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March 6, 2015 Updates

You have to go all the way back to, let’s see . . . last summer to find the Celtics desperately trying to inject themselves into bidding for elite players. They did, in fact, make a call to see if LeBron James might be available to them. And no one expects Marc Gasol to leave Memphis or Kawhi Leonard to leave San Antonio, but it’s fair to assume the Celts will try. Boston Herald

Last summer, the C’s thought Kevin Love was a more realistic target than James, and they pushed hard to get in on his sweepstakes. Ainge did everything in his asset-laden power to pair Love with Rajon Rondo, even though he knew he was putting himself in a position to have to overpay Rondo when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. Boston Herald

March 5, 2015 Updates

His shooting form at the free-throw line has been different from what we've seen all season long. It was subtle enough that you might have missed it altogether. I asked James following the Cavs' 120-112 win over the Toronto Raptors if my eyes were deceiving me. He responded, "You've got 20-20 vision, I see. Yes, I'm trying something out." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I'm a guy that doesn't mind being coached," James told Northeast Ohio Media Group after producing game highs of 29 points and 14 assists. "I'm coachable. If someone sees something and they think it could help me, I don't mind looking into it. Even at this stage in my career." James didn't reveal the names of those who suggested he switch up his form on a trial basis, but he did say they are people close to him whose basketball acumen he respects and values. Cleveland Plain Dealer

And who knows, maybe he can lead Russia to possible glory at Eurobasket, and at the same time book a ticket to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, where they have a chance to better the bronze medal that they captured in London in 2012. Hosts and reigning European champions France stand in their way though, along with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Poland and Finland. The group is strong but the Cleveland Cavalier is confident in his own national side’s ability. “The group is very interesting,” Mozgov said. “France is going to play at home and will have a lot of fans supporting them. The other teams are also very competitive but we have also a solid team. The tournament is going to be very nice and a lot of different teams can fight for the title.” TalkBasket

Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas wrapped James up around the neck and shoulders as he drove the lane with 18.8 seconds left in the third quarter. The infraction was initially whistled as a common foul before being upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 after an official's review of the video replay. "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays," said James, who was kicked in the groin Sunday by Houston's James Harden, resulting in a one-game suspension for the Rockets swingman. ESPN.com

Blatt again called Tristan Thompson a strong candidate for Sixth Man of the Year prior to the game and chose Thompson over both Love and Mozgov to close the game. The Cavs went small in the fourth quarter with Love and Thompson sharing the load at center. Mozgov has sat the entire fourth quarter in six of the last seven games. The one time he played, against the Warriors, it was only for 1:33. But it’s hard to argue with the results of Blatt’s rotation, and that includes using Thompson to close games. He didn’t score against the Raptors, took only one shot and grabbed one rebound while also coming up with a pair of steals. Akron Beacon Journal

When Perkins speaks, players listen. He has been influential in inspiring some of the greats throughout his career - from Ray Allen, to Kevin Garnett, to Rajon Rondo, to Kevin Durant to Russell Westbrook. What he shares with them varies, depending on the scenario. "I've done it all the time," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I'm just getting them ready because I know we're all in the same boat looking for the same thing. You've got to take care of your dogs." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 4, 2015 Updates

LeBron James has topped 45.00 FantasyScore points in four straight games, and he seems to be saving his best for the tougher competition. He topped 60.00 fantasy points against Golden State and Houston last week, and with the Cavaliers sitting a game back of Toronto in the Eastern Conference, James won't be messing around tonight. HoopsHype

"With Perk, he's always put his mindset in on who he's going up against, the team that he's going up against before he even stepped out on the floor," James said. "He's always had that aggression. I loved playing with him when we were kids and I hated playing against him those times when he was in Boston and OKC, and I'm back to loving him again. "He's a guy that you hate to go against because he's just so competitive, so determined to win and then when you get beside him, you love him because he's with you and all he cares about is the team. He cares about winning. He'll run through a wall for you. I'm ecstatic about him being here." Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James: Learned so much from one of my favorite people in the whole world Ray Allen!! Every single day he gave me knowledge about either basketball, family, being a professional, handling it all both on and off the court!! Thanks for allowing me in the history books with u Jesus Shuttlesworth. Miss and love u bro!! Instagram

James laughed when asked if passing Allen will be enough incentive to draw him back onto an NBA roster since James now leads him by one point. “Make one 3 and then retire?” he joked. “I’m going to call him. I’ll say something about it.” Akron Beacon Journal

March 3, 2015 Updates


It will be very hard to surpass the No. 1 player on the list – especially now that he's back..


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