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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 70-61 after three quarters as physical play reigns

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

Physical play continued in the third quarter as both teams got away from basketball at times and resorted to tactics used in boxing and wrestling. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected and Celtics forward Jae Crowder left the game with a left knee sprain as bodies hit the floor on several possessions. The scoreboard read 70-61 in favor of the Cavaliers going into the fourth quarter as the extracurricular activities made an impact on the game. Smith was ejected with 10:24 on the clock and Cleveland ahead 57-36. Smith was boxing out for a rebound when Crowder issued a shove towards Smith’s back, and Smith retaliated by throwing his arm and hand back and popping Crowder in the face. Crowder fell to the ground and suffered his injury. Referees reviewed video of the play and ejected Smith via a Flagrant 2 foul call. The quarter included Cavs guard Iman Shumpert bumping his head on center Timofey Mozgov, Celtics teammates Jared Sullinger and Isaiah Thomas delivering a couple of hard fouls and Cavs forward Tristan Thompson knocking over a row of spectators as he attempted to save the ball from going out of bounds. The Celtics closed the quarter with some inspired play to trim its deficit to single digits. LeBron James has 17 points, seven assists and seven rebounds. Kyrie Irving has 14 points and nine rebounds and Mozgov has 12 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas and Sullinger both have 13 points for the Celtics, and Avery Bradley has 10 points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 17.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) 10.

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NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 57-36 at halftime

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

The Cavaliers concluded the second quarter with a LeBron James layup with 1.3 seconds on the clock, and took a 57-36 lead into halftime. The advantage is the largest in the series as Cleveland is 24 minutes away from sweeping Boston four games to none in the first round series. Matthew Dellavedova swished a 3-pointer with 2:30 to go to give the Cavs a 51-32 edge. The quarter also featured some hard fouls as Kendrick Perkins, a former Celtics player, received a Flagrant 1 foul at 1:44 after referees ruled a pick of his on Jae Crowder was excessive. Perkins remained in the game after the foul in which he used his hands to shove Crowder in the face and neck. James leads the Cavs with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds. Timofey Mozgov and Kyrie Irving both have 10 points and J.R. Smith has eight points. The Celtics scoring leaders at halftime are Jared Sullinger (10 points) and Tyler Zeller (eight points). Crowder has seven points.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavaliers) 13.

Rebounds: Iman Shumpert (Cavaliers) 7.

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By George Thomas Published: April 26, 2015

NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers lead Celtics 29-19 after one quarter, lose Kevin Love to injury

By Michael Beaven Published: April 26, 2015

The Cavaliers put together a 10-0 run in the first quarter and built a 17-8 lead, but a left shoulder injury to Kevin Love midway through the quarter overshadowed the spurt. Love and Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk got tangled up and Love sprinted to the locker room with what appears to be a separated shoulder. ABC-ESPN TV reporter Heather Cox reported moments later that Love was in the Cavs locker room with ice on his shoulder and that he would not return as team personnel evaluated him. Timofey Mozgov leads the Cavaliers with seven points and four rebounds. Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith both added in six points, and LeBron James totaled four points and five assists as Cleveland held a 29-19 lead going into the second quarter. Boston’s two scorers in the opening 12 minutes were Tyler Zeller (eight points) and Avery Bradley (six points).

Leaders

Points: Tyler Zeller (Celtics) 8.

Rebounds: Timofey Mozgov (Cavaliers) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers) 4 each.

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Cavs' Kevin Love will not return after shoulder injury in first quarter

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

 

BOSTON: Kevin Love left during the first quarter of Sunday's Game 4 between the Cavs and Celtics and will not return because of an injured left shoulder.

Love was fighting for a rebound with the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk when his left arm was pinned under Olynyk's right arm with 5:22 left in the quarter. Olynyk pulled hard on Love's arm and he immediately sprinted off the court toward the locker room holding his left shoulder. He was quickly followed to the locker room by General Manager David Griffin and members of the Cavs ownership group. 

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LeBron James' full-court shot and the story behind it

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

 

BOSTON: Whenever he’s filming commercial spots or promos, LeBron James always boasts about being a one-take wonder. The first try always gets it done.

That apparently applies to 94-foot, overhand basketball shots, too.

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Game 4 Pregame: Cavs at Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

Time: 1 p.m.; Place: TD Garden

TV: ABC

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Celtics - None.

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VIDEO: LeBron James makes full-court shot after Cavs practice

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 25, 2015

BOSTON: Everyone knows LeBron James could've been an All-Pro receiver in the NFL, but maybe he could've been a quarterback, too. Here is James heaving a full-court pass from the corner of TD Garden, presumably following practice today and shot by James' personal trainer, Mike Mancias. Unbelievable. 

 

 

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Cavs 103, Celtics 95: Jason Lloyd's 31 thoughts on LeBron, Love, scrutiny and success

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 24, 2015

BOSTON: Thirty-one thoughts for 31 points from LeBron James in a 103-95 win over the Boston Celtics that gave the Cavs a commanding 3-0 series lead…

1. Kevin Love’s nerves were a bit rattled during his first postseason game last Sunday. He fell into foul trouble on Tuesday. With the nerves calmed and the fouls no longer an issue, Love was terrific in Game 3.

2. Kyrie Irving’s shining moments came in Games 1 and 2, but with Irving struggling to find his range outside and getting battered inside, Love produced his finest performance of this series. He made six 3-pointers – the most he’s made in a game in nearly two months – he was aggressive in the post and he grabbed nine rebounds to go with his 23 points.

MORECavaliers 103, Celtics 95: LeBron James has 31 points, 11 rebounds as Cavs take 3-0 series lead

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LeBron James has 31 points, 11 rebounds and Cavs take 3-0 series lead with 103-95 win over Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2015

BOSTON: LeBron James had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Love had 23 points and nine rebounds and J.R. Smith broke out of his shooting slump in the Cavs’ 103-95 victory Thursday at TD Garden, giving them a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs can close out the series with a sweep Sunday afternoon at the Garden.

The Celtics pulled within 95-92 late on a 3-pointer from Evan Turner, but Love made a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes – his fifth and sixth of the game – to send the Cavs to their third consecutive victory in the series. The Cavs shot 41 on 3-pointers (12 of 29), which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.

Kyrie Irving had 13 points and six assists on his worst shooting night of the series. He didn’t make his first shot, a 3-pointer, until the third quarter and didn’t make his first basket at the rim until midway through the fourth. He ended 3 of 11, but was offset by big nights from Love and Smith.

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