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Kevin Love: Cavs' Organization Has My Back

Apr 24, 2015 12:10 AM

Kevin Love has been playing better basketball for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and had 23 points and nine rebounds while shooting 6-for-10 on three-pointers in their Game 3 win over the Boston Celtics.

"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said, before pausing, and smiling. "I know why. I know why. I know."

Love was traded to the Cavaliers in the offseason and he can become a free agent in the offseason.

"For a team that finally gets together and they have a big three, they have to find someone," James said. "When I was in Miami, Chris Bosh was that guy at one point...Kevin was the guy they tried to find and tear him down. One thing about him, he's always stayed positive. I've always believed in him." 

"People have focused my whole career on what I couldn't do rather than what I could," Love said. "I know my teammates and coaching staff have my back. The organization has my back. I'm sending love right back to them. I think tonight was one of those times my numbers was called to step up and hit a big shot."

 

The chemistry between the Cavaliers seems to be at a season-high.

"I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player (Love) is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player, and in order to be the team we want to be long term, Kevin is going to be Kevin, which he was tonight."

Tom Westerholm/MassLive

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LeBron Has Hour-Long Workout Before Cavs' Shootaround

Apr 23, 2015 12:51 PM

LeBron James arrived an hour early for the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround on Thursday ahead of Game 3 at the Boston Celtics to get extra work in.

"I don't do it often, but that's just the mode I'm in right now," James said.

James put himself through an hour-long intense workout.

"He's a very focused guy," Tristan Thompson said. "He understands what it takes to win at this level and he leads by example for us. That's important to have. We know he's not going to tell us to do anything that he wouldn't do."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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LeBron Never Told Heat To Draft Shabazz Napier

Apr 21, 2015 1:43 PM

LeBron James never told the Miami Heat directly he wanted them to draft Shabazz Napier last June.

Pat Riley made comments this week that the Heat are looking forward to having a different approach to the draft this year.

"No more smiling faces with hidden agendas," Riley said. "We'll be going in clean."

James never had a relationship with Napier, unlike many other college players he became friendly with from his annual Nike camps. James posted several Tweets admiring Napier's game.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Shabazz Napier, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron Concerned By Cavs' Lack Of Playoff Experience

Apr 19, 2015 11:15 AM

LeBron James is concerned by the lack of playoff experience held by the Cleveland Cavaliers as they begin the postseason.

Half of the Cavaliers' eight-man rotation has zero playoff experience, including Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

"I think from top to bottom, we're just very balanced team and we have experience with youth, and I think that's a great combination in the postseason," James said this week as part of a wide-ranging sit-down interview with ESPN. "One thing that scares me a little bit is just us coming together for the first time, our experience.

"We have guys that have played experienced basketball, but then we have guys that we have to rely on a lot that haven't played experienced basketball, and that's Kevin Love, that's Kyrie Irving, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson that've never played a postseason game. So, that kind of scares me a little bit. But at the same time it scares me, [there is a feeling] of excitement as well, and not much of failure.

"I don't fear failure in my teammates, but I fear just them never been a part of it. You can talk about the postseason. You can watch games of the postseason. You can clip it. You can watch film. But until you actually get out there, that's the only way you can really understand what it's about it."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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LeBron, Curry, Kobe Lead NBA In Jersey Sales

Apr 14, 2015 12:22 PM

LeBron James leads the NBA in jersey sales for the sixth consecutive year, finishing ahead of Stephen Curry at No. 2 and Kobe Bryant at No. 3.

Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, who battled injuries for large parts of the season, round out the top-5.

Kyrie Irving, Tim Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Blake Griffin rank 6th through 10th.

NBA.com

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA CBA

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LeBron James May Sit Next Two Games With Cavs Clinching No. 2 Seed

Apr 9, 2015 2:33 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers locked up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with their win on Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks.

James hinted he might sit the next two games, which both happen to be against the Boston Celtics.

The previous four times James' team has reached the NBA Finals has been as the No. 2 seed.

"It just happened that way," James said, shrugging over the No. 2 seed success. "It's great to be on your home floor as many games as possible. But I thrive on the road, I love playing on the road in the playoffs more than home. There's something about that adversity."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Cavaliers Interested In Salah Mejri

Apr 9, 2015 2:20 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in Salah Mejri, a 7-2 Tunisian center currently playing for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid has a club option on Mejri's contract for the 15-16 season, though they may not exercise it.

Mejri hasn't received much playing time this season.

Jorge Sierra/HoopsHype

Tags: Salah Mejri, Cleveland Cavaliers, Real Madrid, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams, International League

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LeBron: We're A Championship Contender But Not There Yet

Apr 6, 2015 1:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a slow start to the season and will almost certainly be the second seed in the Eastern Conference, but LeBron James acknowledged they still have a ways to go.

"We're a championship contender, but we're not there yet," James said. "We have the talent, we've had the process so far, but we still have some time left. We won't take those days for granted."

"We've got some things left in the bag still," David Blatt said. "We're not trying to be magicians, we're trying to figure out ways to win."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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J.R. Smith Sets Record With 17 Three-Point Attempts, No Two-Point Shots

Apr 6, 2015 1:44 PM

J.R. Smith attempted 17 shots in the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, all of which were three-pointers.

No player in NBA history has attempted so many three-pointers in a single game without a two-point attempt.

Smith made eight of his 17 attempts.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James led the conference in scoring (24.7 ppg), ranking fourth in assists (7.3 apg), finishing sixth in steals (1.73 spg) and adding 6.3 rebounds.

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LeBron: I've Called Plays Every Game For 11 Years
LeBron James' on-court playcalling duties has become an issue this week following Brian Windhorst saying that David Blatt often parrots James' calls.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron Prioritized Acquiring J.R. Smith Over Shumpert In Knicks' Trade
LeBron James reportedly loves the Cavaliers' top-7 players.

Bill Simmons/Grantland

Kevin Love's Best Relationship With Star Player Is Westbrook
Russell Westbrook can become a free agent in 2017, while Kevin Love's free agency will be in 2015 or 2016.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Nick Dudukovich/Factory of Sadness)

Dan Gilbert One Step Below Cuban In Terms Of Involvement
Dan Gilbert purchased the Cleveland Cavaliers for $375 million ten years ago this month.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last
J.R. Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

Nathan Walker/Nylon Calculus

Report: LeBron 'Frustrated' By Kevin Love Not 'Getting With The Program'
LeBron James pushed for the Cavaliers to trade for Kevin Love last offseason.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team
LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Love Plans On Remaining With Cavaliers 'Either Way'
Kevin Love said his relationship with LeBron James is "evolving" and admitted that the two are not close during two interviews on Monday.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Anderson Varejao Focused On Next Season After Contemplating Comeback
Anderson Varejao said he contemplated attempting a return from an Achillies tear this season.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Had Interest In Steve Nash
The Cavaliers viewed Steve Nash as a potential short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving.

Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron Questionable For Friday's Game After Missing Shootaround With Illness
The Cavaliers are 2-9 when LeBron James doesn't play.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving Named NBA Players Of The Week
Kyrie Irving averaged 37.3 points on .633 (38-60) shooting from the field.

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Kevin Love Hopes To Cure Recurring Back Spasms Before Playoffs
Kevin Love denied that he may need a procedure after the season.

Michael Wallace/ESPN

LeBron On Kyrie: The Kid Is Special
Kyrie Irving scored a career high 57 points in the Cavaliers' 128-125 overtime win over the Spurs.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Riley: LeBron Could Have Had Something Historic Over Next 5-6 Years With Heat
Pat Riley felt that the Heat were in the position he wanted them to be in despite losing in the 2014 Finals to the Spurs, but LeBron James decided to return to the Cavaliers.

Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Kevin Love Doesn't See Himself As Stretch-Four
Kevin Love does not believe he is a stretch-four even as he attempts 8.1 three-pointers per game over his past seven.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Russell Westbrook, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month
Russell Westbrook had a PER of 34.6 in February, averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.

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Ray Allen Decides Not To Play In 14-15 Season
Ray Allen will reassess his status for the 15-16 season.

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LeBron James Sits Against Pacers For Rest
David Blatt said he made the decision to sit LeBron James based on a combination of things."

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

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