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Cavs 94, Bulls 73; Jason Lloyd's 23 final thoughts on advancing to conference finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 15, 2015
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CHICAGO: Twenty-three thoughts for 23 shots from No. 23 in a 94-73 Game 6 win and semifinals series victory against the Chicago Bulls…

1. In the weeks leading up to February’s trade deadline, as they made calls and mulled deals from around the league, the Cavaliers kept coming back to one idea: Don’t be one injury away from postseason elimination.

MORECavaliers 94, Bulls 73: Reserves stand out as Cavs eliminate Bulls, advance to conference finals

2. It’s part of the reason why they tried so hard to upgrade the point guard position. Matthew Dellavedova struggled at various points during his second year in the NBA, and as the only point guard behind Kyrie Irving, it didn’t always feel like much of a safety net. So the Cavs looked overseas, they kicked the tires on a few trade targets and had at least one deal for a point guard fall through on deadline day.

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Role players shine as Cavs eliminate Bulls with 94-73 victory, advance to conference finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 14, 2015

 

CHICAGO: LeBron James left Cleveland the first time because he didn’t have enough help around him. Now that he’s back, the hired hands carried the Cavaliers within one step of the NBA Finals.

James had 15 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds while struggling through another lousy shooting night, Kyrie Irving reinjured his left knee in the second quarter and did not return and yet the Cavs still eliminated the Chicago Bulls with a 94-73 victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals because of the role players.

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Kyrie Irving: 'Most I've done to prepare for one game in my whole entire career'

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 14, 2015

 

CHICAGO: When he was a rookie teenager, Kyrie Irving used to watch the elaborate stretching and icing a veteran like Antawn Jamison did before and after games and Irving would chuckle. Now only 23, Irving has joined the club.

Irving said he felt good again when he woke up this morning and will be ready when the Cavs attempt to close out the Chicago Bulls in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. But it has taken a lot of work to get him functional.

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Game 6 Pregame: Cavs at Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 14, 2015

 

Time: 8 p.m.; Place: United Center

TV: ESPN

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Cavs center Kendrick Perkins involved in domestic dispute, according to police

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 13, 2015

 

INDEPENDENCE: Cavs center Kendrick Perkins was involved in a domestic dispute Wednesday morning in Westlake, according to police. A 911 caller passing by alerted police to the incident.

“Looks like the woman is hitting the man and he’s trying to get out of the car,” the female 911 caller told police. “It looks like he was trying to get out and the person, I think was a woman, was trying to pull him back, grabbing him and pulling him back in.”

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Cavs 106, Bulls 101; Jason Lloyd's 38 final thoughts on return of Kyrie Irving. That Kyrie Irving.

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 13, 2015

CLEVELAND: Thirty-eight thoughts for 38 points from LeBron James in the Cavs’ 106-101 Game 5 victory against the Chicago Bulls…

1. The turning point to the Cavs’ postseason may not have occurred in any game on any court. Instead it may have been inside a tube in a medical facility where Kyrie Irving’s left knee was scanned.

MORECavaliers 106, Bulls 101: Kyrie Irving returns to form, LeBron James shines as Cavs take 3-2 series lead over Bulls

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Cleveland Cavaliers basketball: Iman bounces back with critical play, offense

By George Thomas Published: May 12, 2015

CLEVELAND:  Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert said that he’s had bigger rebounds in his career.  For now, however, he has the most significant one in career on the North Coast against the Chicago Bulls in Tuesday night’s Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals.

With the Cavs leading 101-99, Shumpert, who came to the team in a trade with the New York Knicks, pulled down an offensive rebound that helped to seal the game after LeBron James missed a 10-foot turnaround jumper. 

“It was critical,” Shumpert said. “[Tristan Thompson] worked his a-- off to get three guys over there and box him out.  Once the ball came to me, I had the easy job on the play, if you really look at it.  It came into my hands, I saw Kyrie.  We got it out and he knocked the free throws down.”

Those free throws gave the Cavs a 103-99 lead with 16.4 seconds left in the game, virtually sealing it after allowing the Bulls to cut a 17-point deficit to as few as two points.  The Cavs won 106-101 in a contest that got chippier as it evolved.

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Kyrie Irving returns to form, LeBron shines in Cavs 106-101 win to take 3-2 series lead over Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 12, 2015

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving returned to his old self. LeBron James did, too.

James finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, Irving scored 25 points despite battling injuries to both legs and guard Iman Shumpert grabbed a crucial offensive rebound in the final minute of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 106-101 victory against the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals to take a 3-2 series lead.

It’s the first time either team has won consecutive games in this series. Now the Cavs can attempt to close out the Bulls Thursday night at United Center.

The Bulls were again without forward Pau Gasol to a hamstring injury and forward Taj Gibson was ejected in the fourth quarter after a tie-up with Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova led to both teams tangling under the basket. Gibson appeared to push Dellavedova down while going for a rebound, while Dellavedova pinned Gibson’s left leg between both of his own. Gibson kicked Dellavedova while trying to shake free, receiving a flagrant-2 and ejection after officials separated both teams.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers defeat Bulls 106-101, take 3-2 lead in second-round series

By Michael Beaven Published: May 12, 2015

CLEVELAND: LeBron James and Kyrie Irving gave supreme efforts and the Cavaliers defeated the Bulls 106-101 Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in the second round playoff series.

James finished with 38 points, 12 rebounds and six assists on 14-of-24 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 shooting from the free throw line. His performance tied him with Bulls legend Michael Jordan for most playoff games (51) with at least 30 points, five assists and five rebounds in a playoff game.

Irving totaled 25 points, five assists and two rebounds.

The fourth started with a bang for the Cavs as Tristan Thompson tossed down a two-hand slam dunk following an alley-oop pass from Matthew Dellavedova, and then made a free throw after being fouled on the play just 28 seconds into the quarter.

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