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April 19, 2015 Updates

"Cleveland doesn't utilize him correctly," Thompson said. "Kevin is a very versatile player. He can score, knock down threes, he can score from the mid-post, he can score from the low post. He's one of the top five passers in the game. And the Cavaliers don't have enough creativity in their offense to use him correctly. If I was David Blatt and LeBron, I would be using Kevin all over the court. Put him in different areas on the floor to take advantage of his high basketball IQ, and the Cavaliers, from what I'm observing, don't do that enough. ... Just have him stand outside and shoot threes." Bleacher Report

In the workplace, he doesn't isolate himself from the Cavaliers family either. He is among the team's most appreciated players among team and arena staffers, who speak highly not only of his work in the community but of the decent manner in which he greets and treats them. "He doesn't pull any of that star (stuff)," one said. "That's how I judge him." Bleacher Report

"I think from top to bottom, we're just very balanced team and we have experience with youth, and I think that's a great combination in the postseason," James said this week as part of a wide-ranging sit-down interview with ESPN. "One thing that scares me a little bit is just us coming together for the first time, our experience. ESPN.com

"We have guys that have played experienced basketball, but then we have guys that we have to rely on a lot that haven't played experienced basketball, and that's Kevin Love, that's Kyrie Irving, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson that've never played a postseason game. So, that kind of scares me a little bit. But at the same time it scares me, [there is a feeling] of excitement as well, and not much of failure. "I don't fear failure in my teammates, but I fear just them never been a part of it. You can talk about the postseason. You can watch games of the postseason. You can clip it. You can watch film. But until you actually get out there, that's the only way you can really understand what it's about it." ESPN.com

LeBron James expressed indifference Saturday over the NBA's planned blood tests for Human Growth Hormone beginning next season, a policy agreed to by the league and players' union that was announced Thursday. "if it's the rules, it's the rules," James said after Cleveland's final practice before hosting Boston on Sunday in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. "It shouldn't be a problem." Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 18, 2015 Updates

"I'm 22-7 in the postseason," James said after Cavs practice Saturday. "So I think about every loss I've ever had, every series loss I've ever had, and all those experiences helped me get to this point. So it's definitely a different challenge for me. I'm going in with a much younger team, with a much [more] inexperienced team than I've had the last four years, but I look forward to the challenge." ESPN.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. NBA.com

LeBron James expressed indifference Saturday over the NBA's planned blood tests for Human Growth Hormone beginning next season, a policy agreed to by the league and players' union that was announced Thursday. "if it's the rules, it's the rules," James said after Cleveland's final practice before hosting Boston on Sunday in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. "It shouldn't be a problem." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Despite that gap in experience, Blatt does not want to put too much responsibility on James' shoulders. "I think that mentally and emotionally he'll lead the way," Blatt said of James after practice on Friday. "And certainly on the court his example is going to be felt and it's going to be followed. But this all can't be on LeBron. This is a team and a team effort and everyone here has to do his part. The good news is he's a guy that's done it, been there and led teams to the ultimate. He's certainly a guy that the other guys can look towards." ESPN.com

This year's Celtics will start the postseason in a similar spot. They are listed as a a 19-1 underdog to win their first-round matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “We have nothing to lose, really," Turner said at practice Friday. "We’re playing with house money. It’s going to be hype. There’s going to be two great environments involved. You go to Cleveland, their fans are crazy, then you come back to Boston, and their fans are even crazier. So, it’s going to be fun.” Boston Globe

A video game simulation of the NBA playoffs sees the Golden State Warriors beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, after getting by what would have been an exhausted San Antonio team. The 2K Sports simulation Friday culminated with the Warriors topping the Cavaliers in six games, with Stephen Curry winning NBA Finals MVP after scoring 46 points in the clincher. Boston Herald

April 17, 2015 Updates

"They're all different," James said. "But I think every last playoff series for me is a learning experience, especially in my younger days. But some of them was even in my later days, like my first year in Miami (against Dallas), those playoff series, I learned so much from that, all the way to the last one that I lost (against San Antonio), on how to improve my game. So it's either ways I can improve my game—which is the most important thing. If I don't play well in a series, I critique that whole series and I look what I was doing, what I could have done. And if there's something that I couldn't do well in that series, I work on it all summer. And I don't know, I just approach it that way. I take it very seriously. Like I say, I'm a totally different person in the playoffs." Bleacher Report

April 16, 2015 Updates

JR Smith: "With 45 games games in the rearview mirror since the trade, I’ve been able to reflect on things, and now see it as a blessing in disguise. For me, being away from New York, my hometown, has led to far fewer distractions. In Cleveland, there just isn’t much to do after 9 p.m., so the days of fashion shows, shopping, and the nights out have been replaced by one thing and one thing only: Basketball. There have been unfair rumors that lead people to have misconceptions about me: that I don’t care; that I don’t take my job seriously; that I am not committed to my craft. It’s unfortunate, but people have been saying this about me during my entire career. It obviously bothers me and naturally would bother anyone to feel that people don’t take you seriously as a person. I see it in media commentary during each season, and I experience it firsthand when I’m on the golf course in the offseason, everywhere. Then after 18 holes, or lunch, or a meeting, without fail, someone tells me I am a completely different person than who they perceived me to be. Look, I get it. I understand that my appearance, the way I carry myself, the past ways I have handled myself on social media — all of these impact the way the public sees me." Medium

April 15, 2015 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled guard Joe Harris from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today. Harris has played in three playoff game (all starts) for the Charge this season, averaging 17.7 points on .543 shooting and 8.0 rebounds in 30.0 minutes per game. He has played in nine regular season games for the Charge this season, averaging 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game. NBA.com

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