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Cavaliers to open facility for workouts friday

The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to reopen their practice facility on a limited basis Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic, a team spokesman told the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, who first stated the news, noted that the NBA set Friday as the date that teams in cities with softened stay-at-home orders can start to open their facilities under strict guidelines.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and the team’s medical staff reportedly advised players during Zoom calls Wednesday that the facility will open back up for individual workouts. While the Cavs are reopening, Fedor reported that not all teams are going to follow suit even if they are located in areas in which opening their facilities would be permitted.

Everyone who has access to the practice facility will have to adhere to strict protocol upon arriving at the building.

Per Fedor, those attempting to enter will get their temperature taken and have to answer questions about how they’re feeling, where they’ve been and who they’ve been around.

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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA has told teams not to test asymptomatic players for COVID-19. Instead, the league has given teams with updated information on cardiac screening for players if needed.

Under the guidelines, a maximum of four players can be in the facility at any given time, and they must be socially distant from one another. Also, everyone in the building must wear masks at all times, with the exception of the players during physical activity.

While head coach J.B. Bickerstaff and his primary assistants won’t be allowed to participate in the workouts, players will be permitted to have developmental coaches present if they desire, per Fedor.

The Cavs will reportedly break down their workouts into two-hour windows from Monday through Thursday, with players able to work on the court and in the weight room.

The reopening of some practice facilities is the first of many steps toward potentially resuming the 2019-20 season, which was suspended in March after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

No specific plans are in place for when and under what circumstances the season could restart, but there were well over 200 total regular-season games left to be played plus the playoffs.

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Colorado Rockies vs Boston Red Sox

Colorado Rockies vs Boston Red Sox

The Eastern Conference Finals shift back north of the border as the Wine and Gold look to advance to the NBA Finals when they square off against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 on Friday night. Tipoff from the Air Canada Centre is at 8:30 PM ET

Cleveland is an NBA-best 11-2 (.846) this postseason, which includes a 4-2 (.667) record on the road (2nd-best in the NBA).

The Cavs lead the series, 3-2, after a 116-78 victory in Game 5 of the ECF at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to make back-to-back NBA Finals appearances with a victory here. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 106.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 94.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23.9 points and 7.1 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 17.1 points and 9.4 rebounds. Kyrie Irving is dishing 4.8 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent from the free throw line. The Cavaliers are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.4 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won 10 of their last 17 road games.
The Toronto Raptors need a victory here in order to force a game seven on Sunday. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 93.7 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 96.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.3 points and 6.1 assists. Bismack Biyombo is grabbing 9.4 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 29.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.7 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 12 of their last 14 home games.

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Raptors starters: PG Kyle Lowry (17.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 34.2 minutes), SG DeMar DeRozan (23.6 points, 36.4 minutes), SF DeMarre Carroll (7.0 points, 26.3 minutes), PF Luis Scola (4.0 points, 14.8 minutes), C Bismack Biyombo (6.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 32.3 minutes).

Cavaliers starters: PG Kyrie Irving (23.0 points, 3.6 assists, 34.1 minutes), SG J.R. Smith (11.0 points, 30.6 minutes), SF LeBron James (24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 35.6 minutes), PF Kevin Love (14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 28.3 minutes), C Tristan Thompson (5.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 28.4 minutes).

 

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Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 8-0 straight up and 5-3 against the spread through the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs. The Cavaliers will try to extend their postseason unbeaten streak to nine games with a win over the Toronto Raptors in Cleveland this Tuesday night.

The Toronto Raptors head into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. 

Toronto Raptors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Schedule

Eastern Conference Finals schedule

  • Game 1: Tuesday, May 17: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 2: Thursday, May 19: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 3: Saturday, May 21: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Game 4: Monday, May 23: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m.  ET
  • Game 5: Wednesday, May 25: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m.  ET*
  • Game 6: Friday, May 27: Cavaliers at Raptors, 8:30 p.m. ET *
  • Game 7: Sunday, May 29: Raptors at Cavaliers, 8:30 p.m. ET*
    *if necessary

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The Raptors will be full of confidence after blowing by the Heat in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Lowry was really struggling with his shot for the entire series, but came good in Game 7 to lead the team with 35 points, nine assists and four steals while DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 28 points on 12 of 29 shooting as the Raptors beat the Heat by 116-89 on Monday. DeMarre Carroll is yet to really have a breakout game in these playoffs as he continues to deal with a tweaked ankle and bruised left wrist while Jonas Valanciunas remains without a timetable for his return, so that’s just going to put more pressure on the Raptors’ backcourt duo of Lowry and DeRozan to shoulder the majority of the scoring burden.

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The Cavaliers are completely healthy and fully rested after sweeping the Hawks in the Conference Semifinals over a week ago. LeBron James led from the front with averages of 24.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game for the series, Kyrie Irving averaged 21.3 points and 6.3 assists while Kevin Love averaged 19.0 points and 13.0 rebounds. As a team, the Cavs averaged an impressive 10.7 made 3-pointers during the regular season, but they ramped it up to a ridiculous 16.8 made 3-pointers per game during the playoffs thanks largely to JR Smith who is leading the team with an average of 3.9 makes per game.

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The Raptors enter this series as significant underdogs. NBA odds currently list the Cavaliers as -743 favourites to win the series and advance to the NBA Finals with the Raptors priced at +379 underdogs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers opened as 10.5-point favourites for Tuesday’s Game 1.

In ATS trends, the Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, while the Cavs are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall

Head to head, the Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Cleveland and the road team is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings overall.

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Cleveland Cavaliers At Atlanta Hawks Game 3

Cleveland Cavaliers At Atlanta Hawks Game 3

The Cleveland Cavaliers made 25 threes, on game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks, the most in NBA history for a game, playoff or regular-season.

The Cavaliers broke several long distance records during the contest. The Cavs made 18 3-pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime to embarrass the Hawks, who have lost 10 straight postseason games to Cleveland.

It was inevitable that The Cavaliers would be making history on this night. It was just a matter of when. The postseason record was eclipsed after Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back threes with 5:06 remaining in the third quarter, giving his team 22. They went into the final quarter with that amount.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks meet Friday night for game 3 at the Phillips Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers can pretty much put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 106.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 95.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting.

The Atlanta Hawks need a victory here in order to have any shot of getting back in this series. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 99.3 points on 41.8 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 40.2 percent shooting.
Cavs vs Hawks Schedule

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Atlanta Hawks 93
Game 2: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8 p.m. Wednesday
Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks 7 p.m. Friday
Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, 3:30 p.m. Sunday (ABC)
Game 5, if necessary: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, time TBA Tuesday, May
Game 6, if necessary: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, time TBA Thursday, May 12
Game 7, if necessary: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, time TBA Sunday, May 15

Most 3-Pointers Made By A Team In An NBA Playoff Game
TEAM OPPONENT DATE 3S
Cleveland vs. Atlanta May 4, 2016 25
Golden State at Houston April 24, 2016 21
Seattle vs. Houston May 6, 1996 20
Dallas vs. L.A. Lakers May 8, 2011 20
Golden State at Houston May 25, 2015 20
Cleveland vs. Detroit April 20, 2016 20
Houston at Utah April 29, 1995 19
Boston vs. Philadelphia May 3, 2002 19
Dallas at Sacramento May 10, 2003 19 (2OT)
— The Associated Press

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Cleveland Cavaliers At Atlanta Hawks 2016 NBA Playoffs

 Cleveland Cavaliers At Atlanta Hawks 2016 NBA Playoffs

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking for sixth straight playoffs win at tonight’s Game #2 against the Atlanta Hawks.

Atlanta Hawks (52-37) at Cleveland Cavaliers (62-25)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -7.5

The Cavaliers jumped out to a big lead in Game 1 and needed a late surge to hold off the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Cleveland Cavs have not dominated opponents from beginning to end in most of their playoff games this year, but their finishing ability has been stronger than any team in the East so far.

The Atlanta Hawks found that out the hard way Monday in a 104-93 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series. The Cavs covered as a 7.5-point home favorite and is listed as seven-point chalk for Game 2.

Cavs vs Hawks Schedule

Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers 104, Atlanta Hawks 93
Game 2: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, 8 p.m. Wednesday
Game 3: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks 7 p.m. Friday
Game 4: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, 3:30 p.m. Sunday (ABC)
Game 5, if necessary: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, time TBA Tuesday, May
Game 6, if necessary: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks, time TBA Thursday, May 12
Game 7, if necessary: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers, time TBA Sunday, May 15

 

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly didn’t benefit from any bump in performance in their first game under Tyronn Lue, who says it might take some time to implement his vision for an up-tempo offense.

Things are likely to come easier against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Looking to give Lue his first coaching victory, the Cavaliers hope to avoid dropping consecutive home games for the first time in a year Monday night while dealing the Timberwolves their ninth consecutive road defeat.

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Cleveland (30-12) is 24-6 in its last 30 regular season games against Western Conference opponents (10-5 this season). The Wine and Gold have also won 12 of their last 13 regular season games over the West at The Q.

Minnesota (14-31) is trying to win consecutive games for only the second time since late November following Saturday’s 106-101 home win over the Memphis Grizzlies. In the victory, Shabazz Muhammed bucketed a season-high 25 points and Andrew Wiggins added 19 points.

Last game: The Cavs came up flat in Lue’s debut, losing to the Chicago Bulls 96-83 on Saturday at The Q.

Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Kyrie Irving (15.8 ppg, 3.8 apg), 6-6 J.R. Smith (12.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 39% 3-pt range), 6-8 LeBron James (25.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 6.2 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (15.6 ppg, 10.9 rpg) and 7-2 Timofey Mozgov (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg).

Timberwolves’ probable starting lineup: 6-4 Ricky Rubio (9.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 8.6 apg), 6-8 Andrew Wiggins (20.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg), 6-9 Tayshaun Prince (3.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg), 6-11 Kevin Garnett (3.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and 7-0 Karl-Anthony Towns (15.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.8 bpg).

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Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their four-game homestand on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tipoff is at 8 p.m.

The Cavaliers have already lost to the top two Western Conference teams over the past week, getting routed 132-98 by the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors as 3.5-point home favorites on Monday.

The Clippers currently sit in the fourth spot in the West and saw their season-high 10-game winning streak come to an end with a 110-103 loss to the Sacramento Kings as four-point home favorites last Saturday.

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It’s the second game in as many night for the Cavaliers (29-11), who beat the Brooklyn Nets, 91-78, on Wednesday night.

In the win, Kevin Love bounced back from his worst game of the year, scoring 17 points and grabbing 18 rebounds. LeBron James chipped in with 17 as well. Timofey Mozgov made his third straight start, getting the nod over Tristan Thompson in an attempt to combat the size of Brook Lopez. Mozgov scored 11 points.

Los Angeles (27-14) has won 11 of 12, including a 140-132 overtime win against the Houston Rockets. The Clippers’ quality stretch has coincided with Blake Griffin’s absence. The power forward is expected to miss his 12th straight game with a partially torn left quad.

Point guard Chris Paul has elevated his play with Griffin sidelined. Paul is averaging 18.2 points and 9.6 assists, which ranks fourth in the NBA.

This will be the first meeting between Los Angeles and Cleveland this season, with the latter sweeping two games last year. The Clippers are just 3-14 SU and 4-13 ATS in the past 17 meetings dating back to 2007, with the under cashing in four of the last five.

The Cavs have not performed particularly well when playing the second game of a back-to-back lately, going 3-3 SU and 1-4-1 ATS in their previous six.

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (15-7) and the Boston Celtics (14-10) finally meet for the first time this season in what should be an emotion-filled contest this evening. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. (ET) from the TD Garden.

Cleveland (15-7) opened their road trip with a 111-76 win at Orlando on Friday. The 35-point win was Cleveland’s biggest of the season and their largest margin of victory over the Magic in team history (previously 32 on November 24, 2014)

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The Cavaliers have a NBA-high four road wins by at least 30 points since February 20, 2015 (regular season only). Prior to that, the Cavs had just two 30-point road wins in their entire franchise history. (STATS, Inc.)

Boston (14-10) enters Tuesday’s contest having won three of their last four with that one loss coming in a 124-119 double-overtime loss to the Golden Stat Warriors this past Friday.

The Celtics are led by their dynamic backcourt tandem of Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. Thomas averages team-highs in points (20.8) and assists (6.7) per game while Bradley chips in 16.3 points per.

Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Matthew Dellavedova (8.7 ppg, 5.4 apg), 6-4 Jared Cunningham (3.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg), 6-8 LeBron James (26.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 6.4 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (17.8 ppg, 11.2 rpg) and 7-2 Timofey Mozgov (7.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg).

Celtics’ probable starting lineup: 5-7 Isaiah Thomas (20.8 ppg, 6.7 apg), 6-4 Avery Bradley (16.3 ppg, 43% 3-pt), 6-7 Jae Crowder (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg), 6-10 Amir Johnson (7.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and 6-10 Jared Sullinger (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg).

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Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

 Orlando Magic at Cleveland CavaliersThe Cavaliers will try to finish 3-0 on their homestand tonight when they square off against the Orlando Magic for the first of four regular season matchups. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland (10-3) is a perfect 7-0 at The Q this season and 27-1 dating back to January 19th of last season.

The Orlando Magic look for a big road win to where they can get back to a .500 record. The Orlando Magic are averaging 100.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 100.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Evan Fournier is averaging 19.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Nikola Vucevic is averaging 15.1 points and 8.5 rebounds. Tobias Harris is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Victor Oladipo is dishing 3.7 assists.

The Orlando Magic are averaging 12.2 offensive rebounds, a trait that continues to keep them in games. The Magic now just need more consistent offense to string together some victories. The Magic have lost six of their last eight road games. C.J. Watson is questionable with a calf injury.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to build on a solid 10-3 start to the season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 96.7 points on 42.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.6 points and 6.2 assists while Kevin Love is averaging 18.3 points and 12 rebounds. J.R. Smith is dishing 2.1 assists and Tristan Thompson is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 34.9 percent from deep and have won eight of nine games when topping 100 points. The Cavs must continue to dig deep with the injuries continuing to pile up. The Cavs have not lost a home game all season. Mo Williams is out with a leg injury.

The Magic are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Southeast and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Magic are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland and 3-12-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

Last game: Cleveland took its second straight with a 109-97 win over Atlanta on Saturday.

Cavaliers’ probable starting lineup: 6-3 Matthew Dellavedova (7.3 ppg, 5.7 apg), 6-6 J.R. Smith (9.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg), 6-8 LeBron James (26.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 6.2 apg), 6-10 Kevin Love (18.2 ppg, 12.0 rpg) and 6-10 Tristan Thompson (7.7 ppg, 9.8 rpg,).

Magic’s probable starting lineup: 6-3 Elfrid Payton (10.7 ppg, 6.2 apg), 6-4 Victor Oladipo (13.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.7 apg), 6-7 Evan Fournier (19.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg), 6-9 Tobias Harris (14.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and 7-0 Nikola Vucevic (15.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg).

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