Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer is the editor of Ball Don't Lie. He has written for various websites about the NBA since 1997, he lives in Indiana with his wife, two children, three cats, and yes, Kelly Dwyer is a "he."

  • Three reasons why Cleveland topped Golden State in Game 6

    LeBron James got all fancy with it. (Getty Images)LeBron James got all fancy with it. (Getty Images)The Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that entered Monday having lost eight of nine against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, have pushed the 2016 NBA Finals to the brink. On the back of the team’s superstar, the Cavaliers took Game 6 by a 115-101 score, forcing a Game 7 and winner-take-all contest on Sunday to decide the NBA’s 2015-16 champion.

    Here are three reasons why Cleveland was able to prevail on Thursday.

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    LeBron Freakin’ James

    With five minutes left in the third quarter, LeBron James hit a driving layup to put his Cavaliers up by a 74-57 score. That would seem like a comfortable lead, but with Stephen Curry warming up and Klay Thompson in the middle of what would turn into a 15-point quarter, the Cavaliers needed their franchise player to let loose.

    The guy came through. Following the layup, James would go on to either score or assist on the next 35 Cavalier points, 36 if you count the Stephen

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  • Jared Dudley on Kevin Durant signing with Washington: 'I don’t see it'

    Jared Dudley, Washington Wizard. (Getty Images)Jared Dudley, Washington Wizard. (Getty Images)Just about everyone associated with the NBA – from its owners, front office staff, coaches, media and (most importantly) players on down – has an opinion as to what team Kevin Durant will sign with in July.

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    The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and 2014 NBA MVP is a free agent, a rather highly-coveted one, and while you have to respect the voices of all in the league that offer their suggestions and/or predictions as to where Durant is headed, some tend to deserve more perked ears than others.

    Jared Dudley’s guess, for a start, would be one of them. Not just because he’s one of the NBA’s more respected players and voices, but also because he is still under contract with the Washington Wizards – the team that for years was expected to make the most effective push to bring the Washington D.C.-born Durant back home.

    Via Pro Basketball Talk, here’s Dan Steinberg’s documentation of a conversation Dudley had with Kevin

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  • Ex-Cavaliers coach David Blatt: 'I can't watch the Finals'

    David Blatt lays it down. (Getty Images)David Blatt lays it down. (Getty Images)In the third week of January the Cleveland Cavaliers were on pace to win 60 games, coming off of a sound and nationally-televised 13-point win over the Los Angeles Clippers. With Chicago and Atlanta fading, and Toronto not quite there yet, the team was the overwhelming favorite to take the East’s top seed and represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year.

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    For the Cavaliers’ front office, however, this presumption wasn’t enough to live on. Head coach David Blatt, who as an NBA rookie was in charge of 2014-15’s Finals participant, was let go in favor of lead assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue, like many at the time and even now, thought the whole switch was a little more than effed-up, but with LeBron James having just turned 31 a few weeks before, the franchise apparently thought it couldn’t waste time as James and Blatt’s relationship slowly developed.

    The Cavs responded with a similar

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  • Three Things to Watch For: Golden State vs. Cleveland Game 6

    Stephen Curry looks to wrap it up. (Getty Images)Stephen Curry looks to wrap it up. (Getty Images)For the second time in a week, the NBA might be down to the final game of its 2015-16 season.

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers extended its run on Monday evening by pulling out a desperate 112-97 win in Game 5, behind a pair of brilliant showcase games from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Working without suspended All-Star Draymond Green, the Warriors defense turned in a stinker, while the offense failed to replicate the white hot efficiency it came through with in what felt like a pivotal Game 4 win in Cleveland.

    As reward, not only do the Cavaliers get to live to play another day on Thursday, but the team will get a chance to work one more time in northern Ohio during Game 6. We decided to ruminate on three different things that could stand out, regardless of the game’s outcome, during what could be a championship-clinching game.

    Draymond Overextension

    By now even the lightest of NBA fans is familiar with the Draymond

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  • Rajon Rondo on the dysfunctional 2015-16 Kings: 'Too much tension'

    Rajon Rondo. (Getty Images)Rajon Rondo. (Getty Images)Rajon Rondo didn’t really drop a bombshell on Monday, in discussing the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings. Sadly, the Kings are a bombshell unto themselves.

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    Playing the part of a mercenary, Rondo joined the Kings during the 2015 offseason after receiving a lukewarm reception in the free agent market. After being banished from the Dallas Mavericks partway through their postseason a few months before, the talented but excitable Rondo seemed a perfect reclamation project for a team that has been acting as a reclamation project of its own for a decade now.

    We saw how it all worked out. Rondo put up some good stats – 12 points, six rebounds, a league-leading 11.6 assists per game – but the Kings were never in playoff contention despite his and DeMarcus Cousins’ presence, and the postseason whiff (the franchise’s tenth in a row) helped convince to fire coach George Karl 112 games into a four-year contract.

    In honesty,

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  • Three reasons why the Cavaliers downed the Warriors in Game 5

    With the team's back against the figurative wall, the Cleveland Cavaliers relied on their top-heavy pair of superstars to keep the 2016 NBA Finals flowing, taking Game 5 in Oakland by a 112-97 score.

    Golden State Warriors' All-Star Draymond Green did miss the contest because of suspension, but that should hardly detract from the ways in which Cleveland swooped in to extend its season.

    Kyrie Irving notched a playoff career high. (Getty Images)Kyrie Irving notched a playoff career high. (Getty Images)Here are three reasons why the Cavs earned the right to play another (Thurs)day.

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    LeBron James

    The Golden State Warriors are committed to ducking under screens and forcing LBJ to take jumpers, and for good reason. James has worked through an off year on the perimeter, and at some point during last autumn he clearly lost faith in both his spot-up and step-back jumper.

    It came back on Monday night. Not the jumper, because that’s always been in him, but the faith. LeBron wanted to shoot in Cleveland’s Game 5 win. He wanted to take long

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  • Magic Johnson is no longer the ceremonial VP of the L.A. Lakers

    Magic Johnson attends a ceremony. (Getty Images)Magic Johnson attends a ceremony. (Getty Images)For 37 years, Magic Johnson has been a Los Angeles Laker.

    When he retired as a player in 1991, he was given the option to purchase a small percentage of the team that he accepted, and he briefly worked as Laker coach in 1993-94. He sold his ownership stake in the team in order to be cleared to rejoin the Lakers as a player midway through 1995-96, but promptly bought the shares back upon retiring again. Though Magic eventually sold that stake in 2010 while attempting to purchase his own team, he remained on board as an honorary Los Angeles Lakers vice president.

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    Reportedly at Magic’s request, he is no longer an official member of the team. On Saturday, the club announced that Johnson is dissolving his honorary title.

    From the team:

    ''Earvin will always be a revered and beloved member of the Lakers family, but he does not have a position or role with the organization at the time,'' Lakers spokesman John Black said

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  • Kevin Love: Joining the Cavs 'hasn't been the easiest transition'

    Kevin Love. (Getty Images)Kevin Love. (Getty Images)Short of an out-of-nowhere run to the title, led by Kevin Love’s 30-and-15 in three consecutive wins off of the Cleveland bench, the narrative has more or less been set. The former Minnesota All-Star and Cavs power forward just isn’t a good matchup against the Golden State Warriors, and he may not be a great fit with his current team.

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    Love returned from a concussion to provide 11 points, five rebounds and a block in 25 minutes during Cleveland’s Game 4 loss to the Warriors on Friday night, but his presence couldn’t make a dent in the face of the defending champs, and one of the league’s best defensive rebounders was caught flat-footed a few times when the Warriors went on a second chance rebound spree during its second half run.

    Without demanding that the whole of the basketball world RSVP some form of pity party, Love opened up following the game regarding the various gray areas running concurrent to what many

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  • Three reasons why Golden State downed Cleveland in Game 4

    The Golden State Warriors are one win away from consecutive championships after emerging with a frenzied effort in Friday’s Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, eventually winning by a 108-97 score.

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    Here are three reasons why the Warriors are now up 3-1.

    Idle Cavs

    Stephen Curry can smell it, and it smells like ... plastic. (Getty Images)Stephen Curry can smell it, and it smells like ... plastic. (Getty Images)In Game 1 the Cavaliers frittered away their chances down the stretch of what seemed like a winnable game by falling back on bad habits – too much isolation play, just as much option-killing screen-and-roll basketball. That was the Cavs' first game in six days and their first contest against an all-world opponent in the defending champion Warriors, though, so they were excused somewhat for needing a little time to adapt on the fly.

    The team has no such excuses for how it started to play basketball just a minute into the fourth quarter of Game 4. All the nasty stuff came back.

    Cleveland opened the quarter with a Kevin Love post-up score and LeBron

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  • LeBron: 'I don't think anyone was prepared for me returning' to CLE

    LeBron James looks on. (Getty Images)LeBron James looks on. (Getty Images)LeBron James returning to Cleveland as a free agent in 2014 wasn’t a total shocker – Miami looked outclassed in its Finals defeat that year, and James friend and teammate Dwyane Wade somehow looked older then than he does in 2016 – but it was a bit of a surprise.

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    Still, even moves that don’t fit in the drag-down menu under “Surprise” necessitate some sort of acclimation. Some response, in advance of reflex. It wasn’t just that James would be joining one of the worst NBA teams of the last four seasons (97-215, 31 percent, a mark befitting a 26-win club), and the oddity behind James re-joining the franchise he cruelly dismissed in 2010 gets thrown away once the ball is thrown in the air at opening tip.

    No, as it’s always been, the biggest adjustments had to come from players both good-to-great, and all points below. James, not in excuse-making mode with his Cavs down 2-1 in these NBA Finals, reminded us of as much

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