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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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