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May 11, 2015 Updates

Tied at 84, the Cavs were gifted a de-facto timeout after rookie Nikola Mirotic blocked James' driving attempt with 1.5 seconds remaining (both teams were out of timeouts at that point). Ironically, given the outcome, veteran coach Tom Thibodeau recognized the situation and immediately called his team together to discuss preventing any decent shots. It was rookie coach David Blatt who was given a clipboard after a few imperative moments by an assistant once it became clear that the officials were reviewing who had touched it last. "To be honest, the play that was drawn up, I scratched it," said James, who revealed that he was initially supposed to inbound the ball. "I told coach there's no way I'm taking the ball out unless I can shoot it over the backboard and it'll go in." USA Today Sports

Matthew Dellavedova led James to the corner after he'd jabbed toward the lane with defensive blanket Jimmy Butler guarding him. James caught it, hopped back, loaded and fired. Shot goes in, it's 86-84. Ball game. "It was a tough shot. You saw him fading away from the three-point line. What do you think we should've done better?" vented Taj Gibson, who guarded Dellavedova on the game's final play despite tweaking his knee in the fourth quarter, then heaved both his shoes toward the corner of the Bulls' locker room, uninterested in reliving their failed opportunity. USA Today Sports

Had Cavs assistant coach Tyronn Lue not physically restrained Blatt before officials saw him, the Bulls likely would have had a chance to take the lead after a technical free throw and possession — and James might have demanded the firing of the man who basically serves as his assistant coach. "I almost blew it," Blatt said. Chicago Tribune

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May 7, 2015 Updates

In an example from this week, Blatt was asked before Game 1 to compare his European playoff coaching experience to what is facing him in the NBA. This is a question that has been asked in various ways of Blatt since he was hired last June, and he's probably grown tired of it. "You don't really have, and understandably so, a perspective or a feel for what it's like for various different competitions overseas," Blatt said to the reporter who asked. "For me to start trying to compare or explain, it wouldn't come out right." ESPN.com

Though these compliments, backhanded or not, have picked up over recent months, James has contradicted Blatt on so many matters large and small so many times publicly it's almost impossible to count. It's reasonable to assume it happens regularly in private as well. If you were in Blatt's shoes, this would probably drive you a little crazy, too. For this reason, perhaps his unrelenting confidence makes him uniquely qualified for piloting the 747 that is coaching the highest-profile player on one of the highest-profile teams. ESPN.com

May 6, 2015 Updates

In an attempt to split the series at home, Cavaliers coach David Blatt will start Tristan Thompson in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. Sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. Thompson will make his first postseason start at power forward, pairing up with LeBron James and Timofey Mozgov in the frontcourt, one source said. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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