Cavs’ Kyrie Irving ‘built’ for moments like Finals Game 4 performance

Cavs’ Kyrie Irving ‘built’ for moments like Finals Game 4 performance

by USA Today All Sports Jeff Zillgitt      The Cleveland Cavaliers needed an all-time performance to beat the Golden State Warriors and force a Game 5. USA TODAY Sports Related: bathroom-bill-could-end-dallas-bid-to-host-draft (Photo: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)  CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving made his first two shots of Game 4, picking up where he left off in Game 3. And when the Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard gets his offense going like he did on Friday, there aren’t many more entertaining and enjoyable scorers to watch in the NBA. Irving scored 28 of his game-high 40 points in the first half, following up his 38-point effort on Wednesday. The difference in the two games? His performance in Game 4 led to Cleveland’s first victory of the Finals, a 137-116 triumph against the Golden State Warriors. Related: a-friday-with-phil-mickelson-at-the-fedex-st-jude-classic “He’s just been built for that moment,” Cavs star LeBron James said. “I said that over and over again – that he’s always been built for the biggest moments, and tonight he showed that once again. It’s not surprising. He’s just that special.” In the first two games of the series, Golden State contained Irving, double-teaming him and forcing him to pass the basketball. The Warriors know James will generate points, but the Warriors do not want James and Irving beating them. In Game 3, Irving and James combined for 77 points, but Cleveland failed to execute in the final three minutes, resulting in another loss. Latest NBA Finals coverage:  Kyrie Irving, LeBron James combine for 71, Cavs win record-breaking Game 4 Tristan Thompson wakes up from Finals slumber, boosts Cavs in Game 4 Bell: Cleveland...
Kevin Durant’s late-game heroics encapsulate NBA’s new nightmare

Kevin Durant’s late-game heroics encapsulate NBA’s new nightmare

Sam Amick , USA TODAY Sports LeBron James admits he has not faced a team with as much firepower as the Golden State Warriors.USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports) CLEVELAND – For most of the night, you could finally see how the Cleveland Cavaliers might shock the basketball world and these mighty Golden State Warriors again. For most of the night, and after three days’ worth of discussion about how these NBA Finals were unofficially over, it was a reminder that LeBron James & Co. were the ones who pulled off the most improbable comeback in league history this time a year ago. But then came those final 75 seconds of the Warriors’ 118-113 win in Game 3, that surreal stretch in which Kevin Durant showcased why the rest of the NBA is terrified by this latest super team. The smooth jumper from the left block, Durant waiting for Draymond Green to lure James away and then rising over Tristan Thompson to cut the lead to two. The Steph Curry-esque three-pointer on the next possession that put them up one, Durant grabbing the rebound and firing away from 26 feet before James could close the space. The free throws that sealed the deal. Kevin Durant in the CLUTCH!#NBAFinals #DubNation pic.twitter.com/vj558h1HAl — NBA.com (@NBAcom) June 8, 2017  Durant scored seven points in the 11-0 run at the end, leaving the Cavs stunned and the Warriors one win away from recapturing the crown. Game 4 on Friday is a chance not only to win it all, but to become the first team in league history to go 16-0 in the playoffs. This, right now...
LEBRON JAMES’ LEADERSHIP MOVE MAKES BIG IMPACT AFTER CAVALIERS GAME

LEBRON JAMES’ LEADERSHIP MOVE MAKES BIG IMPACT AFTER CAVALIERS GAME

by Fox News One small gesture that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James made after his team’s loss Thursday night has made big waves online after a photographer caught it on video. “King James” was the first to leave the court after the first game of the NBA Finals — but he was the last member of his team to enter the locker room. That’s because he stopped to shake hands or high-five every single one of his teammates. RACIAL SLUR SPRAYED ON LEBRON JAMES’ LOS ANGELES HOME, COPS SAY ESPN first posted the video on its Instagram page with the caption: “LeBron was the first off the court but wasn’t the first to the locker room,” Fox 8 reported. The Cavaliers shared the video on their Facebook page with the caption: “Leadership.” As of Friday, it’s received some 80,000 likes and counting. RELATED: FRUSTRATED-MR-MET-GIVES-FAN-THE-FINGER-EMPLOYEE-FIRED THE NBA FINALS: WARRIORS TAKE GAME 1 BEHIND KEVIN DURANT’S 38 POINTS RELATED: MLB-MVP-BANNED-4-GAMES-AFTER-BRAWL The Cavaliers lost 113-91 to the Golden State Warriors Thursday night. Last year, the two teams met in the finals which the Cavaliers won in seven games. The win was the first championship ever for the Cavaliers. The second game of the finals is set for this...
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL HORRIFIES VIEWERS WITH BARE FOOT

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL HORRIFIES VIEWERS WITH BARE FOOT

by Fox News Former NBA basketball player Shaquille O’Neal sits off-set on a break from taping a commercial in Atlanta, Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  (AP) Shaquille O’Neal horrified fans when he removed his sock and shoe to expose his bare foot during NBA on TNT’s halftime report of Thursday’s Cavs-Celtics Game 5. Host Ernie Johnson was in the middle of asking the athlete a question when suddenly Shaq exclaimed, “Check out at those claws.” The camera turned towards his size-22 feet and everyone on set gasped at his frightening feet. Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their disgust. This really @SHAQ‘s feet tho ?? #HallOfFameFeet ???? pic.twitter.com/XIswKqWNSb — k. rodriguez (@KR_Alpha) May 26, 2017 Shaq feet got me like ? @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/iAtHnezBjU — Dylan Ray™ (@DylanGarza52) May 26, 2017 I can’t unsee Shaq’s feet pic.twitter.com/FMN3hAZpXg — Zero Dark 33 ? (@BuckeyesGirl33) May 26, 2017   Shaq’s feet are messed up — Coach Summers (@RobSummers33) May 26, 2017 omg Shaq’s feet. pray for the children watching @NBAonTNT — Tarun (@Subbi232) May 26,...
Isaiah Thomas shocked by Brad Stevens’ Coach of the Year snub

Isaiah Thomas shocked by Brad Stevens’ Coach of the Year snub

AJ Neuharth-Keusch LeBron James and Cavaliers are headed to the NBA Finals for the third straight year and will once again square off with the Warriors. USA TODAY Sports (Photo: David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports) Brad Stevens, revered league-wide for his basketball IQ and expertise when it comes to drawing up after-timeout plays, is in the upper echelon of NBA coaches, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who argues the contrary. The 40-year-old, who earned his first NBA head-coaching gig with Boston in 2013, has helped improve the Celtics’ record in each of his four seasons on the sidelines. Most recently, the Celtics finished as the No. 1 seed in the East, won 50-plus games for the first time since 2010-11, and advanced to the conference finals, where they fell to a much stronger Cleveland Cavaliers team in five games. So when the NBA award finalists were announced last week and Stevens wasn’t one of the three coaches nominated for the annual Coach of the Year award, Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas couldn’t help but wonder why. LATEST NBA: Kevin Durant, alleged NBA villain, ignoring the noise: ‘I’m at peace’ LeBron James seeks his own legacy in face of Michael Jordan comparison Bill Laimbeer settles LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate At the team’s exit interviews on Friday, Thomas was responding to a question about whether he’s talked to any players set to hit free agency this summer, but then veered down a different path. “I haven’t (talked to any upcoming free agents) yet. I was focused on trying to get as far as I can in the playoffs. And also focusing on why Brad...
LEBRON JAMES CONTINUES TO BUILD LEGACY OFF THE COURT

LEBRON JAMES CONTINUES TO BUILD LEGACY OFF THE COURT

by USA Today All Sports Jeff Zillgitt        (Photo: Andrew Weber, USAT) CLEVELAND – Forget LeBron James’ legacy on the court. In the big picture, his on-court achievements are noteworthy and impressive, but not life-changing. James’ philanthropic work with the LeBron James Family Foundation is leaving a meaningful mark on children and families, especially those in the Akron public school system. For his work to help children in the classroom, the Professional Basketball Writers Association named James the winner of the 2016-17 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given to the NBA player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. RELATED: CLOUD-COMPUTING-SURGES-PAST-ALWAYS-DREAMING-TO-WIN-PREAKNESS “It means a lot,” James told reporters Sunday morning. “I do so much for my community and my foundation does a great job of giving families and kids and the youth an opportunity to better their lives and better their futures. For that part of what I do to be recognized, it’s definitely an award not only for myself and my foundation but all my kids that are a part of my program and all the people that look up to me. It’s their award for sure.” RELATED: FIVE-PLAYERS-WHO-EMERGED-AS-DARKHORSE-HEISMAN-CANDIDATES-THIS-SPRING What started out as a bike ride to encourage students in the classroom has turned into a foundation that provides academic and financial support, mentorship and encouragement for elementary, middle school and high school students. MORE NBA: Takeaways: Kevin Durant’s scoring ‘clinic’ keys another Warriors rout in Game 3 Warriors overwhelm depleted Spurs, take commanding 3-0 lead MVP or not, LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world   James’ foundation is transforming lives....