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Sunday
May172015

Kyrie Irving Uncertain For Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Kyrie Irving's status for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks remains uncertain, as Irving continues to deal with injuries to his left knee and right foot.

Irving sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers' practice on Saturday, a day after visiting with team doctors for his left knee, which he aggravated in the second quarter of the Cavs' 94-73 Game 6 win over the Chicago Bulls.

"He's going through a lot of treatment, and we're monitoring and just hoping that he progresses from here until game time," Cavs coach David Blatt said.

After the Bulls game, Irving was certain that he would be ready for the start of the next series against the Hawks. However, head coach David Blatt did not confirm he would be in the lineup come gametime.


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Friday
May152015

Dellavedova Fills In for Irving, Helps Cavs Advance to Conference Finals

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Matthew Dellavedova had a team-high 19 points, and the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame losing Kyrie Irving for most of the game due to injury, to smack the Chicago Bulls 94-73 and win the Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games.

Irving left the court early in the second quarter after tweaking his left knee when he stepped on teammate Tristan Thompson's shoe, resulting in him planting his left leg awkwardly. Irving was then helped to the locker room where he was initially diagnosed as "probable" to return, but was downgraded to "doubtful" at the start of the second half.

With Irving out, Dellavedova stepped up scoring 14 points in the second half.

LeBron James had a rough shooting night making only 7-of-23 from the field and finishing with 15 points. He did add nine boards, 11 assists, and two blocks as he advances to his fifth straight conference final.

The Cavaliers advance to their first conference final since 2009 by limiting the Bulls to 37.5 percent shooting from the field.

Jimmy Butler led all scorers with 20 points in the loss.

The Cavaliers now await the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Washington Wizards series. The Hawks currently lead that series 3-2.


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Sunday
Apr262015

Cavaliers Sweep Celtics, Love Hurts Shoulder

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business and swept the Boston Celtics out of the first round of the playoffs on Sunday 101-93.

Kevin Love left in the first quarter after suffering a dislocated shoulder and did not return and is questionable moving forward in the playoffs.

"That's just not a basketball play," Love said of the way Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk tangled up his right arm with Love's left.  "I expect it to be physical, but when it has to go to that length it's just not the way it's supposed to be, that's not how you play basketball."

LeBron James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving added 24 in the sweep.

"It didn't look like a basketball play," James said of the Love injury.  "I've seen a lot of tie-ups in my day and that tie-up was a little different."

"You want to play the game of basketball the right way, but you never want it to get out of hand when you have injuries," James continued.  

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had 21 in the loss and Avery Bradley finished with 16.


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Sunday
Apr192015

Love Gets First Playoff Victory, Cavs Beat Celtics, 113-100

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- After six seasons in the NBA, Kevin Love finally experienced a playoff game and victory on Sunday in the Cavaliers 113-100 win over the Celtics in round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Love scored 19 in the win and Kyrie Irving scored 30 in his first playoff game.  LeBron James added 20 in the win.

"I just try to find a way to get [Love] touches," James said.  "Even though he was missing shots early, those were great shots and he was very aggressive and I just wanted him to stay with it."

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas scored 22 points and 10 assists in the loss and Avery Bradley was held to seven points. 

"We're still confident," Thomas said. "Guys are ready for Game 2, knowing that good or bad you've got to have a short memory. There are possibly seven games in this series and it could go either way."


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Thursday
Apr022015

LeBron James Allowed to Call Plays 

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) -- Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt did not deny that LeBron James was calling plays on the court this season.

Blatt said on Wednesday that James has the "freedom" to call what he wants on the court.

"I don't think that's peculiar," Blatt said. "When the game is going on and you are in the heat of the battle at times, you can't get a message through or you don't want to stop the flow, so a guy may [call the play on his own]."

"We have sets that we know what we're going to use going in," Blatt continued. "You know, we have a package that we're going to use going in and at times, according to the flow of the game, somebody may call out a play. I don't think that's unusual."

James didn't shy away from the report either and said that he and guard Kyrie Irving are allowed to call plays on the court.

"Well, we have a package," James said. "If I see something, I have the right to call plays. Kyrie [Irving] does as well. We kind of do that play calling. Coach Blatt does the play calling obviously throughout the game in timeouts, but it's great to be able to have some type of freedom out there with Kyrie to be able to call sets that we feel best suit our team."

Cleveland will host the Heat on Thursday night.


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Friday
Mar132015

Kyrie Irving Scores 57 in OT Win over Spurs

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 57 points in the Cavaliers 128-125 overtime win over the Spurs on Thursday night.

Irving scored 55 against the Trail Blazers on Jan. 28, but this one was extra special because it was against the defending NBA champions.

"A few of those shots, it just left my hands and I kind of threw them up at the rim and I was lucky enough and blessed enough that they went in," Irving said.

"It was such a fun game," Irving continued. "The crowd was into it. They sold out, they came to see a great game and it was. Once Bron gets into those step-back 3s, we were just looking at each other, 'Man, this is just so much fun.' "

LeBron James held the franchise record with 56 against the Raptors in 2005, until Irving broke it.

"The kid is special, we all know it, we all see it," said James, who finished with 31 points. "For him to go out and put on a performance like he did tonight was incredible."

Spurs guard Tony Parker had 31 points in the loss. Tim Duncan finished with 18.


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Thursday
Jan292015

Irving Nets 55 to Lead Cavs to 8th-Straight Win

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Kyrie Irving scored a career-high 55 points, offsetting the absence of Lebron James, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Portland Trail Blazers 99-94 Wednesday night.

The Cavaliers (27-20) have now won eight straight.

Irving was on fire most of the game, scoring 29 of Cleveland's 54 first-half points. He also hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give the Cavaliers the win.

Portland (32-14) received an admirable performance from LaMarcus Aldridge. Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed 11 boards in the loss.

Irving's 55 points is the most scored by any player in a game this season, and also breaks the Quicken Loans Arena scoring record that was held by Allen Iverson.


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Monday
Sep152014

Team USA Rolls to FIBA World Cup Gold

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(MADRID) -- Team USA dominated from the start and repeated as World Champion for the first time, defeating Serbia 129-92 in the FIBA World Cup gold medal game on Sunday.

Kyrie Irving was named Tournament MVP and scored 26 points in the final contest. Irving made all six of his three-point attempts, while the team went 15-for-30 from distance.

"Obviously we didn't have a very close game all tournament, but for that to happen we had to play hard for 40 minutes and not relax and not give any inch while we were out there," guard Stephen Curry said.

In total, the U.S. shot 58-percent from the floor in another blowout. The Americans dominated the tournament, posting an average margin of victory of 32.5 points per game. What made the performance more impressive is that it came without the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Kevin Durant. James Harden added 23 points for Team USA as eight different players scored in double figures.

Team USA has now won 63 consecutive games and qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.


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Friday
Jul112014

Cavs Ink Irving to Extension

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Even the potential of luring LeBron James back could not prevent the Cleveland Cavaliers from making a major signing. On Thursday, the Cavs made it official by signing point guard Kyrie Irving to a five-year, $90 million extension.

While the agreement was reached last week, Cleveland could not publicly confirm the deal until the NBA's moratorium on free agency ended on Thursday. The new contract keeps Irving in a Cavaliers jersey through 2020.

"We are excited that Kyrie has officially committed to be here long term with the Cleveland Cavaliers," owner Dan Gilbert said in a release. "The future has never been brighter as we are building the team and franchise for sustainable success. Kyrie is obviously a very big piece of our plan."

The three-year veteran averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds last year for Cleveland. Irving was also named the Most Valuable Player at the NBA All-Star Game.


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Tuesday
Jul012014

Cavaliers Reward Kyrie Irving with Five-Year Extension

NBA via Cleveland Cavaliers(NEW YORK) -- Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers can put their fears to rest as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has agreed to sign a five-year extension with the team worth $90 million.

Irving had one more year left on his rookie deal, but he's now locked up through the 2019-2020 season.

Irving tweeted: "I'm here for the long haul Cleveland!!! and I'm ecstatic!! Super excited and blessed to be here and apart of something special. #ClevelandKID"

The 22-year-old Irving was the number one overall pick in the 2011 Draft after he spent just one season at Duke. The Cavaliers received the number one pick the season after Lebron James left to sign with the Miami Heat. Irving has been a good consolation prize for losing James.

The main issue with Irving is that he's had trouble staying on the court during his young career. He's also never led the team to more than 33 wins in a season.

In three seasons in the NBA, Irving is averaging 20.7 points and 5.8 assists per game.


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