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CLEVELAND -- Honestly, I didn't know if the Cavaliers had this in them. They were coming off a crushing loss in Game Three two nights earlier. No NBA team had won any playoff series after falling down 3-0, and eight of the last nine to lose the first three in the Finals had been swept. You wondered if they had the will to extend the series, necessitating a plane ride t…

CLEVELAND  -- It's an interminable wait for these 9 p.m. (scheduled, anyway) starts for the NBA Finals, so I decided to pass the time by doing a little research. With the Warriors on the verge of sweeping the defending champion Cavs, I wondered how many times a team had swept an opponent in the Finals after losing to them for the championship the year before. It's happ…

CLEVELAND -- The Warriors attempt to make history tonight by sweeping the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals and completing an unprecedented 16-0 run through the playoffs. And if that happens, don't be surprised if Kevin Durant is holding the trophy for Finals MVP at the end. Durant is a solid favorite at this point, despite the overall brilliance of Steph Curry, who is averag…

CLEVELAND -- Evidently, I got some national exposure earlier this week while pressing LeBron James on the issue of pace during the off-day interview sessions before Game Three of the NBA Finals. This gave the trolls an opportunity to take shots on Twitter, as they did when I had the temerity to ask Cam Newton for elaboration on his comments about black quarterbacks befo…

CLEVELAND -- In the fall of 2015, Tristan Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million contract extension with the Cavaliers. The deal raised eyebrows around the NBA. It was a lot of money for a rebounding power forward with limited offensive skills. Thompson paid dividends last season, though. He was the Cavs' inside force in the Finals, averaging 10.3 points and 10.1 rebo…

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James scored 39 points in Game Three of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. His team lost, 118-113, to a Golden State team that is gaining support as the best team in league history. So naturally, James is taking the heat. Late in the game, with the Cavaliers leading by two points, he drove and kicked the ball out to Kyle Korver for an open three-poin…

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James is certainly no stranger to criticism. He is competing in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals, his eighth overall. He has won three NBA championships and is the career playoff scoring leader. Still, there's a sense that he can never do enough. A day after the Cavaliers' 118-113 loss to the Warriors in Game Three, he was still answering questions ab…

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Darkness was falling on what had been a long and dreary day at the ballpark. Cloudy skies had given way to heavy rain, delaying one game and pushing back the start of another, conspiring to make a miserable day worse for the University at Buffalo baseball team. With pitchers throwing 90 mph toward hitters who had trouble seeing the ball, with the f…

CLEVELAND -- Go ahead. It's OK now. Even Yogi Berra would admit it's over. Compare them with the best teams of all time. Resume the discussion of whether these Warriors could beat the "Showtime" Lakers or the Larry Bird Celtics or Michael Jordan's finest Bulls squads. There's certainly no one in today's NBA that seems capable of hanging with the Warriors. The Cavaliers …

CLEVELAND -- Much had been made about the need for the Cavaliers role players to make an impact in the Finals. But down 2-0, they had an even more urgent need for their offensive superstar, Kyrie Irving, to start playing like one. Irving hadn't been awful. He's averaging 21.5 points in the first two games against the Warriors. But he hasn't been the same Irving who was …

CLEVELAND – Could they start the game already? The longer the wait between games in the NBA Finals, the more ridiculous the conversation becomes. Considering the chatter of the last few days, it wouldn't be a surprise if Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Larry Bird and Scottie Pippen recruited some of their old teammates and showed up at Quicken Loans Arena to challenge t…

Phil Mickelson could play in the U.S. Open, and his daughter certainly would have understood. Amanda Mickelson spent her childhood accustomed to her father leaving home for weeks at a time while he competed on the PGA Tour. She's well aware a win would complete his career grand slam. Mickelson is planning to skip the Open this year because it's less important than Amand…

CLEVELAND – I arrived in Ohio late Tuesday morning to cover Games Three and Four of the NBA Finals. The prevailing sentiment on the sports radio shows is that fans aren't ready to panic, not after the Cavaliers came back to win the championship after losing the first two in Oakland a year ago. But with the Cavs down 2-0 in games, there's clear cause for concern. It's …

CLEVELAND -- The TV ratings for the first two games of the NBA Finals were the highest since 1998, the year that Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz for the last of their six championships. That's no surprise. For one thing, the Warriors and Cavaliers are the first teams in history to meet in three consecutive Finals. They're also playing the most fast-paced…