Kyrie Irving’s Extension — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 6

Kyrie Irving Contract Extension

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last

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Cavaliers Film Room: First Quarter Love

Craig Mitchelldyer/USA TODAY Sports

When we last met in the Cavalier Film Room, we talked about Kyrie Irving’s defense. This time, we’re finally going to get into some of David Blatt’s offense. I’m going to start with what has become pretty obvious: Kevin Love is a really good first quarter player. Not only is Love an excellent first quarter

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Cavs vs Hawks Behind the Box Score: Payback

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Atlanta Hawks (18-7) 127 Cleveland Cavaliers (14-10) 98 [Box Score] Click here to sign up for WFNY’s Cleveland Cavaliers email newsletter At the end of the first quarter, the Cleveland Cavaliers were leading the Atlanta Hawks by a 34-26 margin. In what was hoped to be a good matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s

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The Cavs Change Coaches…Again — WFNY’s Top 10 Cleveland Sports Stories of 2014: No. 8

David Blatt Cleveland Cavaliers

If you thought that 2013 was one crazy year in the world of Cleveland Sports, 2014 once again proved that there is rarely a dull moment. There were good times and bad, hirings and firings, wins and losses, homecomings and award winners. As the year comes to a close, like we have done the last

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The Cavs and Their Need to Improve Pick and Roll Defense

David Blatt Cleveland Cavaliers

The pick and roll is one of the most important elements of modern NBA offenses. Depending on who you talk to, the NBA has or has not been “a pick and roll league” over various stretches. But, like something as simple and commonplace as the play-action in football, it’s an elemental part of offense that

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Cavs vs Hornets Behind the Box Score: Back in Business

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Charlotte Hornets (6-18) 88 Cleveland Cavaliers (14-9) 97 [Box Score] Click here to sign up for WFNY’s Cleveland Cavaliers email newsletter Last season the Charlotte Bobcats were one of the NBA’s pleasant surprises. In the preseason last year there were a lot of hope that the Cavaliers would be the team to make the leap

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Behind the Box Score

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-8) 94 Oklahoma City Thunder (9-13) 103 Box Score Well, I’m an emotional wreck. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ narrow defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder was undoubtedly the most gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster of a Cavs game since at least 2010. As soon I post this, I’m going to go back

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Cavs vs Raptors Behind The Box Score: LeBron’s Three Highlights Comeback Win

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Cleveland Cavaliers (13-7) 105 Toronto Raptors (16-6) 101 [Box Score] Click here to sign up for WFNY’s Cleveland Cavaliers email newsletter. I was planning to write this recap about the Toronto Raptors. For 36 minutes of basketball, that’s what was in my head. I was going to write about how the Raptors are the best team

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In Defense of Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn

The Cleveland Cavaliers played against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. That means that they played against the trash talking, always maligning, Hall of Fame-bound and sadly declining Kevin Garnett. Cavalier supporters have seen a lot of Garnett over the years, most notably during the Boston-Cleveland Conflict of 2007-2010. This, of course, included the beautful

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Cavs vs Nets Behind the Box Score: The Streak is Real

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Cleveland Cavaliers (12-7) 110 Brooklyn Nets (8-11) 88 [Box Score] Click here to sign up for WFNY’s Cleveland Cavaliers email newsletter So far this season, the script for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been to jump out to a good start in the first quarter. Then, as the bench came in late in the first and

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Credit David Blatt for Kyrie Irving’s last-second basket

David Blatt Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving dazzled the national audience Thursday night with his 37 points and his scooped left-handed kiss off the glass to push the Cavs’ lead to three with just seconds ago. Irving’s performance was a coming out party, an exclamation point on what has been an elite start to the season, doing so in one of

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Cleveland Cavaliers Win First Game of Crucial Stretch

David Richard, USA TODAY Sports

Teams often have a span or two that come to mark decisive tide-turning points in the season. Fans can look back at those moments and recall, “Ahh, that’s when it all came together,” or, “Aww, that’s when it all went to hell.” These stretches of games usually become a virtually indistinguishable series of occurrences where

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Cavalier Film Room: Kyrie Irving’s Much-Improved Defense

Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers New York Knicks

When we last met in the Cavalier film room many moons ago, before the holidays, before I moved (again), etc., we talked about defending Pau Gasol in the post. This time, we’re going to focus on something I’ve spent many nights ridiculing: Kyrie Irving’s defense. This time, however, we discuss it on a much more

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Cavs vs Knicks Behind the Box Score: Even ugly wins count as wins

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Cleveland Cavaliers (10-7) 90 New York Knicks (4-16) 87 [Box Score] The New York Knicks are a mess. Just a really bad basketball team right now. They are the second worst team in the NBA this season. This could be the worst team in Knicks history if they don’t figure out what they’re doing. And

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It’s Miller Time! Bucks vs. Cavs Behind the Box Score

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Milwaukee Bucks (10-9) 108 Cleveland Cavaliers (9-7) 111 Box Score Cleveland Cavalier swingman Mike Miller was born in some place called Mitchell, South Dakota. I’ve never been to Mitchell, but I’ve no doubt it’s a lovely place. Mitchell is a distant three hundred miles away from NBA relevance,1 which was still much closer to relevance

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Splinters from the Bench: Analyzing what ails Cavs second squad

Chuck Crow/The Plain Dealer

It’s no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been getting virtually nothing from their bench through the first 15 games. But, just how bad is it? Is it worse than it appears on the surface? Is it a problem that can be fixed in-house or self-correct with time and familiarity? Is a mid-season upgrade necessary?

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Has Kyrie Irving finally taken that next step?

Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers

In the depths of section 201 sits a Cavs fan whom everyone knows. You’ve heard him if you’ve been inside of Quicken Loans Arena during a game. You’ve heard him if you’ve listened closely to your television. You’ve read tweets about him. You’ve wondered what the hell he could be thinking. He’s the guy who, when

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Cavs have pinpointed the problem, but can they fix it?

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

Is the recipe for victory, once reduced to its most integral grail ingredients, merely toughness and discipline? Several members of the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to feel so as they welcome the Washington Wizards into Quicken Loans Arena just five days after being soundly beaten in Washington, 91-78. “If you look at our season so far,

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Cavaliers vs Magic Behind the Box Score: Baby Steps

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

Orlando Magic 74 Cleveland Cavaliers 106 [Box Score] I know what a lot of people are thinking. What’s the big deal? The Cavaliers are a much better team than the Orlando Magic. They’re supposed to win a game like this. But man, the Cavaliers needed this one. We heard all offense about how effective this

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Spurs’ Rules: Cavs vs. Spurs Behind the Box Score

Cleveland Cavaliers Behind the Box Score.

San Antonio Spurs (7-4) 92 Cleveland Cavaliers (5-5) 90 Box Score On the eve of tonight’s showdown with the San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers star and prodigal son LeBron James spent some time gushing over the team that, other than maybe the Boston Celtics, has been the biggest foil of his career. The Spurs, the

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