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LeBron James says he'd like to face Dwyane Wade, Heat in conference finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 4, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James has wanted to face Dwyane Wade in the playoffs since the two entered the league together 13 years ago. He could be three wins from finally getting that chance.

James and the Cavaliers could be on a collision course with his former team in what would be a fascinating Eastern Conference finals. Both the Cavs and Miami Heat hold 1-0 leads in their conference semifinal series and James acknowledged Wednesday prior to the Cavs’ Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks that he has thought about facing his old team in the next round.

“Naturally, of course. That’s since I came back (to Cleveland),” James said. “It’d be great to play against those guys in the postseason.”

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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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