1. A Confident Derrick Rose Can Win More Believers in Game 2 vs. Cavs

    CLEVELAND — Confidence is an essential attribute for an elite athlete and, even if such self-assurance can seem a skewed version of reality, even if it can sometimes border on delusion, it's always better to have a surplus than a deficiency...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 13 hours ago 48,626 reads 218 comments

  2. David Blatt Left Looking for Answers as Cavs Hope to Rebound in Game 2 vs. Bulls

    CLEVELAND — All Monday night, it seemed as if LeBron James, his coach and his teammates were just throwing stuff at walls, hoping that something stuck, only to see everything eventually slide sadly down to the floor...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 2 days ago 117,750 reads 399 comments

  3. After Finishing 3rd for MVP, LeBron James Faces Hurdles in Quest for 5th Award

    The best player on the planet. Those six words have been used to identify LeBron James so frequently over the past several years, by NBA players, coaches and media, that if ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 2 days ago 33,262 reads 120 comments

  4. Long After First Duel, Cavs Face Bulls with Shot to Show How Far They've Come

    CLEVELAND — There are dates on the NBA calendar with the potential to carry a special significance, but October 20 isn't one. It's traditionally been too early to hold a season opener...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 3 days ago 41,128 reads 267 comments

  5. Cavs' Path to the Finals Minus Kevin Love Will Require Them to Do What Few Have

    The news that Kevin Love will miss the rest of the playoffs, as part of a four-to-six month recovery following shoulder surgery, is extremely unwelcome for the Cleveland Cavaliers...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 7 days ago 67,882 reads 314 comments

  6. Kevin Love's Injury May Force Cavs to Change, Test Worthiness to Be Champs

    The early diagnosis was a dislocation, Kevin Love 's shoulder no longer fitting in its socket, but awkwardly fitting out. Consider it symbolic of his season...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 10 days ago 101,773 reads 349 comments

  7. Warriors Taking a Champion's Step with Clutch-Time Play Against Pelicans

    There's nothing more intimidating in sports than inevitability, the sense that no matter what you have done, no matter how large your lead, no matter how little time is left, the opponent will eventually overcome you...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 12 days ago 35,297 reads 130 comments

  8. Emerging as Celtics' New Rising Star, Brad Stevens Can't Lose, Even If He Does

    It was a Tuesday night in Cleveland, but if you closed your eyes as Brad Stevens spoke, you could have easily imagined this being a Friday night in West Texas...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 14 days ago 46,107 reads 101 comments

  9. LeBron James Embracing His Inner Scorer Makes Cavaliers Tough to Stop

    CLEVELAND — Prior to fully dressing for his group interview at the podium late Tuesday night, LeBron James sat at his locker, sore but mostly smiling...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 15 days ago 103,536 reads 463 comments

  10. Matchup with Celtics Offers Cavs Chance to Do More Than Just Advance in Playoffs

    CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov tries to oblige when he's asked a question in English, enough that you get the sense he has a winning personality. Still, it's fairly common for something to get lost in translation...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 16 days ago 29,836 reads 112 comments

  11. Boston Celtics Provide the Perfect Opponent for Cavaliers' Playoff Newcomers

    CLEVELAND — Any parent endeavoring to teach a child anything would prefer to control the conditions. Take swimming, for instance...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 17 days ago 88,773 reads 249 comments

  12. After All the Conjecture, Playoffs Will Reveal Plenty About Kevin Love

    CLEVELAND — Kevin Love declined an interview for this story. This may seem an odd way for an article to open, since that's the sort of sentence that's typically stuck somewhere ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 18 days ago 115,117 reads 291 comments

  13. The LeBron Rules: Seven Series and Scars That Helped Make LeBron James

    CLEVELAND — Time typically heals wounds, but time has a busy schedule and some blind spots, and soreness tends to linger even after the stitches...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 20 days ago 325,612 reads 556 comments

  14. Miami Heat's Latest Collapse Leaves Team on the Brink of a Merciful End

    MIAMI—There was a time, a time that now seems like eons ago, when the song sounded menacing, more than merely a warning to visitors to take cover from the storm, but a taunt that no one would be safe anywhere 'til it stopped...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 27 days ago 36,235 reads 305 comments

  15. Cavaliers Putting Themselves in Prime Position Ahead of 2015 NBA Playoffs

    CLEVELAND — LeBron James has viewed this season, his first back in Ohio after four instructive and productive seasons away, as a mentoring exercise as much as a playing one...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 55,825 reads 167 comments

  16. Paul George's Return Is Victory That Means Most for Pacers

    While gracefully scaling the sky toward NBA stardom, Paul George has never been shy to show his appreciation, or seek the support, of those already in that exalted class...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 33,607 reads 92 comments

  17. Hobbled Miami Heat Now Looking Like Long Shot to Face Cavaliers in NBA Playoffs

    CLEVELAND — It was called "Mario's Miracle," but the shot that Mario Chalmers made to send the 2008 NCAA championship game to overtime was unremarkable compared to what he's accomplished in this, his seventh NBA season...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 68,946 reads 201 comments

  18. LeBron James, Cavaliers Avoid Hero-Ball, Pass Another West Test vs. Grizzlies

    MEMPHIS — The ending looked easy, almost embarrassingly so. But to focus solely on that would ignore all that was required to achieve it. Kevin Love darting out of a screen to the top to take a Kyrie Irving drop-off...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 64,301 reads 207 comments

  19. Revived Dwyane Wade Trying to Lead Miami Heat Back to the Playoffs

    MIAMI — It was simple once, and now is again. The Big Three broke into pieces, with LeBron James breaking away and Chris Bosh breaking down...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 48,306 reads 141 comments

  20. NBA Insider: Separation of James Harden, Russell Westbrook Fueling MVP Race

    It may seem impossible, at this point, to separate Russell Westbrook and James Harden , two of the four leading candidates for NBA MVP...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 57,883 reads 155 comments

  21. Knicks Hope to Emulate Spurs' Success After Lost Season

    Recently, Dominique Wilkins has begun to receive his just due, whether a statue outside or a ceremony inside Philips Arena, for all he did as a NBA player. Well, actually, for all he did as an Atlanta Hawk since few can recall his four other stops...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 62,298 reads 169 comments

  22. LeBron Steps Back to Witness New Step in Cavs' Evolution, Thanks to Kyrie Irving

    SAN ANTONIO — Kyrie Irving had encountered resistance all night, but he had still repeatedly done exactly what he desired, until he had done something that no Cleveland ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 120,429 reads 252 comments

  23. The Exclusive Pat Riley Q&A: NBA's Ultimate Lifer Fights on in Post-LeBron Era

    MIAMI — These may seem to some like silly questions to ask someone like this, someone sitting in a spacious office that speaks to the spoils of victory, from the spectacular ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 298,565 reads 323 comments

  24. Miami Heat Receive Best News All Year: Chris Bosh Will Return Next Season

    MIAMI — Cloud after cloud has rolled into South Florida over the past nine months, halting to hover over American Airlines Arena...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 1 month ago 89,603 reads 86 comments

  25. Atlanta Hawks Have Nothing Left to Prove Until NBA Playoffs Begin

    ATLANTA — The creativity was on display prior to the contest, not only in the highlights shown, but in the way they were presented, appearing as 3D images exploding off the surface of the Philips Arena court...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 2 months ago 67,047 reads 277 comments