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Bismack Biyombo Would Have Been Suspended For Game 7

May 27, 2016 9:13 PM

Bismack Biyombo would have been suspended for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after picking up his fourth Flagrant Foul points of the playoffs.

Biyombo hit the chin of Kevin Love while scoring a basket for the Raptors. After Love went down to the floor, referees reviewed the play and ruled it a flagrant foul penalty 1, which also took away the basket scored by Biyombo.

The NBA could rescind the flagrant foul call after reviewing it further, but the Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors with the win in Game 6.

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LeBron: I Didn't Believe This Series Would Become An Adverse Situation

May 27, 2016 6:51 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost Games 3 and 4 at the Toronto Raptors in somewhat surprising fashion as they were expected to comfortably win the series to advance to The Finals.

"I've been a part of some really adverse situations, and I just didn't believe that this was one of them," James said after Game 5.

James and the Cavaliers have won the three home games in the series by 31, 19 and 38 points.

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Kyrie Irving Admits Toronto Crowd Made Him Discombulated

May 26, 2016 9:00 PM

Kyrie Irving acknowledged the noise in the Air Canada Centre during Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a factor in the way he played, leaving him discombobulated.

"It was really, really loud," Irving said late Wednesday. "I know I probably wasn't the only guy that felt that way."

LeBron James openly says the way the Cleveland Cavaliers play starts with Irving.

"It all starts with our floor general," James said after their Game 5 win in Cleveland with Irving sitting beside him.

"I had to take a step back," Irving said.

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Kevin Love Expects To Play In Game 5 After Stepping On Ref's Foot

May 24, 2016 10:15 AM

Kevin Love sat out the entire fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors after stepping on a referee's foot.

Love injured the knee more than the ankle with the accident.

"I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love, who had a total of 13 points and 11 rebounds in Games 3 and 4. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing."

Love suffered a season-ending injury in last year's playoffs when he hurt his shoulder.

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LeBron James Pays Dahntay Jones' $80.17 Game 4 Fine

May 24, 2016 1:38 AM

LeBron James will pay Dahntay Jones' fine for punching Bismack Biyombo in the groin.

Jones' fine is equal to 1/110 of his 2015-16 salary, which was only $8,800 because he was signed on the final day of the regular season. Jones' $80.17 fine is less than his $127 per diem.

"It is what it is, man," Jones told ESPN.com before the Cavs' shootaround Monday morning. "Can't get too upset about it. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is."

Jones said he was interviewed by the league as part of its investigation into the incident.

"They asked me what happened, and I explained what happened, and they told me it was a unanimous decision that I did it with intent, even though I didn't look," Jones said to ESPN.com.

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Dahntay Jones Suspended For Game 4 For Striking Biyombo

May 22, 2016 9:25 PM

Dahntay Jones has been suspended one game without pay for striking Bismack Biyombo in the groin, it was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 17.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Raptors’ 99-84 win over the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 21 at Air Canada Centre. Jones will serve his suspension on Monday, May 23 during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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LeBron James Quotes Jay-Z Line When Describing Mentality On Fouls

May 22, 2016 12:31 PM

LeBron James was asked about his mentality when he's on the receiving end of fouls and his tendency not to react with physicality back towards other players.

James told reporters he plays a couple of lines from Jay-Z's "Streets is Watching" in his head.

“I always think back to the Jay Z phrase, and a line he had of, ‘If I shoot you, then I’m brainless. If you shoot me, you’re famous. What am I to do?’ So, that always plays in my head any time I feel like I want to react. I’ve got to keep my brain.”

James said he carries that mentality because of something that happened to him in high school.

“At the end of the day, I'm important to this team. I can't afford to react in any kind of way that will get me thrown out of a game, but I will protect myself,” James continued. “I will protect myself. When I was in high school, I got low-bridged playing in an AAU tournament as a junior in high school. A kid just low-bridged me and I fell and broke my wrist. That kind of thought always plays in my mind either when I'm getting thrown to the ground or if it's a borderline dirty play.”

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Cavs' Big 3 On 'Same Wavelength' As Partnership Evolves

May 18, 2016 12:54 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain unbeaten in the playoffs as a greater level of chemistry has formed between LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

“It’s them being on the same wavelength, a new trust level where LeBron understands what Kyrie and Kevin are trying to do,” James Jones told The Vertical. “Chemistry evolves. [James] wants Kyrie to, ‘Go.’ When you look at the great tandems in this league, the great Big Threes, they continue to get better over time.

“Our core guys – LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin, and so on – have just started to find a greater level of chemistry.”

“Go Kyrie, go,” teammates heard James telling Irving in Game 1.

Irving had 27 points and five assists in Game 1.

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Terrence Ross: Cavs Not A 'Super Team' To Fear

May 18, 2016 11:06 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked highly impressive in their 115-84 Game 1 win over the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors had regular season success against the Cavaliers, beating them in two of three games, and remain optimistic. 

"We beat them [in the regular season], so we don't feel like we have anything to fear like they're a super team or anything," Terrence Ross told cleveland.com. "But we're just going out there to play our game and compete."

DeMar DeRozan addressed his teammates in the locker room.

"It's one game," he told cleveland.com. "They did what they were supposed to do, protect home court and now we have another opportunity Thursday to try to take that away and try to head home with it tied up."

When DeRozan voices his opinion, his teammates listen.

"I definitely speak up," DeRozan said. "It's nothing out of the norm. I more so try to lead by example whenever I do something, but whenever something needs to be said, I don't have any problems saying it."

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LeBron James Credits Not Eating Pork For Health, Performance

May 13, 2016 11:05 AM

LeBron James credits eliminating pork from his diet for some of his durability and physical wellness.

"Oh, you can tell the difference," James told cleveland.com. "It's in how I recover, the energy I have. It has helped a lot with my performance. Overall, I've just been feeling good."

James' food intake consists of mainly chicken, fish and pasta.

"It has worked for me," James said to cleveland.com. "It has been one of the best things I've decided to do for my career."

 

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Kevin Love's Surge Influenced By Challenge From Tyronn Lue
Cleveland has a 14-4 record since a late March meeting in which Tyronn Lue challenged the team, particularly Kevin Love.

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Tyronn Lue Defends Cavs' Pursuit Of Three-Point Record In Game 2
The Cavs made an NBA record 25 three-pointers.

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LeBron James Already Thinking About Playing Heat In ECF
The Cavaliers and Heat each have three more games in the second round to win.

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LeBron James' Space Jam 2 Moves Closer To Becoming Reality
LeBron James was in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck last summer.

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Tyronn Lue Hasn't Signed New Contract As Cavs' Coach
The Cavs and Tyronn Lue's representatives came to a verbal agreement on a new deal that would pay him $3 million prorated for 2015-16 and $3 million next season, with a team option for a third year.

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Cavaliers Advance to Second Round, Completing Sweep of Pistons
Cavs advance to round two, where they will face the winner of the Atlanta/Boston series.

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Cavs Finding Offensive Success With Kevin Love At Center
Kevin Love had 28 points including 4-for-8 on three-pointers as Andre Drummond was forced to chase him on the perimeter.

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Stan Van Gundy Criticizes Refs' Treatment Of LeBron James
After the game, Stan Van Gundy said the officiating was not the reason Detroit lost.

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Damon Jones Joins Cavs' Coaching Staff For Playoffs
Damon Jones is currently an assistant with the Canton Charge of the D-League.

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Cavs Sign Dahntay Jones
Dahntay Jones appeared in 43 games for the Grand Rapids Drive this season, averaging 15.7 points on .546 shooting from the field, 4.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 35.7 minutes.

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LeBron James Was Told By Doctor At 11 He'd Only Grow To Be 6'3"
LeBron James was approximately 5'7" at age 11.

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Kevin Love Willing To Play For USA In Olympics If Invited
Kevin Love's inside-outside game is well-suited for national team competition, but he has significant competition at his position.

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LeBron Compares Chris Paul To Stockton While Watching 1997 WCF
LeBron James was live-Tweeting watching Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals of 1997 between the Jazz and Rockets.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James appeared in 14 games (10-4) and averaged 25.6 points on .538 shooting from the field, 8.2 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.

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LeBron James, J.J. Barea Named NBA's Players Of The Week
LeBron James and J.J. Barea have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Tyronn Lue's Meeting With LeBron Has Delivered Statement
Over the past seven games, LeBron James is averaging 28.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 9.6 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field and 38 percent on 3-pointers.

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Kyrie Irving: Cavs Remain 'The Team To Beat'
The Cavaliers have yet to wrap up homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference as the Raptors have closed the gap.

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Tyronn Lue Doesn't Recall Iman Shumpert Throwing Towel On Shoulder
Tyronn Lue's facial expression immediately after was difficult to decipher as Iman Shumpert walked away to take the court.

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Cavs Confident LeBron James Won't Leave Again
The Cavaliers are confident LeBron James won't leave the franchise again this offseason, but they do acknowledge there is at least a slight possibility of that occurring.

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Celtics Low-Balled Cavs On Kevin Love Offer At Deadline
The Celtics would be the favorites as they have enough assets to make an attractive offer for Kevin Love without gutting their team.

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