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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

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

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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

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But Noah gets a chance to be physical with the Cavs and had a tough foul on James early in the third quarter with the Cavs leading 65-60. The officials jumped in as James got up and seemed to walk toward Noah. But James was just walking to the free throw line to shoot. On the next possession, Noah would stop a Cavs fast break with a little hip check foul on James. Though they both were common fouls and not really out of the ordinary, Cavs coach David Blatt after the game offered his own dramatic soliloquy about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune heaped on his star. "I thought some of the things that happened were a little overboard. I really do," Blatt said afterward. "But the league will take a look at it and they'll decide what's right." NBA.com

April 3, 2015 Updates

Kyrie Irving missed shootaround on Thursday morning, unable to participate because of an illness. When the media chatted with Cavs head coach David Blatt before the game he was hopeful, but still unsure about Irving's availability. "It wasn't close at all," Irving responded when asked about how close he was to not playing. "I just wasn't feeling well this morning. I was in a little bit of a daze when I woke up, my body was cramping up. I had my mind made up that I was going to play regardless, not too sick to play." Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 2, 2015 Updates

"I saw a pretty good player when we first came into camp," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "I'm not seeing him do different things. I just think his level of commitment to both ends of the court is extremely high. "His ability to incorporate his skillset with other great players like Kevin (Love), LeBron (James) and the other guys we brought to the team is a real step forward because he hasn't had to do that before or hasn't had the opportunity to do that before." USA Today Sports

"Why wouldn't you give me the freedom for playcalling? That's like telling Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, don't give them the freedom to change in the huddle," James said. "I'm a smart, cerebral basketball player, my basketball IQ is very high, and I take that very seriously, so I know what best suits our team and our coaching staff does as well. Cleveland Plain Dealer

There were numerous occasions this season when it was obvious James and Blatt were not on the same page, especially early. Blatt, who is in his first season coaching in the NBA after decades overseas, has had to fight to shed the "rookie coach" label that James placed upon him. But James calling out sets with the ball in his hands isn't one of those examples. He did the same thing playing for Miami's Erik Spoelstra, Cleveland's Mike Brown, and Paul Silas. And it's not just James. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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