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LeBron Makes History As Cavaliers Return To Finals Again

by Andrew Perna

May 26, 2017 1:16 AM

LeBron James will enter The Finals with 5,995 playoff points, eight more than Jordan and nearly 2,000 ahead of the closest active player (Tony Parker). Read more »

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LeBron Makes Good On Promise, Cavaliers Hand Celtics Historic Loss In Game 2

by Andrew Perna

May 20, 2017 3:14 AM

What's in store for Games 3 and 4 if the Cavaliers can play better? 140 points? More than 25 made threes? Can LeBron best Michael Jordan's 63, or is he playing too efficiently to take on that type of the scoring load? Read more »

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Celtics Run Off Home Floor By Cavs In Game 1

by Andrew Perna

May 18, 2017 3:03 AM

The lack of a rim protector was something the Celtics were able to get away with during the regular season and the early rounds, but was a badly exposed flaw by LeBron and the Cavs. Read more »

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Appreciating The NBA For More Than Its Champion-Crowning Exercise

by Colin McGowan

The inevitability of it is only a problem in the run-up to the actual event: Golden State and Cleveland are the two best teams in the league, which is what we want in a Finals, right? And they often draw exquisite basketball out of each other. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Cavaliers Vs. Raptors Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On Dwane Casey's difficult decision on when and how much to play Jonas Valanciunas and whether the Cavaliers should trap DeMar DeRozan instead of continuing their conservative approach on defense. Read more »
The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings (Post-Players Tribune Edition)

by Jonny Auping and Alex Siquig

Dion Waiters' piece made his omission from the playoffs hurt all the more by so eloquently reminding us of the alluring collision of man and myth and menace and Messiah. Dion has decisively won the war he thought he had won long ago. Read more »
Cavs As Doomed-Seeming Favorites Of The East

by Colin McGowan

We have always known the Cavs are sort of screwed up- or, put another way, that they're more excellent than optimized. Predicting their path is folly; they're defined by their inability to hew to any set course for long. Read more »
Tactical Quandaries: Cavaliers Vs. Pacers Series Preview

by Brett Koremenos

On the Cleveland's ability to take away the Pacers' transition game and how Indiana will attack Kevin Love in pick-and-rolls. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
Larry Sanders' Comeback On His Own Terms

by Colin McGowan

Building his life around basketball was hurting Larry Sanders. Like a lot of tall, springy dudes, he was recruited into the sport because of his natural gifts, not because he spent his adolescence dreaming of becoming David Robinson. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
How Masai Ujiri Approached The Deadline With LeBron In Mind

by Brett Koremenos

The reason the additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker have the potential to be so impactful are because they will give Toronto more options for combating the LeBron-related headaches that pop up not only game to game in playoff series, but possession to possession. Read more »
The Inglorious Reboot Of The Dion Waiters/JR Smith Power Rankings

by Alex Siquig and Jonny Auping

Dion Waiters and J.R. Smith chase their moments because sometimes they remind us all that they're good enough to catch them. And when they're not, well, that always seems to be worth documenting as well. Read more »
Eastern Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

While the Knicks, Bulls, Hawks and Heat could be either buyers or sellers, there are a number of teams in the East that will be aggressive at the deadline. Read more »
The Long-Term Gains Of Being In The LeBron Business

by Christopher Reina

The Cavaliers lost money last season and LeBron James has questioned their commitment to repeat. There's no way to discount how special it is to have LeBron on your team and there will be no regret for trying to win by all means necessary. Read more »
The Low-Stakes Gift Of The NBA Regular Season

by Colin McGowan

The Wizards played beautifully and very nearly beat the Cavs. They learned what they needed to learn about themselves. What they provided in the process was wonderful to watch and about as purely useful as sports get. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cavs Turn A Year Of Creative Moves Into Kyle Korver

by Keith P Smith

The Cavaliers turned Anderson Varejao and Matthew Dellavedova into Kyle Korver and, very likely, another player TBD, by using the Varejao TPE. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
Enduring The Holidays With The NBA's Best Rivalry

by Colin McGowan

There's the impenetrable small talk of the holidays and there's the pleasure of two great basketball teams pushing each other, a game-winning fadeaway jumper from the elbow as the clock ticks down, a tense bungled last-second out-of-bounds set. Read more »
DeMarcus Cousins As An Enormous, Looming Backup Plan

by Jonny Auping

If the Warriors, Cavaliers or Clippers begin to worry that their level of talent won't be enough to defeat their fellow contenders and are ready for something drastic, they are each uniquely in a position to trade for DeMarcus Cousins. Read more »