The Magnificent Seven: Game 2 Cavs vs. Hawks Behind The Box Score

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A split was what they needed, but the Cleveland Cavaliers doubled down on their work in Atlanta to take a 2-0 series lead against the Hawks. They did it with LeBron James leading the attack as always. Without Kyrie Irving, they connected on 12 three pointers, running away with it in the third quarter and

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Cavalier Film Room: The LeBron Squeeze

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The Cavaliers did their job on the trip to Atlanta in stealing homecourt away from the Hawks in Game 1. After boasting a 16-point lead with six and a half minutes remaining, the wine and gold had their lead trimmed to just four in the final minute. This was due to a mix of turnovers,

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Another Kyrie misstep, MLB’s ump bravado, and David Letterman: While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning, Blawg Pound! The Cavaliers are still kicking, and that’s really all that matters right now. But, we’ll try to talk about more than just the Cavs as we get started on this Thursday before the Memorial Day holiday. Let’s start with those Cavaliers, though. They didn’t waste any time in snatching homecourt away

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Cavaliers-Hawks Series Preview: The Second Defender and The Second Unit

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On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks will begin what will certainly be an ultra-competitive Eastern Conference Finals. After a first half of the season where the Hawks looked to be far and away the best team the Eastern Conference had to offer, the Cavaliers came storming back after their pair of deals

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Cavalier Film Room: LeBron James Posting for Mid-Range

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In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Cleveland Cavaliers took their first series lead, lead by LeBron James’ 38 points without a single turnover. After falling behind 8-0, James got going—and did not stop. Of his 38, 24 came in the first half as he worked to establish his game from the inside-out rather

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The one-two punch is back: Cavs vs. Bulls Game 5 Behind The Box Score

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Many accused the Cleveland Cavaliers of gaining a split through the first four games of this series largely with smoke and mirrors. It seems like everyone has been either out of the lineup or slowed due to injury. In Game 5, however, the 1-2 punch of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving returned to the wine and

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Cavalier Film Room: The 9-1-1

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Before LeBron James’ spectacular game-winner in Game 4, one that bailed him out and prevented multiple offensive fouls late in the game from haunting the Cavaliers, another fourth quarter force emerged. For the second straight game, J.R. Smith gave the Cavaliers a scoring lift in the final period, and without it, the Cavaliers likely would

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Cavalier Film Room: The Fault in Our Stars

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The Cavaliers, despite the struggles from their All-Stars in Game 3, had a great chance to steal homecourt back from the Bulls. Derrick Rose and his banked three at the buzzer made sure that did not happen. However, I feel that it’s a good sign that the wine and gold’s role players and defensive gameplan

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The Bank and The Burn: Cavs vs. Bulls Game 3 Behind The Box Score

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were off their offensive game in Game 3. With Kyrie Irving’s bad wheel and LeBron James battling turnover issues, not even J.R. Smith’s fourth quarter sharp-shooting could pull the Cavaliers through this game. In the end, Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose executed in the fourth quarter, and Rose’s long, banked three-pointer over

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The Biggest Game of the Year, Draft Ease, and Columbus Minutiae: While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning, Blawg Pound, on this glorious Thursday morning. The Cavs won, the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and my lower back pain is dissipating, which means that spring golf is hopefully in my not-too-distant future. I’m shorter on time and content than usual, so let’s jump right into it. Of course, we have

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Cavalier Film Room: Defending the Rose and Pau Pick and Roll

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“If you have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, you’re not shorthanded.” — Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau In Game 1, the Cleveland Cavaliers were missing a significant chunk of their offensive attack. However, it was ultimately their defensive strategy and execution that did them in, resulting in a seven-point home loss to the Chicago Bulls. Both Derrick

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The recipe for the new-look Cavs to beat the Bulls

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As difficult as the last week has been coping with the loss of Kevin Love and the suspension of J.R. Smith, the Cleveland Cavaliers still have a series against the Chicago Bulls to play. Despite the letdown and uncertainty caused by Love’s injury and Smith’s suspension, the Cavaliers are still favorites to win the series,

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Cavalier Film Room: Offense, Party of Two

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With the news that Kevin Love’s surgery will keep him out of the rest of the postseason, and the knowledge of J.R. Smith’s two-game suspension for going Street Fighter II on Jae Crowder, the Cleveland Cavaliers suddenly have lost 29.1 points out of their starting lineup for the first two games of the Eastern Conference

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Cavs sweep amid Love-less disaster: Cavs vs. Celtics Game 4 Behind the Box Score

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In their first playoff series in five years, the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged victorious, sweeping the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon in Boston by virtue of a 101-93 victory. However, to get that fourth win and punch their ticket to the East semifinals, they paid dearly. With the first quarter injury to Kevin Love as well

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Cavalier Film Room: The Tristan Papercuts

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(Editor’s Note: The video clips in this film room may take a moment to re-size in your browser until the entire article loads. If you are unable to see the video clips via mobile, you can click on the video area and open in a new tab.) During Game 3, Tristan Thompson continued to fill

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Big threes in Game 3: Cavs vs. Celtics Behind The Box Score

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The young Boston Celtics and their coach Brad Stevens truly do deserve some credit for pushing the Cavaliers to the brink. If it weren’t for some late three point heroics from Kevin Love and the scrappy play of Tristan Thompson, the Celtics might have punched their ticket back to Cleveland on Thursday night. But the

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Cavalier Film Room: The Boston Royal Double

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In Game 2, Boston coach Brad Stevens used a much different strategy than in Game 1 to defend the Cleveland Cavaliers, and particularly LeBron James. We’re going to continue our game-by-game series film breakdown with a snippet of what Stevens and the Celtics deployed early in the game and how James and the Cavs ultimately overcame

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Cleveland vs. Cleveland, city pride, and the first round: While We’re Waiting…

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Good morning, Blawg Pound! It’s Thursday, and the Cavaliers play Game 3 in Boston tonight. Other than that, everything else seems pretty small in the grand scheme of things. But, I’ll do my best not to just go full Cavs in this edition of the triple dub. Leading off (and hopping up on this soapbox

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Cavalier Film Room: Love in the post(season)

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Both the Cleveland Cavaliers and their power forward Kevin Love looked a little dicey in the first half of Game 1 on Sunday afternoon at The Q. The team with half of its rotation experiencing its first playoff minutes looked the part. Love, however, showed some drastic improvement to his approach in the post during the second

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Cavalier Film Room: Switch-happy on the screen

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As we get ready to kick off the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pursuit of the Larry O’Brien trophy on Sunday afternoon at The Q, I wanted to cover one last theme before the Cavs and Celtics tip-off. At times, the Cavaliers get a little excessive when it comes to switching on high ball screens involving a guard

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