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Cleveland Cavaliers Watch Party tickets set for sale Saturday

By George Thomas Published: May 26, 2017

The Cleveland Cavs will continue their post-season tradition while the team is on the road by holding Cavs Official Road Game Watch Parties at Quicken Loans Arena for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.

Game 1 tips off at 9 p.m. Thursday and Game 2 begins at 8 p.m. on June 4. Tickets, $10, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Northeast Ohio DrugMart locations, Cavs.com and the Quicken Loans Arena.  There is a limit of six tickets and seating is general admission.

All proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. 

 

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Cavs 135, Celtics 102: Marla's 32 shots from Beyond the Arc on MJ, DiMaggio and Warriors' stress

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 26, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 135-102 Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden. The Cavs took the series 4-1 and advanced to their third consecutive meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, which open June 1 in Oracle Arena.

1. A few scenes to remember before I get to LeBron James passing Michael Jordan to become the leading playoff scorer in NBA history.

2. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he was wearing water, not champagne. The locker room floor wasn’t soaked, but Lue headed to the post-game press conference in a nearly-drenched shirt and Finals cap. He still hugged acquaintances on the way and got a new cap from a league staffer before stepping in front of the television cameras and a full room of reporters.

3. There was some hooting and yelling as the Cavs waited for the trophy presentation hosted by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Cavs radio analyst Jim Chones, a member of the “Miracle of Richfield” team, also participated. Richard Jefferson handed his phone to a Cavs employee so he could get his own copy of the team picture. Lue had to be encouraged to return to the fray for the photograph, he’d ducked out of the group as soon as the trophy part of the festivities ended.

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LeBron James admits he was sick for Game 3 vs. Celtics, 'never' considered sitting out

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 25, 2017

LeBron James admitted Thursday he was sick during the Cavaliers’ Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday, when he scored 11 points, the fourth-worst playoff point total of his career.

But when asked if he considered sitting out, James replied, “Never.”

Teammate Richard Jefferson revealed James’ illness in an interview with Fox Sports Ohio after the Cavs’ victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday.

Holding a 3-1 lead, the Cavs will try to close out the series Thursday night at TD Garden. James said he still isn't over the illness.

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Rhythm returns for LeBron James in fourth quarter of Game 4, a Cavaliers 112-99 win over the Celtics

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2017

CLEVELAND: The all-around production from LeBron James during the Cavaliers first 10 playoff games this year was off the charts.

The four-time MVP and three-time NBA champion was efficient as a shooter, passer and defender as the Cavs swept the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors, and handled the Celtics twice on their home court in Boston.

Then came Sunday night when the Cavs 10-0 start to this postseason was pushed to the side when the visiting Celtics won 111-108 on a 3-pointer by Avery Bradley just before the final horn in the fourth quarter.

James totaled 11 points and six assists in the loss after scoring 30 or more points in the previous eight playoff games. Dating back to last year when the Cavs won three in a row to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, James had been on top of his game for 13 playoff games in a row, all victories.

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Cavaliers: LeBron James calls Kyrie Irving “special” after Game 4 win over Celtics

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2017

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving walked out of the Cavaliers locker room on Tuesday night and saw several folks waiting to greet him in the hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena.

Among the smiling faces was Cavs general manager David Griffin, who gave Irving a big hug after a 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game of the Eastern Conference finals. The triumph gave the defending NBA champion Cavs a 3-1 lead in the series, which shifts to Boston on Thursday in what could be a closeout game.

Irving emerged as the Cavs go-to-player on Tuesday when LeBron James picked up his fourth foul in the second quarter. The all-star point guard scored 33 points in the next 19 minutes, and finished with a career playoff high 42 points and four assists on a night where the Cavs erased a 16-point deficit and won by 13-points.

“I’ve been saying he’s a special kid,” said James, who finished with 34 points, six assists and five rebounds. “He’s a special talent. As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher, but it was nothing surprising for me. But he rose to the occasion, and he put the team on his back, and we definitely needed that effort from him.

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Cavs 112, Celtics 99: Marla's 37 shots from Beyond the Arc on passing the torch, LeBron's fouls

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 24, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 112-99 Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Leading 3-1, the Cavs will try to close out the series Thursday night in TD Garden.

1. Michael Beaven will have more on Kyrie Irving’s playoff career-high 42-point night, so I’ll keep this part short. Irving scored 36 points after LeBron James picked up his fourth foul with 6:46 left in the second quarter. Irving poured in 33 points in a span of 17:11, from 5:11 in the second period through the end of the third quarter.

2. Irving and James combined to score 48 points in the second half, more than the 42 the Celtics scored as a team.

3. But what struck me the most in Irving’s post-game remarks was the sense of the passing of the torch from James to Irving, even if James’ career is far from over.

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