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LeBron James set to become free agent, weighs contract options with Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 29, 2016

LeBron James will become a free agent on July 1, but is expected to return to the Cavs. The only question is the type of contract he signs.

James had until Wednesday at midnight to pick up the option year on his contract for next season, but as expected, he will instead become a free agent, according to multiple reports. That’s only to maximize his earning power, since he made it clear during the Cavs’ parade last week that he wants to remain in Cleveland.

James can sign his patented one-year deal with a player option for another season and earn about $27.5 million next season, or he can sign a two-year deal using Early Bird rights and make about $64 million over the next two years. The maximum James can sign for this summer is four years and about $138 million, but he could be sacrificing millions under a long-term deal due to an exploding salary cap and the potential for a new collective bargaining agreement.

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LeBron James banner staying put; Sherwin-Williams making donation instead

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 28, 2016

The 10-story banner featuring LeBron James in downtown Cleveland is staying put. Sherwin-Williams’ decision to temporarily remove the banner for the summer and replace it with another one celebrating the company’s 150 years in business was met with outrage from Cavs fans who wanted the banner to stay.

One online petition urging the company to keep the banner up accumulated nearly 24,000 supporters. Instead, Sherwin-Williams will donate $150,000 to the LeBron James Family Foundation. The paint company employs 3,000 people in Northeast Ohio.

“For 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been proud to call Cleveland our home, and we’re committed to doing the right thing for the people of this great city," said Sherwin-Williams President and CEO John Morikis. “For the last year, we’ve been planning to hang a celebratory banner outside our building during the summer months. But what better way to celebrate our 150th year than with a NBA championship. As a long-time supporter of the Cavs, and the entire community, we want the energy and excitement in this city to continue.”

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Tyronn Lue to be honored by hometown following Cavs championship

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 28, 2016

Tyronn Lue’s annual July 4th party in Mexico, Mo. is getting a little bigger this year. Lue’s hometown is throwing a celebration for the Cavs’ championship Saturday that includes a motorcade, the Mexico Dixie Gray Band and a children’s choir that will perform.

Fans are being encouraged to line the motorcade route before eventually following behind on foot – down Tyronn Lue Boulevard, of course, and into a park where Lue will address the crowd. Saturday’s celebration will precede Sunday’s party and fireworks display, which Lue funds every summer by himself for the town of about 12,000. It is estimated that thousands attend the event every year.

“The community is jam-packed. The hotels are all booked that weekend,” said Stephanie Williams, 43, a childhood friend of Lue's and a part-time juvenile officer for the city of Mexico who’s also a full-time student studying sociology at Columbia (Mo.) College. “He does right by these kids around here. … He’s such a role model to these children on TV, on the court and off. I like that. I just wish that we had more.”

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Kevin Love visits The Late Show, jokes about his "warm, cuddly embrace" with LeBron

By Ohio.com staff Published: June 28, 2016

Kevin Love stopped by the Late Show with Steven Colbert last night and brought the Larry O’Brien trophy and the WWE Championship belt with him.

Love talked about his “warm, cuddly embrace” with LeBron James after winning Game 7, “protecting” himself from Draymond Green and his love for 90’s wrestling.

Take a look at the clips below. 

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Cavs acquire point guard Kay Felder in second round of NBA draft

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 24, 2016

The Cavaliers drafted Oakland University point guard Kay Felder 54th overall Thursday night with a pick purchased from the Atlanta Hawks, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. The Cavs entered Thursday’s draft without a pick, but a source confirmed The Vertical's report that the Cavs paid $2.4 million to get one.

Felder measured 5-foot-9 1/2 without shoes at the combine. He is an undersized but athletic scorer who averaged 24.4 points and led the nation by averaging 9.3 assists as a junior. The fact the Cavs paid so much for the pick indicates he has a good chance to make the team.

The Cavs already have three point guards on the roster. Mo Williams is expected to pick up his option for next season, but Matthew Dellavedova is a restricted free agent who struggled throughout the postseason before eventually falling out of coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation during the Finals. 

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Agent: LeBron James pulls out of Olympics

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 23, 2016

LeBron James will not play in the Rio Olympics this summer, his agent told the Beacon Journal. James will take the time off to rest after playing in each of the last six NBA Finals.

James, 31, has won two gold medals, but his exit this summer likely brings his Olympic career to an end. His good friend Chris Paul has also pulled out of Rio, but Carmelo Anthony has committed to playing, according to various reports.

Kyrie Irving is a strong candidate to make the team if he chooses to play, given the amount of point guards who have pulled out already. Irving has yet to announce his decision.

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LeBron James says he has no intention of leaving Cavs next season

By Ohio.com staff Published: June 22, 2016
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LeBron James didn't waste much time squashing rumors that he might leave town now that the Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA title.

James told cleveland.com he intends to return to the Cavs next season to defend the NBA championship the team just won.

"I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told cleveland.com before boarding a float for the celebratory parade.

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Life on the beat: Chronicling a champion

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 20, 2016

SOMEWHERE OVER SOUTH DAKOTA: I think it’s finally starting to sink in. I’m on the plane headed home and the enormity of the last 24 hours is suddenly starting to hit me.

I complain about this job sometimes. The demands of it, the hours, the overwhelming travel, the lack of sleep, the overabundance of arena food… it isn’t nearly as glamorous as you think it is. But I’m still incredibly lucky to have it and today I’m humbled. Humbled to be the eyes and ears for this team that has made a city weep with joy.

Four of us were there every day to chronicle this team: myself, Joe Vardon, Chris Haynes and Dave McMenamin. Much like the Cavs were torn down and thrown together when LeBron came back, so too was the Cavs beat.

Chris came from Portland. Joe came from politics (and sports before that). Dave came from Los Angeles. Joe and I were familiar with each other from a previous lifetime, while Chris, Dave and I had seen each other in passing in NBA arenas. That’s about it. We didn’t really know each other, but we were thrown together for nine months a year, spending more time with each other than our own families.

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Cavs 93, Warriors 89: Jason Lloyd's 52 thoughts on LeBron James, Cleveland being a champion

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 20, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Fifty-two thoughts for 52 years…

1.     Before the start of these playoffs, James Jones came up with the idea of a puzzle. Sixteen pieces in the shape of the Larry O’Brien trophy – one for every win the Cavs needed to win a championship.

2.     After every postseason victory, a different player took a turn fitting in the next piece. When Kevin Love missed a game with a concussion, it was his piece. The players kept the puzzle quiet throughout the postseason. They waited until the NBA cameras departed and did it privately.

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Channeling disrespect, daunting deficit, history leaves Cavaliers' LeBron James emotionally spent

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 20, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.: The burden of history was heavy, so it was no wonder that LeBron James’ tears came so quickly.

He dropped to the court, his head in his hands, and cried before the celebration began.

He wept during an embrace with Kevin Love, the first teammate he found after the Cavaliers captured Cleveland’s first championship since the 1964 Cleveland Browns.

He broke down as he cradled the trophy on the victory stand in Oracle Arena, his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce at his side on Father’s Day.

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Cavs win first NBA championship, LeBron James named MVP in 93-89 win over Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 19, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: For Mesa and Ehlo, Sipe and Colavito; for Bernie, Belle and Byner; for the Drive, and the Dawg Pound, the Shot and the Fumble; for burning jerseys and burning rivers; for the blue collars and the rust belt…

Dance, Cleveland. Dance. After 52 years, you are a champion.

With tears in his eyes, LeBron James delivered the championship he sought when he returned to Cleveland two years ago. James’ triple-double and Kyrie Irving’s 26 points lifted the Cavaliers to a stunning 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, the franchise’s first championship in their 45-year history and the city’s first title since 1964.

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Cavs 115, Warriors 101: Jason Lloyd's 25 thoughts on LeBron, mouthguards and Game 7

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-five thoughts for 25 free throws in Thursday’s 115-101 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals…

1.       There were two lasting images from this night, this night that Cleveland won’t soon forget. LeBron James swatting Steph Curry’s shot away and sneering at him; then Curry losing his mind and his mouthguard after his sixth foul.

2.       Curry turned his mouthguard into a Danny Salazar fastball – right into the shoulder of Andrew Forbes, the son of Cavaliers minority owner Nate Forbes. It was that kind of night for Curry and the unflappable Warriors, who left Quicken Loans Arena thoroughly flapped. James has that effect on people.

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NBA Finals Game 6: Tristan Thompson posts double-double, Cavaliers defeat Warriors 115-101

By Michael Beaven Published: June 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson attacked the rim with regulatory Thursday in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

Thompson dunked the basketball five times, made a layup and converted three out of four free throws to help the host Cavs defeat the Golden State Warriors 115-101 and even the series at 3-3 in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 20,562 inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Game 7 is set to tipoff around 8 p.m. Sunday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Cleveland fans were pumped Thursday inside and outside the Q as LeBron James scored 41 points for second consecutive game and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points.

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Cavs say LeBron James' back-to-back 41-point nights not unthinkable, but expected

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 17, 2016

CLEVELAND: There is no doubt now that the Cavaliers’ LeBron James was saving himself for when it mattered most.

What other explanation could there be for the four-time league MVP scoring 41 points for the second consecutive game in the NBA Finals?

Could it be a coincidence that from the final five minutes of the third quarter of Game 6 Thursday night through the first 7:38 of the fourth, James scored or assisted on 27 straight points?

Because of James’ leadership and play reminiscent of the 31-year-old’s game years ago, the Cavs are one victory away from Cleveland’s first professional championship in 52 years.

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LeBron James shines, carries Cavs to Game 7 with 115-101 win over Warriors to even series

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 16, 2016

CLEVELAND: J.R. Smith lofted the pass toward the sky and LeBron James soared through five decades of rot and rust to catch it. When he landed, when the crowd roared and James swung from the rim like a pendulum, the Cavaliers lead was 19 and this series was headed to the Bay Area for the most delicious event in all of sports: Game 7.

Fifty-two years of misery are four quarters from distant memory. The Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors again on Thursday 115-101 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, evening this series at 3-3 and handing the Warriors consecutive losses for just the second time this season.

No NBA team has ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win a championship. The Warriors haven’t lost three consecutive games in more than three years. None of that matters anymore. LeBron James is big game hunting. The championship is four quarters away.

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LeBron James calm, relaxed while facing another elimination

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 16, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Thirteen years and two championships in the NBA have taught LeBron James how to handle anticipation and anxiety. Facing his second elimination game in 72 hours, James was relaxed Thursday morning.

That is, until the t-shirts were mentioned.

Fans attending Thursday’s Game 6 will receive a black t-shirt instead of the traditional wine and gold that have been handed out at each of the last nine home playoff games. This is of no concern to James, but he was still asked about it.

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Warriors' Andrew Bogut out for rest of NBA Finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 15, 2016
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Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the NBA Finals after injuring his left knee in Game 5 against the Cavaliers at Oracle Arena.

NBA.com and ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported that word was Bogut would be out six to eight weeks. The Warriors confirmed the news shortly after, saying Bogut had suffered bone bruises to the proximal tibia and distal femur. The team stuck to the six- to eight-week timetable and said surgery would not be required.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the results of the MRI "bad news for our team."

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Cavs 112, Warriors 97: Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and greatness

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 14, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Thirty thoughts for 30 shots from LeBron James in Monday’s 112-97 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals….

1.       Before Klay Thompson poked fun at his manhood, before Mo Speights subtweeted him with a picture of a baby bottle and before Ayesha Curry took a shot at him on Twitter, LeBron James walked into the Warriors practice facility on Monday wearing an Undertaker t-shirt honoring the WWE wrestler.

2.       It was fitting, considering how his Cavs were left for dead in this series. The obituaries were already written and Kevin Love was halfway out of town, traded to the Boston Celtics or New York Knicks or anyone else who would take him. Only one problem: They’re not dead yet. James breathed life back into this team with a pulse that will only grow stronger during a Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.  

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Kyrie Irving, LeBron James make NBA Finals history as first teammates to score 40

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 14, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.: Kyrie Irving and LeBron James made history Monday night and afterward James called Irving’s effort “probably one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen live.”

Ponder for a moment that includes 987 regular-season games and 197 more in the playoffs.

The pair poured in 41 points apiece and became the first teammates to score 40 or more in the same game of the NBA Finals. With the Warriors’ best defensive player, Draymond Green, sitting out due to suspension, the Cavs staved off elimination with a 112-97 victory in Game 5 at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors take a 3-2 series lead into Game 6 Thursday night in Cleveland.

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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving each score 41, Cavs stave off elimination with 112-97 win over Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 13, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: LeBron James laughed at Klay Thompson’s comments this week about the NBA being a man’s league. Instead, he thought of a punishment far worse than anything he could say.

He brought the Golden State Warriors back to Cleveland one more time.

James had 41 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists and Kyrie Irving scored a career postseason high 41 points on a night the Cavaliers staved off elimination with a 112-97 victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The series shifts back to Cleveland for Game 6 Thursday night.

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Warriors 108, Cavs 97; Jason Lloyd's 28 thoughts on deficits, odds and history

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 11, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-eight thoughts for 28 shots by Kyrie Irving in the Cavs’ 108-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals…

1.     Here is the position the Cavs find themselves in today: No team has ever come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals. Nor have the Warriors lost three straight all season.

2.     In fact, the Warriors didn’t lose three straight at any point last season, either. The last time they lost three in a row was Nov. 20-23, 2013. They have played 284 games since then.

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Marla Ridenour: Cavs not built to the beat the Warriors

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 11, 2016

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers don’t have the right pieces to beat the Golden State Warriors.

They can’t score enough points.

They don’t have the depth.

They don’t have the consistency.

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NBA Finals: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson lead Warriors to 108-97 win over Cavaliers, 3-1 series lead

By Michael Beaven Published: June 11, 2016

CLEVELAND: Golden State Warriors sharp-shooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson put together a performance Friday night more consistent with their “Splash Brothers” nickname inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Missed shots in bunches were in the past as Curry and Thompson each found their strokes to lead the Warriors to a 108-97 win over the host Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals before a sellout crowd of 20,562.

The Warriors, winners of an NBA record 73 games, can close out the series and win their second title in a row Monday night at home in Oakland in Game 5.

“It’s business as usual,” Curry said after scoring a game-high 38 points to go along with six assists and five rebounds in 40 minutes.

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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson lift Warriors to 108-97 win in Game 4, send Cavs to brink of extinction

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: All of the attention regarding Kevin Love before the game ultimately didn’t matter. Love’s role didn’t determine the outcome of Game 4 – the long-feared outburst from the Splash Brothers did.

Steph Curry scored 38 points and Klay Thompson scored 25 in the Golden State Warriors’ 108-97 victory Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Golden State took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series and can close out their second title in as many years over the Cavs Monday night at Oracle Arena. It was Cleveland’s first postseason loss at home after winning its first eight.

Curry and Thompson strung together their best joint performance of this series and the Cavs countered by dribbling their way to the brink of extinction.

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Kevin Love comes off the bench for Cavs in Game 4

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love will come off the bench tonight when the Cavs host the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. It will be Love’s first bench role since April 14, 2010 – the final game of his second year in the league.

Richard Jefferson remains in the starting lineup at small forward, with LeBron James at power forward. It’s a lineup that produced a 120-90 win over the Warriors in Game 3, the Cavs’ only win in this series.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue did not address the lineup change during his pregame availability, but discussed lineup changes in general on Thursday and said the key is to be honest.

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LeBron James compares Warriors' high-powered attack to Packers; decision on Love to come pregame

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 10, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James likened playing the Golden State Warriors to facing Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers: No lead ever feels safe.

“The Warriors are really the toughest team to go against when you’re up,” James said Friday in advance of the NBA Finals Game 4. “When you’re up big on them, you’re really not up big. It’s almost like going against the Green Bay Packers. If you’re up a couple touchdowns versus Aaron Rodgers, you just know you can’t relax. Because one 60-yard bomb here and 70-yard connection here and now they’re right back in the game.”

The Cavs led by 20 late in the first quarter of Game 3 on Wednesday, but cut the deficit to nine within five minutes.

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Kevin Love expected to play Friday in Game 4 of NBA Finals, likely in a bench role

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love is expected to play Friday and it’s likely he will come off the bench in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, league sources told the Beacon Journal.

Love still has another medical examination he must pass on Friday before he is cleared from the league’s concussion protocol, but he took part in some on-court shooting drills Thursday and the team is privately confident he will be available to play.

Coach Tyronn Lue would not discuss Love’s role on Thursday, insisting he hadn’t given it much thought. While one source stressed no final decision has been made yet, it’s likely at this point Love will be a reserve for the first time since April 14, 2010 – the final game of his second year in the league. 

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Cavs 120, Warriors 90; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on LeBron in the post, missed shots and new life

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty thoughts for 30 points from Kyrie Irving in the Cavaliers’ 120-90 win over the Golden State Warriors in Wednesday’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals…

1.     LeBron James awarded his figurative game ball to Richard Jefferson and he credited Kyrie Irving with taking the game over both early and late, but the truth is James’ move into the post is what at least temporarily saved the Cavaliers’ season.

2.     The Cavs’ lineup Wednesday completely flipped the dynamic of this series – at least for one night. Whether or not it’s sustainable remains to be seen, but they seemed to overhaul their defensive schemes and James made life miserable for Draymond Green, who punished the Cavs with 28 points thanks to countless open looks in Game 2. Green scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting Wednesday.

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NBA Finals Game 3: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson struggle as Cavaliers top Warriors 120-90

By Michael Beaven Published: June 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: The “Splash Brothers” looked more like the “Clank Brothers” Wednesday night inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors had a chance to take a commanding three games to none lead in the 2016 NBA Finals, but poor shooting, too many turnovers and strong performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers to earn a 120-90 victory before a sellout crowd of 20,562.

Both Curry and Thompson played 31 minutes, but neither shot the ball well for the second game in the best of the best of seven series.

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J.R. Smith finds his happy hunting ground, sparks Cavs with fourth 20-point game of playoffs

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thus far in the NBA Finals, J.R. Smith hadn’t gotten a chance to go hunting.

But Wednesday night’s Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors was the perfect time for him to return to his role as the Cavs’ sharpshooter.

After totaling eight points in the first two road losses, Smith provided a spark the Cavs sorely needed. He pitched in 20 points, his fourth 20-plus effort in the playoffs, as the Cavs rolled to a 120-90 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.

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LeBron James scores 32 points, Kyrie Irving scores 30 as Cavs smash Warriors 120-90 in Game 3

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 8, 2016

CLEVELAND – LeBron James had 32 points and 11 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ resounding 120-90 victory Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, their first victory in this series.

It ended a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors that dates back to last years Finals, although Golden State still holds a 2-1 lead in this series with Game 4 Friday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Harrison Barnes scored 18 points on a night the Splash Brothers again struggled. Steph Curry scored 19 points and Klay Thompson scored 10, but they combined to shoot 4-of-16 from 3-point range.

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Richard Jefferson takes Kevin Love's place in starting lineup, LeBron James shifts to power forward

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 8, 2016

CLEVELAND: Richard Jefferson will start in place of Kevin Love Wednesday night when the Cavs host the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Love remains in the league’s concussion protocol and has been ruled out.

Jefferson will start at small forward and LeBron James will shift to power forward in a game James has already declared the Cavs must win. No team has ever rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series in the NBA.

“We’ll be better tonight,” James said Wednesday. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to help our team win this ball game.”

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Decision on Kevin Love will be made Wednesday; LeBron James calls Game 3 'must win'

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 7, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love did not participate in practice on Tuesday and remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol. No decision is expected on his availability for Game 3 until Wednesday.

“He’s feeling better,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “We won’t know until tomorrow.”

Lue wouldn’t divulge his plan if Love is unable to play. He could return Timofey Mozgov to the lineup for a more physical presence defensively or he could start Channing Frye to add another shooter. Both have played sparingly in this series. Lue could also play small and move LeBron James to power forward while starting another guard, either Matthew Dellavedova or Iman Shumpert.

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Warriors 110, Cavs 77; Jason Lloyd's 34 thoughts on Kevin Love's concussion, LeBron's bad night

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 6, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Thirty-four thoughts for 34 rebounds in Sunday’s 110-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals…

1.     LeBron James says all the time there’s nothing in the NBA he hasn’t seen before. Well he’s never seen this. Sure, he’s fallen behind 0-2 in a series before, but never has his team looked this overmatched.

2.     The 48-point gap through the first two games is the most in NBA Finals history. The Warriors simply look too fast, too strong, too long and too athletic for the Cavs to match.

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Turnovers may be Cavs' most fixable issue going into Finals Game 3

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 6, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.: LeBron James dressed uncharacteristically quickly, arriving in the interview room before Cavs coach Tyronn Lue had finished.

James had a plan, even when dinner with teammates might have been the more enjoyable option. James said he was likely headed back to his hotel room to re-watch the Cavs’ 110-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors Sunday night in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

“The next couple days I won't be reflecting,” James said. “I'll figure out ways I can be better, starting as soon as I leave this podium. Probably go back to the room and watch the game for ways I could have been better.”

One statistic particularly nagged at him. James committed a game-high seven turnovers as the Warriors turned the Cavs’ 18 turnovers into 26 points.

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2016 NBA FINALS GAME 2 - Warriors blitz Cavs 110-77 for 2-0 Finals lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 5, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: The forearm delivered to the back of Kevin Love’s head sent him tumbling to the ground in pain. The crippling blow the Golden State Warriors delivered to the Cavaliers Sunday night has put their season in peril.

Love is in the league’s concussion protocol and the Cavs are on life support following another 110-77 blitzing Sunday at the hands of the Warriors at Oracle Arena. After insisting for two days they weren’t dejected and the film from Game 1 revealed plenty of simple fixes, they can’t say that any longer.

This was the worst loss of the season for the Cavs, surpassing the 32-point beatdown the Warriors dropped on the Cavs at home in January. The Warriors are responsible for the Cavs’ two worst losses this season and now hold a commanding 2-0 lead as the series shifts to Quicken Loans Arena for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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Jerry West calls criticism of LeBron James' Finals record 'ridiculous'

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 4, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Jerry West wants to make LeBron James’ blemished Finals record a little worse than it already is, but he doesn’t think James should be punished for it. In fact, he called any criticism of James ridiculous.

“That’s the most ridiculous thing,” West said Saturday. “If I were him, frankly I’d probably want to strangle you guys (the media). It’s ridiculous. He’s carried teams on his shoulders.”

If anyone can relate to James’ 2-4 record in NBA Finals, it is most certainly West, who is now working in the Warriors’ front office as an advisor. West went 1-8 in the Finals and remains the only player in NBA history to win a Finals Most Valuable Player award in 1969 despite losing the series – a feat James came close to matching last year.

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Warriors 104, Cavs 89; Jason Lloyd's 23 thoughts on turnovers, bench and 4th quarter that got away

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 3, 2016

OAKLAND, CALIF.: Twenty-three thoughts for 23 points from LeBron James in the Cavaliers’ 104-89 loss Friday to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals…

1. This was perhaps the most demoralizing way the Cavs could’ve lost Game 1. The Splash Brothers crashed and it didn’t even matter.

2. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 8-of-23, including 4-of-13 from 3-point range in Game 1. Thompson and Curry missed shots when they were open and missed shots with a hand in their face. They missed so many shots that they turned to each other at one point in the second half and chuckled – perfectly acceptable when your teammates have your back.

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Warriors taking nothing for granted despite six consecutive victories over Cavs

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 3, 2016

OAKLAND, Calif.: Draymond Green refused to be baited.

After the Warriors’ 104-89 victory over the Cavaliers Thursday night in Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena, he wouldn’t concede that the defending champions believe they own the team they defeated for the title a year ago.

And the usually unfiltered Green had every reason to brag.

Going into Sunday night’s Game 2 in Oakland, the Warriors have beaten the Cavs in six consecutive games, including two in the regular season. The string started after the Cavs took a 2-1 lead in the 2015 Finals only to see the Warriors win three in a row to close it out.

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