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Dellavedova Fills In for Irving, Helps Cavs Advance to Conference Finals
May15

Dellavedova Fills In for Irving, Helps Cavs Advance to Conference Finals

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Matthew Dellavedova had a team-high 19 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame losing Kyrie Irving for most of the game due to injury, to smack the Chicago Bulls 94-73 and win the Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.

Irving left the court early in the second quarter after tweaking his left knee when he stepped on teammate Tristan Thompson’s shoe, resulting in him planting his left leg awkwardly. Irving was then helped to the locker room where he was initially diagnosed as “probable” to return, but was downgraded to “doubtful” at the start of the second half.

With Irving out, Dellavedova stepped up scoring 14 points in the second half.

LeBron James had a rough shooting night making only 7-of-23 from the field and finishing with 15 points. He did add nine boards, 11 assists, and two blocks as he advances to his fifth straight conference final.

The Cavaliers advance to their first conference final since 2009 by limiting the Bulls to 37.5 percent shooting from the field.

Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 20 points in the loss.

The Cavaliers now await the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Washington Wizards series. The Hawks currently lead that series 3-2.

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Gasol Says He Will Play in Game 6
May14

Gasol Says He Will Play in Game 6

NBA via Los Angeles Lakers(CHICAGO) — Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, who missed the past two games with a strained left hamstring, says he will be on the court for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

“I made some good progress today,” Gasol said after the Bulls’ workout on Wednesday. “No residual pain from (Tuesday) also works. We’re making progress. At the end of the day, (Thursday) is the game and I’ll do everything I can to help the team. …I’ll be out there. Whichever way I can be, I will be.”

The 34-year-old Gasol should provide a huge boost to the Bulls offense — he played in 78 regular season games this season, averaging 18.5 points per game on 49 percent shooting from the field.

The Bulls currently trail the Cavaliers 3-2 in the series.

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LeBron’s Buzzer-Beater Ties Series at Two
May10

LeBron’s Buzzer-Beater Ties Series at Two

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James hit his third-career buzzer beating shot on Sunday with 1.5 seconds left to tie the series with the Bulls at two.

James gave away the ball with an offensive foul with under 20 seconds remaining, that Derrick Rose took advantage of with a basket to tie the game, but Cleveland got the last shot to fall.

“I just told [Matthew] Dellavedova to get me the ball and I’m going to win this game for us,” James told ABC-TV after the game.

James thought that he was fouled as the clock hit .8 seconds left, but after review the officials put more time on the clock which allowed him to get loose and nail the long two-point basket from the side of the court.

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt admitted after the game that he almost called a timeout before the James play happened, but his players reminded him that they had none left.  If the officials would have seen Blatt call for a timeout, the Bulls would have gotten the ball due to a technical foul and a free throw. 

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James Powers Cavs Past Bulls, Evens Series at a Game Apiece
May07

James Powers Cavs Past Bulls, Evens Series at a Game Apiece

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — LeBron James had 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Chicago Bulls 106-91 Wednesday night, evening the Eastern Conference semifinals at a game apiece.

James got to work quickly, scoring 14 points in the first quarter for a Cavs’ team that was missing the suspended J.R. Smith and the injured Kevin Love.

“We’re a little banged up, we’re short-handed, so I have to be aggressive,” James said. “Even more aggressive than my usual self, and I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight.”

Cleveland connected on 12 of 26 3-pointers, including five by James Jones who finished with 17 points from off the bench.

Derrick Rose had 14 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists but only made 6 of 20 from the field in the loss.

The series now shifts to Chicago. Game 3 is Friday night at the United Center.

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Cavs GM Says It’s "Highly Unlikely" Love Plays Again This Postseason
Apr29

Cavs GM Says It’s "Highly Unlikely" Love Plays Again This Postseason

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) — Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday that he does not expect injured star Kevin Love back for the remainder of the playoffs.

Love was injured during the first quarter of Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. He was tied up with Boston’s Kelly Olynyk when Olynyk tugged at Love’s arm while the two were battling for a rebound. The tug ended up popping Love’s arm out of the shoulder joint.

“I want to make it clear that’s highly unlikely,” Griffin said of Love returning during the postseason. “The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we’re expecting he will be available for any of this and we’re in the process of gathering information in terms of what the exact, right, next steps are and every option is on the table.”

It’s possible Love could have surgery. His first MRI showed, “an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.” Love is currently looking for a second opinion.

After the game in which he was hurt, Love described Olynyk’s injurious move as “bush-league.” As a result of the play, Olynyk has been suspended one game to start the 2015-16 season.

The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Chicago Bulls/Milwaukee Bucks series in round two.

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Cavaliers Sweep Celtics, Love Hurts Shoulder
Apr26

Cavaliers Sweep Celtics, Love Hurts Shoulder

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(BOSTON) — The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business and swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round of the playoffs on Sunday 101-93.

Kevin Love left in the first quarter after suffering a dislocated shoulder and did not return and is questionable moving forward in the playoffs.

“That’s just not a basketball play,” Love said of the way Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk tangled up his right arm with Love’s left.  “I expect it to be physical, but when it has to go to that length it’s just not the way it’s supposed to be, that’s not how you play basketball.”

LeBron James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving added 24 in the sweep.

“It didn’t look like a basketball play,” James said of the Love injury.  “I’ve seen a lot of tie-ups in my day and that tie-up was a little different.”

“You want to play the game of basketball the right way, but you never want it to get out of hand when you have injuries,” James continued.  

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had 21 in the loss and Avery Bradley finished with 16.

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