Make Way for the Bad Guys

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So are the Cleveland Cavaliers the bad guys of the NBA now? It wasn’t enough to have LeBron James, the biggest baddest big bad in basketball. Now their play is defined by an undrafted Aussie who only stuck in the league because he never hesitated to dive into the muckiest of on-court muck? Now their

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Cavalier Film Room: Grounding the Hawks with Defense

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The final score rarely tells the entire story, but the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals due in large part to their late-game defensive effort and execution. In the final eight minutes of the game, they secured several key stops, any one of which not occurring could have flipped this game

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Is Delly really dirty?

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The hardest thing about being involved in high profile games like the playoffs is trying to look objectively at your team. In all honesty, I’m not usually trying to look at the Cavs in an objective fashion at all, except on the rare occasion when an issue arises. Now that there’s a controversy surrounding Cavaliers

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Cavs vs. Hawks Game 3: Behind the Box Score

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Atlanta Hawks – 111 Cleveland Cavaliers – 114 Cavs lead series 3-0 Box Score It’s so easy to be a cynic these days. We now have the ability to greet every asserted truth — no matter how slight or insignificant — with skepticism and have the means to support that skepticism. It’s never been easier

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Are You (Playoff) Experienced? Pt. 2

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A few weeks ago, I used 31 NBA postseasons worth of data to test the clichéd hypothesis that prior playoff experience is important to success in the NBA playoffs. I asked the questions, “Does playoff experience matter?,” “How much does it matter?,” “Is playoff experience the only thing that matters?” and, “While we’re at it, does anything really

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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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The gamble of acquiring J.R. Smith pays big for Cavaliers

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Me-first. Stat Seeker. Ball Hog. Off-court distraction. These were just some of the descriptions that J.R. Smith has been called in his career prior to arriving in Cleveland to join the Cavaliers. Many believed he was unable to contribute to a winning team because of his attitude and playing style. But the Cavaliers needed an upgrade

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Gettin’ Dat Pipe: Cavs vs. Hawk Game 1: Behind the Box Score

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Cleveland Cavaliers – 97 Atlanta Hawks – 89 Cavs lead series 1-0 Box Score Last year at this time, the Cleveland Cavaliers had just starred in the Annual NBA Spring Sideshow known as the Draft Lottery. The lottery is a celebration of irrelevance, a toast to impotence, and a party for the pitiful — and the Cavs were the guests

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Eastern Conference Finals: The Cavs Will Win If…

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After six years in banishment, the Cleveland Cavaliers have returned to the Eastern Conference Finals. A lot has changed since 2009: Then-President Barack Obama was trying to connect with the Twitter generation; Mad Men was receiving the praise of consumers; Taylor Swift was owning the Billboard charts; the Cleveland Browns were looking to improve upon a sub-.500 season;

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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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Deconstructing #DellySucks

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Scrappy. Feisty. Pesky. Energetic. In the NBA, a supposedly complimentary adjective sure can carry a lot of baggage with it, suggesting more about what a player lacks than what he actually has to offer. For Cleveland’s folk hero du jour Matthew Dellavedova, even a coming out party in the playoffs can wind up re-purposed as

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LeBron’s words ring true in Cavaliers playoff run

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1, 2, 3: Hard work … 4, 5, 6: Together! These were the words in the Nike preseason commercial featuring LeBron James, his Cavalier teammates, and the city of Cleveland. LeBron led a huddle consisting of the entire city, with thousands of voices echoing his powerful words. As luck (and timely advertising) would have it, this

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Together at Last: Eastern Conference Finals Preview

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For the fifth time in franchise history, and first since 2009, the second-seed Cleveland Cavaliers have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. There to greet them, as chalk may have it, is the top seed Atlanta Hawks, with little in the way of star power, but talons sharp and waiting. Both clubs stand four victories away

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Motors never stop in driving the Cavs into Eastern Conference Finals

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“Obviously we don’t get this win without 13 and 17 from this guy [pointing at Thompson] and 19 [pointing at Dellavedova] and just how in-tuned they were from the start,” declares LeBron James about the importance of Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova to the Cleveland Cavaliers in their Game 6 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

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Welcome to Dellyville: Cavs vs. Bulls Game 6 Behind the Box Score

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Cleveland Cavaliers 94 Chicago Bulls 73 Box Score Cavs win series, 4-2 There was no doubt that the Cavs were going to get all Chicago could give them in Game 6 at the United Center. The Bulls are a proud outfit, and they were playing perhaps their last game under head coach Tom Thibodeau. There

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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 Ky’s the Limit

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You’re toeing the free throw line, your right foot just ahead of your left. You receive the ball from the baseline official, harness it within in your left hand and take a deep, shoulder-raising breath. You let it out, then transition to ball from your left hand to your right, bouncing it three times before

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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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