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.
Boston gave no timetable for Hayward’s return after a ghastly ankle injury cut his Celtics debut short.
After a gruesome left leg injury left Gordon Hayward with a dislocated ankle and a fractured tibia, the Boston Celtics announced their All-Star forward will undergo surgery on Wednesday evening in Boston.
New-look Celtics clicked from the jump
The new-look Boston Celtics kicked off the preseason with a win over the Charlotte Hornets 94-82. Brad Stevens called on Aron Baynes and Jaylen Brown to join presumed mainstays Gordon Hayward, Al Horford and Kyrie Irving in the starting lineup. With Marcus Morris still away from the club while his trial continues, Boston went with a group that could be used against bigger lineups this year.
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 needs to clear cap space to sign Gordon Hayward to a max contract.
The Boston Celtics are finalizing a trade to send perimeter defender Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Celtics will also send a 2019 second-round pick in exchange for forward Marcus Morris, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
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.
Boston tops .500 for the first time this season with victory
You know something? The kids are alright. But the vets are even better. And the Boston Celtics needed every bit of them to avoid a second loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in just over a week, as they came away with a 96-89 victory.
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.
If the trade goes through, the 76ers will have the first pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Boston Celtics have reportedly agreed to trade the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Cavaliers reportedly asked for Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum, while Boston is hesitant to even give up a second-round pick.
It still seems like Kyrie Irving will be a Celtic and Isaiah Thomas will join the Cavaliers, but for now, trade talks have stalled. After Thomas underwent a physical for an injured hip, Cleveland is demanding more compensation and each side appears to have drawn a line in the sand.
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