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May 26, 2015 Updates

As such, you can expect the Hawks to do everything possible to keep this group together this summer. That means re-signing Carroll and Millsap, who will both be coveted free agents. Carroll, a bargain at $2.4 million this season, could command $9-12 million a year on the open market, according to rival executives. Millsap, who made $9.5 million this season, might command $16 million or more. Depending on how it all unfolds, the Hawks could have the flexibility to add a $10 million player before using Bird rights to re-sign Carroll and Millsap, although market pressures could disrupt that. Bleacher Report

The most serious of those is Millsap's sprained right shoulder, which caused him to miss five games in early April and has never fully healed. There are whispers that it might require surgery after the season. Bleacher Report

May 25, 2015 Updates

"Hey, man, you all do the math. Two plus two equals four, doesn't it?" said Atlanta forward DeMarre Carroll. "Al just did what he thought was necessary to protect our team and make a stand. And he got thrown out." "Everybody understood we had to take a stand. We're out there to play basketball. We're out there to compete. But when we get to the sense of doing things unnecessary, that's when you have the play you seen." NBA.com

The call had a direct impact on the game which the Cavaliers won 114-111 in overtime on Sunday. Cleveland took a 3-0 series lead and can sweep Atlanta in Game 4 on Tuesday. Atlanta's Shelvin Mack missed two three-point attempts in the final 4.9 seconds. But two topics, and one more than the other, will dominate the conversation until then: — LeBron James, who missed his first 10 shots and 16 of his first 19, registered his 12th career playoff triple-double, scoring 37 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and delivering 13 assists. He scored Cleveland's final five points in overtime, including a go-ahead three-pointer, and altered Jeff Teague's potential go-ahead shot with 31 seconds left in overtime. USA Today Sports

LeBron James, sharing the postgame podium with Matthew Dellavedova following the Cavaliers' 114-111 overtime win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, vehemently defended the point guard against any suggestion that Dellavedova is a dirty player. "I'm a little bit off about it because this is my guy, this is my teammate and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night and people are trying to give him a bad rap," James said. "He doesn't deserve it and I don't like it." ESPN.com

Horford responded to the contact by elbowing Dellavedova. Following a referee review, Horford was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected and Dellavedova received a technical foul. Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief for the game, told a pool reporter Horford received a flagrant 2 because, "He made contact above the shoulders, to the shoulder and head area, of Dellavedova." ESPN.com

Horford said that Dellavedova's relative inexperience in the league is not an excuse for the perceived wrongdoing, and that he was acting to protect his teammates. "Even if you've only been in this league a couple of years, whatever," he said. "At the end of the day it's a big brotherhood here (the NBA). Guys look out for each other." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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