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The All Ball 2015 NBA Finals Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Here on the All Ball blog, we try to take a big picture look at the NBA, which means we spend as much (or more) time looking at off-court stuff as we do at the on-court. With that established, we thought we would preview the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers by looking at some of the things that makes each franchise so special…

Their 2015 Finals Hype Video


VIDEO: Cavaliers Finals Hype

ICYMI from 2014-15 — Five All Ball posts worth checking out…

Not quite 30 for 30: LeBron’s Headband

Timofey Mozgov has found a home away from home

Cavs fans share totally normal dinner with JR Smith

The Cavs celebrate Kyrie Irving’s big night

Playing hashtags with the Cavs

Three accounts to follow on Twitter

Iman Shumpert

LeBron James

Matthew Dellavedova

One player to follow on Instagram

JR Smith

#JustSaying

A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

Three writers/media people to follow for the Cavaliers

Dave McMenamin

Chris Haynes

Jason Lloyd

Have we seen the 2015 NBA Finals before?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — They say everything old is new again. Perhaps that applies to the NBA as well? A YouTube user took the audio from NBC’s coverage of the 2001 Finals, when Allen Iverson and the Sixers took on Shaq and Kobe and the Lakers and applied that to some visuals of this year’s Finals. I guess the David/Goliath storyline is applicable to many situations, including LeBron James and Stephen Curry


VIDEO: 2015 vs 2001 Finals

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LeBron fan wins National Spelling Bee

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Can you spell “champ?” Gokul Venkatachalam can.

Gokul is a 14-year-old eighth grader from just outside of St. Louis, and last night he competed in the National Spelling Bee. Perhaps this is a good sign for LeBron and Cavs, but Gokul is a huge LeBron fan, so much so that in his introduction on the Spelling Bee, Gokul channeled King James…

As it turned out, Gokul ended up as the co-champ of the Spelling Bee. And as the confetti fell, Gokul even broke out a secret handshake…

Odell Beckham was pretty excited about LeBron’s game-winner

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERLeBron James swished an improbable game-winner yesterday to give the Cavs a buzzer-beating Game 4 win over the Chicago Bulls. And while Bulls fans were understandably not that thrilled, other people were, including the New York football Giants rookie sensation Odell Beckham Jr., who took to Instagram to share his excitement.

Horry Scale: LeBron delivers in Chicago


VIDEO: LeBron nails Taco Bell Buzzer Beater

It was reminiscent of the finish to Game 2 of the 2009 conference finals. The Cavs were in a desperate situation, in danger of facing a two-game deficit.

That game was in Cleveland, the Cavs were down two points, and there was 1.0 seconds on the clock. But the results, the shots were very similar.

LeBron James hit his third game-winning buzzer beater in the playoffs on Sunday, lifting the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of the conference semifinals.

The Cavs passed their first big test of the second LeBron era. They were down 2-1 in the series. They were down 11 points late in the third quarter. Kyrie Irving was dealing with a foot injury and James himself turned his ankle midway through the third.

But they came back with some big shots from J.R. Smith and strong defense in the final period. And James provided the finishing touches on Cleveland’s biggest win of the season.

DIFFICULTY

A little nudge from James knocked Jimmy Butler off-balance, and he wasn’t able to close fast enough. James’ momentum was taking him toward the Bulls’ bench, but the space Butler provided (and the lack of a second defender) allowed him to square his shoulders and keep his balance, with his toes on the 3-point line. Of the three buzzer beaters we’ve seen in the last three days, it was the easiest shot.

GAME SITUATION

After coming back from 11 down, the Cavs blew a five-point lead in less than 30 seconds, thanks in part to James’ eighth turnover of the afternoon, an offensive foul with 14.3 seconds left.

Still, if the shot misses, they have another chance to redeem themselves in overtime.

IMPORTANCE

The playoffs appear to be wide open, especially in the Eastern Conference. If the Cavs lose this game, they’re in a situation – down 3-1 – that few teams have come back from.

But the win gives them back home-court advantage. Since Jan. 19, they’re 23-2 in Cleveland, where they will play Game 5 and 7 (if necessary).

CELEBRATION

A clumsy mob that spilled onto the scorer’s table.

GRADE

It’s the playoffs. It’s two teams that have a good shot of reaching The Finals if they get through this series. It was a high-leverage game. Five Horrys.

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Horry Scale: Rose gives Cavs a thorn


VIDEO: Derrick Rose opens the bank as three-pointer at buzzer gives Bulls victory.

Is it OK to say this was the sweetest moment for Derrick Rose since 2011? Yes, it appears so, because what could be more uplifting to a player who’s been to injury hell and back (three times) than sending a sucker punch to LeBron James and the Cavs here in what could be a tightly-contest second-round playoff series?

Over the last few years it has become customary, even tired, to proclaim “He’s Back!” whenever Rose did anything that remotely resembled his MVP season. To be honest, Rose will never be “back” until he displays the consistency of that season, but let’s put that aside for a moment. On this very play, with this very shot, he was “back” for a fleeting microsecond, even if the three-point buzzer beater than put the Bulls up 2-1 in the series required a kiss from the basketball Gods to bank off the glass.

As it is, Rose is being celebrated today in the same city that heckled him during his clumsy comeback from knee surgery a few years ago. Good for him, because if anyone needed a lift from a crazed crowd and a game-winning shot, it’s Rose.

DIFFICULTY

Well, when you’re running to your right and need to shoot over a defender who has the wingspan of a prehistoric bird, then yeah, this shot was a bit tricky to pull off.

Rose took an in-bounds pass with three seconds left and after shaking free of Iman Shumpert, found Tristan Thompson flying in his grill. Of course, with time of the essence, there really wasn’t any time to think. And maybe that was a good thing. Three times on the Bulls’ previous four possessions, Rose missed one of two free throws and went 0-for-2 on isolation plays. This time, Rose simply launched it and didn’t call bank.

GAME SITUATION

Before Rose’s game winner, the Bulls were stunned by a desperate three-pointer by J.R. Smith just seconds earlier. In a bit of bad decision-making by the Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau, the Bulls refused to foul Smith while leading by three. In that situation, it’s better to send a player to the free throw line than risk having him tie the game, and the Bulls lost that gamble.

With Pau Gasol on the bench dealing with an injured hamstring, the Bulls couldn’t afford to play into overtime, not against LeBron. Speaking of whom, he poked the ball away from Rose on the very next play. Lucky for LeBron, he wasn’t called for a foul. And lucky for Rose, the ball went out of bounds, giving the Bulls another shot with three seconds left.

IMPORTANCE

Bulls are up 2-1 in the best of seven. And the next game’s at the United Center on Sunday. C’mon.

CELEBRATION

Rose was rather subdued, as though he knew a 30-foot bank shot was going in all the way. Anyway, he was immediately lifted into the air by Joakim Noah, who sprinted off the bench, and soon mobbed by teammates. Of course, the UC went nuts, as it should, given that all of Chicago has been waiting to see something like this from Rose for nearly four years. Wish granted. If the Bulls win this series, don’t you think this shot will be raised as one of the reasons why?

GRADE

Five Horrys, because of the circumstances: Rose’s continued comeback from injuries, it was a playoff game, LeBron was on the floor, and the ball was banked in. Yes, this is the max number of Horrys, but just the same, this isn’t some game in February. Please, after all he’s been through, don’t you think Rose should get lots of Horry love?

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Not quite 30 for 30: LeBron’s headband

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers evened up their series against the Chicago Bulls, 1-1. It was the return of not only the Cavaliers, but also LeBron James‘ signature headband, which he hasn’t worn in weeks.

This was all foreshadowed by a video the Cavs made celebrating the end of the headband, which is apparently named Terry. This mockumentary ends with Terry thinking perhaps it’s time to return to action with LeBron. And you know what? I think Terry was right …


VIDEO: 30 For 30 Bron

An inside look at Cleveland’s Game 1 win over Boston

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Cleveland Cavaliers were the Eastern Conference’s best team in the second half, posting a Conference-best record of 22-9 after February 2. So expectations were high yesterday when the Cavs hosted the Boston Celtics to begin their latest postseason run. The crowd was hyped, and LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were each special in their own ways, as they helped the Cavs to a 113-100 win.

Here are a couple of videos from yesterday in Cleveland. First, here’s a slow-mo look at the game…

VIDEO: Slow-Mo Cavs Game 1

Also, here’s LeBron James mic’ed up during the game…

VIDEO: LeBron Mic’ed Up

J.R. Smith works on videobomb skills

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When the Miami Heat were racking up titles the last few seasons, almost every postgame interview featured some new form of a videobomb. LeBron James may be in Cleveland now, but last night after the Cavs clinched the Central Division, the videobombs returned. Check out J.R. Smith doing several different videobombs last night…

Dwyane Wade outfits local teens for success

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat lost LeBron James over the summer, but they kept Dwyane Wade, who has become one of South Florida’s favorite sons, not only for his on-court achievements. Wade has always been involved in the community, such as two years ago when he surprised a local fan at her prom.

This year, in conjunction with Hublot, Wade surprised a group of 15 foster kids from the Voices for Children Foundation who were doing well in school. Wade invited them into the Heat locker room gifted them with watches and custom suits, and talked to them about the importance of dressing for success. Great stuff…


VIDEO: Wade Suits Up