Tag: Kevin Love

LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team

BY TOM WITHERS CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen before. And although he’s on the cusp of being swept in the Finals – for the second time – by a team unequalled in today’s game, James isn’t envious of the Warriors for building a super power in sneakers. He’d do it, too. One day after Cleveland plunged into a 3-0 hole following a demoralizing...

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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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With Curry out, US Olympic basketball team waits on LeBron

(AP) With Stephen Curry out of the running for the Olympics, attention shifts to the other superstar in the NBA Finals. The basketball world again waits on a LeBron James decision, and this one could determine just how powerful the U.S. team is heading to Rio. The roster is nearing completion, nearly three weeks before the deadline. But it’s also on hold until James makes up his mind. “That’s an important decision,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said Monday. Colangelo added that he’s realistically down to 14 or 15 players under consideration for the 12 spots, with somebody either...

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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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