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Kevin Love said he's returning to Cavs next season, vows to be ready for opener

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 31, 2015

Forward Kevin Love said Sunday he will return to the Cavaliers next season and intends to play in the opener despite left shoulder surgery that ended his playoff run after the first round.

Speaking for the first time since April 29 surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder, torn ligaments and a torn labrum suffered against the Boston Celtics, Love can opt out of his contract and become a free agent on June 30. That has led to rampant speculation that he would look around, especially since the Cavs have reached the NBA Finals without him.

Asked at Cleveland Clinic Courts if there was any question in his mind if he'd be back with Cleveland next year, Love said, "No, I truly haven't even thought about it, but as I mentioned, I expect to be suiting up by Game 1 of next year."

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[Video] NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on his future

By George Thomas Published: May 31, 2015

Cavaliers injured forward Kevin Love on his future in Cleveland plus a lot more.

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Cavs 118, Hawks 88; Jason Lloyd's 29 thoughts on another Big 3, LeBron and Finals appearances

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 27, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: Twenty-nine thoughts for 29 minutes from LeBron James in a 118-88 victory over the Hawks that clinched the East and sent the Cavs sprinting for the NBA Finals…

1. LeBron James wandered across the locker room holding a champagne bottle in his left hand when he wrapped each of his arms around Mike Miller and James Jones.

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As he learns how to lead, Cavaliers' LeBron James sets sights on Cleveland title drought

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 27, 2015

CLEVELAND: Teammates J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson flanked him in his post-game interview, but for a few minutes LeBron James seemed virtually alone.

Alone with his thoughts, his memories, his emotions. He talked softly as he began and his voice might have cracked for a second before he reigned himself back in.

The Cavaliers had just accomplished what he admitted he didn't think was possible at the start of the season. They are going to the NBA Finals.

He'd enjoyed a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals for perhaps an hour Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena when the reality of what came with that had to be broached. The drought. Cleveland's 51 years without a championship since Jim Brown led the Cleveland Browns to the 1964 NFL title.

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NBA playoffs: Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving bounces back from injury to make impact

By George Thomas Published: May 27, 2015

CLEVELAND: Since LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers many have referenced his letter regarding the matter and the key words “it’s not easy.”

If one member of James’ team learned that in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, which the Cavs won by sweeping the Atlanta Hawks out, point guard Kyrie Irving did.

After going through a few games of uncertainty prior to starts, missing two consecutive games in the process, Irving returned to the Cavaliers lineup and announced his presence with authority scoring five of his team’s first seven points.

Limited to about 22 minutes, the game was out of hand by halftime for the Hawks, he scored 16 points and added five assists in the 118-88 plucking of the Hawks.

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LeBron James, Cavaliers back in NBA Finals after 118-88 win completes sweep of Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 26, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: LeBron James pulled the conference championship t-shirt over his sweaty, weary frame and turned to J.R. Smith with a simple message: "Four more."

This is why James returned to Cleveland. The Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals.

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