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April 14, 2015 Updates

LeBron James switched back from No. 6 to No. 23 this season. No matter, he's still No. 1. James' Cavaliers jersey was the NBA's top seller for the 2014-15 season, the league announced Tuesday. James returned to the Cavaliers this season after four years with the Miami Heat, leading them to two championships. James wore No. 6 during his time in South Florida but went back to the number he wore in high school and during his first seven seasons with Cleveland after returning home to Ohio this summer. Boston Herald

Shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers' 109-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, J.R. Smith was interviewed by the Quicken Loans Arena's in-house emcee. He was asked for his thoughts on LeBron James' second triple-double of the season and 39th of his career. "Who? The real MVP?" Smith said, his message echoing to the sellout crowd of 20,562 who were making their way to the exits. "There's a lot of speculation about who should get the award, but we all know who the real MVP is." ESPN.com

April 13, 2015 Updates

Charles Barkley on guarding LeBron James if he were in his basketball prime I believe you have to push him left because every time he goes left he shoots a jumper. Every time he goes right he is going to the basket. You have to give him space because he is a unique guy: 6'8'' and 265 pounds, a beautiful, perfect body who can run and out jump you. So every time he goes left, he will shoot a step back jumper. You have to give him a little space and make him shoot jumpers. Because if he is coming at you full speed, you are in trouble. Sports Illustrated

April 12, 2015 Updates

As a mini-series between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers serves as a watered-down version of a first-round playoff preview, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck says his team is ready for the real thing. "I would love to play [LeBron] in the playoffs somehow and I would love to beat him," Grousbeck said in an interview with Celtics Beat on CLNS Radio. Celtics Blog

April 10, 2015 Updates

A sampling of activities for which Barnes has been suspended and/or fined while treating his teammates like family: Fighting Rafer Alston (2008), chucking a ball in the stands (2009), criticizing referees (2010), escalating a fight between Jason Terry and Steve Blake (2011), fighting Greg Stiemsma (2013), failing to leave the court in a timely manner (twice; 2013), kicking a water bottle into the stands (2014) and talking to fans/cursing at Suns owner Robert Sarver(2015). Amount in fines Barnes estimates he’s paid to the NBA during his career: About $500,000. What Barnes thinks would have happened if it had been him, and not James Harden, who “accidentally” kicked LeBron James in a sensitive region of the anatomy in a game in February: “I’d be put in jail. Or at least suspended for several games.” Sports Illustrated

"Obviously it's unfortunate," James said, following the Cavs' shootaround in preparation for tonight's game against Boston. "And you never want anyone's life to be taken away because of an illness. But I think she's in a better place now. Every day struggles she had to deal with throughout her treatment and throughout her care, and everyone, she's in a better place now. The man above doesn't make any mistakes and while she was here on Earth, with her presence, she inspired a lot of people. "And I think she was a leader as well. I don't know if she won any championships but she was a leader." Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James will play at home tonight against the Boston Celtics, but his backup may sit with a leg injury. James said he "never had that in my mind" to rest tonight, now that the Cavs have wrapped up second place in the East. He said he always planned to play against Boston and "then go on from there," speaking after shootaround in preparation for tonight's game. Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 9, 2015 Updates

The film debuted at SXSW last month and much of buzz surrounded LeBron James' role. Initially, James was expected to have a brief cameo. However, his role is a full-on supporting one some critics say steals the show. James plays wingman to Bill Hader's character, who is in a relationship with the promiscuous Schumer. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brian Windhorst: Though not finalized, LeBron James hinted he'll sit the next 2 games. Both are against Celtics so it could affect playoff race/seedings Twitter @WindhorstESPN

April 8, 2015 Updates

James, who has won four MVP Awards voted on by the media, said how the official voting is handled in the future should be discussed. "It's a conversation we can have at a later date," James said. "The media has done a great job every single year picking the awards. But us players get to see the guys every single day, so it's a longer conversation." James said that players can't vote for themselves for awards. But who would his vote be for MVP this year? "Myself," James said. ESPN.com

April 6, 2015 Updates

"We're a championship contender, but we're not there yet," James said. "We have the talent, we've had the process so far, but we still have some time left. We won't take those days for granted." The Bulls are a formidable opponent that is used to playing through injuries and could indeed be Cleveland's opponent in the second round of the playoffs. Also, there is almost nothing left for the Cavs to prove in this regular season. There are five games left, and they've already won 50. Just one more victory will lock up the second seed in the East over Chicago. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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