Jun 28, 2016

NBA stars Durant, Anthony headline 12-man U.S. Olympic team

Kyrie Irving took one last shot on the flight home from the NBA Finals, hoping LeBron James would play in the Olympics. James isn’t going to Rio, and neither are many more of basketball’s best players. The Americans think they’ll be just fine with ...

Irving, Barnes to play for U.S. in Rio

Jun 26, 2016

Irving, Barnes to play for U.S. in Rio

The U.S. basketball team has its roster for Rio. Kyrie Irving and Harrison Barnes accepted spots on the team to fill out the Americans’ 12-player Olympic squad, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday. The decisions come two days before the Americans ...

No need for Warriors to panic despite Game 7 loss

| Jun 21, 2016

No need for Warriors to panic despite Game 7 loss

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Well, as Ron Harper famously told the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, “Don’t mean a thing without the ring.” That was the last season rallying cry/plea when the Bulls were clearly on the way toward a then record breaking 72-win season. Coach Phil Jackson had tried ...

Cavaliers hold off Warriors to capture first NBA crown

Jun 20, 2016

Cavaliers hold off Warriors to capture first NBA crown

LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers ...

LeBron focused on forcing Game 7

Jun 16, 2016

LeBron focused on forcing Game 7

LeBron James has watched “The Godfather” trilogy over and over during these playoffs. The Oscar-winning films about crime, family, honor — and revenge — soothe and motivate him. He can’t get enough. But while he’s not tired of the classic films, there’s a final ...

Irving, James help Cavaliers stay alive in NBA Finals

Jun 14, 2016

Irving, James help Cavaliers stay alive in NBA Finals

Booed every time he touched the ball, LeBron James cut through Golden State’s defense and made layups look easy, and dunks and 3-pointers so smooth. Kyrie Irving also completely had his way with the Warriors. King James and Irving thoroughly overpowered the defending champions ...

Splash Brothers dunk Cavaliers

Jun 11, 2016

Splash Brothers dunk Cavaliers

Stephen Curry got back to dropping deep shots, chomping on that mouthpiece and even barking at LeBron James. Not himself through the first three games of the NBA Finals, Curry arrived in Game 4 — just in time — and pushed the Golden State ...

LeBron, Irving power Cavs in blowout win over Warriors

Jun 9, 2016

LeBron, Irving power Cavs in blowout win over Warriors

Crawling on the floor after a loose ball, LeBron James gathered himself and quickly got to his feet. He stood tall, and so did the Cavaliers. James had 32 points and 11 rebounds, Kyrie Irving added 30 points and Cleveland, pushed for 48 minutes ...

Cavs looking to move ball in Game 2

Jun 4, 2016

Cavs looking to move ball in Game 2

As gifted as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are with the ball in their hands and one defender to beat, that is not what got the Cleveland Cavaliers to a second straight NBA Finals. The Cavs are at their best when the ball is ...

Irving reaching new level for Cavs during postseason

May 19, 2016

Irving reaching new level for Cavs during postseason

Kyrie Irving dribbled behind his back and then behind his back again, leaving Toronto’s Cory Joseph grasping at air. Irving pulled off a few other dizzying spins and other did-he-just-do-that moves while finishing with 27 points, five assists and two steals. He even got ...

Cavaliers blow out Raptors in Game 1 of East finals

May 18, 2016

Cavaliers blow out Raptors in Game 1 of East finals

The Cavaliers are rolling through the East with ease. LeBron James hardly missed and scored 24 points in three quarters, Kyrie Irving scored 27 and Cleveland picked up where it left off before a long layoff by thumping the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in Game ...