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Barkley is right. Mozgov saved the Cavs season. That's no knock on LeBron. Just noting how little Cavs had in the middle before deal.
The greatest myth in sports: Hockey will ever be in the national conversation. No offense, but no one cares.
Anyway, that's my last thought on that. Don't care who wins. But that perception of the place I live has bugged me all year.
We gotta teach Delly a new celebratory gesture http://t.co/ln6drZMDS8
Just when I was starting to like David Blatt he said he grew up a Red Sox fan.
Blatt: "LeBron came home. I left home to come here"
There's this perception in national media, for instance, that everyone in Miami is on vacation. Because when they're in Miami, they are.
You know what I'd really get excited about? Watching LaVine learn to defend the PnR. That would excite me. I'd probably blog about that.
David Blatt: "LeBron came home, I left home. I left a lot of people I love dearly to pursue a dream...it's special because it's worthwhile"
Is there a better Jimmy John's sandwich than the Hunter's Club?
Rain in Charlotte. Been a while.
Kyrie Irving said he knew he was going to play last night. Says there was no way he was missing this game.
So great on the last night of Inside the NBA that Charles is talking in circles about concussions and making no sense. So perfect
Cleveland should celebrate. Suffered in sports a long time. But idea that 1 city "works harder" than another is an annoying media narrative.
Champagne, Coronas, and trophy selfies in the Cavaliers locker room. LeBron James singing Fetty Wap as he heads to the showers.
The last eight NBA Finals have included James Jones or Luke Walton.
The Atlanta Hawks just had their best season ever. Don't let that get lost.
Glad to see LaVine can dunk footballs. I can't wait for Rubio and LaVine to connect on a sweet fly route next season at Target Center. %
Media room in Cleveland has sprung a leak. It can't be champagne, can it?
.... made extinct in two years by the evolution of the West Coast offense. No staying power.
too many people just want to get the mike and say their name on TV, and know very little about the game
use the term loosely for some members of the "media," but never a shortage of stupid questions in podium settings
In April, Rangers went 7-14 w/ some of worst offensive stats in a month in the DH era. Pretty amazing turnaround to already be back to .500
When Chicago fans cans start embracing what James is doing, they can also start accepting the 85 Bears for the gimmick defense they were ...
Paul Millsap on his upcoming free agency: "This team is family, this team is close and that will play into the decision."
Locker room LeBron: "I'll talk to u guys soon, I'm going to go start preparing for the Finals" (takes bottle of champagne to training room)
Can Cavaliers win title? Paul Millsap: "I don't know. They beat the No. 1 seed in the East. Maybe." Jeff Teague: "Maybe."
No reason for Hawks to hang heads. Gave fans season full of fun. Second-best thing to winning title. Paul Millsap: "Great run. We're family"
Vin Scully says "no-hitter" during a game. Enough said. Jinx doesn't exist
And enough of the James quit on Cleveland and Miami. MJ quit on the Bulls, and for some really mysterious reasons .... real mysterious.
Jeff Teague says Hawks disappointed, but proud of season. "It's only our 2nd year together. We're looking forward to getting back in gym."
Is anybody else tickled by Shaq & Chuck arguing over the definition of a concussion?
MJ needed Pippen and Rodman to get past the Bad Boys and win 6. LeBron can get Boobie Gibson to the NBA Finals. That is greatness.
Cavs' D surge was impressive. Physical, rotations & rebounds. ATL great test to prepare for GS (likely). Also fast-paced. But GS has Curry.
And enjoying this moment as much as anybody: Kevin Love. He was giving high-fives to arena personnel on his way to the locker room.
Kobe, LeBron, Wade or Duncan has made the last 17 NBA Finals.
James Jones, Jhoops in his Suns years (2005-07), is the 1st player since 4 of the '66 Celtics to reach 5 consecutive Finals. Oh, LeBron too.
The Maestro: 30.3 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 9.2 apg in Eastern Conference Finals. http://t.co/3vCRRMJmcr
Cavs sweep of Hawks w/o Kevin Love and only partial Kyrie Irving means...what? LeBron power offsets team power?
The schedule for the NBA Finals. http://t.co/0XuL0BgrGe
MJ was great, but no one makes those around him better than the King. That is true greatness in a team sport.
While LeBron James deserves props, give a nod to Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov for making Hawks All-Star frontcourt look pedestrian
Celtics vs Cavs - 0-4, -9.3 ppg Hawks vs Cavs - 0-4, -13.3 ppg Who wore it better?
NBA Finals: Game 1, June 4, 8pm; G2, June 7, 8pm; G3, June 9, 9pm; G4, June 11, 9pm; G5; June 14, 8pm; G6, June 16, 9pm; G7, June 19, 9pm
LeBron left Cleveland and they went from 61 wins to 19. Wrap your arms around that. Then he leaves Miami and they go from 54 wins to 37.
Budenholzer on LeBron: "His confidence has gone to another level"
Raise your hand if at the start of the season you had Charles Barkley going on vacation before J.R. Smith?
...one year later.
Jordan was great ... there is no debating that. Six titles tells that story. But let's not forget, 57 wins with MJ in 92-93, 55 w/out him...
"I want to start by congratulating Cleveland and Coach Blatt. They deserved to win." - Coach Bud
Somewhere, Dion Waiters is still waiting for a pass
Just realized this is last dose of Barkley til October now I know how all you hipsters felt when Mad Men ended
The Cavs dancers are certainly enjoying the moment. http://t.co/e1teun2LZo
I really don't remember what my life was like before Internet memes.
Ernie, Chuck and Kenny all look a bit uncomfortable w/ Shaq telling he loves each & every one of 'em on TNT's season finale tonight
LeBron James celebrates his East title. http://t.co/4WcuF0MIsk
When MJ retired from the Bulls he had played 35,887 regular season minutes. At the close of this season LeBron has played 35,769
Great year, ATL. Exceeded all expectations. This is a huge summer for them, with Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll unrestricted free agents.
How Red and Andy felt when they escaped Shawshank and met again on that beach... http://t.co/GO0Ny0P0uY
The Super Bowl was still a little over two years from being born when Cleveland last won a world championship. http://t.co/3a45Y4wpLY
Miked-up Blatt to LJ: "What you did for this team and this city coming back, you deserve this"
Blatt: "We're in Cleveland. Nothing is easy"
And if you say "not the Knicks," he just took 2 Knicks. Those 2 and Carmelo? Might have been enough.
James: "We have everything it takes"
Cavs have now won 7 straight playoff games. In those 7 wins, LeBron averaged 28.4 points, 11.3 boards, 8.9 assists, 1.4 steals. 1.3 blocks,
Photo of the night. Cash. http://t.co/PMKtf25eHO
LeBron would have taken how many teams in the East to the Finals if he'd joined them last summer?
East Coasters getting the shaft with these 9 pm weekday tipoffs in the finals. http://t.co/d1n2R1O1CX
Cavs trainers have a week-long ice bath ready for the players' weary bones...
Cavaliers and Warriors split their 2 games, but LeBron James DNP in loss, had 42 points, 11 rebounds in win.
I can only imagine the epic party J.R. Smith will throw if the Cavs win the title
Has a 60 win team ever been swept? Has a team with 4 All-Stars ever been swept. I mean other than the Hawks.
The Blatt in the Hat. http://t.co/TFy1eYZN4c
If necessary, Game 5 of NBA finals is June 14 at 8pm Eastern and Game 7 is June 19 at 9pm Eastern.
Me oh my Damon Jones looks old.
"We have everything it takes to win (a championship)," LeBron James said.
If Golden State ousts Houston on Wednesday night, there will be 7 nights without basketball before Finals begin June 4. No move-up date.
"We have everything it takes to win." LeBron James
Game 2 of NBA finals is June 7 at 8pm Eastern.
"This is Cleveland. Nothing is ever easy. We're not done," Cavs coach David Blatt said
Cavaliers beat Hawks 118-88 to advance to NBA Finals.It is LeBron James' fifth-straight Finals appearance.
Game 1 of NBA finals is June 4 at 9pm Eastern.
Congrats to James Jones on leading his team to a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.
To paraphrase the great Moses Malone: Fo' mo .... http://t.co/ZRcFIWNbxt
Might as well put a propeller on top of David Blatt's hat.
"We have the greatest player on the planet," Cavs GM David Griffin said
Funny how things work out. Tristan Thompson plays well in playoffs, now pushing for max deal. Does this mean Love will move on?
Watching Ernie Johnson have to interview Dan Gilbert then David Blatt makes me think he should have kept that Emmy. Or started taxing Paxyl.
Blatt "We're in Cleveland, nothing is easy here"
David Blatt: "We're not done!
David Blatt said "We're not done."
LeBron James will make his fifth straight NBA Finals appearance. He led the Cavaliers to the team's first NBA Finals appearance since 2007.
People can nit-pick about LeBron all they want but if anyone in the history of the game is better than him there is only one.
Get ready for a Cavs-Ws Finals of Suns ties. Already, that's David Griffin, Larry Nance, Shawn Marion & James Jones around the East trophy.
"Nothing is easy in Cleveland. ... We're not done." David Blatt
The Celtics were swept by Cleveland by average of 9.25 points and the 60-win Hawks were swept by 13.25.
Cleveland Cavaliers win the East, advance to 2015 Finals http://t.co/54fBqgVq8D
“We have the greatest player on the planet who made it all work” - David Griffin on J.R. Smith
Ernie Johnson essentially just announced the ECF MVP is Phil Jackson.
Here's the updated Finals schedule. Of the 8 West playoff teams, Cavaliers would only have had homecourt vs. 3. http://t.co/kBoWbLaRS3
I didn't know Dan Gilbert was a hobbit.
Bulls fans continue experiencing what it was like to be every other team outside Chicago in the 90s. Bow to the King!
"We're not settling for this," Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said.
C'mon Taco Bell worker. 3 tacos at $1.19 is much cheaper than combo at $4.99. Bad at math or trying to upsell me?
"We're not settling for this." Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on winning the East
Marion and Haywood....and LeBron, back in the NBA Finals. But this time they're on the same team.
The fact Dellavedova is a story actually says more about LeBron than it does Dellavedova. The amount of power NBA superstars wield is unreal
Congratulations to Dan Gilbert
Well if the Rockets do make history and reach the NBA finals, Game 1 in Houston June 4.
Larry Nance to present the Eastern Championship trophy
Man. Major respect to LeBron James. Five straight NBA Finals appearances. Definitely some of his best playoff work. Legacy continues to grow
The Cavs went 19-63, 21-45, 24-58 and 33-49 in their four seasons without LeBron James. In his first season back they're in the NBA Finals.
LeBron James and the Cavs advance to NBA Finals http://t.co/G2pmu7Y8NQ
Kyrie Irving to ESPN Radio on the knee: "A little bit (of soreness)."
For all of you tweeting about James Jones ... he did not play in the 2011 Finals so that's why the record books don't recognize him w/LeBron
NBA Finals are 9 days away, Game 1 is June 4 in Oakland (or Houston, of course)
NBA Finals schedule http://t.co/aPyg5yCqyO
I know I didn't respond to everybody that just mentioned -- so thank you all, we'll run it back next year, starting in Vegas Summer League!
As a reminder, if GSW wins tomorrow, the next NBA game is June 4.
LeBron James comes home to Cleveland and takes Cavs back to Finals. Cannot imagine the pressure. But he comes through. Cavs vs. Warriors?
Bring on the Splash Brothers
LeBron headed to fifth straight NBA Finals, takes Cavs back there for first time since 2007 w/ East Finals sweep of Hawks in blowout Game 4
Cavs win. http://t.co/gvPf5KP6Wi
I'm happy for LeBron and all of Northeast Ohio. Congratulations, Cleveland.
Sick Cavs Finals hats there.
The Eastern Conference sucks.
And to think just two years ago the Cavs were pinning their hopes on Andrew Bynum.
Cavaliers advance to second Finals in franchise history w/ 118-88 Game 4 victory over Hawks to complete sweep. LeBron James: 23P, 9R, 7A.
FINAL: Cavs 118, Hawks 88. Cleveland sweeps Atlanta and goes back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007.
J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are going to the NBA Finals. In exchange, the Knicks got someone currently in the 8th grade + cap space.
4 more wins for the Cleveland Cavaliers until their first NBA Championship: http://t.co/iISKRz4Fj3
We did it. Brendan Haywood got a post up.
Final: Cavs 118, Hawks 88.
LeBron James is going to play in his 5th straight NBA Finals. Have to go back to the Celtics in the 1960s for the last time that happened.
LeBron 23 pts, 9 reb, 7 ast. Tristan Thompson 16 pts, 11 reb. Kyrie 16 pts, 5 ast. Cavs 118, Hawks 88. It's official: Cavs Finals-bound.
Congrats to the Cavs on making the Finals. Congrats to NBA fans on the start of Reggie Miller's offseason.
There’s still time.
LeBron to be first non-Celtic in five straight Finals; Dubs hope to be first team to win it all w/ZERO Finals experience since MJ's 91 Bulls
Gotta love the Brendan Haywood/Kendrick Perkins post duo.
Either Kendrick Perkins or Brendan Haywood is playing power forward right now.
Happy for fans in Cleveland, a couple years ago a day like this seemed very far away. Cavs have rolled everyone in their path.
Nobody tell Blatt that Harlan just called him a “rookie coach” he doesn’t like that
For Kyle: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
Only resistance Bron's Cavs had in the East was from a hand-cuffed, soft Bulls team that Thibs had to squeeze life from to get to a GM 6.
See? Told you Mike Miller would win them a playoff game
One last time...
GM LeBron > GM Phil Jackson.
Kendrick Perkins, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones headline probably the most recognizable garbage time lineup in the league.
60 wins. 19 in a row. 4 All-Stars. Best record in the Eastern Conference. Eastern Conference Finals.
As Phil Jackson's groupies will tell you, the Cavs run proves that he can build a winner.
if cavs can get at least this from irving in finals, they have a shot. if not, gonna be real tough, but still won't rule em out
But after the offseason the Hawks went through, between Ferry and Levenson, this season was beyond anyone's wildest dreams.
If LeBron James lifts CLE to a title with all of their injuries and his relatively inexperienced help, that would be insanely impressive.
LeBron headed to his 5th Finals in a row. Michael, Magic and Bird never did that.
First of all, congrats to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their fans. Trades, injuries, drama, but still going to the NBA Finals.
The real magic of the Cavs in the NBA Finals? Worldwide media - meet J.R. Smith. You're welcome, world.
LeBron will now sleep in his Kia for a week waiting for the finals to start.
Stay classy, Cleveland.
If you believe MJ, Pippen, Kobe and Shaq were the real reasons for all those rings, does Phil get more credit for helping Cavs to this one?
oh come on
Grizzlies should really move to the eastern conference. They need some increased competition over there.
So how is that "Ozzie needs to go" campaign working out for you? Guessing the same way the "Thibs must go" campaign will end up.
Hawks had a great season and I enjoyed them immensely.
How good is LeBron James: He leaves the Cavs and they win 19 games. He comes back and they go from lottery to the finals.
I don't care who is coaching the Bulls next season -- I think this group let its best chance to get to Finals pass them by this year.
LeBron James has been to 5 straight finals
Guys…. I don’t think the Hawks are coming back.
Perk post-up is the broom.
Kendrick Perkins Post-Up!
This is the first sweep in the Eastern Conference Finals since 2003.
Kendrick Perkins jump-hook: Victory cigar
You knew that Perk shot was going down. What a series for the Cavs.
LeBron James is the first player to go to five straight NBA Finals since 1966! Jordan didn't do it. Or Shaq. Or Magic... Kinda unbelievable.