1. Again King of the East, LeBron Faces Few Looming Threats to Conference Reign

    Following shootaround, still several hours prior to the opening game of what was expected to be an entertaining and relatively even Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James sat inside ...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 5 days ago 139,694 reads 505 comments

  2. In Taking Control of East Finals, LeBron Again Separates Himself as a Superstar

    ATLANTA — It's always tough to pinpoint when one player breaks another team's spirit, especially in a game won via a plethora of passes...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 10 days ago 132,181 reads 645 comments

  3. For Cavaliers and Hawks Coaches, Managing Injuries, Lineups Will Prove Tricky

    ATLANTA — Memories, like pain, can fade over time, even for LeBron James , who has shown a remarkable ability to recollect even the smallest details of his basketball career...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 11 days ago 26,167 reads 95 comments

  4. J.R. Smith, Leader? After Another Clutch Performance, the Cavaliers Say So

    ATLANTA — The first shot was a bit forced, though not quite to the degree of some others, a curl that led to a step-back, and then a splash, as the ball fit through the rim with 10 seconds left on the shot clock...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 12 days ago 75,417 reads 229 comments

  5. Even Without Home-Court Edge, LeBron Faces Expectations of a Favorite, as Usual

    ATLANTA — Attribute it to the lateness of the hour, or the season, but any pretense officially evaporated not long before midnight last Thursday in Chicago, any charade that LeBron James was supposed to finish second to anybody...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 13 days ago 89,258 reads 342 comments

  6. Cavaliers Earn Some Validation with Impressive Beatdown of the Bulls

    CHICAGO — Thursday's celebration was subdued by series-winning standards, but that shouldn't be mistaken for any missing satisfaction after the Cleveland Cavaliers ' 94-73 Game 6 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 18 days ago 60,838 reads 337 comments

  7. On Brink of Elimination, Bulls Facing Not Only End of Season, but End of an Era

    CHICAGO — It isn't often that a superstar, after playing at a level nearing perfection, heartily praises the person who was trying to strategize against him...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 19 days ago 118,825 reads 378 comments

  8. More Decisive LeBron James Gives Cavaliers Control of Series vs. Bulls

    CLEVELAND — When you need to win a game, like the Cleveland Cavaliers needed to win this game, you want the ball in your best player's hands as often as possible...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 20 days ago 126,498 reads 324 comments

  9. No Matter How Good a Coach David Blatt May Be, Is He Right for LeBron James?

    CLEVELAND — Not even a game-winning shot in the conference semifinals is suitable to serve as the lead to the next day's sportscast—not in this Cavaliers season, not when there's a firestorm to be fueled...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 21 days ago 92,318 reads 191 comments

  10. The Chicago Bulls Can't Wait Too Long to Fix Their Joakim Noah Problem

    CLEVELAND — It is the ultimate tribute to Joakim Noah and everything he represents that he has earned so much appreciation, so many accolades, even with all his awkwardness...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 25 days ago 155,996 reads 294 comments

  11. LeBron James Adjusts His Mindset, and It's Just What His 'Shorthanded' Cavs Need

    CLEVELAND — He knew. Somehow, he always does. Maybe he saw it on someone's social media stream, if between the final buzzer and his shower, he'd broken briefly from that boycott...

    Ethan Skolnick Written by Ethan Skolnick about 26 days ago 63,349 reads 189 comments

  12. 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 27 days ago 50,728 reads 221 comments

  13. 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 28 days ago 119,113 reads 398 comments

  14. 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 29 days ago 37,614 reads 123 comments

  15. 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 29 days ago 41,452 reads 267 comments

  16. 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 1 month ago 69,086 reads 314 comments

  17. 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 1 month ago 101,971 reads 349 comments

  18. 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 1 month ago 35,362 reads 130 comments

  19. 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 1 month ago 46,173 reads 101 comments

  20. 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 1 month ago 103,611 reads 463 comments

  21. 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 1 month ago 29,925 reads 112 comments

  22. 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 1 month ago 88,808 reads 249 comments

  23. 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 1 month ago 115,214 reads 291 comments

  24. 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 1 month ago 326,237 reads 556 comments

  25. 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 1 month ago 36,284 reads 305 comments