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May 11, 2015 Updates

Tied at 84, the Cavs were gifted a de-facto timeout after rookie Nikola Mirotic blocked James' driving attempt with 1.5 seconds remaining (both teams were out of timeouts at that point). Ironically, given the outcome, veteran coach Tom Thibodeau recognized the situation and immediately called his team together to discuss preventing any decent shots. It was rookie coach David Blatt who was given a clipboard after a few imperative moments by an assistant once it became clear that the officials were reviewing who had touched it last. "To be honest, the play that was drawn up, I scratched it," said James, who revealed that he was initially supposed to inbound the ball. "I told coach there's no way I'm taking the ball out unless I can shoot it over the backboard and it'll go in." USA Today Sports

Matthew Dellavedova led James to the corner after he'd jabbed toward the lane with defensive blanket Jimmy Butler guarding him. James caught it, hopped back, loaded and fired. Shot goes in, it's 86-84. Ball game. "It was a tough shot. You saw him fading away from the three-point line. What do you think we should've done better?" vented Taj Gibson, who guarded Dellavedova on the game's final play despite tweaking his knee in the fourth quarter, then heaved both his shoes toward the corner of the Bulls' locker room, uninterested in reliving their failed opportunity. USA Today Sports

Had Cavs assistant coach Tyronn Lue not physically restrained Blatt before officials saw him, the Bulls likely would have had a chance to take the lead after a technical free throw and possession — and James might have demanded the firing of the man who basically serves as his assistant coach. "I almost blew it," Blatt said. Chicago Tribune

May 10, 2015 Updates

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