needed rest.
Kyrie Irving saves the day as the Cavs take a 3-1 lead.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken a 3-1 lead over the Boston Celtics in a game that was much closer than the final score suggested. The toughness of the Celtics was once again on display, as the wine and gold had to overcome a ton of adversity to come away with the much needed win.
Kyrie was at his best Friday as the Cavs live to play another day.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ season isn’t over yet. And they have Kyrie Irving to thank.
Down 3-0 coming into Friday’s Game 3, the Cavs picked up their first win of the series behind a 40 point, seven rebound, four assist night from Irving. LeBron James chipped in a 31 point, 11 assist, 10 rebound performance — if one can simply chip in with a triple-double — and Kevin Love added 23 points and five rebounds. Kevin Durant lead the Warriors with 35 points.
The Phoenix Suns snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Utah Jazz, making interim coach Jay Triano 2-0 in Phoenix.
I predicted blood in this morning game preview, but had no idea whose blood would be spilled.
The Phoenix Suns improbably snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Jazz in impressive fashion, leading from start to finish.
The Phoenix Suns got a feel-good win over the Toronto Raptors while ALSO playing all of their rookies in the same game!
The Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors were both on the second game of a back-to-back. The Suns were more ready to play.
The Raptors just could not find the range and were down 14 points going into the 4th quarter before going on a big run - making their first 4 threes of the quarter - and even pulled within 5 points with 2:52 to play. They pulled to 5 points again within the final minute, going with four guards most of the 4th to get the Suns nervous.
The Warriors unleashed one of their best Strength in Numbers regular season games on the eve of the return of DeMarcus Cousins
The Golden State Warriors overcame a spirited effort from the New Orleans Pelicans to win 147-140. It was a dramatic win as the Warriors overcame 17-point deficits in both the first and second halves to storm back for the victory.
Despite 32 points by Durant and a near triple-double from Draymond, the Warriors were unable to closeout the Spurs due to a sloppy first half.
The San Antonio Spurs extended their season by defeating the Golden State Warriors 103-90 today and pushed this first-round series to a Game 5.
Despite the lopsided disparity in talent levels between these two teams, it was hardly expected for the Spurs to ever go quietly into the night.
The Warriors got a full team effort as they made quick work of the visitors from Memphis
The Golden State Warriors demolished the Memphis Grizzlies in Oracle Arena, 110-93. The champs came out and knocked out their opponents in the first half with a vicious opening volley, and the Grizz never recovered.
Strong individual efforts from Blake Griffin and Chris Paul helped the Clippers to their second win in as many nights down in New Orleans.
The Clippers were able to complete their longest road trip of the season in style by trouncing the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night by a score of 114-96. Blake Griffin shrugged off a slow start to finish with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists on 12/22 shooting from the floor.
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