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Cavs 104, Hawks 93; Jason Lloyd's 21 thoughts on defending Kyle Korver, free throws and 3-pointers

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 3, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-one thoughts for 21 points from Kyrie Irving in the Cavs’ 104-93 win Monday over the Atlanta Hawks for a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals…

1.      Tyronn Lue immediately groaned last week when I mentioned how the Cavs have managed to neutralize Kyle Korver for the last two years.

2.      “Don’t do that, man,” he said. I asked if he thought I just jinxed them. “I hope not,” he said.

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Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson demoralizes Hawks on offensive glass, as usual

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 3, 2016

CLEVELAND: On Sunday, Cavaliers veteran Richard Jefferson said the Atlanta Hawks had two Tristan Thompsons.

For the rest of the Eastern Conference semifinal series, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer will hope that is the case.

In Game 1 Monday night, Thompson's domination on the offensive boards helped demoralize the Hawks late in the fourth quarter as the Cavs pulled out a 104-93 victory at Quicken Loans Arena.

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LeBron James scores 25 points, Cavs survive late Hawks surge for 104-93 win and 1-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 2, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored 25 points and came up with two big steals late as the Cleveland Cavaliers continued their dominance over the Atlanta Hawks with a 104-93 victory Monday night to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

It was the eighth consecutive victory for the Cavs over the Hawks after sweeping them in the conference finals and winning all three meetings in the regular season, but it didn’t come easy.

A dunk by James with 3:56 left in the third put the Cavs ahead 72-54 before the Hawks roared back, scoring 11 straight points and closing the third by scoring 16 of the last 18 to pull within 74-70 at the start of the fourth.

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LeBron James' 'Space Jam 2' may have found its director

By George Thomas Published: May 2, 2016

 

 

LeBron James may be in the midst of a playoff run, but talk of his exploits off the court received some notice Monday afternoon.

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Pregame: Hawks at Cavs, Game 1, conference semifinals

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 2, 2016

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

Injury report: Cavs - None; Hawks - Tiago Splitter (hip) out.

Officials: Scott Foster, Eric Lewis, Zach Zarba Alternate: David Guthrie (Replay Center: Kane Fitzgerald)

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LeBron James dislikes ref reports league releases after close games

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 29, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James dismissed the importance of the league’s Last 2 Minutes report initiative and made it clear Friday he doesn’t see a use for them in the NBA.  

“It changes absolutely nothing,” James said.

In an effort to improve transparency, the league began last season releasing reports critiquing the calls officials make and do not make on games within five points with two minutes left.

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Cavs to host Atlanta Hawks next week in conference semifinals

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 28, 2016

The Cavaliers will host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the conference semifinals Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Hawks eliminated the Boston Celtics Thursday with a 104-92 win in Game 6 at Boston to advance.

The Cavs swept the Hawks in the conference finals last season and won all three games this season.

Outspoken TNT analyst Charles Barkley said Thursday night following the game he is picking the Cavs to win it all.

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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue: David Blatt 'definitely deserves another chance'

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 28, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Cavs coach Tyronn Lue gave former coach David Blatt a strong endorsement one day after reports circulated that the New York Knicks interviewed him to be their coach.

“He definitely deserves another chance,” Lue said. “I thought Coach Blatt did a great and phenomenal job here. He taught me a lot. Just being friends with him and getting a chance to understand him was great for me. I know a lot of guys around here, we talked about it the other day, they miss him and his presence. I would just like keep in contact with him. Hopefully, he gets another job in this league because he deserves it.” 

Blatt interviewed with Knicks president Phil Jackson on Monday, according to multiple reports. He was fired at the halfway point of this season despite a 30-11 record and first place in the East. Blatt played with Knicks general manager Steve Mills at Princeton.

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