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May 25, 2015 Updates

In the meantime, the Hawks have another brutal appointment on Tuesday with havoc, destruction and sheer brute force known as LeBron James, perhaps the best player to step foot on a hardwood floor. "That's one hell of a debate. Honestly, in my opinion, if it's not Jordan then it's him," J.R. Smith told NEOMG. "It used to be no question. It was a landslide. It was Jordan. Now, you have to consider my boy." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 22, 2015 Updates

J.R. Smith drew comparisons to Dennis Rodman this offseason — both from Knicks president Phil Jackson and Rodman himself. Now Smith may have met his version of Michael Jordan. “There are players like LeBron [James] who had great influence on players who have had, let’s say, murky pasts,” said TNT play-by-play man Marv Albert, who is calling the Eastern Conference finals. “Michael Jordan is the same way. When Rodman was brought to Chicago that worked out pretty well, despite some things going on off the court that were a little bit different. On the court he played as hard as anyone in the league. That’s the influence of Michael. New York Post

May 21, 2015 Updates

But the revelation was Smith, whose reputation as a long-distance shooter with a quick trigger finger was true. Smith brought something else to the Cavs -- more defense. "He pays attention to scouting reports and works hard on that end of the court," Blatt told me a few weeks ago. "J.R. has been great." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt praised J.R. Smith for his career playoff-high 29 points in the victory at Atlanta, but the coach also said, "Probably overlooked in his great shooting performance was that he defended well ... and got eight rebounds. I'd love to know the last time a guy made eight 3-pointers and got eight rebounds." Shumpert had a miserable shooting day, but at seven rebounds from his guard spot. He also defended (along with Dellavedova) Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague for most of the second half. Teague shot 4-of-12 for 10 points after scoring 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting in the second half. Cleveland Plain Dealer

What happened: J.R. Smith happened. Smith scored a playoff career-high 28 points as the Cavaliers defeated the Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs built an 85-67 lead with a 22-4 run from the 3:27 mark of the third quarter to the 9:59 mark of the fourth quarter, and Smith had 17 of those points – 15 on three three-pointers. Smith was 10-for-16 from the field and 8-for-12 on three-pointers. He also had eight rebounds, becoming just the fourth player since 1985 to have eight rebounds and make eight threes in a playoff game. "Probably overlooked in his great shooting performance was the fact that he defended as well as he did and he got eight rebounds," Cavs coach David Blatt said. USA Today Sports

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Matt Barnes: Not a knock on Jr cause he's the homie, but I get 1game for pushing someone! Let me take a swing w/a closed fist. NBA picks & chooses #joke We both have a history, so come up with another excuse!! Dnt get me wrong I wanna see Jr help his team, specially considering it's the playoffs. I'm using him as an example its not directed at him Twitter @Matt_Barnes22

And now that they've advanced, the Cavaliers are not only waiting to see who they'll play next but whether they'll have starters Kevin Love or J.R. Smith for their second-round series. "There's a lot of things up in the air with our team right now," said LeBron James, who has never lost a first round matchup in 10 trips to the playoffs. "It's next man up, depending on what goes on with our team. That's two big pieces, obviously, but next man up," he said. "No excuses." USA Today Sports

The crew from Inside the NBA -- Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal -- didn't hold back with their thoughts. Barkley said during the postgame show a minimum of five games would be warranted, but believes the league should consider 10. O'Neal and Smith both said five was the proper number. "What Kendrick Perkins and J.R. Smith did was bush league," Barkley said. "You can't just go around hitting people in the face. It was like watching a boxing match. Your knee doesn't collapse like that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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