Tag: Eastern Conference

No surprise: It’s Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

BY TIM REYNOLDS Here they go again. For the third straight year, it’s Cleveland and Golden State in the NBA Finals. The 2016 champions versus the 2015 champions . The first “threematch” – rematch of a rematch – in league history. It’s the matchup most expected, the matchup most predicted, and probably the matchup the Cavaliers and Warriors wanted as well. Let the hype, and the waiting, begin: Game 1 isn’t until June 1. “I’ve been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage,” said Cleveland star LeBron...

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LeBron struggles, exchanges words with fan after Game 3 loss

BY TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James’ frustrating night kept going after one of the worst playoff games of his splendid career. James exchanged words with a fan late Sunday night after the Boston Celtics stormed back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter and shocked the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. As he walked down a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena to the postgame news conference, James, who scored just 11 points and only one in the final 18 minutes, was heckled by the fan for his sub-par outing. James spun...

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Pressure point: Irving, Cavs face crucial Game 3 in finals

CLEVELAND (AP) — One day before his first NBA Finals game at home, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spent time after practice trying out some one-on-one moves against assistant coach James Posey. That’s not what Cleveland needed him to work on. With the Cavs already in a 2-0 hole they can’t allow to get deeper, Irving must play like an All-Star, if not a superstar, for Cleveland to win Game 3 on Wednesday night over the Golden State Warriors, attempting to cap an historic season with a second straight title. Irving has waited a year, actually a lifetime, for this...

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Warriors whip Cavaliers 110-77 to take 2-0 NBA Finals lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Draymond Green emphatically flexed his bulging biceps with big plays on both ends of the floor, and these Golden State Warriors might just be far too strong for the Cleveland Cavaliers. That repeat title Golden State has spoken of since the very start more than eight months ago is suddenly two wins from reality. It will be the only way the Warriors’ record-setting season ends right. For now, they sure seem unstoppable. Green had 28 points with five 3-pointers, seven rebounds and five assists, while MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points despite foul trouble, and...

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LeBron, Love power Cavaliers to 116-78 romp over Raptors

CLEVELAND (AP) — Back home, the Cavaliers were not hospitable. Just rude. They roughed up the visiting Raptors again. LeBron James scored 23 points then sat the fourth quarter, Kevin Love scored 25, and Cleveland unleashed tenacious defense on Toronto to regain control of the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-78 rout of the Raptors in Game 5 on Wednesday night. On their court in front of 20,000-plus screaming, towel-waving fans following two straight losses in Canada, the Cavs opened a 34-point lead in the first half, pushed it to 43 in the second half and took a 3-2...

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