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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Hawks 32-20 after one quarter in Game 4

By Michael Beaven Published: May 26, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers came out quickly in Game 4 in an attempt to finish its four-game sweep of the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

A focused and determined starting five opened up a 14-6 lead with 8:24 to go in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. All five starters scored points.

Kyrie Irving and Timofey Mozgov each scored a layup, Irving netted a 3-pointer, LeBron James tossed down a right-handed dunk, Iman Shumpert swished a 3-pointer and Tristan Thompson made a layup. James assisted on three baskets during the spurt.

Matthew Dellavedova entered the game moments later as the first reserve and buried a 3-pointer to give the Cavs a 17-10 edge at 6:44.

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Kyrie Irving returns to Cavs lineup for Game 4 against Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 26, 2015


CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving will return to the lineup Tuesday when the Cavs face the Atlanta Hawks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Irving has missed the last two games with tendinitis in his left knee.

Irving declined to speak to reporters before the game. He went through a pregame routine and was declared ready to play about 20 minutes before tip-off. Yahoo Sports reported Irving will be on a 25-minute limit.

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LeBron feels good enough to make impact, says Kyrie Irving 'game-time decision'

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 26, 2015

LeBron James said Kyrie Irving is "obviously still a game-time decision" for Tuesday night's possible series closeout against the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

Irving has missed Games 2 and 3 with left knee tendinitis as the Cavs have taken a 3-0 lead. They are trying to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007.

Irving looked peppy as he participated in shootaround at the Cleveland Clinic Courts, but there was no official update on his status.

"What Kyrie does is normal day-to-day routine." James said. "He's looked OK. How great he feels, I'm not quite sure, only he would know."

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Cavs 114, Hawks 111 OT; Jason Lloyd's 37 thoughts on rings, Delly and LeBron's magnificent night

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 25, 2015


CLEVELAND: Thirty-seven thoughts for 37 points from LeBron James in a thrilling 114-111 overtime win against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals…

1. Before these playoffs began, before Kevin Love had his arm yanked out, Kyrie Irving’s knee gave out and Matthew Dellavedova became known as #DirtyDelly, LeBron James showed up to the Cavs’ first playoff practice with his two championship rings.

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Hawks' Al Horford cites 'track record' of Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova after ejection

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 25, 2015

By Marla Ridenour

CLEVELAND: Matthew Dellavedova's growing reputation as a dirty player -- deserved or not -- preceded him Sunday night.

And it seemed to play a part in another playoff entanglement, following his leg lock on the Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson in the conference semifinals and his collision with the Atlanta Hawks' Kyle Korver on Friday that left Korver with a postseason-ending ankle sprain.

This time in a scramble for a rebound with 34.3 seconds left in the first half at Quicken Loans Arena, Cavs' backup point guard Dellavedova tripped over the Hawks' DeMarre Carroll and fell in a heap with Atlanta's Al Horford. When he felt Dellavedova on his knees, Horford elbowed Dellavedova in the neck and shoulder area.

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NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson delivers in big moment

By George Thomas Published: May 25, 2015

CLEVELAND:  No one will read about double-digit rebounds regarding Tristan Thompson’s performance Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, one the Cavs won in overtime 114-111.  The Cavs now own a 3-0 lead in the series.

Though the numbers are respectable [10 points, seven rebounds], his contributions came down to two huge plays – one in regulation and a more significant one in the overtime.

Thompson, playing with five fouls since the 6:09 mark of the fourth quarter, worked as if he had no worries. In the overtime, he grabbed an offensive rebound with 36.9 seconds left on the clock and the Cavs trailing 111-109.  He found a wide-open LeBron James in the left corner of the court and James connected on his only three-point shot of six attempts on the night.

“When I got that rebound I was hoping I didn’t get pushed out of bounds like the last one [just moments before], but I stayed in bound,” he said. “Got my balance and looked for the open teammate and that was LeBron.”

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LeBron James' triple-double lifts Cavs to 114-111 OT win over Hawks; Cavs 1 win from Finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 24, 2015


CLEVELAND: When it was over, after LeBron James carried the Cavaliers within one victory of the Finals, he fell to his knees and dropped his head on the court. It may have been a made-for-Hollywood moment, but the game’s biggest star yet again shined the brightest on the game’s biggest stage.

Exhausted and injured, James shook off the worst playoff start in his career to score 37 points, grab 18 rebounds and pass for 13 assists in the Cavs’ 114-111 overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland will go for the sweep at home Tuesday night.

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