DENVER >> Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence with a pulled groin and provided stellar defense on LeBron James in the Nuggets’ 126-113 victory over the Cavaliers on March 22.
The Nuggets bounced back from consecutive heartbreaking last-second losses to Houston with a signature win that increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.
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Six players scored at least 16 points for Denver as the Nuggets routed the defending champion Cavaliers 126-113 in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd of 19,718.
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There is one list in the NBA on which LeBron James appears near the bottom. As arguably the best basketball player in the world, James is not the first player — or second or third or 999th — a team wants to face when it is trying to rebound from a crushing loss.
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MINNEAPOLIS >> As the godfather of the NBA’s modern player rest movement, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has long championed the importance of limiting the wear and tear on players’ bodies in order to prolong their careers and increase the chances of deep runs in the postseason.
Commissioner Adam Silver has long been sympathetic to Popovich’s point of view, acknowledging the science that proves what a difference rest can make.
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MIAMI >> NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league’s board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games “an extremely significant issue for our league” and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.
Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players.
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Chris Bosh never wanted to take games off as a player and would give anything to be playing right now. So he has a very simple perspective on the NBA’s rest-or-play debate .
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CLEVELAND >> LeBron James has teamed up on a special sneaker for special athletes.
The Cavaliers star and Nike have unveiled a new shoe designed for disabled athletes that can be slipped on and off more easily. The LeBron Soldier 10 FlyEase is modeled after the signature shoe worn by James, but it has no laces and can be secured with Velcro straps and zippers.
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LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – the “Big 3” – rested in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game at the Los Angeles Clippers on March 18, a move that some criticized.”It’s a long and strenuous season.
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The NBA has a problem. For the second Saturday night, a nationally televised game was missing some of its biggest stars.
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LOS ANGELES >> Kyrie Irving scored 46 points, LeBron James added 34 and the Cavaliers had to rally from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to edge the last-place Los Angeles Lakers, 125-120, on March 19.
Kevin Love had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who needed every bit of their full lineup to survive a surprising challenge from the Western Conference’s last-place team and clinch a playoff spot.
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LOS ANGELES >> When the Cavaliers decided to rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the same game, they also provided a welcome boost to the Los Angeles Clippers, who got to sit their own starters for the entire fourth quarter of a predictably one-sided victory.
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Kevin Love returned to the court with for the first time March 16 since his knee surgery last month.He scored 10 points in 19 minutes, and said of the game “tonight just felt right.”
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The Cavaliers got one player back from injury Thursday night, but lost two others.Fortunately for the defending NBA champions, they can always count on LeBron James.James scored 33 points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, and Cleveland defeated the …
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The Cavaliers experienced in the 2015 NBA playoffs what it was like to be without Kevin Love. Barring any more calamities, they will not have to experience that in the 2017 postseason.Love returned to the starting lineup March 16 to face the Jazz, just…
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Kevin Love will start for the Cavaliers against the Jazz on March 16, nearly two weeks before team doctors said he would return from Feb. 14 knee surgery, Coach Tyronn Lue said in his pregame news conference.Lue said Love’s minutes will be monitored, b…
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CLEVELAND >> Larry Sanders’ long journey back to the court could lead him to a championship.
Sanders, who hasn’t played in the NBA in two years, signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and is ready to help his new team defend its title.
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The Cavaliers need Larry Sanders. Larry Sanders needs the Cavaliers.This marriage was made in of the office of Cavs general manager David Griffin. It will seem like it was made in heaven if it works out.A little background first.
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LeBron James got his 52nd career triple-double Tuesday, and that doesn’t even count perhaps his most notable assist of the night.James had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, Kyrie Irving had 26 points and the Cavaliers used a blazing start to overp…
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Cavaliers general manager David Griffin had some good news concerning injured forward Kevin Love, who has been out since undergoing knee surgery on Feb. 14.Love practiced three-on-three during the morning shoot-around at the Cavaliers’ practice courts …
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