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NBA 6 hours ago

Shootaround (May 24) -- Kyrie Irving showcases his star power in Game 4 win

Irving shows he's ready for spotlight with Game 4 performance -- One need only remember Kyrie Irving's championship-clinching 3-pointer in Game 7 of The 2016 Finals to know he's no stranger to big performance on a big stage. Irving showed that mettle once again last night, as the Cleveland Cavaliers climbed from a halftime deficit and some LeBron James foul trouble to top the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the East finals. As Shams Charania of The Vertical reports, Irving has gone from a sidekick to a superstar in a very short window of time:
Plain Dealer 14 hours ago

Cavaliers expect Kyrie Irving will play in Game 5, but his left ankle will be sore

The Cavaliers expect Kyrie Irving will be OK to play in Game 5 against Boston, but he rolled his left ankle and it will be sore.
Plain Dealer 17 hours ago
Kyrie Irving scores 21 points in third quarter, shakes off a twisted ankle in Game 4

Kyrie Irving scores 21 points in third quarter, shakes off a twisted ankle in Game 4

Kyrie Irving erupted for 21 points in the third quarter to give the Cavaliers a seven-point lead in Game 4.
Plain Dealer 16 hours ago
Kyrie Irving's career night has Cavaliers on Finals doorstep with 112-99 win in Game 4 over Celtics

Kyrie Irving's career night has Cavaliers on Finals doorstep with 112-99 win in Game 4 over Celtics

Kyrie Irving set a career playoff high with 42 points and Cavs can reach Finals with one more win.
Plain Dealer 16 hours ago

Kyrie Irving's mental, physical toughness on display in Cavaliers' Game 4 win

The Cavaliers looked to be in a bad spot and the frustration was building with every possession. Then came that toughness Lue demanded -- in the form of a 6-foot-3 All-Star point guard.
Sports Illustrated 15 hours ago

Kyrie Irving's Game 4 Heroics Showcases His Value To Cavaliers

With LeBron James playing most of Game 4 in foul trouble, the Cavaliers received a much needed boost from Kyrie Irving who scored a playoff career high 42 points to down the Celtics.
The Republican 10 hours ago
Kyrie Irving, LeBron James too much for Boston Celtics in Game 4

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James too much for Boston Celtics in Game 4

The Boston Celtics played a mighty first half Tuesday night, but still fell victim to Kyrie Irving and LeBron James in Game 4 of the NBA playoffs Eastern Conference Finals.
The Republican 15 hours ago
Kyrie Irving thinks body could hate him later, but stayed in Game 4 to carry Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving thinks body could hate him later, but stayed in Game 4 to carry Cleveland Cavaliers

A rolled ankle did not push Kyrie Irving out of a powerful rhythm Tuesday night, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star believes his body could hate him once his adrenaline subsides.
WKYC 12 hours ago
Kyrie Irving shines in Cleveland...

Kyrie Irving shines in Cleveland...

Veteran point guard Kyrie Irving shined for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 112-99 comeback win over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night.        
The Republican 16 hours ago
Al Horford, Boston Celtics not enough against Kyrie Irving, LeBron James in 112-99 Game 4 loss

Al Horford, Boston Celtics not enough against Kyrie Irving, LeBron James in 112-99 Game 4 loss

CLEVELAND -- The Boston Celtics forced the Cleveland Cavaliers to summon greatness Tuesday night. But the Cavaliers can and did. Kyrie Irving and LeBron James should take long, deep bows. When the Celtics arrived in Cleveland, the world thought they would get dispatched, dominated,...
News-Herald 15 hours ago
Irving's playoff career-high 42 lifts Cleveland Cavaliers in comeback victory over Boston Celtics

Irving's playoff career-high 42 lifts Cleveland Cavaliers in comeback victory over Boston Celtics

Kyrie Irving was at his explosive best May 23 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.Irving scored a playoff career-high 42 points as the Cavaliers came from behind to beat the Celtics, 112-99, at Quicken Loans Arena.Photo gallery >>
Plain Dealer May 22, 2017
Kyrie Irving could wear these Nike shoes during the NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving could wear these Nike shoes during the NBA Finals

Nike is getting ready to release the Kyrie 3 "Obsidian."
Plain Dealer May 21, 2017
Kyrie Irving dishes to Tristan Thompson for an alley-oop dunk against Boston in Game 3

Kyrie Irving dishes to Tristan Thompson for an alley-oop dunk against Boston in Game 3

Kyrie Irving delivered an alley-oop pass to Tristan Thompson against Boston in Game 3.
CSN Bay Area 15 hours ago

Irving fuels Game 4 comeback, Cavs take 3-1 lead over Celtics

A huge second half from Kyrie Irving and a big night from LeBron James helped the Cavs move to within one win of a rematch with the Warriors.
Sun Herald 16 hours ago

Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third …
Chicago Tribune 16 hours ago

Kyre Irving's 42, LeBron James' 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4

Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern...
Orange County Register 16 hours ago
Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavaliers past Celtics in Game 4

Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavaliers past Celtics in Game 4

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics, 112-99, on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the […]
Plain Dealer 16 hours ago
Kyrie Irving gives the Celtics more than they can handle -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin

Kyrie Irving gives the Celtics more than they can handle -- Bud Shaw's Sports Spin

Kyrie Irving took the pressure off LeBron James and off the Cavaliers with an incredible peformance in leading the Cavs with 42 points in Game 4 Tuesday night.
Boston Herald 15 hours ago
Kyrie Irving picks up the Cavaliers with 42-point performance

Kyrie Irving picks up the Cavaliers with 42-point performance

CLEVELAND — The packed house at Quicken Loans Arena could feel the tidal wave last night long before actually seeing it.By the time Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals was over, the other Cleveland All-Star led the Cavaliers to a 112-99 win against the Celtics and a 3-1 lead in the series.The night, and maybe what turned the series back to the Cavaliers, was all on Kyrie Irving.Fittingly, Irving’s driving layup with 38.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter closed out the scoring. He finished with a postseason-high 42 points on 15-of-22 shooting in 41 minutes.LeBron James had 34...
Boston Herald 15 hours ago
Celtics lose to Cavaliers, fall into 3-1 hole

Celtics lose to Cavaliers, fall into 3-1 hole

CLEVELAND — Brad Stevens was talking about his team’s Game 3 shooting yesterday when he said, “The only time you don’t believe in the law of averages is when your team is hot.”So the Celtics came out hot — again — led for the majority of the first three quarters. Then they discovered that in the Eastern Conference, the law of averages is generally dictated by LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.The Celtics, despite their second straight game of scaring the Cavaliers on their home floor, saw Irving explode for a career playoff-high 42 points in last night’s 112-99 Game 4...
Fear The Sword 16 hours ago
Final Score: Kyrie Irving leads Cavaliers to 112-99 win vs. Celtics

Final Score: Kyrie Irving leads Cavaliers to 112-99 win vs. Celtics

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. The sloppiness from the second half of Game 3 carried over to the first quarter. The Cavs seemed to still be asleep while the Boston Celtics played with far more desperation. They moved the ball well and the Cavs simply did not rotate quickly enough....
Fear The Sword 15 hours ago
Kyrie Irving is as comfortable as ever, and it has the Cavs on the brink of the NBA Finals

Kyrie Irving is as comfortable as ever, and it has the Cavs on the brink of the NBA Finals

With LeBron James in foul trouble, Kyrie Irving played like a superstar Kyrie Irving is probably going to wake up and feel quite a bit of pain in the morning. In the midst of a flurry of drives, acrobatic lay-ups, and disrespectful three point field goals, Irving twisted his ankle. He’s had serious injuries in the past, and he’s had close calls. He rolled around in obvious discomfort before popping up, pumping his chest, and barking at the crowd to match his intensity. It was an impressive and loud Quicken Loans Arena, but no one was matching Irving on this night. “I’m pretty...
Fear The Sword 4 hours ago
With the Cavaliers’ season hanging in the balance, Kyrie Irving delivered

With the Cavaliers’ season hanging in the balance, Kyrie Irving delivered

Despite doubts about whether he can carry a team, the young guard is putting together quite a list of playoff performances. Let’s imagine a nightmare: The Cavs, winners of 10 straight playoff games, are rolling toward the NBA Finals again. They look like they might defend their title. But then they unexpectedly lose a game at home, and the Eastern Conference Finals are now 2-1. No big deal, it’s just one game. Except suddenly the Celtics are winning Game 4 by double digits. And LeBron is in foul trouble. Not just run-of-the-mill foul trouble; more like...
CelticsBlog 3 hours ago
Poetry in Motion: Inside Kyrie Irving and Lebron James dismantling the Celtics at their best

Poetry in Motion: Inside Kyrie Irving and Lebron James dismantling the Celtics at their best

Kyrie Irving and Lebron James each had 24 points in the second half as they dismantled the Boston Celtics and pushed them to the brink. CelticsBlog spoke with the stars on both sides to dive into how they made their magic happen. CLEVELAND – There was a daunting déjà vu for Kyrie Irving late in the third quarter of Game 4. He was writhing in the ground in pain after stepping on Terry Rozier’s foot going up for a layup, which he hit of course. Down on the sideline, wondering if this was the end of his night, he thought back to the many times he had been there before. Spraining his...
Fear The Sword 1 hour ago
LeBron James lauds Kyrie Irving for his epic Game 4 performance

LeBron James lauds Kyrie Irving for his epic Game 4 performance

“He was born for these moments.” In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Kyrie Irving had a performance for the ages that has put the Cleveland Cavaliers on the brink of their third straight Finals appearance. He put on an exhibition of offensive excellence against the Boston Celtics, scoring a playoff career-high 42 points, 21 of which came in the third quarter (a Cavs franchise record). A performance like this was necessary for the Cavs in this game, as the Celtics thoroughly outplayed the Cavs in the first half, and when LeBron picked up his fourth foul midway through the second...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago
LeBron and Kyrie dominate in Cavs Game 4 Win 112-99

LeBron and Kyrie dominate in Cavs Game 4 Win 112-99

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving held down the Q with a dominant second half, combining for 76 points as the Cavs won Game 4 112-99 and head back to Boston for a chance to head to the NBA Finals. CLEVELAND – There was a quiet furor to LeBron James ahead of Game 4. He stampeded onto the court in warmups, knocked down his shots, and ran back to the locker room. His aggressiveness hurt him early as he committed four fouls in a half for the first time in his career. But after Kyrie Irving’s incredible 21-point third quarter, LeBron closed it out with a perfect fourth quarter to secure a...
Fear The Sword May 23, 2017
Podcast: Cavs-Celtics Game 4 preview

Podcast: Cavs-Celtics Game 4 preview

Will Tuesday’s game play out better than Sunday’s? Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) is joined by FTS’ David Zavac to talk about Game 4, lessons learned from Game 3, if the Cavs’ Game 3 performance says anything about Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and more. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher. And as always, you can listen or download any episode on the podcast’s AudioBoom page....
Fear The Sword 8 hours ago
Podcast: Kyrie carries the Cavs to a Game 4 win

Podcast: Kyrie carries the Cavs to a Game 4 win

Conrad Kaczmarek is today’s guest. Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) is joined by former Fear the Sword site manager Conrad Kaczmarek to recap the Cavs’ Game 4 win, Kyrie Irving’s big night, the bad first half and more. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher. And as always, you can listen or download any episode on the podcast’s AudioBoom page. If you like the podcast, please rate...
Fear The Sword 7 hours ago
Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs got the Kyrie they need in Game 4

Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs got the Kyrie they need in Game 4

That and more in today’s round-up of Cavs news. Here's today's Fear the Newsletter, where we will always try to set you up like Kyrie passing to LeBron off the glass. TALK TO ME: Kyrie Irving came alive in last night's Game 4 and carried the Cavs to a 112-99 win. Cleveland now leads the series 3-1. LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs are off today and will travel to Boston ahead of tomorrow's Game 5. ALL DUE RESPECT: The Warriors, having swept the Spurs, are off until the Finals start June 1. In the coming days, we'll pass along interesting stories about Golden State in his section. JOB WELL DONE:...
Akron Beacon Journal 1 hour ago

Marla Ridenour: Kyrie Irving’s special night previews the passing of the Cavaliers’ torch from LeBron James

CLEVELAND: The passing of the torch was so palpable that the hair on your arms might have been standing up.Kyrie Irving sounded as if he felt it, too, felt charged with the responsibility of carrying the Cavaliers like LeBron James has done on so many nights before.The burden could be overwhelming, especially for a 25-year-old in his sixth professional season. The mantle always seemed to fit James’ broad shoulders, the pressure never too much for James’ superior basketball mind.But when their now-three-year partnership began in 2014, Irving wasn’t yet mature enough, wasn’t...
Boston Herald 15 hours ago
Buckley: LeBron James shows Game 3 stinker was a fluke

Buckley: LeBron James shows Game 3 stinker was a fluke

CLEVELAND — You’d think it would be Celtics fans’ worst nightmare: A rejuvenated, revenge-minded LeBron James picks himself up from the canvas, shakes off the leftover rust from Game 3 and scores 50 points in Game 4.But what happened last night at Quicken Loans Arena was just as bad, perhaps even worse. Oh, LeBron was just fine, scoring 34 points in Cleveland’s 112-99 victory against the Celtics, but it was Kyrie Irving’s 42 points that reminded everyone the Cavaliers aren’t just The King and His Court.So maybe that’s what’ll get the big national play today: When LeBron picked...
CSN Philly 16 hours ago

NBA Playoffs: Kyrie Irving's 42 points spark Cavs' comeback win over Celtics

Kyrie Irving caught fire in the second half as he scored a playoff-best 42 points in the Cavs' 112-99 Game 4 win over the Celtics.
Boston Herald May 22, 2017
Buckley: It’s not Boston, but Cavaliers, Indians give Cleveland fans reason to be proud

Buckley: It’s not Boston, but Cavaliers, Indians give Cleveland fans reason to be proud

CLEVELAND — The place to see and be seen yesterday afternoon in downtown Cleveland was the patch of paved real estate that separates Quicken Loans Arena from the outside of the left field bleachers at Progressive Field.It was a very happy place.“Cavs Fan Fest” is what they call it, and it was absolutely festive for the hundreds of celebratory Cleveland Cavaliers fans who turned out to listen to the rock bands, have a brew and a burger, and maybe channel their inner Kyrie Irving and fire some shots at the portable backboards that were set up in front of the stage.“Defend The Land” is...
Sports Illustrated 17 hours ago

Watch: Kyrie Irving scores 21 points in third quarter vs. Celtics, ties Cavs record

Kyrie Irving caught fire in the third quarter of Game 4.
Plain Dealer May 22, 2017
Locker rom talk: Cavs players after Game 3 loss to the Celtics (videos)

Locker rom talk: Cavs players after Game 3 loss to the Celtics (videos)

Watch the videos to see what Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had to say in the locker room after the Game 3 loss.
Akron Beacon Journal 16 hours ago
Cavaliers 112, Celtics 99: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James combine to score 76 points in Game 4 as Cavs take a 3-1 in lead Eastern Conference finals

Cavaliers 112, Celtics 99: Kyrie Irving, LeBron James combine to score 76 points in Game 4 as Cavs take a 3-1 in lead Eastern Conference finals

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers needed a scorer or two to step up Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals to overcome a double-digit deficit against the Boston Celtics.Enter Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who drove past and shot over the men dressed in green to lead the Cavaliers to a 112-99 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.Irving totaled 42 points and four assists, and James added 34 points and six assists to give the Cavs a 3-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series that shifts to Boston for Game 5 on Thursday.The Cavs and Celtics played role reversal in Game 4 before a sellout crowd...
The Republican 13 hours ago

2017 NBA Playoffs, Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 10 takeaways as Celtics drop Game 4

Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday. Here are 10 takeaways.

Cavs 112, Celtics 99: Marla's 37 shots from Beyond the Arc on passing the torch, LeBron's fouls

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 112-99 Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Leading 3-1, the Cavs can close out the series Thursday night in TD Garden. 1. Michael Beaven will have more on Kyrie Irving’s playoff career-high 42-point night, so I’ll keep this part short. Irving scored 36 points after LeBron James picked up his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the second quarter. Irving poured in 33 points in a span of 17:11, from 5:11 in the second period through the end of the third quarter. 2....

Cavaliers: LeBron James calls Kyrie Irving “special” after Game 4 win over Celtics

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving walked out of the Cavaliers locker room on Tuesday night and saw several folks waiting to greet him in the hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena. Among the smiling faces was Cavs general manager David Griffin, who gave Irving a big hug after a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game of the Eastern Conference finals. The triumph gave the defending NBA champion Cavs a 3-1 lead in the series, which shifts to Boston on Thursday in what could be a closeout game. Irving emerged as the Cavs go-to-player on Tuesday when LeBron James picked up his fourth foul in the...
Plain Dealer 10 hours ago

'Kyrie came out and balled' - the Celtics didn't know what to do: Doug Lesmerises

Kyrie Irving scored 42 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to lead the Cavaliers to victory. Honestly, as the Celtics explained, there probably wasn't much Boston could have done about it.
Boston Herald 7 hours ago
Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics

Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet.The pain couldnt stop him. The Celtics couldnt either.Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.With James in foul trouble, Irving was forced to do more than ever and he delivered, scoring 19 in less than...
News-Herald 2 hours ago

Video: Kyrie Irving dominates in Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 4 win

Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat Boston 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Hoops Hype May 22, 2017
Celtics at Cavaliers: Best pictures of Game 3

Celtics at Cavaliers: Best pictures of Game 3

May 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; General view as Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is introduced prior to the game against Boston Celtics in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports May 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) and Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) go for loose ball during the first quarter in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA...
Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 (May 23, 2017)

Irving's 42, LeBron's 34 pushes Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 (May 23, 2017)

CLEVELAND (AP) Kyrie Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat the Boston Celtics 112-99 on Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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