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Cavs' Kyrie Irving a light participant in practice; Tristan Thompson 'ready to bang'

Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving did not fully participate in practice Tuesday before the team flew to Atlanta, but coach David Blatt was upbeat about Irving going into Wednesday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks. Kyrie had another light, but good day, Blatt said. Hopefully, he wakes up tomorrow feeling great. That was a reference to how Irving said he felt before Game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls. Battling left knee tendinitis and a right foot injury, Irving responded that night with 25 points in 39 minutes of the Cavs'...

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Kyrie Irving declares he'll play in Game 1 against Atlanta Hawks

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving removed any doubt about his availability for Wednesday’s opening game of the Eastern Conference finals. ”I’m going to go,” he said. Irving participated in practice Monday and coach David Blatt said he was encouraged by the progress Irving has made just a few days removed from the series victory against the Chicago Bulls. “It’s just good to see that he’s making some progress,” Blatt said. “He’s not there 100 percent yet, but he’s making progress and that’s a very good sign. I’m hopeful.” Irving is battling injuries to his left knee...

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Kyrie Irving misses practice as Cavaliers still feeling pain of Bulls series

INDEPENDENCE: Two days after their closeout Game 6 road victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Cavaliers were still feeling the physical ramifications of the battle that sent the franchise to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2009.All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was held out of practice Saturday after re-aggravating his left knee injury. Tristan Thompson participated despite a scary fall that left him with an ice bag on his shoulder. LeBron James gave no details about a back issue that failed to sideline him.Asked to assess the team’s health, James didn’t gloss it...

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Kyrie Irving held out of practice; Cavs 'hope' he can play vs. Atlanta Hawks Wednesday

Cavs' All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was held out of practice Saturday after reaggravating a left knee injury in Thursday's closeout Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls. An MRI on Monday revealed tendinitis in Irving's knee. Irving has also been battling a right foot strain suffered in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Boston Celtics. Cavs coach David Blatt said Irving saw the doctors again Friday. Blatt couldn't give a definitive assessment of Irving's status for Wednesday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks in Atlanta, but said the Cavs hope he can...

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Cavs 94, Bulls 73; Jason Lloyd's 23 final thoughts on advancing to conference finals

CHICAGO: Twenty-three thoughts for 23 shots from No. 23 in a 94-73 Game 6 win and semifinals series victory against the Chicago Bulls… 1. In the weeks leading up to February’s trade deadline, as they made calls and mulled deals from around the league, the Cavaliers kept coming back to one idea: Don’t be one injury away from postseason elimination. 2. It’s part of the reason why they tried so hard to upgrade the point guard position. Matthew Dellavedova struggled at various points during his second year in the NBA, and as the only point guard behind Kyrie Irving, it didn’t always...

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Kyrie Irving's injuries won't require off-season surgery, says 'this is the most I've done to prepare for one game in my career'

On Tuesday morning, hours before Game 5 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls was set to tip, Kyrie Irving woke up feeling really good and believed he was in store for a "great day." His feelings were accurate as he scored 25 points in the Game 5 win.

Akron Beacon Journal

Game 6 Pregame: Cavs at Bulls

  Time: 8 p.m.; Place: United Center TV: ESPN Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish) Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, Kevin Love (shoulder) out; Bulls - Pau Gasol (hamstring) probable. Officials: Danny Crawford, Marc Davis, Sean Wright (alternate: David Guthrie) Series: Cavs lead 3-2   Cavs probables   Name Ht/Wt Pts Rebs Asts PG Kyrie Irving 6-3,...

San Francisco Chronicle

Warriors: Even at No. 30, good shooters await in the draft

Because the Warriors are expected to match any offer sheet signed by power forward Draymond Green this summer, they won’t have many needs in the draft. Whichever injury was of more concern, Bogut played through the pain and had his best game of the series to that point with nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots as the Grizzlies shot 37.5 percent from the floor and 22.2 percent from three-point range. Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry would be among the front-runners for the Chicago head-coaching job, if the Bulls decide to part ways with Tom...

News-Herald

John Kampf: Kyrie Irving rises above injuries to lift Cavs

Two nagging injuries have kept Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving from being his best this series against the Bulls.But whereas a sprained right foot and tendinitis in his left knee hindered him, Irving found something to fall back upon.His heart.Fighting through the pain of two nagging injuries, the third-year guard out of Duke scored 25 points, helping to lead the Cavaliers to a 106-101 win over the visiting Bulls in front of a raucous capacity crowd in Quicken Loans Arena on May 12.

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Cleveland Cavaliers-Chicago Bulls: The Q rating

An inside look at the Cavaliers' 106-101 victory over Chicago in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena:Stars of the gameLeBron James finished with a game-high 38 points in nearly 41 minutes of pressure-packed play. Kyrie Irving, hobbled with knee and foot injuries, played through the pain to add 25 points.

Akron Beacon Journal

Marla Ridenour: Cavaliers’ walking wounded rise up and fly in Game 5 victory

CLEVELAND: With seven minutes remaining in the third quarter, LeBron James lay sprawled on the court watching as Kyrie Irving bolted downcourt on a fast break and slipped in a layup.Irving’s speed and explosion were shocking, something not even the most optimistic Cavaliers fan thought the ailing guard possessed.It was either an example of mind over matter or two days of magic treatments performed by the team’s training staff.With three starters hurt going into Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls, the Cavs’ injuries were perceived to be too pervasive, too crippling to their...

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LeBron James: 'We feel good about our chances in Game 5' despite injuries, errors

LeBron James' ankle is 'OK,' Kyrie Irving's leg injuries continue to mount, and yet the Cavs find themselves back in good position against the Bulls.

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers notebook: Enduring injuries, Kyrie Irving looking to make changes in game

INDEPENDENCE: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said Monday that were it the regular season, his current injuries — right foot and tendonitis in his left knee — would have taken him out of the lineup four games ago.Irving said he first injured his foot in the second game of the series against the Boston Celtics something clearly hasn’t been right throughout the series against the Chicago Bulls. Irving’s postseason numbers aren’t far off from his regular season stats. But in the past two games, Irving’s numbers have suffered as the injuries grew more noticeable. He has scored 12...

Akron Beacon Journal

Game 4 Pregame: Cavs at Bulls

Time: 3:30 p.m.; Place: United Center TV: ABC Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish) Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, Kevin Love (shoulder) out; Bulls - Pau Gasol (hamstring) out. Officials: Scott Foster, Jason Phillips, Tom Washington (alternate: Courtney Kirkland) Series: Bulls lead 2-1   Cavs probables   Name Ht/Wt Pts Rebs Asts PG Kyrie Irving 6-3,...

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Final thoughts before Game 4, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls: Bill Livingston

Injuries. Upsets. Lombardi's Packers in shorts. The Cavs' bench. The hiss-able Joakim Noah. And other stuff.

Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James’ shot at buzzer gives hurting Cavs 86-84 win over Bulls, evens series 2-2

CHICAGO: LeBron James answered Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers are somehow still very much alive in this Eastern Conference playoff race.James’ shot from the corner at the buzzer lifted the Cavs to an 86-84 win over the Chicago Bulls, evening this semifinals series again at 2-2. James had 25 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists while playing on an ailing ankle, just another injury to add to the Cavs’ growing list. His buzzer beater answered Rose’s bank shot 3-pointer at the buzzer in Game 3.J.R. Smith came off the bench again and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, giving a...

Akron Beacon Journal

Game 3 Pregame: Cavs at Bulls

Time: 8 p.m.; Place: United Center TV: ESPN Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish) Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, Kevin Love (shoulder) out; Iman Shumpert (groin) questionable; Bulls - None. Officials: Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers, Eric Lewis (alternate: Courtney Kirkland) Series: Tied 1-1   Cavs probables   Name Ht/Wt Pts Rebs Asts PG Kyrie Irving 6-3,...

Bulls Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

Bulls Game Day: Shumpert will play for Cavs

Iman Shumpert returns from a groin injury. J.R. Smith is back from his suspension. And LeBron James remains really, really good.

Plain Dealer

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love makes first public appearance following surgery during Game 2 vs. Chicago Bulls

Kevin Love received a standing ovation in his first appearance at Quicken Loans Arena since undergoing shoulder surgery.

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert, Bulls’ Derrick Rose share common injury history

CLEVELAND: It’s only fitting that Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose are sharing a playoff court this week. Three years ago, separated only by a few hours and 1,380 miles, the two shared devastating knee injuries on the same day. First it was Rose tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee late in a playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers. A few hours later Shumpert suffered the same injury, to the same knee, during the third quarter of the New York Knicks’ loss to the Miami Heat. Both players have spent the past three years trying to rediscover their old form, and both have...

Akron Beacon Journal

Game 2 Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena TV: TNT Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish) Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out, Kevin Love (shoulder) out; J.R. Smith (suspension) out; Bulls - None. Officials: Monty McCutchen, James Capers, James Williams (alternate: David Guthrie) Series: Bulls lead 1-0   Cavs probables   Name Ht/Wt Pts Rebs Asts PG Kyrie Irving 6-3,...

Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James hints he'll be more aggressive entering Game 2 against the Bulls

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James acknowledged Tuesday he might have to be more aggressive in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls. With the Cavs’ Big Three down to only two following the injury to Kevin Love, James thought he was too passive at times during Monday’s 99-92 loss to the Bulls despite finishing with 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. “I think I may have to change my mindset a little bit obviously with Kev being out,” James said. “It’s something we all haven’t been accustomed to this year with him being out for an extensive period or another of the Big Three being out...

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers vs. Bulls: Game 1 first-quarter recap

The Bulls opened the game making 8-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, to build a 21-7 lead midway through the quarter. Mike Dunleavy scored 11 of the Bulls’ first 21 points and Derrick Rose scored six points. With Kevin Love out with an injury and J.R. Smith out because of a suspension, Cavaliers coach David Blatt inserted Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller into the starting lineup alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Timofey Mozgov.The Bulls’ starting five of Dunleavy, Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Paul Gasol looked solid with consistent passing on offense,...

News-Herald

Cavs fans still feeling the love

The same question was posed to Joanne Pinto and other fans May 4 before Game 1 of the Cavaliers-Chicago Bulls playoff series at Quicken Loans Arena.Can the Cavs prevail in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series minus the services of starting power forward Kevin Love?Love, part of the Cavs' "Big Three" along with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, is done for the season after suffering a shoulder injury in Game 4 of the first-round series against Boston.

Akron Beacon Journal

NBA Playoffs: Bulls lead Cavaliers 27-15 at end of first quarter in second round opener

CLEVELAND: The Chicago Bulls opened the game making 8-of-14 from the field including 5-of-6 from 3-point range to build a 21-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Mike Dunleavy scored 11 of the Bulls first 21 points and Derrick Rose scored six points.   With Kevin Love out due to injury and J.R. Smith out due to a suspension, Cavaliers coach David Blatt inserted Iman Shumpert and Mike Miller into the starting lineup alongside LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Timofey Mozgov. The Bulls starting five of Dunleavy, Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler and Paul Gasol looked solid with consistent...

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Game 1: Bulls at Cavs

GAME 1EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALSCHICAGO BULLS (0-0) at CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (0-0)Quicken Loans Arena7 p.m. MondayRadio: WTAM-AM 1100, WMMS-FM 100.7, La Mega-FM 97.7TV: TNT1. The Cavaliers will begin life without Kevin Love in tonight's nationally televised game. Love is out for the rest of the postseason after having shoulder surgery. They'll also be without starting shooting guard J.R. Smith, who has been suspended for the first two games of the series. Both will be missed greatly. 2. The Cavaliers listed Tristan Thompson with the probable starters in their game notes. He'll play the bulk...

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Lakers vs. Bulls: Kendall Marshall On Steve Nash Injury and Kaman's Performance

After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Chicago Bulls, Kendall Marshall reacts to Steve Nash leaving the game with an injury and Chris Kaman's season high performance. Join the Largest Lakers Fan Site in the World http://LakersNation.com | Follow http:/