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By Clevelandurbannews.com: Activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman (pictured) among speakers at 15,000 person women's march in Cleveland where Coleman also led the march from Public Square to City Hall and back, a gathering with speakers such as Congress persons Marcia Fudge and Marcy Kaptur, and state Representative Nickie Antonio.....Coleman said in her speech that no Black women on Trump's cabinet is inexcusable, that Black women are incarcerated at a rate 4 times high...

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CLICK ON THE CLEVELAND FOX 8 TELEVISION NEWS VIDEO IN THE PICTURE BELOW FOR COVERAGE OF THE CLEVELAND ANTI-TRUMP RALLY WITH SPEECHES BY CLEVELAND ACTIVIST KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AND OTHERS. COLEMAN IS LEADING CHANTS IN THE VIDEO AND SAYING THAT "PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE AT RISK, WOMEN ARE AT RISK. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE ." CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SAME VIDEO ON THE WEBSITE OF CLEVELAND FOX 8 NEWS

 


Hillary Clinton will not face charges as to the email scandal, says U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and greater Cleveland activist women, led by the Imperial Women Coalition, are pleased to be able to protest at the Republican National Convention

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, the nation's first Black female attorney general, announced Wednesday that Hillary Clinton, a former secretary of state under the Obama administration and the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, will not be charged relative to the email scandal that has engulfed her campaign.


Lynch accepted the FBI's recommendation, which calls for no charges against anyone, a determination that also clears a host of others not yet under investigation, including some Republican top-level officials with the Bush administration that, like Clinton, purportedly utilized private email servers per the approval of federal authorities.


“I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation,” said Lynch.


The decision to clear Clinton comes as a blow to the Donald Trump campaign as he and Clinton are in a close race, though polls have her roughly 5 percentage points ahead of the business mogul and presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.


Some demonstrators slated to protest at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland the week of July 18-21 say they are pleased that they can move forward without any confounding variables as to the email controversy.


"We are pleased that we can open the official RNC protest stage in Cleveland the morning of July 18 on Public Square void of any interference that precludes substantive responses to our reasonable demands to Mr. Trump and the Republicans to address the epidemic of violence against women nationwide and internationally, as well as the ongoing inequities that women, Black women in particular, face on a daily basis in practically every arena," said greater Cleveland community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition and will open the protest forum the morning of July 18 at 9:30 am along with other greater Cleveland activists, victims of crime and family members of victims of crime, and the Ohio Chapter National Organization for Women.

 

Editor's note: Loretta Lynch, the 83rd attorney general, was confirmed last year after a prolonged delay at the hands of Senate Republicans.


(As to Loretta Lynch, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS .This archived article was written in conjunction with the teleconference in April of 2015 on the orchestrated delay by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Senate confirmation hearings for now U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. It is a press call with Cleveland Urban News.Com Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman and was led by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge. Also included in the call were representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. ).


Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a longtime greater Cleveland community activist, is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 08 July 2016 09:52

Michael Eric Dyson to speak in Cleveland at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on July 15, three days before the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland....Dyson is a Black academic scholar, motivational speaker and radio host

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year  journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus


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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-American academic, author, and radio host Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will speak at 7 pm on Friday, July 15 at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Cleveland's east side, an event that will occur three days before the opening day of the four-day Republican National Convention, which Cleveland will host.

 

The event is free and open-to-the-public.


The articulate and sometimes controversial Dyson, also a motivational speaker, comes to Cleveland per the People's Justice and Peace Convention (PJPC), a convention of liberal leaning peace activists that offers what they say is "a response to the major parties' platforms in this election cycle."


According to PJPC organizers, Dyson is part of a weekend gathering from July 15-17 that will include other keynote speakers, films, cultural performances, workshops and work sessions dedicated to addressing the issues of social justice, economic justice, environmental justice, international justice, and voting rights.


Dyson, 57, became an ordained minister at 19-years-old.

 

An academician in its purest sense, Dyson holds both a master's and Ph.D. from Princeton University and is a professor of Sociology at Georgetown University.[2] He has edited or authored 18 books dealing with subjects such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marvin Gaye, Nas's debut album Illmatic, Bill Cosby, Tupac Shakur and Hurricane Katrina.

 

He is married to Marcia Louise, his second wife, and has two children.

 

Dyson has been both critical and supportive of President Obama, and Hillary Clinton as well, saying lately that Clinton, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, will benefit Blacks if elected president due to her "White privilege."


One of Cleveland's most prominent Black churches, Olivet is led by the Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, also a brilliant Black orator like Dyson, and a  Morehouse College graduate. It is also a platform for various community forums, including non-partisan venues for presidential candidates, both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders of whom spoke there in March, days before Ohio's March, 15 Democratic primary.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ON HILLARY CLINTON'S SPEECH AT OLIVET INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN CLEVELAND IN MARCH 2016

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE OF CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ON BERNIE SANDERS' SPEECH AT OLIVET INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH IN CLEVELAND IN MARCH 2016


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2016 12:11

New Ohio law on seeking possible removal of a municipal court judge for alleged bias or conflict takes authority to decide from chief Cuyahoga County Presiding Judge John Russo, other chief common pleas judges in Ohio, and hands it to Ohio Supreme Court

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year  journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus

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CLEVELAND  URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Affidavits of prejudice filed against Ohio municipal court judges in civil, criminal, traffic and other cases to seek their potential removal in the particular cases for alleged prejudice or a conflict of interest are no longer heard by the presiding judge of the court of common pleas in the respective county. (Editor's note: Presiding judge in this instance does not mean a presiding judge over a particular court case but the presiding  judge over the judges of an Ohio common pleas court who is elected annually by his or her peers).

Per an amended state law (Ohio Revised Code 2701.031) adopted by the state legislature in 2014, the authority to decide affidavits of prejudice relative to municipal court judges now resides singularly with the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, now Maureen O'Connor, a popular Republican and former lieutenant governor seeking reelection to the bench this year.

Hence, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Presiding and Administrative Judge John Russo can no longer decide affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges of the county, though public records reveal that when he had such authority he, and his predecessors, would routinely disregard them, and regardless of the merits. And many of the judges complained of are Democrats in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, the largest of 88 counties statewide, and of which includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.

Republican presiding judges of the county's 34-member general division common pleas court, which hear felonies, civil cases, and a litany of other legal matters, were no different and also routinely protected municipal court judges from scrutiny and disqualification in conjunction with the filling of an affidavit of prejudice.

This arbitrary and capricious behavior often occurred no matter how the judge at issue behaved in civil, divorce, criminal and other cases, including illegal warrants in bogus criminal cases, malicious and retaliatory prosecutions, and the illegal denial of indigent counsel to those deemed indigent by the court at issue.

State law O. R.C. 2701.03, which mirrors O. R.C. 2701.031 but is for possible removal of common pleas judges for conflict or prejudice, still remains under the purview of the chief justice as to affidavits of prejudice.

Probate, domestic relations, juvenile, and state appellate court judges, per an amendment of R.C 2701.03 by the state legislature, also in 2014, are now also subject to possible removal for prejudice or conflict by the chief justice per the filing of an affidavit of prejudice.

In any instance, the complaining party or his or her attorney, in criminal, traffic, civil and other pending cases, must file the affidavit in the Ohio Supreme Court at least seven days before the next scheduled hearing, and if no hearing is scheduled, it should be noted in the sworn affidavit.

Cases are put on hold as to substance matters until the affidavit of prejudice is ruled upon.

If the chief justice of the state's high court determines via a properly filed affidavit that judicial removal is warranted he or she can do one of three things_assign a handpicked visiting judge, which is usually a retired judge with nothing to lose, issue an order for random draw assignment of another judge if the judge at issue is part of a multi-judge court, or remove the case to another court under another judge.

Rarely are Ohio judges removed from cases for bias in Ohio, whether a municipal or common pleas judge, or otherwise, and some will retaliate for the filing of the affidavit, data show.

Cases that gain notoriety are the most likely to result in a fair outcome and the judge's disqualification. And even in high profile cases the rulings often lean in favor of the judge, favoritism sometimes, say sources, to promote judicial collegiality, and sometimes to allegedly cover up public corruption.

What often happens is that the judge at issue will withdraw before the affidavit is heard and a visiting judge steps in to often further the harassment.

Moreover, if a judge gets disqualified the judge assigned in his or her place often retaliates, data also show.

There is no process for seeking removal, however, of a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court as to an affidavit of prejudice.

Judges in general can be disciplined for felony convictions and violations of the Ohio Judicial Conduct and Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility, but the process for seeking their potential removal from cases for alleged bias or conflict is pursuant to the proper filing of an affidavit of prejudice under state law. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) /(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 11:37

Fifth annual memorial celebration for Cleveland police shooting victim Daniel Ficker, who was White, is June 26 from 1 pm-5 pm at the Clague Park Cabin in Westlake, Ohio, 1400 Clague Road....Activists continue the fight for justice for Ficker

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- Cleveland, Ohio-The family of Cleveland police shooting victim Daniel Ficker, who was killed at his home in Parma, Ohio on July 4, 2011, will host the fifth annual memorial celebration to remember Daniel Ficker on Sunday, June 26 from 1 pm-5 pm in Westlake, Ohio at the Clague Park Cabin, 1400 Clague Road.(CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE DANIEL FICKER MEMORIAL GATHERING . For media inquires, please call Bernie Rolen at 440-773-6102 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

"On the fourth of July this year, it will be five years that my son Dan has been gone," said Bernie Rolen, Ficker's mother. "We all miss him dearly and the memorial event is intended to be a day at the park for the whole family to enjoy as Dan always did with his family."

Community activists say Ficker and his family deserve justice.

"We continue our fight for justice for Daniel Ficker and his family, and others killed by Cleveland police in a manner that we deem inappropriate," said greater Cleveland community activist Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition.

Coleman has led forums and rallies with activists groups such as Black on Black Crime Inc, the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party and the Carl Stokes Brigade in support of Ficker and a host of others killed by Cleveland police.

Others of whom Coleman has led rallies include Cleveland police killing victims Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, rapper Kenneth Smith, Brandon Jones, Tanisha Anderson, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice. All of them are Black, unlike Ficker, who was White.

"We support victims of alleged police abuse across racial and gender lines," said Coleman, a longtime journalist who trained for 17 years at the Cleveland-based Call and Post Newspaper, and who now edits Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.

Ficker was killed on July 4, 2011 at his home in Parma, Ohio after the cops approached him and allegedly harassed him, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed on behalf of the family by Cleveland Civil Rights and criminal defense attorney Terry Gilbert.

He was 27-years-old.

To ultimately kill him, police crossed jurisdictions from Cleveland to Ficker's home in Parma, a largely White working class suburb of Cleveland.

One of the officer's was on patrol on Cleveland. The other was off duty.

Police say he allegedly took some jewelry at a party one of the cops at issue was attending along with Ficker and his fiancee, the mother of his two young children.

Gilbert denies such claim and has said that Ficker is innocent and was killed in cold blood after Cleveland police allegedly started a fight with him in Parma, and where they had no place business going to in an effort to allegedly start a fight, particularly without first notifying police dispatchers of an alleged crime.

No stolen jewelry surface at the killing site or otherwise, and police and the city say Ficker was allegedly at fault.

The police officers involved in the killing escaped Cuyahoga County grand jury indictments on criminal charges and were not disciplined in any manner by the city,  data show.

Both police officers have since retired, or quit.

Since then, and following a number of questionable police killings, including Malissa Williams and Tim Russell in 2012 and Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson in 2014, the city and the U.S. Department of Justice have entered into a court-monitored consent decree for police reforms.

In addition to his mother, fiancee and children, Ficker left behind a father, Dennis Ficker, who, like his mother, has been actively fighting with community activists for legal redress.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 July 2016 23:35

Cleveland settles Ohio ACLU lawsuit over RNC protest restrictions, and the Imperial Women Coalition, led by Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, will open the city's Public Square speaking forum ...The Cleveland NAACP accuses FBI of harassing protesters

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio — The lawsuit filed last week by the ACLU of Ohio claiming city officials are violating the free speech rights of protesters relative to the upcoming Republican National Convention in Cleveland the week of July 18-21 has been settled with a few concessions after Federal District Court Judge James Gwin, on Thursday, found constitutional infractions and issued a preliminary injunction.


Filed on behalf of the White-led groups Citizens for Trump, Organize Ohio, and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, the former group a conservative organization and the latter two of which are liberal types, the city has agreed to give these groups their requested parade routes after stalling for months, also an issue raised in the contentious lawsuit.


Other lawsuit concessions include a reduction in the 3.3 mile RNC event security zone, which is designed to lock protesters out of the areas closest to the downtown convention, additional dates and time for parade routes and a few speaking soap boxes closer to the convention site.


Unofficial speaking soap boxes, however, cannot include microphones or platforms.


Stipulations regarding the two downtown parks allocated for protesters were deemed unconstitutional by Judge Gwinn, and, per the settlement, are more open for demonstrators to exercise free speech  independent of slated governmental intimidation.


The city's official speaking forum on Public Square, open all four days of the convention from 9:30 am-6 pm for 30 minute interval speeches, will remain intact, though speakers must  still secure permits.


Permits are also required for the parade routes, the parks' forum and practically everything else.


Ohio ACLU Executive Director Christine Link, a proponent of the now-infamous free speech RNC lawsuit, has stepped up on behalf of demonstrators and has called the anti-free speech harassment of them arbitrary and capricious, and unconstitutional.


Recent reports say that law enforcement officials, led by the FBI, have been allegedly harassing greater Cleveland activists, most White and affiliated with the communist party who were arrested following chaos of an acquittal verdict last year by Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell of a since fired Cleveland police officer (Michael Brelo) on manslaughter charges. (Editor's note: Brelo and 12 other non-Black Cleveland police officers gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, slinging 137 bullets and following a high-speed car chase in November 2012 that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland, a largely Black and impoverished Cleveland suburb. The other officers were not indicted per the recommendation to the grand jury of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, whom voters, led by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, 11th congressional district Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, and Black activists, ousted from office in the March Democratic primary election).


That alleged harassment, sources say,  includes surprised  home visits with questions on what the Brelo activists, and some others, might do at the convention to promote violence.


Those purported home invasions have angered Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr., who has urged authorities to "remember the constitution."


The greater Cleveland grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition will open the city's speaking forum on Public Square at 9:30 am on July 18 and will address violence against women issues and women's rights in general. They will return to speak again at 12:30 pm the same day to address, jobs, education, housing, the legal system and the need for a living wage.


Others speaking on the Public Square protest stage the opening day of the convention include Michael Hurley, an assistant Cuyahoga County public defender who speaks at 10:45 pm, Black on Black Crime Inc, a local activist group that will speak at 11 am on police brutality and murders, and a North Carolina Muslim woman who has traveled the states to take on the anti-Muslim rhetoric of Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump.


"We, the Imperial Women Coalition, look forward to opening the city's official Public Square speaking platform stage the morning of July 18 to address, in a non-violent manner, violence against women and women's issues in general, and to returning at 12:30 pm the same day to deal with jobs, education, housing, the legal system, and the need for a living wage," said Kathy Wray Coleman, a longtime greater Cleveland activist and who leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition. and who edits Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read online Black newspaper.


Coleman's  group was founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell, who is seeking a new trial with support of the Ohio ACLU, which has filed an amicus brief in the Ohio Supreme Court where the case is pending.

Other greater Cleveland murders of women for which Coleman has led rallies pertain to the East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison murders, and the Cleveland East 93rd Street Murders of three women in 2013, namely Christine Malone,  43, Jasmine Trotter, 20, and Ashley Leszyeski, 21, and whose serial killer is still at large.


"We will be there on Public Square with Ms. Coleman and other activists and we want the person who killed our mother (Christine Malone) captured, indicted, and brought to justice." said Angelique Malone, one of eight grown children of murder victim Christine Malone, who was Black.

Also a children's advocate, Coleman has also spearheaded rallies regarding the celebrated abduction and rape and kidnapping case of Ariel Castro, who held Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry captive for a decade on the city's west side, and who hanged himself in prison while serving a life sentence.

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Last Updated on Monday, 11 July 2016 03:47

Cleveland Cavaliers celebration parade draws a million people and the NBA championship title win has put the majority Black city of Cleveland on the map in a positive vain.......LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had the most memorable NBA Finals moments

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BY CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM- CLEVELAND, Ohio-Nearly a million people poured into downtown Cleveland on Wednesday for a celebration and a parade to mark the championship title win Sunday night where the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by megastar LeBron James, won the NBA Finals by taking Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, 93-89.

 

Let's not pretend that all of Cleveland believed the Cavs would finally bring home the first NBA championship title in franchise history.

 

What was the negative connotation that many Cleveland fans were thinking before Game 7 of the NBA Finals?

 

Although they may not admit it now, there is no doubt that there was a negative narrative among some Cleveland folks, and others, of what the outcome would be before Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue brought his team on to the floor at Oracle Arena Sunday night. And it was partly because the Cavs had come back from a three games to one deficit to tie the series 3-3, and because Golden State, led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, had the best NBA record of the 2015-2016 season and were the defending champs.

 

No doubt, there were other reasons for the apathy and nightmares of Cleveland losing a shot at the title once again, and behind the heartbreaking loss to the mighty Warriors in 2015.

 

June 19, 2016, the night the Cavs took the championship title, put those nightmares to rest as  dreams came true, legends were made, and the largely Black major American city of Cleveland, often depicted in a negative sense across the nation, had something positive to brag about.

 

Cavaliers forward LeBron James and guard Kyrie Irving soared and scored to make the plays in Game 7, a conclusive game, and one that will be remembered for years to come.

 

They did what was needed to be done in crunch time to send the Golden State Warriors home with a loss.

 

With one minute and 57 seconds left and the score tide at 89 in the fourth quarter, Warriors forward Andre Iguodala grabbed a rebound from an Irving missed shot and then passed ahead to guard Stephen Curry.

 

As Iguodala raced down the court Curry returned a perfect bounce pass to Iguodala for what appeared to be an easy layup off of the backboard, and an anticipated two point Warriors lead with one minute and 53 seconds remaining.

 

But James, who trailed the play all the way down court on the left side, jumped across the free throw lane and above Iguodala to smash his layup attempt against the backboard. And Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith claimed the rebound.

 

The Warriors, in turn, came up goose eggs, taking four poor shot attempts on three empty trips down the floor after the  now famous block by James.

 

Meanwhile, and during a timeout with one minute and nine seconds on the game clock, coach Lue drew up an isolation play for Irving, who would be matched up with the 6' 7'' Klay Thompson.

 

To take away Klay Thompson's five inch height advantage Smith set a blindsided pick on Thompson, which resulted in Curry having to switch over to cover Irving. That posture did not serve well for the Warriors.

 

Irving, while behind the three point arc, set Curry up by coming towards him while taking three crossover dribbles between his legs and then taking a step back  for a three point shot. Bang. Irving drilled the three pointer and gave the Cavs a staunch 92-89 lead, only one more point added to take home the 93-89 win.

 

Game 7 was the only game in the series that did not end with the winner ahead by double digits.  It was a record setting and history making as were the series in general.

 

The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to come back from a three games to one deficit to win the championship and James became the third player to record a triple double , which he accomplished in Game 7, replete with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

 

Game 7 also featured tough defense and tired legs, which accounted in part for the mediocre shooting percentages from both the Cavs and the Warriors, and the final game scores of the  two respective teams.

 

The Cavs shot just 40.2 % from the field and were just six- of -25 from the three point arc for 25%. They, however, made 21 out of 25 free throws, a plus by all measures.

 

Golden State shot 38.6% from the field and was 15- for- 41 in three point shots for 36%.

 

This game also featured spectacular lay up after layup by Irving, with both the left and right hands, and while he was under tough pressure defensively.

 

Irving finished Game 7 with 26 points.

 

Draymond Green was likely the best asset for the Warriors Sunday night. He scored 32 points and had 10 rebounds and nine assists.

 

Curry and Klay Thompson, together dubbed 'the splash brothers'  for their talent in making three-pointers, and who were up and down throughout the finals, were not at their best, the duo combining for just 31 points on Sunday.

 

After criticism from sports commentators, Kevin Love stepped his game up a bit and was a factor on the boards with 14 rebounds in Game 7, which were coupled with his nine points, a contribution that helped to clinched the championship.

 

And Love played good defense, especially against Curry,

 

Other Cavaliers players cannot be overlooked relative to the finals, including Tristan Thompson, Mo Williams, Richard Jefferson, and JR Smith.

 

Smith has been a bonus for the Cavaliers in the playoffs and otherwise, and  he came up huge at the start of the second half of Game 7 in scoring eight of his 12 points.

 

The Cavaliers won the championship due to talent, and a spectular team effort, not to mention the brilliant coaching of Tyronn Lue, who is Black.

 

But the NBA Finals moments that will be remembered most were the Game 7 performances by James and Irving, both of whom came through when it counted most.

 

James and Irving have given Cleveland fans new memories and something better to dream about, and James, an Akron, Ohio native, says he is ready to defend the championship title in the coming year for his "hometown."

 


By Karl Kimbrough, Cleveland Urban News.Com sportswriter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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