Articles by Don McCormack

Giannis returns for Bucks

Christmas came a day late for the Milwaukee Bucks, but you can bet no one in the organization will be complaining. Star swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo returned to the lineup for Milwaukee for its game against visiting Chicago after a one-game absence. Antetokounmpo missed the Bucks’ 111-106 loss at Charlotte on Saturday night because of soreness […]


Kerr: LeBron raising bar, even for superstars

His un-LeBronlike performance on Christmas Day against the Warriors in a 99-92 loss not withstanding (20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists would be considered a great night for most players), James, now in his 15th NBA season continues to amaze pretty much everyone across the league. Including Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “I was thinking about it on […]


Despite loss, Cavs receive stamps of approval

Emptying what’s left in the notebook after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 99-92 defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day… BACK ON TRACK Sure, the Cavaliers had what many observers considered to be the worst offseason across the NBA. After Golden State took out Cleveland in Round III of their Finals triumvirate last June, […]


Fair or foul? KD, Warriors continue to frustrate Cavs

You’ll have to forgive fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers for being a bit defensive. Having watched their team lose two of the last three NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, not to mention watching the Warriors win 16 of 25 matchups with the Cavaliers since LeBron James returned home before the 2014-15 season, it’s understandable. Warrior paranoia, […]


An exam, yes, but not a Final(s) for Cavs

Remember back to your days as a kid when you had to bring your report card home, have a parent sign it and take it back to your teacher? That’s pretty much what the Cleveland Cavaliers did on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena. Cleveland took on defending NBA champion Golden State for the third consecutive season on Dec. […]


Twas the night before an NBA Christmas

With apologies to Clement C. Moore … ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the league, Not a player was stirring, not even Jeff Teague; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there The players were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions […]


From Wilt to Miracles, these gifts were a slam dunk

With Santa and Mrs. Claus no doubt making sure Rudolph and all his reindeer pals are rested, well-fed, hydrated and champing at their bits for their annual world-wide Christmas Eve trek — and with Cavaliers-Warriors Christmas Day Round III on tap for Monday afternoon — it has me thinking (always a novel concept, for sure). Specifically, thinking of Christmases […]


New Super Six: How do Cavs stack up?

From all indications, The Good Ship Cavalier is sailing along quite smoothly, thank you. Its 115-112 victory against the were-streaking Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena boosted Cleveland’s record to 24-9 on the season. Somehow, the Bulls had found a way to win seven consecutive games before being felled in what has become The Pit of […]


LeBron, Cavs won’t let schedule tell them when to lose

In the marathon that is the rugged NBA schedule, there are games which can be considered almost built-in losses. Such as Sunday night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers invaded our nation’s capitol on the second night of a back-to-back to take on the waiting-and-rested Washington Wizards. Again playing without the walking-wounded triumvirate of Isaiah Thomas, Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose, […]


Cavs’ James making legendary look easy

As I watched LeBron James record the 60th regular-season triple-double of his career in leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-100 triumph over the visiting Utah Jazz on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena, a question popped into my mind. Is this what it was like to see Babe Ruth play baseball almost a century ago? And then, there’s […]


Not for starters? The day LeBron came off Cavs’ bench

There isn’t much, if anything, LeBron James has not accomplished on the basketball court. In fact, safe to say, the soon-to-be 33-year-old roundball savant, now in his 15th NBA season, has done it all more than once. With one exception. From the first time he picked up a basketball as a youngster, through a stellar high school […]