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As Kevin Love walked to the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ bench holding his left hand late in the Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers, fans everywhere feared the worse for the All-Star big man.

Their fears were quelled shortly following the game, when Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue told members of the press that Love had simply jammed his thumb.

According to ESPN, however, Love’s injury is quite a bit more serious than a simple jam:

“Cavaliers forward Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb during Wednesday night’s Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

“Despite the injury, head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will be ‘ready to go’ for Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis.”

Following the game, Love said he could have re-entered the game following the injury, but Lue kept him out:

“I saw a replay and it didn’t look good,” Love said. “It hurt pretty bad. I told (Cavs coach Tyronn Lue) afterward that I could have gone back in. But I think he liked the flow out there.”

He added that the injury will likely continue to bother him, but that it won’t keep him off the court:

“It’s not going to feel great tomorrow,” he said. “But throw some ice on it, tape it up and be ready to go.”

Despite the news of the added severity of the injury, this is still fairly close to a best-case scenario for Love and the Cavs. The talented center scored 15 points and eight rebounds in Wednesday night’s victory, and will continue to play a huge role in any success the Cavs enjoy this postseason.

Love will have one day of rest before the series moves to Indianapolis where the Cavs will look to win a pivotal Game 3 on Friday night. Hopefully, it’s enough time for him to get comfortable with this new minor injury.

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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Game 2 Recap: LeBron Leads the Way https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/19/cleveland-cavaliers-vs-indiana-pacers-game-2-recap-lebron-leads-the-way/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:13:48 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27784 (Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James scored 46 points and hit four clutch free throws in the final minute to help the Cleveland Cavaliers even their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 at one game apiece with a 100-97 victory at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night. Collecting a double-double on the night, […]

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(Cleveland, OH) — LeBron James scored 46 points and hit four clutch free throws in the final minute to help the Cleveland Cavaliers even their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 at one game apiece with a 100-97 victory at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.

Collecting a double-double on the night, James’ 46 points came on 17-of-24 from the field, with 12 rebounds and five assists also playing a key role in the win. Only two other Cavs players scored in double figures, with Kevin Love tallying 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while Kyle Korver notched 12 points, all of them coming on his four 3-pointers.

Prior to the game, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue had made a starting lineup change, inserting J.R. Smith and Korver in place of Jeff Green and Rodney Hood. After the game, Lue cited Smith’s defensive work on Oladipo as one of the keys to the win:

“J.R.’s defensive aggressiveness was good for us,” Lue said. “He did a good job of denying Oladipo.”

The Cavaliers were continually unable to put the Pacers away until the closing seconds. Clinging to an 80-76 advantage with 9:06 to play, the Cavs scored eight of the next 10 points, but watched the Pacers again chip away at their deficit. After the margin dipped to just three points at 95-92 with 51.2 seconds left, an offensive foul on the Cavaliers’ George Hill led to the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo having the opportunity to tie the game, but his miss on a wide-open 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds to go was then converted into two free throws from James. That was repeated in the ensuing possession and was enough to provide breathing room for the victory.

“J.R. and Kyle were huge defensively in the fourth quarter. We needed that from them,” James said. “We blew a coverage, but we were lucky.”

Cleveland sharply reduced Indiana’s effectiveness on 3-pointers compared to the Game 1 loss, limiting them to six for the game. However, the Pacers scored 62 points in the paint, many coming on easy baskets.

“You have to give up something,” Lue said. “But to keep them under 100 points for two games is good for us.”

A scary flashback for the Cavaliers came with 3:43 left in the game when Love left the game for good, holding his left hand and wincing in obvious pain. However, Lue said during his postgame press conference that Love was okay and that he would play in Game 3 on Friday night.

James had roared out of the starting gate, scoring the Cavaliers’ first 16 points of the game. The first 13 of those came without any scoring response by the Pacers, with the Cavs boosting their lead to as many as 18 points during the quarter. By the time the period had ended, Cleveland had held a 33-18 lead, aided primarily by their 67 percent (14-of-21) shooting from the field and their five 3-pointers.

“I made some shots early and got into a rhythm,” James said. “We were more physical at the point of attack.”

That shooting touch for the Cavaliers evaporated over the first seven minutes of the second quarter as they hit just 2-of-8 from the field to start the second quarter. That fueled a 17-6 surge by the Pacers that sliced their deficit to just four points at 39-35 with 5:33 left before intermission. James then got the Cavs back on track until halftime arrived by scoring eight of his nine points in the period. When the two teams left the court, the Cavaliers maintained a 58-46 advantage.

“Our mindset was that we tried to be physical as much as we could every possession,” Smith said. “Ain’t no time to be tired. Ain’t no time for injuries.”

After the break, Cleveland continued to hold a double-digit lead for the first seven minutes of the third quarter, but then saw Indiana twice chop the margin down to five points. The Pacers also had multiple opportunities to make it a one-possession game, but the Cavs were able to make stops when it counted. At the end of the third, the Cavaliers held a seven-point lead at 74-67.

“He did a great job of being aggressive and setting the tone early,” Lue said of James. “It got our defense going, too.”

The scene now moves to Indianapolis for the next two contests, with Game 3 set for Friday night and Game 4 ready to tip off on Sunday night. The Friday night clash will get underway just after 7 p.m. ET.

“All 16 teams in the playoffs punched their ticket for a reason and Indiana is one of those teams,” James said about the challenges ahead. “We gotta be ready to play because we know it’s gonna be in a hostile environment.”

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Cavs News: Tyronn Lue Gives Update on Kevin Love’s Status for Game 3 https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/18/report-cavs-release-update-on-kevin-loves-status-for-game-3/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:06:44 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27793 Cleveland Cavaliers fans held their collective breath late in the Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers, when Kevin Love left the game due to what seemed to be a potentially serious left thumb injury. Shortly following the game, however, it became clear that Love and the Cavs managed to dodge what would have been […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers fans held their collective breath late in the Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers, when Kevin Love left the game due to what seemed to be a potentially serious left thumb injury. Shortly following the game, however, it became clear that Love and the Cavs managed to dodge what would have been a very serious bullet.

After the victory, it was reported that the All-Star big man had suffered nothing more than a jammed thumb and is expected to be ready to go for Friday night’s crucial Game 3.

The initial fears of a serious left thumb injury were party due to the fact that Love had missed six weeks earlier this season due to a left hand fracture.

Love had a strong outing on Wednesday night prior to the injury, and finished the game with 15 points and eight rebounds. Luckily for the Cavs, they’ll be able to expect a similarly solid performance from the talented big man in Game 3.

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Cavs News: Kevin Love Leaves Game 2 vs. Pacers With Gruesome Left Thumb Injury https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/18/kevin-love-leaves-game-2-vs-pacers-with-apparent-left-hand-injury/ Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:50:10 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27786 Kevin Love has been a huge part of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ success since he returned from a left hand fracture back in March. If the Cavs enjoy a successful playoff run this season, Love will surely play a large role. That’s why a hush fell over Quicken Loans Arena late in the fourth quarter of […]

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Kevin Love has been a huge part of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ success since he returned from a left hand fracture back in March. If the Cavs enjoy a successful playoff run this season, Love will surely play a large role.

That’s why a hush fell over Quicken Loans Arena late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Game 2 matchup against the Indiana Pacers, when Love left the game with an apparent left thumb injury.

The injury occurred when the All-Star big man stuck his hand out to block a pass from Victor Oladipo. Moments later, Love went to the Cavs’ bench to get his thumb examined.

Love played a large role in the Game 2 victory, finishing the night with 15 points and eight rebounds before the injury occurred.

While the injury to Love’s left hand that kept him out for six weeks earlier this season did not include an injury to his thumb, it is never good to see a possible reaggravation of such a serious injury.

Hopefully Love is able to rest the thumb in the next few days so that he is ready to go for a pivotal Game 3 on Friday night.

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Report: Cavs Announce New Starting 5 for Game 2 vs. Pacers https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/18/cavaliers-announce-starters-for-game-2/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 23:13:13 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27777 Talk of a dramatic change in the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ starting lineup for Game 2 of their series originally didn’t reveal any hints as to exactly what was going to take place. Shortly before the start of Wednesday night’s home game against the Indiana Pacers answered any lingering questions. Cavs starting lineup for Game 2: George […]

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Talk of a dramatic change in the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ starting lineup for Game 2 of their series originally didn’t reveal any hints as to exactly what was going to take place. Shortly before the start of Wednesday night’s home game against the Indiana Pacers answered any lingering questions.

The two modifications to the starting five were the insertion of J.R. Smith, who was rumored to be out of the team’s 10-man rotation prior to the start of the series, and Kyle Korver, who only played four minutes in Sunday’s Game 1 loss. They replace Jeff Green and Rodney Hood.

The Cavaliers are looking for some early offense after quickly falling behind by double digits on Sunday.

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Report: Tyronn Lue Expected to Make ‘Bold’ Changes to Starting Lineup in Game 2 https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/18/report-bold-cavaliers-lineup-changes-for-game-2/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:35:01 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27771 The Cleveland Cavaliers enter Wednesday night’s Game 2 matchup against the Indiana Pacers in a must-win situation. One report suggests that Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue is planning on putting out a starting unit that is likely to draw plenty of attention due to the apparently radical nature of some position changes. Expecting starting lineup […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers enter Wednesday night’s Game 2 matchup against the Indiana Pacers in a must-win situation. One report suggests that Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue is planning on putting out a starting unit that is likely to draw plenty of attention due to the apparently radical nature of some position changes.

The cryptic tweet offers no hint as to exactly which players will be inserted into the lineup for Cleveland and which ones will be removed. However, one player who will undoubtedly remain as a starter is veteran forward LeBron James, who collected a triple-double in Sunday’s Game 1 defeat. Unfortunately, poor shooting all around for the remainder of the Cavaliers resulted in a huge first-half deficit that proved to be too large to overcome.

The importance of a victory on Wednesday night can’t be overstated for the Cavs. That’s because losing again will send them on the road to Indianapolis for two weekend games in hostile surroundings and facing possible elimination. That’s a far cry from three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals, which is why Lue’s effort to inject some life into his squad will be closely watched.

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James Comey Says He Modeled Running FBI After LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/18/video-james-comey-says-he-modeled-running-the-fbi-on-lebrons-approach/ Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:30:24 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27757 Former FBI Director James Comey is in the midst of promoting his new book and on Tuesday morning noted how the way he ran his former organization was based on how Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James continually seeks to improve his game over the course of his career. The 6-foot-8 Comey appeared on Tuesday’s edition of […]

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Former FBI Director James Comey is in the midst of promoting his new book and on Tuesday morning noted how the way he ran his former organization was based on how Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James continually seeks to improve his game over the course of his career.

The 6-foot-8 Comey appeared on Tuesday’s edition of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and joked about how his height was one of the few direct comparisons that could be made between them. However, he soon turned more serious by indicating that James’ dedicated approach was often cited by him as a way to model his leadership:

“He illustrates what the endless pursuit of excellence looks like,” Comey said of James.

Expounding on that thought, Comey ventured into delicate territory by saying that James was “the best basketball player on the Earth today,” a comment that drew at least one dissenting comment from the assembled audience. However, that didn’t dissuade Comey.

“I’m sorry, year 15 for LeBron and he’s still the King, the top of the game,” Comey said.

Comey was especially impressed by the fact that James is never satisfied with his game and says he used that as a motivating tool for his staff, telling them, “We have to find parts of our game to make better.”

While Comey has faced political controversy in connection with the release of the book, some basketball fans are also likely to be upset. Still, James himself has dealt with plenty of controversies related to politics in recent years, so that’s one more connection the two have between them.

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Report: Injury Updates on Kyle Korver and George Hill for Game 2 vs. Pacers https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/17/report-george-hill-and-kyle-korver-take-part-in-cavs-practice/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:42:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27748 The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently trailing the Indiana Pacers in their first-round playoff series and seeking to even things up in Game 2 on Wednesday night. During their Tuesday practice, they had some potentially positive news for that game after veteran guards George Hill and Kyle Korver both attended after having both been absent on […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently trailing the Indiana Pacers in their first-round playoff series and seeking to even things up in Game 2 on Wednesday night. During their Tuesday practice, they had some potentially positive news for that game after veteran guards George Hill and Kyle Korver both attended after having both been absent on Monday.

Hill left Sunday’s game with back stiffness, playing just 19 minutes after  unexpectedly taking a hit to the back while being screened. In the closing weeks of the regular season, he also suffered a sprained ankle, but entered the postseason fully recovered from that issue.

Korver saw just four minutes of action on Sunday due to an undisclosed illness, but could be back on Wednesday night. The veteran has dealt with issues both on and off the court in the past month, due to the death of his younger brother and health concerns related to a foot injury.

It’s possible a final decision on the playing statuses of both players will be made following the team’s Wednesday morning shootaround, though that may also be delayed until just prior to the start of the contest.

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LeBron James and His Company Being Sued by Adventure Enterprises https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/17/lebron-james-production-company-being-sued/ Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:00:21 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27746 Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is currently focusing his attention on the first round of the NBA playoffs, but now has something to distract him as he prepares for Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. That distraction is a lawsuit that’s been filed against the production company run by James and his […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is currently focusing his attention on the first round of the NBA playoffs, but now has something to distract him as he prepares for Game 2 against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. That distraction is a lawsuit that’s been filed against the production company run by James and his business partner, Maverick Carter, for allegedly stealing the idea for a TV show.

TMZ Sports reported on Monday that Adventure Enterprises came to pitch the idea of a show about celebrities getting a haircut while recounting their successes in the business world to UNINTERRUPTED, James’ production company. Adventure Enterprises’ planned show never came about, but a similarly themed show soon got their attention, which then led to a lawsuit that also includes an injunction request to stop production on any further episodes.

“The company claims it had numerous talks about the idea with LeBron’s company, UNINTERRUPTED, over a period of two years … fleshing out the idea and figuring out a strategy for pitching it to various networks.

“According to the lawsuit, LeBron went and cut Adventure Enterprises out of the picture and created a ripoff show called ‘The Shop,’ featuring LeBron in a barbershop with his contemporaries, ‘while engaging in an intimate conversation describing cultural experiences.’ The show aired as a webisode.

“Adventure Enterprises claims it confronted LeBron’s people, and what they got back was an apology and assurances it was a one-time deal and wouldn’t happen again.”

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported on Tuesday that the filming for a third episode of “The Shop” was recently completed. Not surprisingly, the lawsuit and facts surrounding the case are being disputed.

“The company sought a payment eight months ago and were told their claim was ridiculous, and they disappeared,” a source close to James and Carter told ESPN on Monday. “They clearly saw the media around the University of Alabama story and saw an opportunity for a publicity stunt.”

That Alabama story was connected to the school’s football program releasing a trailer on social media for a program entitled “Shop Talk.” The show involves the school’s head football coach, Nick Saban, chatting in a barber shop, with former Crimson Tide wide receiver Julio Jones, who currently plays in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons.

That led to UNINTERRUPTED sending a cease-and-desist letter claiming legal issues related to intellectual property concerns, trademark rights and infringement of copyright. In the interim, the University of Alabama has changed the name of their program to “Bama Cuts,” and produced another episode.

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Victor Oladipo Takes Shot at Dan Gilbert Following Game 1 Victory Over Cavs https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/04/16/victor-oladipo-takes-shot-at-dan-gilbert-following-game-1-victory/ Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:20:41 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=27733 The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently down 0-1 in their first round-series against the Indiana Pacers. A big reason why is due to the play of rising star Victor Oladipo, who dominated on both sides of the court and finished the night as the game-high scorer with 32 points. Following the game, Oladipo said that Cavs owner […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently down 0-1 in their first round-series against the Indiana Pacers. A big reason why is due to the play of rising star Victor Oladipo, who dominated on both sides of the court and finished the night as the game-high scorer with 32 points.

Following the game, Oladipo said that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was one of the many people he wanted to prove wrong in Game 1.

“You could say it fueled the fire,” he said of Gilbert following the blowout victory over the Cavs.

Last summer, Gilbert questioned whether or not the Pacers could have gotten more for Paul George than Oladipo and a bunch of role players.

Last night, Oladipo showed Gilbert firsthand that the Pacers knew exactly what they were doing when they traded for him. Along with his 32 points, the University of Indiana product added six rebounds, four assists, and four blocks to his monster night.

During the regular season, he averaged 23.1 points, 5.2 rebounds. and 4.3 assists per game, and is considered by most to be a shoe-in for the Most Improved Player award.

Game 2 is not until Wednesday night, but there is no doubt that quite a bit of the Cavs’ game plan will be trying to find a way to keep Oladipo from having such a massive impact on the contest.

While Gilbert had nothing but doubts regarding the Pacers’ offseason trade that brought Oladipo to Indiana, it seems he could learn a thing or two from them about how to evaluate and acquire unproven talent.

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