2:45 PM EDT, Tue May 23, 2017
2 hours ago
How Isaiah Thomas’ injury slowed down the Cavs

How Isaiah Thomas’ injury slowed down the Cavs

With no Isaiah Thomas to key on in Game 3, the Cavs lost the intensity that had them playing their best basketball. When Tyronn Lue took over as the Cleveland Cavaliers head coach in January 2016, he immediately began talking about playing with pace and he hasn’t stopped since. After a Game 1 loss in the 2016 NBA Finals, Lue faced ridicule from the media, saying that he was playing right into the Golden State Warriors hands by pushing the pace. “Trying to speed up against the Warriors sounds a bit like challenging Secretariat to a footrace,” said Sean Deveney of Bleacher Report. Still...
3 hours ago
How to watch Game 4 of Cavs-Celtics

How to watch Game 4 of Cavs-Celtics

Will the Cavs rebound from a weird Game 3? It’s hard to imagine tonight’s Game 4 playing out like Game 3 did for the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s hard to see Marcus Smart turning into Steph Curry again. It’s hard to see the Cavs, if they get up by 21 points like they did in Game 3, blowing that lead over the span of a half. And it’s hard to see LeBron James playing as bad as he did in Game 3 again. In short: Boston deserves credit for their effort and for winning, but it’s hard to imagine the Cavs playing like that again. In all likelihood, Cleveland will roll in this game and...
6 hours ago
Cavaliers vs Celtics Game 4: Game preview, start time, and TV info

Cavaliers vs Celtics Game 4: Game preview, start time, and TV info

The Cavaliers look to respond after a stunning Game 3 loss. The Cavaliers have the Celtics on the brink of elimination and it appears that Game 4 is just a formalit- Wait, what? The Celtics won Game 3, you say? Well, then this got a lot more interesting. Who: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics - Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals When: Tuesday, 8:30 PM ET Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio Where to watch: TNT What to Watch for: My guess is that Marcus Smart won’t make seven threes again. My other guess is that the Cavaliers will be more than happy to let him shoot ten...
7 hours ago
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....
May 22, 2017
Why the Cavs’ Game 3 loss doesn’t matter

Why the Cavs’ Game 3 loss doesn’t matter

This is still not a series. The Cavaliers lost yesterday. It does not matter. The Celtics have not made this a series. There is no Ewing Theory in play here. The sky is not falling and you should not make sure you are available to watch a Game 6 on Saturday night because there will not be one. Last year, the Cavs dropped two games to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. All four of their wins in that series were of the blowout variety and the Raptors were only able to steal two games through a combination of unsustainable play from a key role player and Cavaliers apathy....
May 22, 2017
Podcast: Cavs-Celtics Game 3 recap

Podcast: Cavs-Celtics Game 3 recap

Well, that happened. 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 92.3 The Fan’s Alex Hooper to talk Game 3, what this actually means 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 and review it on iTunes, as it helps other listeners find the podcast. And...
May 22, 2017
3 things we learned from Celtics-Cavs game 3

3 things we learned from Celtics-Cavs game 3

The Cavs didn’t play that hard and lost as a result. This is probably my fault. I haven’t written about the Cavs in this space forever, and the one time I volunteer to take a bit for someone because of scheduling this happens. I am doom to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allow me to apologize. Many takes are currently being crafted. Most of them are not so great but that’s where we are. The Cavs ability to completely lose focus and forget how to play basketball has earned them that, BUT that’s the Cavs, this is part of the package. Now lets get to some learnings. LeBron James can be bad...
May 21, 2017
Final Score: Cavs shocked, fall to Celtics 111-108

Final Score: Cavs shocked, fall to Celtics 111-108

The Cavs looked like they were well on their way to another easy win, but the Isaiah Thomas-less Celtics came back and took it from them. The Cavaliers looked like they were well on their way to an easy win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Celtics came back from a 21-point third quarter deficit to win 111-108. Avery Bradley nailed the game winner with 0.1 seconds left. The Celtics, missing their leader and best player in Isaiah Thomas, scratched and clawed their way back in the game, and the Cavs just never got the momentum back in their favor. They made a huge run in the...
May 21, 2017
Photo: The Browns’ first round picks are at Game 3

Photo: The Browns’ first round picks are at Game 3

Some Cleveland love ahead of Cavs-Celtics. Sometimes at Cavs games, stars of the city’s other teams make an appearance. Browns corner Joe Haden, for instance, is a regular. Indians stars Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley are too. And recently, Browns second round pick DeShone Kizer attended a game and received a huge pop from the crowd. At Game 3, the Browns’ top three picks from this year’s draft - defensive end Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku - are all at a Cavs game for the first time. The squad's at The Q ready to #DefendTheLand...
May 21, 2017
How to watch Cavs-Celtics Game 3

How to watch Cavs-Celtics Game 3

The series heads to the The Land with Boston on the ropes down their best player. The Cleveland Cavaliers, up 2-0 on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, are back home at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday. The last time the Cavs played a home game? That was way back on May 3, a full 18 days ago. In that time, the Cavs have played a whopping four games. Expect a loud Q crowd Sunday. Game 3 should be more of the same for Cleveland. The Cavs have been dominant for almost every minute of the Eastern Conference Finals and it would be shocking to see that change Sunday. This feels even...
May 21, 2017
What Isaiah Thomas being out will mean for the Celtics

What Isaiah Thomas being out will mean for the Celtics

With the Eastern Conference Finals already out of hand, the Celtics learn they will be without their best player the rest of the way. Isaiah Thomas never returned to the court after halftime of last night’s Game 2 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas initially injured his hip back on March 15th and resulted in him sitting out two games. It is now being reported that he re-aggravated the injury in Game 6 of their second round match-up against the Washington Wizards. During the second quarter of Game 2 against the Cavs, Thomas became visibly hobbled, which we now have...
May 21, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 3 preview

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 3 preview

The Cavs come home up 2-0, looking to keep their foot on the throats of the Celtics This is one of the more difficult playoff pregame previews I’ve ever had to write. It’s not often that you see dominance to this degree from a team in the playoffs and even rarer to see it this late in the playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers are playing incredible basketball right now and are coming off a 130-86 road win. Now, the series shifts back to Quicken Loans Arena, where the Cavs look to clinch a playoff series win at home for the first time since the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals. There isn’t...
May 20, 2017
Podcast: Cavs-Celtics feels over

Podcast: Cavs-Celtics feels over

A weekend edition of Locked on Cavs covers what feels inevitable. Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) recaps Cavs-Celtics Game 2, looks at why the series feels like it’s over and reacts to Isaiah Thomas’ injury. 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 and review...
May 20, 2017
Adam Silver isn’t concerned about the Cavs and Warriors’ dominance

Adam Silver isn’t concerned about the Cavs and Warriors’ dominance

Silver, while wanting parity, says the basketball is “fantastic” to watch. There has been some talk about whether or not the dominance of the Cavaliers and Warriors over the rest of the league is a good thing. Those who say the dominance is a bad thing point to games being predictable and boring. Currently, both teams look to be well on their ways to sweeping all three of their respective series en route to a third straight NBA Finals showdown. On Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver shot down those concerns in an interview with ESPN’s Hannah Storm that also touched on team’s...
May 20, 2017
3 things we learned from Cavs-Celtics Game 2

3 things we learned from Cavs-Celtics Game 2

After the Cavaliers demolished the Celtics in back-to-back games, the series feels over before it even heads back to Cleveland. The Cleveland Cavaliers followed up their Game 1 beatdown performance against the Boston Celtics by going the extra mile and making sure the Celtics are so far gone that possibility for a comeback is dwindling every second. The Cavaliers set an NBA playoff record for the largest halftime lead when they were up 41 points. Yes, 72-31, the actual halftime score of a real NBA game, an Eastern Conference Finals game. The Cavaliers would go on to win 130-86 as the...