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March 2, 2015 Updates

The Rockets apparently are feeling a little chipper both during and after their 105-103 overtime win against the Cavaliers on Sunday in Houston. First, the Rockets' James Harden delivered a kick to the groin of LeBron James after a scuffle for the ball in the third quarter. Harden received a flagrant 1 foul but stayed in the game and finished with 33 points. That certainly didn't sit well with James and he says he believes the NBA will review the call. "Obviously that's not a basketball play," James said afterward. "Obviously, the league will probably take a look at it. I have no idea why he would do that, but two competitors just trying to go at it and he won this one." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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February 28, 2015 Updates

The Timberwolves asked for promising shooting guard Klay Thompson, one half of the league's best backcourt nicknamed the "Splash Brothers." When the Warriors were unwilling to part with Thompson, Love was sent to Cleveland in a package built around 2014 first-overall pick Andrew Wiggins. "That was a crazy summer for me," Love said Thursday morning. "But as soon as LeBron got in touch with me, that was kind of all put to an end. We're both two very good teams. Looking back, sure there's things you can look at and say, 'What could've been.' But I also would've been thinking about this situation had it been the other way around. I'm happy to be here and just want to continue to win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

While he admitted having difficulty guarding the game’s elite scorers regardless, there was one player that was so predictable in the way he played that Battier felt good in his ability to consistently shut him down: Carmelo Anthony. “I had some success against him,” Battier said. “The numbers really play out with him, and as he’s gotten older, he has not been about reinvention. The last two years I played him, he did exactly what the scouting report said he was going to do, every single time. “A lot of players will deviate — Kobe was so tough in his prime, or Durant or LeBron. But Carmelo, I knew what he was doing. He was on the left block, he’s going to dip his right shoulder and go to his left hand every single time — he travels every time, by the way; he travels every single time. But if I made him use his right hand and go over his left shoulder, he didn’t want to do that. And as a result, I was able to drain his efficiency.” NBCSports.com

February 27, 2015 Updates

James continues to downplay his interest in the race, but that seems to be a façade. He is acutely aware of his place in history and knows he is one more trophy away from tying Michael Jordan and Bill Russell with five. He’s two away from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s record of six. Akron Beacon Journal

"That's not about me," James said. "For me, I have to be the MVP for these 14 guys in this locker room. When I'm out on the floor, I try to do everything to help us win - offensively, defensively, whatever the case may be. Wherever I end up at the end of the season, that's where it's at." Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 26, 2015 Updates

Kobe Bryant: But the facts are facts. The salary cap is the salary cap. Players aren't going to leave millions and millions of dollars on the table twice to come here and play. It's just not realistic. Wanting LeBron (James) to come here and take a massive pay cut again (last summer), after taking a big one to go to Miami, is not realistic. Melo (Carmelo Anthony) leaving $15-20 (million) on the table to come here is not realistic. So we have certain restrictions, but we'll figure it out. USA Today Sports

According to a source familiar with the situation, Jackson’s mysterious tweets weren’t mysterious at all. They were simply a shot at the Knicks for not coming out to compete against the Cavaliers, according to the source. Nothing cryptic about J.R. Smith’s or LeBron James’ showboating during the rout. New York Post

February 25, 2015 Updates

Wade said he learned of Rose's injury late Tuesday from former Heat teammate LeBron James, who had just finished playing a game for the Cavaliers against the Detroit Pistons. "You just don't want to see players go through injuries, especially him, with what he's dealt with. I couldn't believe it when I got the call. Actually 'Bron called me and told me because I wasn't even watching it. You can't believe it," Wade said. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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