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Kevin Love has shoulder surgery, estimated recovery time 4 to 6 months

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 30, 2015

Kevin Love had surgery Wednesday in New York to repair his dislocated shoulder and will miss the rest of the postseason. His estimated recovery time is 4 to 6 months.

Love had the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. It was performed by Dr. David Altchek, who is not affiliated with the Cavs medical team or the Cleveland Clinic. Love’s follow-up care will be provided by the Cavs’ medical staff and head team physician Dr. Richard Parker.

The given timeline makes it possible recovery could interfere with training camp and the start of next season, which typically begins around the end of October. Love, incidentally, has a player option on his contract and can become a free agent this summer. 

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Cavs not expecting Kevin Love to return during this postseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 28, 2015
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INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love is not expected to play again during this postseason, Cavs General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday.

Griffin called a return by Love for these playoffs “highly unlikely” and said surgery is being considered. A decision on surgery is expected within the next couple of days.

Love was diagnosed with “acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with corresponding ligament/labrum tearing & humeral head bone bruising,” according to the team. He essentially dislocated his left shoulder and suffered torn ligaments and a torn labrum.

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Kevin Love ruled out of conference semifinals, J.R. Smith suspended two games

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 27, 2015

CLEVELAND: If the Cavaliers are going to advance beyond the second round of the postseason, they’re going to have to do it with two stars instead of three.

Kevin Love has been ruled out of the Eastern Conference semifinals, likely against the Chicago Bulls, the Cavaliers announced Monday.

In addition, J.R. Smith has been suspended for two games by the league for his conduct, meaning the Cavs will be without 40 percent of their starting lineup – and one-third of their scoring – for the first two games of the next series.

Love was diagnosed with "acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with corresponding ligament/labrum tearing & humeral head bone bruising,” according to the team. In layman’s terms, he dislocated his left shoulder and suffered torn ligaments and a tear in his labrum in the process. A determination on his availability beyond the second round will be made in the coming days, the team said.

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Cavs 101, Celtics 93; Jason Lloyd's 24 final thoughts following injuries, an ejection and a sweep

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015
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BOSTON: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 points from Kyrie Irving in a wild 101-93 victory over the Boston Celtics that didn’t feel much like a victory…

1. That was probably the lousiest celebration following a series sweep in NBA history.

2. No one was in a very good mood leaving TD Garden tonight. The best characterization of the Cavs’ locker room is probably somber. No one knows for sure yet, but the players seem to be preparing for life without both J.R. Smith and Kevin Love for at least a little while. That will make a Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls incredibly difficult.

MOREKevin Love injured, J.R. Smith ejected as Cavs complete sweep of Celtics with 101-93 Game 4 victory

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Kevin Love believes Olynyk's act was intentional, J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' he could be punished

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015
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BOSTON: Kevin Love called Celtics center Kelly Olynyk’s play “bush league” but believes he’ll be able to return at some point during this postseason.

Exactly when that will be remains to be seen.

Love dislocated his shoulder with 5:22 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s Game 4, which the Cavs won 101-93 to sweep the first-round series. He left TD Garden with his left arm in a sling and will have imaging on the shoulder either Sunday night or more likely Monday morning.

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Kevin Love injured, J.R. Smith ejected as Cavs sweep Celtics with 101-93 Game 4 victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015
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BOSTON: The Cavaliers are moving on. Now the question remains: who all is going with them?

LeBron James scored 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists and the Cavaliers swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round with a 101-93 Game 4 victory, but the larger concern now is Kevin Love’s injured left shoulder.

Love left the game with 5:22 left in the first quarter and did not return with what appeared to be a serious left shoulder injury, setting off a myriad of physical plays, injuries and ejections in what became the capstone of a physical first-round series.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 70-61 after three quarters as physical play reigns

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

Physical play continued in the third quarter as both teams got away from basketball at times and resorted to tactics used in boxing and wrestling. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected and Celtics forward Jae Crowder left the game with a left knee sprain as bodies hit the floor on several possessions. The scoreboard read 70-61 in favor of the Cavaliers going into the fourth quarter as the extracurricular activities made an impact on the game. Smith was ejected with 10:24 on the clock and Cleveland ahead 57-36. Smith was boxing out for a rebound when Crowder issued a shove towards Smith’s back, and Smith retaliated by throwing his arm and hand back and popping Crowder in the face. Crowder fell to the ground and suffered his injury. Referees reviewed video of the play and ejected Smith via a Flagrant 2 foul call. The quarter included Cavs guard Iman Shumpert bumping his head on center Timofey Mozgov, Celtics teammates Jared Sullinger and Isaiah Thomas delivering a couple of hard fouls and Cavs forward Tristan Thompson knocking over a row of spectators as he attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds. The Celtics closed the quarter with some inspired play to trim its deficit to single digits. LeBron James has 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kyrie Irving has 14 points and nine rebounds and Mozgov has 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas and Sullinger both have 13 points for the Celtics, and Avery Bradley has 10 points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) 10.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 57-36 at halftime

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

The Cavaliers concluded the second quarter with a LeBron James layup with 1.3 seconds on the clock, and took a 57-36 lead into halftime. The advantage is the largest in the series as Cleveland is 24 minutes away from sweeping Boston four games to none in the first round series. Matthew Dellavedova swished a 3-pointer with 2:30 to go to give the Cavs a 51-32 edge. The quarter also featured some hard fouls as Kendrick Perkins, a former Celtics player, received a Flagrant 1 foul at 1:44 after referees ruled a pick of his on Jae Crowder was excessive. Perkins remained in the game after the foul in which he used his hands to shove Crowder in the face and neck. James leads the Cavs with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. Timofey Mozgov and Kyrie Irving both have 10 points and J.R. Smith has eight points. The Celtics scoring leaders at halftime are Jared Sullinger (10 points) and Tyler Zeller (eight points). Crowder has seven points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 13.

Rebounds: Iman Shumpert (Cavaliers) 7.

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By George Thomas Published: April 26, 2015

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 29-19 after one quarter, lose Kevin Love to injury

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

The Cavaliers put together a 10-0 run in the first quarter and built a 17-8 lead, but a left shoulder injury to Kevin Love midway through the quarter overshadowed the spurt. Love and Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk got tangled up and Love sprinted to the locker room with what appears to be a separated shoulder. ABC-ESPN TV reporter Heather Cox reported moments later that Love was in the Cavs locker room with ice on his shoulder and that he would not return as team personnel evaluated him. Timofey Mozgov leads the Cavaliers with seven points and four rebounds. Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith both added in six points, and LeBron James totaled four points and five assists as Cleveland held a 29-19 lead going into the second quarter. Boston’s two scorers in the opening 12 minutes were Tyler Zeller (eight points) and Avery Bradley (six points).

Leaders

Points: Tyler Zeller (Celtics) 8.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 4 each.

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Cavs' Kevin Love will not return after shoulder injury in first quarter

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

 

BOSTON: Kevin Love left during the first quarter of Sunday's Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics and will not return because of an injured left shoulder.

Love was fighting for a rebound with the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk when his left arm was pinned under Olynyk's right arm with 5:22 left in the quarter. Olynyk pulled hard on Love's arm and he immediately sprinted off the court toward the locker room holding his left shoulder. He was quickly followed to the locker room by General Manager David Griffin and members of the Cavs ownership group. 

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LeBron James' full-court shot and the story behind it

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

 

BOSTON: Whenever he’s filming commercial spots or promos, LeBron James always boasts about being a one-take wonder. The first try always gets it done.

That apparently applies to 94-foot, overhand basketball shots, too.

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Game 4 Pregame: Cavs at Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

Time: 1 p.m.; Place: TD Garden

TV: ABC

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Celtics - None.

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VIDEO: LeBron James makes full-court shot after Cavs practice

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 25, 2015

BOSTON: Everyone knows LeBron James could've been an All-Pro receiver in the NFL, but maybe he could've been a quarterback, too. Here is James heaving a full-court pass from the corner of TD Garden, presumably following practice today and shot by James' personal trainer, Mike Mancias. Unbelievable. 

 

 

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Cavs 103, Celtics 95: Jason Lloyd's 31 thoughts on LeBron, Love, scrutiny and success

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 24, 2015

BOSTON: Thirty-one thoughts for 31 points from LeBron James in a 103-95 win over the Boston Celtics that gave the Cavs a commanding 3-0 series lead…

1. Kevin Love’s nerves were a bit rattled during his first postseason game last Sunday. He fell into foul trouble on Tuesday. With the nerves calmed and the fouls no longer an issue, Love was terrific in Game 3.

2. Kyrie Irving’s shining moments came in Games 1 and 2, but with Irving struggling to find his range outside and getting battered inside, Love produced his finest performance of this series. He made six 3-pointers – the most he’s made in a game in nearly two months – he was aggressive in the post and he grabbed nine rebounds to go with his 23 points.

MORECavaliers 103, Celtics 95: LeBron James has 31 points, 11 rebounds as Cavs take 3-0 series lead

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LeBron James has 31 points, 11 rebounds and Cavs take 3-0 series lead with 103-95 win over Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2015

BOSTON: LeBron James had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Love had 23 points and nine rebounds and J.R. Smith broke out of his shooting slump in the Cavs’ 103-95 victory Thursday at TD Garden, giving them a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs can close out the series with a sweep Sunday afternoon at the Garden.

The Celtics pulled within 95-92 late on a 3-pointer from Evan Turner, but Love made a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes – his fifth and sixth of the game – to send the Cavs to their third consecutive victory in the series. The Cavs shot 41 on 3-pointers (12 of 29), which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.

Kyrie Irving had 13 points and six assists on his worst shooting night of the series. He didn’t make his first shot, a 3-pointer, until the third quarter and didn’t make his first basket at the rim until midway through the fourth. He ended 3 of 11, but was offset by big nights from Love and Smith.

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers lead Boston Celtics 84-76 after three quarters in Game 3

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2015

The Celtics opened the quarter with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 56 after the Cavs went into the locker room with a lot of momentum.  That momentum ended quickly.  However, runs typified the quarter as the Cavs used an 11-0 run to take some semblance of control int eh game.  J.R. Smith, who struggled in the series’ first two games, and  Love inflicted damage.  Smith connected on two treys on his way to an eight-point period.  Love added six points in the process. Their collective efforts were needed as point guard Kyrie Irving struggled offensively with nine points in the game.

 

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (24), Cleveland

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers lead Boston Celtics 56-48 at halftime

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2015

The Cavs allowed the Celtics to stick around after they took started to pull away in the second quarter.   Boston used a 10-2 to tie the game at 38 with 6:20 left in the quarter as the Cavs couldn’t defend or make simple layups.  One of the worst things they could do:  allow that Garden crowd into the game. The Celtics took at 40-38 lead and some momentum.   It didn’t last long, however.  After the game got a little chippy with Boston’s Evan Turner being assessed a Flagrant Type 1,m the Cavs ended the first half on a 12-0 run to go into the locker room with a 56-48 lead, taking, appearing as if they’d taken the Celtics’ best shot, figuratively and literally.

 

Leaders

Points: LeBron James, (17), Cleveland

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavs lead Boston Celtics 31-25 after 1Q

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2015

The Boston Garden brings a different tone to the series.   It’s definitely been more physical as the Cleveland Cavaliers look to take a 3-0 lead in this playoff series against the Boston Celtics.  LeBron James looked to impose his will early as he sought driving lanes and found them open early.  Of note:  guard J.R. Smith continued his struggle early missing his first two shots.  For the quarter the Cavs shot 52 percent  (11-of-21) to the Celtics 44 percent (10-of-23).  Both teams grabbed 10 boards.  The most telling stat that could come back to haunt the Cavs: 7-of-13 from the free throw line in the quarter.

 

Leaders

Points: Kevin Love (9), Cleveland

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Cavs, LeBron James return to Boston where James once had a 'defining moment' in his career

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2015

BOSTON: LeBron James has played in so many postseason games at TD Garden that he joked Thursday they should give him a bed here. That would be fitting since some of his biggest nightmares occurred here – along with some of his finest dreams coming true.

There was the 2008 ouster in a Game 7 classic here, the 2010 elimination that ended James’ time in Cleveland and finally the 2012 redemption, when James soared with 45 points and 15 rebounds in a memorable Game 6 when the Miami Heat were facing elimination.

“It was a defining moment, not only for myself but for our franchise and my teammates,” James said of that 2012 Game 6. “We was counted out by mostly everyone, and for us to come in with the performance that we had, it allowed us to go on throughout that season.”

That season ended with James’ first championship ring, but only after slaying his biggest nemesis. Now he’s back in this building on a quest for a third ring.

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Game 2 - Cavs 99, Celtics 91: Jason Lloyd's 26 final thoughts on LeBron, Kyrie and a 2-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 22, 2015
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CLEVELAND: Twenty-six thoughts for 26 points from Kyrie Irving in a 99-91 Game 2 victory against the Boston Celtics…

1. Every postseason series has an ebb and flow to it. What looks true in one might change drastically in another. But right now the Cavs are playing like a team that will go as far as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James take them.

2. Irving and James scored the Cavs’ final 28 points, including all 24 in the fourth quarter. It follows their terrific Game 1 performances when Irving scored 30 and James splashed numbers across the stat sheet. It’s great to have two players excelling at such a high level (particularly considering this is Irving’s first postseason adventure), but they’re going to need some help sometime soon.

MOREGame 2, Cavaliers 99, Celtics 91: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving combine for all fourth-quarter points, Cavs take 2-0 lead

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Oops: Two plays shift momentum for Cleveland Cavaliers against Boston Celtics

By George Thomas Published: April 21, 2015

Second games in a playoff series for the team who owns the 1-0 advantage, usually prove the most difficult.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers expected anything but a struggle out of the Boston Celtics in taking a 2-0 lead after a 99-91 victory at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday, they were mistaken.

The Celtics hounded the Cavs until well into the third quarter when two plays shifted momentum and energized a crowd that was as lively as wake attendees.

The first came on an alley-oop from forward LeBron James to Kevin Love. 

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James, Irving combine for all fourth-quarter points, Cavs take 2-0 series lead over Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2015

CLEVELAND: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined to score all 24 fourth-quarter points and the Cavaliers survived a scare from the Boston Celtics for a 99-91 victory Tuesday, giving the Cavs a 2-0 series lead in the opening round.

James scored half of his 30 points in the fourth and Irving added nine of his 26 in the fourth. James also had nine rebounds and seven assists, while Irving had five rebounds and six assists.

Center Timofey Mozgov scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds and forward Kevin Love had 13 points and six rebounds while battling foul trouble.

Boston guard Isaiah Thomas, who finished second this week in Sixth Man of the Year balloting, finished with 22 points, including 10 of 10 shooting at the free-throw line on a night the Celtics’ bench outscored the Cavs 51-7. Former Cavs center Tyler Zeller had 11 points and six rebounds, while Jared Sullinger scored 14 points and Jae Crowder scored 10, both off the bench.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers defeat Celtics 99-91 to take 2-0 lead in first round series

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Cavaliers starting five provided a majority of the scoring Tuesday night and led the way in a 99-91 victory over a pesky Boston Celtics squad at Quicken Loans Arena. The fourth quarter featured neither team making a significant run. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers in the fourth at both ends of the floor. Whenever the Cavs needed a basket, James and Irving were the players to go to. James finished the evening with 30 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Irving totaled 26 points, six assists and five rebounds. Timofey Mozgov (16 points) and Kevin Love (13) points also reached double figures for Cleveland. J.R. Smith added in seven points. Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 22 points and Jared Sullinger chipped in 14 points. The Celtics reserves were much better tonight, but the Cavs starting five was just too good.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 30.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics) 12.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 75-68 after three quarters

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Cavaliers opened the third quarter on a 17-4 run and built their largest lead of the game, 68-54 with 6:50 to go in the quarter. The spurt featured a Kevin Love two-hand reverse dunk following a pass by LeBron James who was near mid-court at 8:06 and a James two-hand dunk facing the basket off of an alley-oop pass from Kyrie Irving at 6:50. Both plays brought the sellout crowd to its feet with excitement and also brought a lot of energy to the Cavaliers players on the court. Timofey Mozgov, Irving, James and Love combined to score all of the points during the 17-4 surge. The Celtics regrouped and trimmed into the deficit as the Cavaliers led 75-68 entering the fourth quarter. Irving has 17 points after three quarters. Mozgov has 16, James has 15 and Love has 13 points. Jared Sullinger lead the Celtics with 12 points and Isaiah Thomas has 11 points.

Leaders

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics) 11.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 51-50 at halftime

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Celtics came out strong in the second and built a 41-34 lead midway through the quarter. Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk made 3’s to cap Boston’s 15-9 run. The Celtics continued to push the tempo and rebound well, and extended their edge to 45-36 moments later. The Cavaliers put together a 15-5 spurt to close out the quarter and lead 51-50 at halftime. The run featured a Timofey Mozgov layup, a J.R. Smith steal and dunk, a Kevin Love bucket, a Smith jumper, a LeBron James layup, a Kyrie Irving 3-pointer and James converting two free throws. Boston leads Cleveland 15-4 in second chance points and 23-20 in rebounds. Irving leads the Cavaliers at halftime with 12 points. James has 11 points, five assists and four rebounds, and Mozgov has 10 points. Tyler Zeller and Isaiah Thomas each have nine points for the Celtics.

Leaders

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 12.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics), Tyler Zeller (Celtics) and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers) 5 each.

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics lead Cavaliers 26-25 after one quarter

By Michael Beaven Published: April 21, 2015

The Cavaliers came out fast with a 5-1 lead courtesy of a Kevin Love 3-pointer and a Timofey Mozgov layup, but the Celtics responded to take a 16-8 lead with 5:40 to go in the quarter. Tyler Zeller and Marcus Smart combined to score 12 of Boston’s first 16 points. Love picked up his second foul at the 7:41 mark of the quarter, which didn’t help Cleveland. The Cavaliers countered with an 8-0 run to tie the score at 16-16 at 4:12. Kyrie Irving made two layups and Mozgov added two powerful dunks. Irving picked up his second foul on an offensive charge with 35.5 left that Cavaliers coach David Blatt and a sellout crowd at Quicken Loans did not agree with. The teams traded baskets and free throws for the final four minutes of the quarter and the Celtics led 26-25. LeBron James made one 3-pointer in the quarter for three points.

Leaders

Points: Tyler Zeller (Celtics) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 9 each.

Rebounds: Evan Turner (Celtics), Tyler Zeller (Celtics) and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers) 4 each.

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Pregame: Celtics at Cavs, Game 2

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2015
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Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT, FS Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Celtics - None.

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LeBron James is unsocial during playoffs with self-imposed blackout

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2015
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INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James insists he’s on a communication blackout and wasn’t aware of a veiled jab Heat President Pat Riley appeared to aim in his direction. That’s the way it always goes with James this time of year.

James says he shuts his phone off, stays off social media and locks in solely on the postseason and his team’s opponent. In this case, that’s the Boston Celtics and Game 2 Tuesday night.

“I don’t care about nonsense. There’s too much nonsense out there,” James said Tuesday morning in explaining why he shuts everything down. “This is a time where I lock in right now and I don’t need nothing creeping into my mind for no reason that don’t need to be there. I put all my energy and effort toward this team, that’s all that matters.”

And that no longer pertains to Riley and the Heat. Riley said Monday the Heat are approaching their summer with “no more smiling faces with hidden agendas.” It certainly seemed to be fired toward James, who urged the Heat to draft guard Shabazz Napier last year and made Riley fly to Las Vegas to meet with him in July, only to leave anyway for Cleveland.

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Celtics coach Brad Stevens focuses on rebounding, defensive transition for Game 2 vs. Cavs

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 20, 2015
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Highlights of Celtics coach Brad Stevens' pre-practice press conference Monday at Quicken Loans Arena:

1. Stevens was clearly not happy with the 113-100 loss, even after video review. Asked if the Celtics looked better than he thought, Stevens said, "No. We came up short in a couple of areas a little bit more than I thought. The positive is that hopefully we can improve from it. We're going to have to play a lot better."

2. One thing Stevens will emphasize in Tuesday night's Game 2 is the Celtics' depth. They played 10 men Sunday. "We got a lot of good performances at times from a lot of different guys. The biggest thing is we have to utilize our depth as an advantage," he said.

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Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas accepts double-teaming, hopes Game 2 'a different story'

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 20, 2015
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Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas finished second to the Toronto Raptors' Lou Williams in voting for the Kia NBA Sixth Man Award. But Thomas and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Cavs paid plenty of attention to the 5-foot-9 sparkplug in Sunday's series opener.

Thomas scored a team-high 22 points, hitting 6 of 14 from the field and 8 of 8 from the free throw line, while adding a game-high 10 assists and five rebounds. He also committed five turnovers.

Asked before practice Monday if Thomas had to produce against the Cavs, Stevens said, "I don't look at it that way. They're going to pay him a lot of attention, so it may be just pressure to make the right basketball play. He did a pretty good job of that yesterday. Whether he scores 20 like he did yesterday or he scores 5, the goal is for our team to get good shots.

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Evan Turner's defense praised; Celtics' Turner says Kyrie Irving 'probably should have had 40'

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 20, 2015
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Evan Turner, the Boston Celtics' 6-foot-7 forward from Ohio State, said he spent most of his day guarding LeBron James in the Cavs' 113-100 victory Sunday.

Before practice Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. Celtics coach Brad Stevens praised Turner's effort.

"He's playing against a pretty good player," Stevens said of Turner's performance. Turner finished with 12 points on 4 of 12 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists. "He wants to play a little bit better than he did yesterday. He's got to continue to be himself, continue to try to make the right basketball play.

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Game 1 - Cavs 113, Celtics 100: Jason Lloyd's 33 final thoughts on Big 3, fouls and big performances

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 19, 2015
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CLEVELAND: Thirty-three thoughts for 33 free throw attempts in a 113-100 Game 1 victory Sunday against the Boston Celtics…

1. For all the sniping, tweets, mythical MVP ballots and personality differences between LeBron James and Kevin Love, one thing is clear: James has spent the last few days stressing Love’s importance to this team and then spent Sunday’s first quarter doing his best getting Love involved.

2. It was ugly early, but the end result – 19 points and 12 rebounds – is exactly what James wanted to see from his big man. Love fell a point shy from joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving with 20-point performances. The Cavs went 7-1 in the regular season when all three stars scored at least 20 points.

MORECavs 113, Celtics 100: Big Three sets the tone, Kyrie Irving scores 30 in playoff debut as Cavs grab 1-0 series lead

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Kyrie Irving scores 30 in playoff debut, Cavs beat Celtics 113-100 for 1-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 19, 2015

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James predicted prior to the start of these playoffs that in order for the Cavaliers to succeed, the Big Three would all have to play well. It took a little while for one of them to get going, but ultimately they all shined.

Guard Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in his postseason debut, including making his first five 3-pointers, and forward Kevin Love had 19 points and 12 rebounds after a sluggish start in the Cavs’ 113-100 Game 1 victory Sunday against the Boston Celtics. James had a steady 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds in his first step toward a potential fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

Love missed his first four shots in his playoff debut – he missed the rim on three of them – and struggled to shoot 2 of 11 in the first half before erupting in the third quarter. Love had eight points and six rebounds within the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third and the Cavs outscored the Celtics 16-4 during a five-minute stretch to take command of the game.

The Celtics scored 14 consecutive points later in the third to draw within 82-76, but James Jones’ buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter pushed the lead back to 91-76 entering the fourth. It was the second time the Cavs dropped a 3-pointer at a quarter buzzer after Irving ended the first half with a 3-pointer.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers defeat Celtics 113-100 in first round opening game

By Michael Beaven Published: April 19, 2015

Cavaliers 113, Celtics 100. Final.

The Cavaliers maintained a double-digit lead the entire fourth quarter and defeated the visiting Boston Celtics 113-100 in a first round game at Quicken Loans Arena. There was no notable run in the final 12 minutes. Kyrie Irving finished off his NBA playoff debut with 30 points, three rebounds and two assists for the Cavaliers. Irving had a nifty 3-point play with 7:16 to go in the fourth quarter when he converted a jumper, was fouled and then made the free throw. LeBron James finished the day with 20 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Kevin Love totaled 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. Isaiah Thomas paced Boston with 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds. Evan Turner and Kelly Olynyk both finished with 12 points for the Celtics. Marcus Smart, Brandon Bass and Jae Crowder all scored 10 points for the Celtics. Tristan Thompson added in 12 points and six rebounds for Cleveland, J.R. Smith scored nine points, James Jones scored eight points, Iman Shumpert scored seven points and Timofey Mozgov scored six points.

Leaders:

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 30.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 91-76 after three quarters

By Michael Beaven Published: April 19, 2015

Cavaliers 91, Celtics 76. Three quarters complete.

The Cavaliers put together a 7-0 run to lead 71-58 with 8:29 to go in the third quarter following a basket from Timofey Mozgov, a 3-pointer from Kyrie Irving and a bucket from LeBron James. The Cavs lead grew to 82-62 with 4:33 to go in the quarter following a 9-0 spurt that featured a 3-pointer from Iman Shumpert, a dunk from Tristan Thompson and a layup and two free throws from Kevin Love. Boston responded with a 14-0 run to cut its deficit to 82-74 with under two minutes to go. Marcus Smart, Brandon Bass, Isaiah Thomas, Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder provided a spark for the Celtics, but the Cavs remained composed and ended the quarter on a 9-0 run. James Jones capped the quarter by swishing a 3-pointer.

Leaders:

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 25.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 62-54 at halftime

By Michael Beaven Published: April 19, 2015

Cavaliers 62, Celtics 54. Halftime.

The Celtics held a 37-29 lead early in the second quarter, and then the Cavaliers got going at both ends of the court and went on a 24-7 run to lead 53-44. Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love were huge during the surge as Cleveland took a 62-54 lead into halftime. James had a big dunk during the quarter that excited the home crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, and then Irving capped the quarter with a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the fans went wild. Irving has 20 points at halftime, James has 13 points and Smith and Thompson both have nine points. Isaiah Thomas has 13 points at halftime for Boston and Kelly Olynyk has 10 points.

Leaders

Points: Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 20.

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics lead Cavaliers 31-27 after one quarter

By Michael Beaven Published: April 19, 2015

Celtics 31, Cavaliers 27. One quarter complete.

Each team came out slow offensively, but scoring picked up as the first quarter progressed. The lead changed hands, but the score was tied at 11-11 and 22-22. Reserve Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points to lead the Celtics and reserve Isaiah Thomas scored six points. Boston starters Tyler Zeller (six points) and Evan Turner (five points) also made an impact. Kyrie Irving paced the Cavaliers in the quarter with eight points and J.R. Smith added in six points. LeBron James and Tristan Thompson both scored five points for Cleveland.

Leaders:

Points: Kelly Olynyk (Celtics) 10.

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Pregame: Game 1, Celtics at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 19, 2015

Time: 3 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: ABC

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM,   La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish), ESPN Radio

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Celtics - None.

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LeBron: No overlooking Boston despite Cavs entering as heavy favorites

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 17, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers will enter the playoffs as favorites to win a championship and heavy favorites to eliminate the Boston Celtics quickly, but LeBron James isn’t concerned about the Cavs dismissing the Celtics too quickly.

“There will be no overlooking Boston, no matter what the records are,” James said. “Everyone’s 0-0 when you get to this point, so our whole game plan right now is giving ourselves a chance to win the game.”

James’ history is proof he means it. His teams are 24-3 during first rounds the last six years and none of those series have extended beyond five games. The Celtics went 40-42 during the regular season and enter Sunday as 11-point underdogs.

The Cavs begin these playoffs as the heavy favorites to win the East, according to the online gambling site Bovada, and tied with the Golden State Warriors at 11/5 odds to win their first championship in franchise history.

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Podcast: Previewing the 2015 NBA Playoffs and the Cleveland Cavaliers with Jason Lloyd

By Dan Kadar Published: April 17, 2015
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Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com Cavs beat writer Jason Lloyd looks ahead to the start of the NBA Playoffs. Beginning on Sunday the Cleveland Cavaliers face a familiar foe in the Boston Celtics. Should anything about Boston scare Cleveland? Will this series be a sweep? On this week's podcast, Jason explains why the Cavs, led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, are playing at their peak at the exact right time.

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Cavs 113, Wizards 108; Jason Lloyd's 18 final thoughts on the upcoming postseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 16, 2015

CLEVELAND: Eighteen thoughts for 18 points from Iman Shumpert in a 113-108 overtime victory against the Washington Wizards…

1. When we walked into the locker room prior to tonight’s game, J.R. Smith was on the floor asking Brendan Haywood about forfeits in the NBA. Tells you a little something about where the Cavs’ minds were entering this one.

MORE: Cavs playoff schedule with TV and times

2. The Cavs made it out healthy and Kyrie Irving played 18 minutes without his hip really bothering him. Or if it did, he wasn’t about to let on. Regardless, this was a best-case scenario for a game that didn’t matter.

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Cavs-Celtics first round times, TV listings

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 16, 2015

Game 1 – Sun, April 19 Boston at Cleveland, 3 p.m. (ABC)

Game 2 – Tue, April 21 Boston at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (TNT)

Game 3 – Thu, April 23 Cleveland at Boston, 7 p.m. (TNT)

Game 4 – Sun, April 26 Cleveland at Boston, 1 p.m. (ABC)

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Cavs survive for 113-108 overtime win against Wizards, begin preparations for Celtics and playoffs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 16, 2015

CLEVELAND: J.R. Smith laid on the floor of the locker room prior to Wednesday’s game asking Brendan Haywood about the possibility of a forfeit. That’s how much interest the Cavs had in this 113-110 overtime win against the Washington Wizards.

For the first time in five years, the Cavs have much more pressing matters, such as a first-round series with the Boston Celtics.

LeBron James sat Wednesday’s finale and the rest of the starters played limited minutes. None of the typical starters played the second half. That was the plan all along. It was a good sign for Kyrie Irving, who left Monday’s win over the Pistons early with discomfort in his right hip. Irving had nine points and seven assists in 18 minutes before departing healthy at the half. At this point, it’s all that mattered.

“Give everybody a chance to play,” coach David Blatt said before the game. “Hopefully play hard and play well.”

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LeBron James triple-double keys 109-97 win over Pistons; Irving leaves early with hip tightness

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 13, 2015

CLEVELAND – Cavs forward LeBron James had 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his second triple-double of the season and Cleveland beat the Detroit Pistons 109-97 Monday in what is expected to be their final full roster tune-up prior to the postseason.

The Cavs certainly look ready for the playoffs, provided they make it there healthy. All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving did not play in the second half Monday with what the team described as tightness in his right hip. He had 12 points and three assists before he was pulled him for precautionary reasons.

This was Irving’s first game in five days. He sat Friday’s home game against the Boston Celtics because of his hip and coach David Blatt rested most of his starters during Sunday’s loss at Boston. The team doesn’t seem overly concerned about Irving, who has already appeared in a career-high 74 games with a full postseason schedule still to come. A key injury might be all that can slow this team, which will enter the playoffs second in the East.

“It will take a great performance to beat them,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “If you’re going to play big, they’ve got three guys. If you downsize, LeBron can guard all five positions. There aren’t a lot of holes there.”

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Celtics 99, Cavs 90: Jason Lloyd's 29 thoughts on Miller time, Shaqtin' a Feud and heavenly marinara

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 11, 2015
Turner, Evan no look pass

CLEVELAND: Twenty-nine thoughts for Brandon Bass’ 29 minutes in a 99-90 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday…

1. I was leaving Cleveland Clinic Courts last week when Mike Miller was pulling out of the parking lot in his pickup truck. I was on the phone and not paying attention when he rolled down the window and shouted, “Don’t give up on me! It’s looking bleak, but there’s still time!”

MORECeltics 99, Cavaliers 90: Celtics end short-handed Cavs’ 18-game home winning streak

2. Miller flashed his trademark smile, rolled up the window and pulled away. It was in obvious reference to our conversation a few weeks ago when I told him I’ve stuck my neck out throughout the season by insisting Miller was going to win the Cavs a playoff game at some point this spring.

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Celtics hand Cavs 99-90 loss, end 18-game home winning streak after Blatt rests starters in fourth

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2015

CLEVELAND: Marcus Smart scored 19 points, forward Evan Turner passed for a career-high 13 assists and the Boston Celtics maintained their hold on the seventh seed in the Eastern with a 99-90 victory Friday night against the short-handed Cavaliers, ending the Cavs’ 18-game home winning streak.

The Cavaliers played the game without guards Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, who were resting injuries. Irving sat with a right hip that was bothering him at the morning shootaround, while Shumpert was resting a bruised thigh. The Cavs officially called Shumpert’s injury a right quad contusion, but neither his injury nor Irving’s are considered serious.

The Cavs have nothing left to gain during the regular season, having already won the Central Division and clinched the second seed in the East. As a result, coach David Blatt rested most of his starters in the fourth quarter, allowing the Celtics to escape after they blew a 16-point lead in the third quarter.

The Cavs looked lethargic and disinterested at the start, allowing the Celtics to race out to a 16-4 lead. They maintained a 54-40 lead at the break and pushed the lead to 16 early in the third quarter before the Cavs came roaring back.

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Pregame: Celtics at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2015
Celtics logo players blur by

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: FSO

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM, WMMS 100.7-FM,   La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Iman Shumpert (quad) questionable; Celtics - None.

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LeBron James will play tonight against Celtics, Irving and Shumpert out

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 10, 2015
James, LeBron GOOD horizontal dunk

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert will not play tonight when the Cavs host the Boston Celtics, but LeBron James will. His plans beyond tonight, however, have not been determined.

Irving will miss the game with a sore right hip. It was sore at the morning shootaround, the team said, and it was still hurting when he began warming up for the game. Shumpert has what the team is calling a right quad contusion. He was injured in Wednesday's win at Milwaukee, but the injury isn't considered serious. 

The Cavs have already won the Central Division title and clinched the No. 2 seed in the East. With little left to play for, James will likely rest at some point. The Cavs play at Boston on Sunday before closing the regular season with home games against the Detroit Pistons on Monday and the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

The Cavs are presently aligned to also play the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, but it wasn’t long ago they were aligned to play the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, too.

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Cavs 104, Bucks 99: Marla Ridenour's 21 final thoughts on goals achieved, players who can close

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 9, 2015

Twenty-one final thoughts for the 21 points scored by LeBron James as he clinched his seventh consecutive division title.

1. As ugly as I thought the game looked for the most part, my primary takeaway has nothing to do with that. It's that the Cavs proved once again they are closers.

MORECavaliers 104, Bucks 99: Cavs clinch second seed, division title with victory over Bucks

2. They may not care as much about the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference as coach David Blatt. They may make too many sloppy passes (18 turnovers on the night, 11 in the first half). They may have played spotty defense at times against the Bucks. Either that or I have greatly underestimated Michael Carter-Williams, acquired from the 76ers at the trade deadline. (The 11th overall pick in 2013 finished with a season-high 30 points and eight assists.)

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Rest for LeBron, Cavs apparently will come after second seed clinched

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 8, 2015

Cavs coach David Blatt said he has no plans to rest players in Wednesday's 8 p.m. game against the Bucks in Milwaukee.

The Cavs are one victory shy, or one Chicago Bulls' loss away, from clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and their fourth Central Division title in franchise history. The others came in 1975-76, 2008-09, and 2009-10.

Cavs star LeBron James hopes to continue his trend of resting before the playoffs begin, but doesn't know how it will work out once the No. 2 seed -- a goal of Blatt's -- is secured.

"I feel like I'll probably take one game or two games off before the post-season starts," James said before Wednesday's shootaround at the Bradley Center. "Just normal for me every single season going into the post-season.

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Cavs 114, Heat 88; Jason Lloyd's 19 final thoughts on LeBron's post moves, Wade's knee injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 3, 2015
Irving, James high 5

CLEVELAND: Nineteen thoughts for 19 free throws in a 114-88 win over the wounded Miami Heat…

1. We were chatting Wednesday with LeBron James about the shift he makes mentally when the postseason begins, but James didn’t want to reveal too many of his secrets. “I have a noticeable shift,” was all he would divulge.

2. This win over the Heat, however, was more proof of an on-court shift he is making in preparation for the upcoming playoff charge and the quest to end this city’s 50-year championship drought.

3. James had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while spending much of his night in the post. He has been gradually shifting into the post more and more in recent weeks. The Cavs destroyed the Brooklyn Nets on this floor two weeks ago because he went in the post, passed out of double teams and let the Cavs’ shooting cut apart a Nets defense that never stood a chance.

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Cavs deal Heat playoff hopes major blow with 114-88 victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 2, 2015

CLEVELAND -- The hopes for a Cavs-Heat series in the opening round of the playoffs were dealt a major blow Thursday. Not only did Cleveland’s 114-88 victory knock Miami out of seventh place in the East, more importantly Dwyane Wade’s nasty fall might have fittingly delivered the knockout punch to the Heat’s playoff chances.

LeBron James scored 23 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed for seven assists against his former team, guard Kyrie Irving scored 23 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and the Cavs pounded the Heat in what appeared to be a potential playoff series when the day began.

Wade’s left knee injury, however, could change everything.

The loss pushed Miami into a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Boston Celtics, while the Brooklyn Nets climbed into seventh place at least for now.

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Kevin Love will not play tonight vs. Heat

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 2, 2015
Love, Kevin facing Nerlens Noel

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love will not play tonight when the Cavs host the Miami Heat. Love’s back was still stiff when he woke up this morning, coach David Blatt said. It’s the sixth game Love has missed this season: three for the back, one for his eye and two for rest.

Love took an elbow to the back in Sunday’s win against the 76ers and three days off weren’t enough healing time.

“This is not a rest thing, he’s definitely feeling subpar,” Blatt said.

Kyrie Irving is expected play after missing the morning shootaround because he was ill. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra still is unsure whether Dwyane Wade (ill) or Luol Deng (knee) will play. 

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Kevin Love questionable for Heat; Blatt named coach of the month

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 1, 2015
Blatt, Love

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love did not participate in contact drills during Wednesday’s practice and coach David Blatt said Love will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Miami Heat.

The Cavs took two days off and Love said his back felt “good.”

“We had a great practice today,” Love said. “I know it looks like I didn’t sweat but I actually had to run to the locker room and change because I was sweating so much.”

It’s unclear what exactly what he was doing to sweat so much since he was a limited participant in practice.

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