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Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James physically battered, not beaten in quest for NBA title

INDEPENDENCE: He knew this would be the biggest challenge of his career and it has been, but maybe for not the reasons LeBron James was intending. The Cavaliers enter Tuesday one victory away from an Eastern Conference championship and NBA Finals appearance regardless of the path taken.James knew he would be guiding a relatively young and inexperienced roster; what he wasn’t expecting were all the injuries. First to himself, then to his two All-Star running mates in Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. He lost Love almost immediately at the start of these playoffs and now he’s about to close out...

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NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavs lead 26-21 after first quarter

Cavs 26, Hawks 21 As both teams suffered from injuries, the first quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals felt like another feel-out effort as each teams started tentatively.  The Cavs played without point guard Kyrie Irving and it was clear as the quarter progressed that LeBron James felt the need to take on more of the scoring load with him and, of course, Kevin Love out.  Those 13 points came in various forms and the Hawks, dealing with an injured DeMarre Carroll, seemed to lag on defense.  The Cavs needed guys to step up in assorted ways and it could be argued that he...

Plain Dealer

LeBron James is "Superman" because he's still standing after nearly 43,000 career minutes

The durability of LeBron James is even more noticeable this season with all the injuries around him.

Rip City Project

Trail Blazers’ grueling usage of starters year-to-year has hurt

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau receives a lot of flack for playing his players way too many minutes, and deservedly so. Look at how his guys have broken down over the five years that he’s been with the Bulls. Players need rest to stay fresh, which is why saw LeBron James take two weeks off […] Trail Blazers’ grueling usage of starters year-to-year has hurt - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Plain Dealer

DeMarre Carroll's knee injury is a sprain; LeBron James: 'I hope he's able to come back'

Carroll's knee appeared to buckle as he was driving to the basket with about 5 minutes left in the 97-89 loss to the Cavaliers. Carroll couldn't put pressure on the leg as he was helped off the floor.

Plain Dealer

Paul Millsap "wouldn't mind" guarding LeBron James if DeMarre Carroll can't play

An April injury to Thabo Sefolosha looms even larger for the Atlanta Hawks now that DeMarre Carroll is hurting and someone has to defend LeBron James.

Plain Dealer

Why LeBron James said he played "bad basketball" despite dominant numbers in Cavaliers' Game 1 win over Atlanta

DeMarre Carroll's knee injury may prove devastating to the Atlanta Hawks, but the Cavaliers probably can't sustain the stagnant, isolation offense they ran Wednesday in Game 1.

San Francisco Chronicle

Cavaliers win, Hawks’ Carroll hurts knee

Cavaliers win, Hawks’ Carroll hurts knee LeBron James scored 31 points, and J.R. Smith added 28, including eight three-pointers, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. Making a tough night even worse for the Hawks, they sustained a potentially huge blow in the fourth quarter when DeMarre Carroll went out with a knee injury. Intent on bringing Cleveland its first NBA title, James sealed the victory with a soaring dunk in the final minute. Carroll, who had been the Hawks’ leading scorer in the...

Akron Beacon Journal

Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving says he’ll play in Game 1 against Hawks

INDEPENDENCE: Kyrie Irving worked overtime Monday, bouncing around the court during a shooting drill with LeBron James long after the formal portion of practice had ended.Irving is still fighting injuries to both his left knee and right foot, but he moved fluidly and without a limp. And most importantly, he declared himself ready for Wednesday’s opening game of the Eastern Conference finals at the Atlanta Hawks.“I’m going to go,” he said.Irving’s availability was never really in doubt, although Cavaliers coach David Blatt cast a temporary shadow when he said he was hopeful Irving...

Akron Beacon Journal

Marla Ridenour: LeBron James’ Game 5 performance vs. Bulls one of his greatest all-around efforts

INDEPENDENCE: Short of a championship-delivering performance from LeBron James, it will always be Detroit.That’s the game Cavaliers fans use to define James’ greatness, the night when James didn’t seem mortal.In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pistons, James scored 48 points, including the Cavs’ last 25, in a 109-107 double-overtime victory that broke a 2-2 series tie. Lost in his scoring frenzy was a near triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists.On Tuesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls, James nearly...

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...

Plain Dealer

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

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

LeBron remains calm, confident despite deficit, Kyrie Irving’s foot injury

CHICAGO: They’re trailing in a crucial series with another road game ahead, one star is lost for the postseason and another is limping and LeBron James is struggling to make a shot right now. Yet the four-time Most Valuable Player isn’t wavering in his belief of what this Cavaliers team can accomplish.“I’ve still got really high hopes for this team,” James said Saturday at the team hotel. “I think what we have, we could still compete at a high level.”So much has gone wrong for the Cavs the past two weeks it would seem difficult not to be discouraged. From Kevin Love’s shoulder...

News-Herald

Bob Finnan's NBA notes: Kyrie Irving's foot injury crucial to Cleveland Cavaliers

It does no good reminiscing about Kevin Love's shoulder injury. As LeBron James said the other day, Love is done for the year and he's not coming back. He might not be ready for the start of training camp.But what's significant in the here and now is point guard Kyrie Irving's strained right foot.

Chronicle-Telegram

Headband means business: LeBron asserts himself in win

CLEVELAND — Maybe it was the headband. LeBron James broke out his trademark wardrobe piece for the first time in months Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, and he and the Cavaliers got much different results in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Bulls. With James playing a bigger role than he Read More...The post Headband means business: LeBron asserts himself in win appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your #1 source for Lorain County News.

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

Marla Ridenour: LeBron James must attack from the start for Cavs to survive loss of Kevin Love

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James might prefer to start the game like Magic Johnson.But since the Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to postseason-ending shoulder surgery, that is no longer an option. They need James in full beast mode from the opening tip.During the regular season and in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the four-time league MVP usually began as the facilitator. He went out of his way to involve his teammates while he got a feel for the opponent’s game plan.It seemed like a smart approach. James has been a proponent of the team concept since high school, but no one on...

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.

NBA

Butler Gets Best of James in Game 1 of Conference Semis

Jimmy Butler and Lebron James trade baskets throughout game 1 before Butler and the Bulls steal a road win. About the NBA: The NBA is the premier professional basketball league in the United States and Canada. The league is truly global, with games and

News-Herald

Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James' work load increases

When teams need him the most is when LeBron James is most dangerous.That's usually when he strikes like a python.The Cavaliers will be missing two starters in the Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.Kevin Love could be sidelined until the fall after having surgery on his left shoulder.

Plain Dealer

LeBron James used his wife's phone to call Chris Paul, congratulate him for beating San Antonio Spurs

LeBron James sort of broke his no-cell-phone rule to congratulate Chris Paul Saturday night.

NESN

Why Did Lebron James Ditch His Headband? The Secret Is Out

LeBron James has revealed the reasoning behind his decision to go headband-less. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava has the story. Produced by Andre Khatchaturian.

NESN

Stephen Curry Wins 2015 NBA MVP

NESN.com's Ashley Allen talks about the new MVP of the NBA and where former MVP LeBron James finished in the voting. Produced by Andrew Oak

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...

Chronicle-Telegram

LeBron James feeling restless as Cavs wait to find out next opponent; Kevin Love has surgery, will miss 4-6 months

INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers are in a holding pattern, and their captain doesn’t like being on autopilot. Four-time league MVP LeBron James is getting restless, and the Cavs, who finished their first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics on Sunday, aren’t even close to beginning their Eastern Conference semifinal series, as Game 1 won’t be until Read More...The post LeBron James feeling restless as Cavs wait to find out next opponent; Kevin Love has surgery, will miss 4-6 months appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright...

Akron Beacon Journal

Marla Ridenour: LeBron James’ heightened resolve isn’t yet evident, but it’s surely coming

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James’ heightened resolve is surely there, although it wasn’t yet evident.The Cavaliers star was somewhat detached Tuesday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. There was no defiance in his tone, no vows of a championship despite the loss of one of the team’s Big Three, no promises he can’t keep.And all of Akron knows how much James values a promise.In the previous 48 hours, James had learned Kevin Love is not expected to play again in the postseason after suffering a torn labrum and dislocated left shoulder at the hands of the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk on...

Plain Dealer

LeBron James is the "next man up": How the Cavaliers will move on without Kevin Love (video)

LeBron James was in a situation in 2012 similar to the one the Cavaliers are in now, when Chris Bosh suffered an abdominal injury and missed virtually all of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Plain Dealer

Four big reasons to still believe in the Cavs: James, Irving, Atlanta and Chicago -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reason to believe they can still come out of the Eastern Conference despite Kevin Love's dislocated shoulder. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are two of the reasons. The struggles of Chicago and Atlanta are the others -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs.