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April 20, 2015 Updates

While Irving scorched the nets from the opening tip to the final buzzer during the pair’s NBA postseason debut, Love missed his first five shots — finally sinking a 3-pointer with 7:13 left in the second quarter — and went just 2-of-11 in the first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. “Coming into my first playoff game there was a little bit of anxiousness, I don’t think it was nerves,” Love said. “There was just so much excitement. The fans were great, they were waving their shirts and they had their little red batons going … so I think that really played into it.” Chronicle-Telegram

Love even drew praise from his coach for his defense down low. “He drew two charges and at least one of them was a huge play for us — he really played a great game for a first playoff game,” Cavs coach David Blatt said. “I really liked the way Kevin was locked in the whole game. He went 2-for-11 in the first half, but he continued to play.” Chronicle-Telegram

Bradley hit one of his first six shots and never found a groove, shooting 3-for-10 with 1-for-6 from 3-point range and scoring seven points. Considering how he can stoke this offense with early baskets, the timing couldn’t have been worse. “They made it tough on me,” Bradley said of Cleveland’s defense. “I have to come out the next game and find ways to get myself easier shots. They did a good job trying to make it tough on me. At the same time, I took some shots I usually make, and tonight I wasn’t knocking them down. I have to shoot better, and I know I will Tuesday.” Boston Herald

Now that he’s in charge of the Cavaliers’ latest attempt at a ring, coach David Blatt is trying harder than usual to distance himself from his Celtics-flavored childhood in Framingham. “I’m not a Celtics fan anymore, I can guarantee it,” he said. “Haven’t been one for a while. My Celtics fan days were the days of Bill Russell and the crew. That’s long, long since passed. I’m in a different place now, but I certainly do appreciate the rich history and the great things that franchise did for the NBA and this game.” Boston Herald

April 19, 2015 Updates

CBS Boston: You are a free agent at the end of the season here. Do you want to stay in Boston or at least the NBA? Or is it tough knowing your opportunities might be limited here for playing time? Gigi Datome: It’s really early now. I hope during my free agency, hopefully the Celtics, hopefully other teams make a call or offer, because it means that this month, I did something good. For sure, I would like to be involved, feeling like part of the team, not just on the roster. It’s really early now and the focus is on the playoffs. CBS Local

Datome, a free agent this summer, now feels his options — including a possible return to the Celtics — have expanded. He had a self-imposed deadline coming up, fast. “When I signed a two-year deal I said I wanted to put a line at the end of the two years, do everything I could do in that time,” he said. “Every day I was trying to do my job and waiting for the opportunity. When the season was over, I would then think about whether I wanted to keep an NBA career or go back overseas. Boston Herald

“(Detroit) was frustrating. The NBA is nice, but I wasn’t playing basketball anymore. They didn’t give me the opportunity, but it’s part of this life and this business. Coming here is a new opportunity and a new life. “I don’t take it for granted (now). I’m not a player who knows he’s going to play 25 minutes a game. Maybe I will play two minutes, five minutes, maybe he won’t put me in the game again. I have to do my best.” Boston Herald

CBS Boston: Were you a little surprised that you didn’t get any kind of an opportunity with a new coaching regime in Detroit (with Stan Van Gundy) in your second season in the league? Gigi Datome: I wanted to have an opportunity with the Pistons because it was my original team. They made the choice to prefer other players, so I couldn’t do anything about it and just accepted this season, be a good teammate and wait for my opportunity. It didn’t arrive there, it arrived here and I’m happy about it. CBS Local


How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.


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