Cleveland Cavaliers

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CITY OF CLEVELAND

  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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CITY OF CLEVELAND

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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The Cavaliers return to their home court for game five of what’s become an intense battle against Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs have lost two playoff games in a row after winning their first 10. Commentator Terry Pluto talks about how the Cavs need to adjust:

After winning the first game of the series by 31 points, Pluto changed his prediction that the series would go six games -- thinking maybe it would be another sweep for the Cavs. Now the series is tied at two games apiece.

"It’s very a serious series right now," he says. 

The Cavs remained undefeated in the playoffs on Tuesday, with a dominating 115-84 win over the Toronto Raptors in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Our commentator Terry Pluto  had predicted the Cavs-Raptors series will go six games. Now, he's not so sure.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting to see who they’ll face in the eastern conference final, but believe it or not, t’s more than just fans in Cleveland or even in northeast ohio who are eager to see the team get back on the court.  Our sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs are bigger the northeast ohio, much bigger.

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It was a record-breaking night for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they sunk 25 3-pointers in a 123-to-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.

WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto says no one anticipated the show the team put on last night.

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The NBA’s decision to allow teams to sell advertising space on jerseys could mean big money for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Crain’s Cleveland Business reports advertising on a jersey like LeBron James’ could be worth more than a million dollars. That high-dollar value isn’t confined to King James.

The Cavs traded 12-year veteran Anderson Varejao
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The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the second-half of the season by welcoming a new player and saying goodbye to a veteran. It’s all part of the plan to try to win the NBA championship that they just barely missed out on last year. WKSU commentator Terry Pluto talks about the moves and what they mean for the Cavs. 

The Cavs upset fans when they traded 12-year veteran Anderson Varejao in exchange for Orlando Magic forward Channing Frye just before last week's deadline. Pluto says it was a bittersweet move. 

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired Coach David Blatt, who led the team to the NBA Finals last season.

Blatt was hired in 2014, just after winning the Euroleague title with Maccabi Tel Aviv. But WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto points out that Blatt also came aboard just before LeBron James announced he would be returning to the Cavs after four years with the Miami Heat.

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