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May 10, 2015 Updates
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But some of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates – specifically Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova – haven't been in this situation, and despite a restless Friday night mulling over the excruciating details of Chicago's last-second 99-96 victory over the Cavs, James said on Saturday, "They need my leadership now more than ever, more than anybody on our team. I will not show any weakness." There is no room for panic in the playoffs. "As leader of the team, I can't be down about anything," James said. "Even though it hurts me to lose last night, I hate losing. It was tough for me to sleep last night, but I'm not going to be shattered, not around these guys." Game 4 is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), and the Bulls are up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series. USA Today Sports

To put into context what Butler is tasked with on a nightly basis while trying to guard James, Bulls forward Taj Gibson compared James to arguably the best player of all time. "He's the Michael Jordan of our generation," Gibson said of James. "He's extremely talented, extremely physical, it's just tough [defending him], man. It's funny I was just watching the Detroit Pistons documentary [Thursday], about how you just have to go after guys all these years. We've been seeing LeBron over and over over the years, and every year we just kept getting better and better. You see how Jimmy was stepping up taking those shots he wasn't taking last year and it's big. We need everybody." ESPN.com

May 8, 2015 Updates

The Cavaliers coaches, front office and players love Tristan Thompson because he's one of those guys who's energetic, hustles, rebounds, plays defense and doesn't need plays called for him. Those guys are valuable. How valuable? Thompson turned down an extension just before this season began. Don't forget, Thompson's agent, Rich Paul, is also LeBron James' agent, and if James wants Thompson on the team, the Cavs will cough up the necessary dollars. USA Today Sports

May 7, 2015 Updates

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

James attacked from the start and scored 33 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cleveland Cavaliers evened their semifinal series with Chicago, beating the Bulls 106-91 in Game 2 on Wednesday night. Donning the signature headband he ditched in March, James played like a man possessed. He powered to the basket, leaving Bulls defenders in his wake and keeping the Cavs, missing two starters, from falling into a 2-0 hole. He added eight rebounds and five assists for Cleveland, which led by 25 in the third quarter and withstood a third-quarter charge by the Bulls. James said the choice to wear the headband was spur of the moment. "It was in my locker and I decided to give it a go," he said. "It was time for it to make a comeback." USA Today Sports

May 6, 2015 Updates

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