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Eastern Conference Finals Preview

by Jonathan Tjarks

May 19, 2015 2:18 PM

Both teams want to spread the ball and shoot 3's, but the Hawks want to do it through pick-and-rolls, ball movement and execution in the halfcourt while the Cavs prefer to hold the ball, win 1-on-1 match-ups and draw double teams. Read more »

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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LeBron, Lue Play Heroes At Blatt's Expense

by Shams Charania

May 11, 2015 3:01 AM

David Blatt had apparently designed another play set, but he listened to LeBron James and agreed: Your ball, your shot. Your initiative, your execution. Read more »

Tags: LeBron James, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Derrick Rose Passes Critical Hurdle Against LeBron, Finding Perfect Co-Star In Jimmy Butler

by Shams Charania

May 9, 2015 6:13 AM

Derrick Rose's unrelenting, unafraid backcourt partner hounded LeBron James, drained clutch shots even as his legs felt heavy all night and served as the perfect two-way player next to a former most valuable player. Outside of Chicago, teams are preparing possible maximum-salary offer sheets for Butler. Read more »

Tags: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, LeBron James, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Cavs Prepare For Title Run As Celtics Prepare For Future

by Andrew Perna

The Celtics failed to win a game, but were competitive throughout and the Cavaliers didn't advance unscathed. Read more »
Cavaliers Use Talent To Outlast Celtics, Take 3-0 Lead

by Andrew Perna

For more than 45 minutes, the Celtics stood toe-to-toe with the Cavaliers. It was the final product of David Griffin's masterpiece against the byproduct of Danny Ainge's rebuild. Read more »
A Playoff Preview In Team Infographics

by Christopher Reina

Looking at the percentile rankings for every team in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs in the critical categories of offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, rebound percentage, assist percentage, three-point percentage and foul rate. Read more »
Coach's Corner: A Twist On Hero Ball, Trey Burke, Mozgov

by Brett Koremenos

End of game situations become easier for superstar shotmakers who play 'Hero Ball' when the offense cuts help defenders out of a driving gap. Read more »
Kobe Bryant's Golden Parachute

by Jonathan Tjarks

In a business where rain makers can choose where they want to work, it’s never a bad idea to cultivate a reputation as a place that takes care of its employees. The Lakers are still a family business and their perspective is more nuanced than most. Read more »
Last Dance For The King And The Mamba

by Graham Flashner

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James spent Thursday's game smiling and laughing, occasionally even guarding each other, as if Kobe’s Farewell Tour had already begun. Read more »
2014-15 NBA Season Tiers Preview

by Daniel Leroux

The Spurs, Clippers and Cavaliers enter the season as Tier One teams, while the Bulls, Raptors, Thunder, Warriors, Rockets and several other Western Conference teams are in that second tier. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Offseason Review

by Daniel Leroux

The Cavs, 76ers, Spurs, Nuggets, Hornets and Suns were amongst teams to have a great offseason, while the Thunder, Magic, Kings, Lakers, Pacers and Knicks had bad ones. Read more »
Internal Improvement Candidates: Central Division

by Jonathan Tjarks

Andre Drummond, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dion Waiters, Tony Snell and Solomon Hill are young players of the Central Division that can offer their teams improvement from within. Read more »
Breaking Down Protection Of 2015 NBA Draft Traded Picks

by Daniel Leroux

While the concept of tanking gets plenty of ink, the NBA has a more specific problem in that vicinity due to the rules concerning pick protection. We detail the potential issues that could rear their head this season, ranked in order of overall impact. Read more »
Kyrie Irving's Transformation Starts With Admission He Needs LeBron, Cavs' New Vets

by Shams Charania

He wasn’t a leader of men in his first three pro seasons, and he had erratic moments as an A-list star. And suddenly, here come LeBron James and Kevin Love arriving into a defective locker room, and no one needs them all more than Kyrie Irving. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Cavaliers Trade For Kevin Love

by Daniel Leroux

Kevin Love was the best procurable player in the NBA for the Cavaliers, a top-10 talent at the age of 26 who will excellently complement LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Read more »
The Most Mutually Beneficial Loan Of All-Time

by Christopher Reina

LeBron James needed to leave to win a title and the Cavaliers needed that departure for him to return to win one for Cleveland. Nothing is mapped out for LeBron right now as it was when he joined the Heat, but he returns unburdened with two rings and with youth around him. Read more »
Team-By-Team Analysis Of The 2014 NBA Draft

by Jonathan Tjarks

With the new CBA magnifying the importance of the draft and one of the most talented groups of prospects in recent years, what happened on Thursday night will have significant ramifications on the balance of power in the NBA for the next decade. Read more »
Leroux's 2014 NBA Draft Review

by Daniel Leroux

Breaking down which teams had Great, Good, Enh and Bad drafts with Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid going in the top-3. Read more »
Lottery Lowdown (Late-May Edition)

by Daniel Leroux

With the lottery out of the way, we can begin to examine which teams represent good and bad fits for the teams in a position to draft them. Read more »
As Cavaliers Win Draft Lotteries, LeBron James Continues Enhancing Legacy

by Shams Charania

LeBron James continues to vindicate his free agency decision of 2010, but time and time again the Cavaliers validate everything for him. Winning and losing. Organizational structure. Worthy sidekicks. Read more »
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