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Daily News - September 17, 2019

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**NOTE: The news clips and articles listed don't necessarily reflect the views or beliefs of the Cleveland Cavaliers or their Basketball Operations staff, partners, or sponsors.**


Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade
Author: SI.com
Publication: Michael Shapiro

1. Cavaliers Over Warriors (2016)

LeBron James and the Cavs’ 2016 title remains the most impressive accomplishment this decade. The drama beginning with Draymond Green’s groin incident in Game 4 is largely unparalleled, as was the performances by James and Kyrie Irving to close the series. The 2016 Finals marked a kept promise for James and a vault into superstardom for Irving. The historic series trumps the final seven-game battle on our list.

Cleveland’s dynamic duo torched Golden State at a historic clip in the series’ final three games. Irving logged 40-point efforts in Games 5 and 7, with his last points of the series winning the championship for Cleveland. James scored 40-plus points in Games 5 and 6. He posted a triple-double in Game 7, somehow an afterthought following the best block in recent memory.

The 2016 Finals was a defining moment for basketball fans of a certain age. The Cavs’ win vaulted James into the Greatest of All Time argument, and one month later, Kevin Durant arrived in the Bay Area ready to run roughshod through the league. The 2016 Finals are a turning point in league history, solidifying the legend of one Hall of Famer, and indirectly sparking the next chapter for another. - CLICK HERE to read full story.


2019-20 Preseason Profile: Brandon Knight
Author: Joe Gabriele
Publication: Cavs.com

Sure, it’s only mid-September, but here’s a nice Christmas story anyway …

Shaun Livingston was drafted by the L.A. Clippers with the 4th overall pick in the 2004 as a point guard with the size and length of a small forward. His career was off to a solid start, but on the evening of February 26, 2007, he suffered a gruesome knee injury – blowing out his MCL, PCL and ACL. Basically, his left knee was destroyed.

After an arduous rehab, Livingston was able to compete at the NBA level again, but he obviously wasn’t the same player. He was traded twice and cut four times – by the Rockets, Thunder and twice by Washington, the second of the two coming on December 22, 2012.

His career seemed to be over when Cleveland signed him as a free agent three days later – on Christmas. - CLICK HERE to read full story.


2019-20 Preseason Profile: John Henson
Author: Joe Gabriele
Publication: Cavs.com

We’re not usually in the business of publishing unflattering Cavaliers statistics, but if there’s one area where the team will look to improve this season, it’s in the shot-blocking department.

The Cavaliers haven’t had a player block over 100 shots since Big Z swatted 120 back in 2007-08. Last year, Larry Nance Jr. led the squad with 40 and the team as a whole finished with 195 total – last in the league – 136 blocks behind the 29th-ranked squad (Detroit) and 330 behind the league-leader (Golden State).

The Wine & Gold have a rock-solid frontline. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Ante Zizic and the aforementioned Nance give the Cavaliers a versatile, skilled collection of big men. There’s just not a consistent rim-protector among that group. - CLICK HERE to read full story.


What were the best NBA games of the past 10 seasons
Author: ESPN Staff
Publication: ESPN.com

With a new NBA decade beginning this fall, ESPN's panel of experts is breaking down the very best moments of the 2010s. On Monday, Kirk Goldsberry ranked the 10 best shooters. Now, it's time for our list of the greatest games.

For this ranking, our panel gave their top three picks for the best games from the 2009-2010 season through 2018-19. The list features career-defining playoff moments and a couple of the most entertaining regular season games of all time.

Let's dive in.

8. Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics | 2012 Eastern Conference finals, Game 6 - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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