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Heat's Pat Riley won't say he's rooting for LeBron James in brief TMZ interview

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 28, 2017

Considering what was supposedly said when LeBron James left Miami to return to Cleveland in 2014, he certainly isn’t waiting for a good luck text from Heat president Pat Riley as he prepares to play in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals.

Riley was given the opportunity to wish James well on Saturday, and his message was lukewarm at best.

Caught on camera by when Riley was in Malibu, Calif., on Saturday, Riley was asked if he was rooting for James against the Golden State Warriors. The series opens Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

Golden State owner Peter Guber, who walked Riley to his sports car, told Riley, “Don’t answer that question.”

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Cleveland Cavaliers Watch Party tickets set for sale Saturday

By George Thomas Published: May 26, 2017

The Cleveland Cavs will continue their post-season tradition while the team is on the road by holding Cavs Official Road Game Watch Parties at Quicken Loans Arena for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals.

Game 1 tips off at 9 p.m. Thursday and Game 2 begins at 8 p.m. on June 4. Tickets, $10, go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. at Northeast Ohio DrugMart locations, and the Quicken Loans Arena.  There is a limit of six tickets and seating is general admission.

All proceeds will benefit the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. 


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Cavs 135, Celtics 102: Marla's 32 shots from Beyond the Arc on MJ, DiMaggio and Warriors' stress

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 26, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 135-102 Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals at TD Garden. The Cavs took the series 4-1 and advanced to their third consecutive meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, which open June 1 in Oracle Arena.

1. A few scenes to remember before I get to LeBron James passing Michael Jordan to become the leading playoff scorer in NBA history.

2. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he was wearing water, not champagne. The locker room floor wasn’t soaked, but Lue headed to the post-game press conference in a nearly-drenched shirt and Finals cap. He still hugged acquaintances on the way and got a new cap from a league staffer before stepping in front of the television cameras and a full room of reporters.

3. There was some hooting and yelling as the Cavs waited for the trophy presentation hosted by TNT’s Ernie Johnson. Cavs radio analyst Jim Chones, a member of the “Miracle of Richfield” team, also participated. Richard Jefferson handed his phone to a Cavs employee so he could get his own copy of the team picture. Lue had to be encouraged to return to the fray for the photograph, he’d ducked out of the group as soon as the trophy part of the festivities ended.

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LeBron James admits he was sick for Game 3 vs. Celtics, 'never' considered sitting out

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 25, 2017

LeBron James admitted Thursday he was sick during the Cavaliers’ Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics Sunday, when he scored 11 points, the fourth-worst playoff point total of his career.

But when asked if he considered sitting out, James replied, “Never.”

Teammate Richard Jefferson revealed James’ illness in an interview with Fox Sports Ohio after the Cavs’ victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday.

Holding a 3-1 lead, the Cavs will try to close out the series Thursday night at TD Garden. James said he still isn't over the illness.

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