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April 22, 2015 Updates

But even if the Celtics took care of those areas, Cleveland is still difficult to beat when James and Irving can't be stopped. James scored 15 of his game-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and was 7-for-10 from the field in the final 16:55, including 6-for-8 in the paint and 4-for-4 at the rim. "LeBron recognized the moment. He was very determined to create good offense both for himself and for others," Blatt said. "Got to the line. Made his free throws. Made big plays. Big plays at both ends. Rebounding and blocking a shot. Breaking out of the pack on offense and getting some stuff in transition. I thought he imposed his will on the game. That's what makes him the great player that he is." USA Today Sports

April 21, 2015 Updates

No phone. No Twitter. No Instagram. LeBron James has once again gone into lockdown mode during the NBA playoffs. For the fourth straight postseason, Cleveland's superstar is trying to shield himself from the outside world, saying he doesn't need any distractions while he and the Cavs chase a title. "I don't have no phones, no social media, I don't have anything," James said following Tuesday's morning shootaround as the Cavs prepared to host the Boston Celtics in Game 2. "I don't care about nonsense. There's too much nonsense out there. Not during this time, this is when I lock in right now and I don't need nothing creeping into my mind that don't need to be there." USA Today Sports

April 20, 2015 Updates

The Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games, is the winner of the 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced today. The 6-1 guard becomes the first Raptors player to earn the honor. Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, amassed 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics finished second with 324 points (33 first-place votes), and two-time winner Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers was third with 131 points (eight first-place votes). NBA.com

While Irving scorched the nets from the opening tip to the final buzzer during the pair’s NBA postseason debut, Love missed his first five shots — finally sinking a 3-pointer with 7:13 left in the second quarter — and went just 2-of-11 in the first half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 113-100 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday. “Coming into my first playoff game there was a little bit of anxiousness, I don’t think it was nerves,” Love said. “There was just so much excitement. The fans were great, they were waving their shirts and they had their little red batons going … so I think that really played into it.” Chronicle-Telegram


How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.


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