Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavs dominated the Boston Celtics last night, beating them 117-104 in the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says Cleveland did exactly what it needed to do in Boston. 

"The Cavs completely dominated early and totally took out Isaiah Thomas, who is Boston’s 5’9 guard, took him right out of the game. I think he was like 3-of-11 shooting in the first half, and he just looked worn down and confused. It was just a force.  A completely dominating performance by the Cavs."

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While the Cavs work to defend their NBA title, the team has been making big money moves off the court.

The Cavs recently got a commitment for $140 million in public funding for renovations to Quicken Loans Arena. This week, the team announced a partnership with Akron-based Goodyear Tire and Rubber for its signature wingfoot logo to appear on jerseys next season.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto explains why both of these moves have been controversial but necessary:

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The NBA is the first pro sports league in the U.S. to OK corporate logos on uniforms. And the Cavs have followed through with what Cleveland.com reports is a $10-million-a-year deal with Goodyear.

Cleveland Indians Vice President Bob DiBiasio says he expects more teams will follow, and that the Cavs were fortunate to find a logo that fits the team’s character.

“The Goodyear logo is pretty cool, with the winged foot, just sitting up there on the left. So it’s not like SOHIO. … It just really looks cool and I think they lucked out on that look.”

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Goodyear’s  “wingfoot” logo will soon be featured on Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys as part of a multi-year deal.

During a press conference today, Goodyear CEO  Rich Kramer explained why his company is partnering with the Cavs.

With the wrap-up of a sweep of the Toronto Raptors last night, Cleveland tied an NBA record with its 12th consecutive win in series-clinching games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The record was first set by the Lakers from 2000-2004. Cleveland won its third-straight trip to the Eastern Conference finals with a 109-102 win in Toronto. The key to the series was shooting from a  distance Cleveland outscored Raptors by by 102 points from 3-point range.

Here's our sports commentator Terry Pluto on what's going so well for the Cavs: 

The Cavs’ first two playoff games have shown just how difficult defending their NBA title is going to be. Cleveland is up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers, but both games have come down to the final minutes. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs’ regular season struggles are evident early in these playoffs, but  the Cavs have some time to settle in: 

The slogan for the Cavs’ postseason is “Defend the Land.” And Pluto says players need to start taking that literally. “They better start defending somebody.”

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The defending NBA champion Cavs are in a mid-season slump and star LeBron James is losing patience. James publicly criticized the front office Monday, following the team’s fifth loss in seven games. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto explains what’s going on with James and the Cavs and what they must do to get back on track: 

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Pluto says that LeBron James is averaging 38 minutes on the court per game, more than any other player in the NBA.  "He is not superman,” Pluto says.

You’d have to be living under a rock in Northeast Ohio to miss the fact that the dreaded curse ended this year.  The 52-year-pro-sports championship drought came to an end when the Cavs came from being down 3-games-to-1 in the NBA Finals to win Game 7 on the road.

The NBA is tapping into fans’ nostalgia by encouraging teams to wear retro uniforms for a handful of games this season. It’s a promotion intended to sell more jerseys. But for the Cavs, bringing back the bright orange of the mid 1980’s carries a deeper meaning.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says it all started in 1980 when Ted Stepien bought the team. "Arguably, the worst owner in the history of pro sports,” Pluto says. 

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Quicken Loans Arena is slated for a major $140 million renovation that will extend the life of the 23-year-old downtown Cleveland sports and entertainment complex.

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Cleveland is getting ready for the Indians’ first World Series run in 19 years. The first game will be at Progressive Field in Tuesday. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports on the sports frenzy in Northeast Ohio. 

The World Series tickets went fast, too fast for Robert Kesizer of Wadsworth who got in line about a half hour before they went on sale at Progressive Field.

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Way before LeBron James, Akron had another hometown NBA hero – Nate Thurmond. Thurmond grew up in Akron and at the end of his career, played for the Cavs. He died last weekend from leukemia at age 74. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Hall of Famer made a big impact during his short time here.  

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While the Cavaliers are still basking in the glory of their first championship, other NBA teams have begun the frenzy of assembling their rosters for next year. It’s called free agency – a period when teams can sign players whose contracts are up. And this month, they’ve been doling out dollars like never before. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says there have been some outrageously huge contracts handed out in the first week of free agency. 

Lessons Police Learned From The Big Cavs Celebrations

Jun 26, 2016
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The huge crowd that descended on Downtown Cleveland last week to celebrate the Cavaliers’ NBA Championship was a good test for the city’s police. The upcoming Republican National Convention will attract just a fraction of more than a million people at the Cavs event. But as WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, some police officials say that doesn’t mean the RNC will be an easier job. 

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It was Akron’s turn to celebrate the end of the curse.  Last night, the city honored it’s hometown hero, LeBron James and Cavs first-ever NBA title.

The skies parted. The golden evening sun burst through. Goodyear’s silver blimp arrived on cue.  It

was 7 p.m. in downtown Akron -- time for the throng of thousands around Lock 3 to begin celebrating LeBron James and the NBA title he and his Cavalier teammates just brought to Ohio.

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An estimated one-point-three million people filled downtown Cleveland Wednesday for something not seen in Northeast Ohio in more than half a century, a parade and rally honoring a major professional sports championship. It was a celebration billed as the end of a drought often referred to as “The Curse.” 

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  Hundreds of thousands of Cavaliers fans are expected in downtown Cleveland today to celebrate the city’s first pro sports championship in 52 years. WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz talks to commentator Terry Pluto about what he calls “a once in a generation” story.  

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  Northeast Ohio is being promised the biggest celebration ever when the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers are honored tomorrow with a downtown parade and rally.

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UPDATE: Akron has just released its plans to honor its native son. The celebration by the city and LeBron James Family Foundation will begin at Lock 3 at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission and downtown parking are free.

 

The parade celebrating the Cleveland Cavaliers championship will kick off tomorrow morning at 11 outside Quicken Loans Arena. The route will end up with a rally on Mall B off Lakeside Avenue.

Championship-Starved Fans Welcome Cleveland Cavaliers Home

Jun 20, 2016
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Cleveland sports fans welcomed home the NBA champion Cavaliers today. The team’s plane landed at Cleveland Hopkins Airport and parked nearby with the Larry O’Brien Trophy on board after yesterday’s historic Game 7 win over the Golden State Warriors. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier has more on the city of Cleveland’s first major sports championship in 52 years.  

About 10,000 fans jammed the parking lot to see the Cavs triumphant return. Jennifer Trask of Fairview Park was part of the championship-starved crowd.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2016 NBA Champs after beating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7. WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia was at LeBron James’ alma mater in Akron for the game.

The St. Vincent-St. Mary pep band greeted about 500 fans as they filed into sweltering LeBron James Arena to watch Game 7 in Oakland. The fans were tense, but primed for the Cavs to do battle with Steph Curry and the Warriors.

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Update: The Cavaliers expected arrival time at Atlantic Aviation across from the IX Center has been pushed to 12:30 p.m. It was originally 11:30 a.m.  

The Cavaliers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals 93-89 tonight, beating last year's World Champion Golden State Warriors and bringing the first NBA championship in history to Cleveland. It's also the first championship for the city in any of  the big three sports since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.

The Cavs are also the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals.

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The Cavs will have to make history to win the NBA Championship. They kept their hopes alive by winning in Oakland on Monday and forcing a Game 6 against Golden State tomorrow in Cleveland. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs showed they still had some fight left in them on the brink of elimination on Monday.

Pluto says The Golden State Warriors were 49-3 on their home court before Monday's game. There was added tension as the Warriors' Draymond Green was suspended for hitting LeBron James in the groin in Game 4. And Golden State's fans lashed out.

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There are  not one but two Cleveland sports teams in the midst of championship runs. But most of the attention is on the Cavs, who are now down two-games-to-none to the Golden State Warriors.

Game 3 of the NBA Finals is tonight in Cleveland. WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz ask our sports commentator Terry Pluto what happened to the Cavs in Game 2 on Sunday night.

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Terry Pluto acknowledges he's contradicting himself a bit when he talks about the Cavs-Golden State NBA Finals match-up. He says Golden State should be an overwhelming favorite to win. But "this is the best Cavs team I've ever seen."

So, who will win?

 

Pluto jokes that his friends have advised him to stop making predictions because they're usually wrong (although he did correctly predict the  Cavs would beat the Raptors in six games).

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