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Kyrie Irving Expects To Start Out Defending Curry

May 29, 2015 2:45 PM

Kyrie Irving told the media that his health has been steady since the end of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Irving sat out Games 2 and 3 of that series with knee tendonitis. 

Irving expects to start out defending Stephen Curry, but added that it will be a team effort to limit his effectiveness.

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LeBron: Just Like Me, You Can't Slow Down Curry

May 29, 2015 2:42 PM

LeBron James praised the offensive ability of Stephen Curry while also complimenting his own game.

James was asked how the Cleveland Cavaliers might be able to down Curry.

"The same way you slow me down ... You can't," said James.

James' scoring efficiency has been down in the playoffs, but he continues to carry the Cavaliers' offense with his passing.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Cavs, Warriors Have Best Combined Playoff Record To Finals Since 1991

May 29, 2015 12:42 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have a combined 24-5 record in the playoffs this season, which is the best record of the two teams in The Finals since the 1991 edition featuring the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls (22-4).

The Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics in the first round, defeated the Chicago Bulls in six games in the second round and swept the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Warriors swept the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round, defeated the Memphis Grizzlies in six games in the second round and defeated the Houston Rockets in five games in the Western Conference Finals.

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Warriors Considered 5-12 Favorites By Vegas To Win Finals

May 28, 2015 11:45 PM

The Golden State Warriors are 5-12 favorites to win The Finals, according to Vegas sportsbooks. The Cleveland Cavaliers are underdogs at 2-1.

"We made the Warriors a six-point favorite in Game 1, then we took the next six games and played it out," said Jeff Sherman, head NBA oddsmaker for the SuperBook. "We take who would be the favorite in each game, by how many points and what the money line would be. We then put individual prices in and it calculates what the series price should be." 

The Cavaliers were longshots at 60-1 to win The Finals this season prior to LeBron James signing with the club, but the books don't have a troublesome amount of liability on those bets.

"We had them at 60-1, but as soon as the rumors started, we dropped it down to 20-1, and then when LeBron announced he was coming back, it was down to 5-2," Sherman said.

 

Jay Rood, the head of the race and sportsbook for MGM Resorts, said his book across 12 properties took about 20 bets at 50-1 on the Cavs before James signed, which is a blip when considering how many total bets were made.

 

The Warriors opened at 25-1 and that number came down as the season progressed, but the books made money off future bets on the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and even the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Warriors, Cavaliers Efficiency In Regular Season / Playoffs

May 28, 2015 1:36 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers ranked just 18th in defensive rating during the regular season, but they became a vastly improved side on that end of the floor following the acquisition of Timofey Mozgov.

During the playoffs, the Cavaliers have become even better on defense, allowing 101.9 points per 100 possessions during 14 games against the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

The Golden State Warriors were the best team in the regular season on the defensive end, allowing 101.4 points per 100 possessions. In the playoffs, they're also allowing 101.4 points per 100 possessions.

On the offensive end, the Cavaliers scored 111.1 points per 100 possessions, which ranked third in the regular behind the Warriors at 111.6.

The playoffs is heavily skewed by the quality of the competition.

Regular Season (Off / Def / EDiff)

Warriors: 111.6 / 101.4 / 10.3

Cavaliers: 111.1 / 106.3 / 4.8

Playoffs (Off / Def / EDiff)

Warriors: 109.9 / 101.4 / 8.5

Cavaliers: 111.5 / 101.9 / 9.7

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LeBron Believes Finals Return With Cavs Is Unfinished Business

May 27, 2015 12:41 AM

LeBron James will return to the NBA Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking on either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets.

James discussed his return to the Cavaliers and the Finals.

"I'm a guy who believes in unfinished business," James said.

This will mark James' fifth consecutive Finals appearance.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Kyrie Irving To Start Game 4 With 25-Minute Time Limit

May 26, 2015 8:07 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will play Kyrie Irving in Game 4 with a 25-minute time limit.

Irving has missed the past two games with knee tendonitis.

Irving visited Dr. James Andrew before Game 2.

Irving will also start in the game.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Kyrie Irving Could Return For Game 4

May 26, 2015 4:27 PM

Kyrie Irving has missed Games 2 and 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but there is a growing optimism that he'll play in Game 4.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are ahead 3-0 in the series against Atlanta Hawks.

Irving is dealing with knee tendonitis. 

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

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Kevin Love Able To Travel With Cavaliers For Remainder Of Playoffs

May 26, 2015 1:53 PM

Kevin Love is able to travel with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the remainder of the playoffs.

Love had his left shoulder reexamined in New York while the Cavaliers played Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Atlanta.

Love is out for the season and can opt out of his contract to enter free agency in July.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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LeBron Admits Receiving IV After Game 3, Declines To Elaborate On Ailments

May 26, 2015 1:06 PM

LeBron James received IV treatments following Game 3 when he cramped up during the overtime period.

James briefly motioned towards the Cleveland Cavaliers' bench for a sub before he changed his mind and remained in the game. James also cramped up in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals in San Antonio.

James admitted to receiving the IV, but declined to elaborate on his ailments.

James said he’s getting so much treatment, he’s getting tired of seeing athletic trainer Mike Mancias. 

“(Mancias has) almost moved in with me,” James said. “We have a very tight bond at this point.”

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LeBron James Believes Cavs Should Keep Tristan Thompson For His Entire Career
Tristan Thompson has averaged 8.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in the playoffs.

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NBA Decides Against Moving Up Start Of Finals
The Finals will begin on June 4th as scheduled.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

LeBron: Dellavedova Doesn't Deserve People Giving Him Rep As Dirty Player
Matthew Dellavedova has been involved in perceived plays with Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver and Al Horford in the playoffs.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

NBA Considering Moving Up Finals To June 2nd If Both Series Are Sweeps
There are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena or Quicken Loans Arena that would make changing the start date of the Finals problematic from a building perspective.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Kyrie Irving Out Again In Game 3 With Knee Tendonitis
Kyrie Irving went through a workout on Sunday before the game testing the knee.

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Insiders Expect Kevin Love To Leave Cavaliers In Free Agency
Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Zach Lowe Podcast)

LeBron: Shumpert Will Make All-Defensive Team Soon
LeBron James said he believes Iman Shumpert will be on the NBA All-Defensive team "very soon."

Ethan J. Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)
The Cavaliers have held the Hawks under 100 points per 100 possessions in both Games 1 and 2.

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Cavaliers Will Feel Pressure To Re-Sign Free Agents After Miami's Amnesty Of Miller
LeBron James wanted to go home to Cleveland, but other issues were in play such as the Heat using the amnesty on Mike Miller.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kyrie Irving Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3
Kyrie Irving was also seen on Friday by Dr. James Andrews.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kyrie Irving Misses Shootaround, Questionable For Game
Symptoms related to Kyrie Irving's left knee tendinitis had not diminished and additional evaluation was recommended.

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Kyrie Irving: I Just Don't Have It Right Now
With his mobility limited, Kyrie Irving may have to rely on jumpers.

Shaun Powell/NBA.com

LeBron Admits Playing Too Much ISO-Ball In Game 1
LeBron James' 18 isolation possessions in Game 1 were the most by any player during the 2015 playoffs.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Kyrie Irving To Play In Game 1 Of Conference Finals With Knee, Foot Injuries
Kyrie Irving participated in practice Monday.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron: Competing Against Pierce Made Me Strive To Get Better
LeBron James formed a rivalry with Paul Pierce early in his career.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)
All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

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Kyrie Irving Misses Practice, Cavs 'Hopeful' He'll Play In Game 1
Kyrie Irving is attempting to heal from his foot and knee injuries.

Tom Withers/AP

Kyrie Irving Doesn't Believe His Injuries Will Need Offseason Surgery
The best treatment for Kyrie Irving would be time off, which isn't an option.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)
All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

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Kendrick Perkins, Wife Have Argument Requiring Police Intervention
Vanity Perkins reportedly was the one who instigated the dispute outside the car.

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