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Stress test: High-wire Cavaliers still alive in NBA Finals

No team handles chaos and crisis better than the Cleveland Cavaliers. For the fourth time in two years, the Cavs staved off elimination in the NBA Finals, winning 137-116 in …


Same place as last year: Warriors up 3-1, NBA Finals go west

The NBA Finals are right where they were last year and could still end with the same result. The series returns to California with Golden State leading Cleveland 3-1. The …


Warriors’ Draymond Green stays in Game 4 after technical foul fiasco

Draymond Green was allowed to stay in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after officials said the first of what looked like two technical fouls charged to him had actually …


UPDATED: Fri., June 9, 2017

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers end Golden State’s perfect postseason run in Game 4 rout

LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and Cleveland outperformed the NBA’s most electrifying offense in a testy Game 4 filled with technical fouls on Friday night, …


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017

No questioning Kevin Durant’s decision now as Warriors near title

Kevin Durant joined the Warriors to have fun. Now he’s about to have the time of his basketball life. Durant is on the verge of winning his first championship and …


Cavs try to adjust on both ends after Game 1 beating

Tyronn Lue has a new No. 1 priority for LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals: Stop the ball. First and foremost, then make …


Klay Thompson makes up for shooting slump on defensive end

The Golden State Warriors won’t worry about how many shots Klay Thompson misses as long as he keep preventing his opponent from making them on the other end of the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1, 113-91

Kevin Durant finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first NBA Finals for Golden State and leading the Warriors past LeBron James and the defending champion …


Finals pick up where they left off with Cavs-Warriors III

The NBA Finals are right back where they ended last June after a summer highlighted by Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City for the star-laden Golden State Warriors, a …


Newcomers to Cavs-Warriors rivalry embrace Finals

Kevin Durant is far from the only newcomer to Part 3 of the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals trilogy. There are a dozen newcomers since last year and many are expected to …


Position-by-position matchups for the NBA Finals

In a position-by-position look at the matchups in the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors get the edge at power forward, shooting guard, point …


Why the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA Finals

Why will the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in the three-match of the NBA Finals?


Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

Defense has been the question for the Cavaliers all season. That is why Golden State is my pick to win the NBA championship.


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

LeBron passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win

LeBron James scored 35 points and passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 to claim their third …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017

Warriors coach Steve Kerr not yet ready to return to bench

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not yet ready to return to the bench as the franchise prepares for its third straight trip to the NBA Finals. General manager …


Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. The recent challenges from the Boston Celtics have sharpened the focus of the defending champs. The chatter …


Stephen Curry’s 36 points leads Golden State Warriors to sweep of San Antonio Spurs, 129-115

Golden State made sure the inevitable was unavoidable. Heavily favored to beat the Spurs, especially once Kawhi Leonard sustained a series-ending injury, the Warriors completed a dominant sweep in the …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017

‘He’s human’: Cavaliers coach defends LeBron James after ‘weird’ loss

LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. Just as he did in Game 3.


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017

Kevin Durant, Warriors beat Spurs 120-108, take 3-0 lead

Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals. …


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017

Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas out for rest of playoffs with hip injury

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a hip injury. The team made the announcement a day after Thomas sat out the second …


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Cavs send Celtics to record loss, 130-86, lead series 2-0

LeBron James scored 30 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers steamrolled the Boston Celtics 130-86 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals and tie an …


Zaza Pachulia expected to be enemy No. 1 for Spurs fans

Zaza Pachulia is expected to hear boos from every corner of AT&T Center during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors center was involved in the play that …


LeBron, Cavs have reeling Celtics in must-win for Game 2

LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in the Cavaliers’ dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. And he expects to be …


Where’s the drama? Blowouts the rule in these NBA playoffs

Think back to the very first game of this NBA postseason: A one-point nail-biter of a win for Cleveland over Indiana, that outcome not getting decided until the final second.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

LeBron James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Love added …


Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

The Golden State Warriors’ rare unbeaten start this postseason doesn’t necessarily mean they’re on their way to a title.


Warriors, Spurs will try to use break to rest and heal again

Still unbeaten, the Golden State Warriors have a few days to see if Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia can heal up. Gregg Popovich’s time will be spent working to get …


Warriors trounce Spurs without Leonard for 2-0 series lead

Stephen Curry had 29 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters and the Golden State Warriors trounced on the Spurs missing Kawhi Leonard, running away from San Antonio …


Favorite Cavs open East finals on road vs. underdog Celtics

The Celtics are heading to the Eastern Conference finals with the No. 1 seed and home court advantage. But they are still very much underdogs to the defending champion Cleveland …


Back to Boston: LeBron, Celtics meet again in postseason

LeBron James has a long postseason history with the Celtics. He’ll be facing them for the sixth time in the playoffs when the Cleveland Cavaliers open the Eastern Conference finals …