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Kyrie Irving's endless drills, attention to detail pay off with dagger 3-pointer for Cavaliers

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 23, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, Mich.: Kyrie Irving's dagger 3-pointer off an inbounds play with seven-tenths of a second remaining on the shot clock Friday night was no accident.

According to Cavaliers teammate J.R. Smith, Irving works on the scenario that arose in Game 3 of the first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Irving's backbreaker from the right corner with 43 seconds remaining clinched the Cavaliers' 101-91 victory and gave them a 3-0 lead going into Sunday night's Game 4 at the Palace.

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Kyrie Irving's big 3-pointer gives Cavs 101-91 win over Pistons, 3-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 22, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy spent several minutes before Friday’s Game 3 lamenting how good Kyrie Irving has been shooting 3-pointers in this series.

“We have to adjust,” he said. Then failed again.

Irving’s corner 3-pointer with 43 seconds left and the shot clock buzzing sent the Cavaliers to a 101-91 victory and a commanding 3-0 series lead. They can close out the series with a sweep Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Irving scored 26 points and his corner 3 pushed the Cavs’ lead to 98-90, essentially ending any shot at a Pistons upset. He made three more 3-pointers, pushing his 3-point percentage to 52 percent in this series (12 of 23). The shot was terrific; the pass may have been even better.

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LeBron James doesn't want Cavs filing complaints with league over physical play in series

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 22, 2016

AUBURN HILLS, MICH.: LeBron James doesn’t want the Cavs to turn any clips into the league over the physical play in this series and insists he isn’t paying much attention to the Detroit Pistons’ tactics.

The team wanted to submit to the league clips of Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond hitting James with what they deemed were unnecessary elbows during the Cavs’ Game 2 victory. James, though, said they shouldn’t bother and that he doesn’t feel like the Pistons are targeting him. Game 3 is Friday night at the Palace.

“Even if they are (targeting), that’s not even what I’m concerned about,” he said Friday. “My concern is I’ve got to continue to be aggressive, put pressure on their defense, continue to find my guys when they’re open and continue to defend and help my guys on the glass with big Drummond. So I hope we don’t send anything into the league because it’s not about that.”

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Cavs 107, Pistons 90; Jason Lloyd's 24 thoughts on feuds, adjustments and a 2-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 21, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-four thoughts for the 24 insults Stanley Johnson hurled at LeBron James after Wednesday’s 107-90 win over the Detroit Pistons to take a 2-0 series lead.

1.      As LeBron James grows older, his postseason adversaries seem to be getting younger and brasher. It started with Deshawn Stevenson, 27 at the time, and a harmless feud that eventually grew to include Jay-Z and Soulja Boy. Then came Lance Stevenson, 23 at the time, blowing in James’ ear during a playoff series between the Heat and Pacers.

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J.R. Smith reverses playoff fortune, ignites Cavs' record 3-point performance

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 21, 2016

CLEVELAND: J.R. Smith interrupted a question with a question and his irreverent response perfectly summed up his enthusiasm over the long-distance firestorm he'd just ignited.

"We shot 38 3s? Damn!" Smith said Wednesday night, drawing laughter.

The Cavaliers tied an NBA record for most 3-pointers made in a playoff game, hitting 20 in a 107-90 romp over the Detroit Pistons in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round series in Quicken Loans Arena.

Smith had a big hand in sending the Cavs to The Palace of Auburn Hills for Friday night's Game 3 with a 2-0 lead. Smith hit 7 of 11 from beyond the arc, 0 for 2 inside it, and finished with 21 points.

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LeBron James scores 27, Cavs tie NBA playoff record with 20 3-pointers in 107-90 win over Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 20, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored 27 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers tied an NBA playoff record with 20 3-pointers in their 107-90 Game 2 victory against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. The Cavaliers hold a 2-0 series lead with Game 3 Friday night at Detroit.

The Cavs struggled to put away the Pistons in Game 1 and struggled again Wednesday until late in the third quarter. They trailed by 10 early in the game and still trailed midway through the third before a Kevin Love 3-pointer gave them the lead for good at 63-62.

Love’s basket started a flurry of five 3-pointers over the final 6:49 of the quarter. J.R. Smith’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the third – his seventh of the game – extended the lead to 82-68 entering the fourth and the Cavs coasted to an easy victory.

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