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May 25, 2015 Updates

The call had a direct impact on the game which the Cavaliers won 114-111 in overtime on Sunday. Cleveland took a 3-0 series lead and can sweep Atlanta in Game 4 on Tuesday. Atlanta's Shelvin Mack missed two three-point attempts in the final 4.9 seconds. But two topics, and one more than the other, will dominate the conversation until then: — LeBron James, who missed his first 10 shots and 16 of his first 19, registered his 12th career playoff triple-double, scoring 37 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and delivering 13 assists. He scored Cleveland's final five points in overtime, including a go-ahead three-pointer, and altered Jeff Teague's potential go-ahead shot with 31 seconds left in overtime. USA Today Sports

LeBron James, sharing the postgame podium with Matthew Dellavedova following the Cavaliers' 114-111 overtime win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, vehemently defended the point guard against any suggestion that Dellavedova is a dirty player. "I'm a little bit off about it because this is my guy, this is my teammate and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night and people are trying to give him a bad rap," James said. "He doesn't deserve it and I don't like it." ESPN.com

Horford responded to the contact by elbowing Dellavedova. Following a referee review, Horford was assessed a flagrant 2 foul and ejected and Dellavedova received a technical foul. Referee Ken Mauer, the crew chief for the game, told a pool reporter Horford received a flagrant 2 because, "He made contact above the shoulders, to the shoulder and head area, of Dellavedova." ESPN.com

Horford said that Dellavedova's relative inexperience in the league is not an excuse for the perceived wrongdoing, and that he was acting to protect his teammates. "Even if you've only been in this league a couple of years, whatever," he said. "At the end of the day it's a big brotherhood here (the NBA). Guys look out for each other." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 23, 2015 Updates

Clearly frustrated, the Hawks channeled their inner Detroit Piston Bad Boys. Big man Pero Antic decided the best defense against The Chosen One was shoving him to the floor. Somehow, Reggie Miller thought it wasn’t a flagrant foul. The whole taking-out-the-best-player-in-mid-air approach only made ‘Bron more angry. James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists — just barely missing a triple-double — in the Cavaliers’ 94-82 victory. For The Win

May 15, 2015 Updates
May 14, 2015 Updates

The NBA retroactively assessed a technical foul to Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova for his role in the altercation Tuesday that led to Taj Gibson's ejection with 10 minutes, 25 seconds left in Game 5. Gibson's flagrant-2 foul didn't get downgraded, which means he has three points for two flagrant fouls during the postseason. Another flagrant would trigger an automatic suspension — one game for a flagrant-1 and two for a flagrant-2. "Still don't understand it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Gibson's ejection. "It was a nothing play." Chicago Tribune

Dellavedova made the Cavs as an undrafted rookie before last season after leaving Saint Mary's as the school's all-time scoring and assist leader. He fought his way into the Cavs rotation -- last season under coach Mike Brown and this season under coach David Blatt -- by playing solid defense and providing relentless effort. His tangle with Gibson was not his first. Wild guess alert. It probably won't be his last. "Physical, but never cheap," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said of Dellavedova. "He's been in some scraps before. He's gotten under some skin, but I never saw him do anything cheap. "The leadership, basketball IQ and toughness are things he brought every single day for us for four years. He just wants to win. That's all he ever cared about. And he's very loyal. I know it's a different team than his first year but he's grateful the Cavs gave him an opportunity. Him knowing he's appreciated by LeBron and those guys, that's just going to drive him (further) to do whatever he can to help them win." FoxSports.com

May 13, 2015 Updates

At the annual meeting of NBA general managers Wednesday in Chicago, there was no overwhelming consensus to change the rules to discourage teams from intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters, league sources told CBSSports.com. "There is not enough support to change it," one executive in the meeting said. "It's one of those perception is bigger than reality issues." CBSSports.com

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, an influential member of the competition committee, has said repeatedly during the playoffs that he believes the rule will be changed for next season. One league source told CBSSports.com earlier this month that he estimated the chances of a rule change to discourage teams from intentionally fouling away from the ball at 85 percent. But teams that were against changing the rule became more entrenched after the numbers on intentional fouling were divulged Wednesday, and those that were on the fence heard nothing to change their minds. "It's part of the game," one of the executives said. "You need to make your free throws." CBSSports.com

Taj Gibson wanted to make one thing clear after the Game 5 loss by the Chicago Bulls against the Cleveland Cavaliers -- he did not kick Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. "It was not a dirty play at all," Gibson said. "He just leg locked me, and I was trying to get my foot out there. He was pretty strong for a little guy." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I gave him a look like, 'What are you doing? This is basketball,'" Gibson said. "This [isn't] wrestling, but it got chippy. Both teams kind of swarmed the situation and made it bigger than what it was, but nobody threw any punches. I'm just sad that I couldn't finish the game and help my team." ESPN.com

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