Meanwhile, the Cavs also missed out on bringing Chauncey Billups in to run the front office. When Gilbert announced Griffin would not be back with the team, he said in a statement, “We are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.” According to a person familiar with the Cavs’ front office, Gilbert is continuing the process of evaluating the leadership roles, structure and potential candidates. He feels the current group in the room has been impressive and done a very good job in the short term as they have continued to take important steps to position the team for success. That group will continue to focus on that and Gilbert is confident this process will result in creating the strong leadership the team needs and expects, the person told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue and requested anonymity.
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James’ numbers were strong — he scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on 11-of-22 shooting — but his energy seemed to lag at times, and it might’ve contributed to his six turnovers. “I had my moments,” James said when asked if he was tired. “I think everybody at this point is tired or worn down.” James later dismissed the issue. “I’m fine,” he said. “I didn’t mention fatigue, [the media] did.”
LeBron James says he does away with social media and most TV during the playoffs and focuses by reading a good, old fashioned book. The paperback he’s carrying around during the Eastern Conference finals is ‘The Alchemist,’ the world renowned novel from Paulo Coehlo about a boy who looks for and finds his destiny. In the book, published in 1988, the main character, Santiago, a shepherd, has recurring dreams that he will discover his treasure in life in the Egyptian pyramids.
“I never played in a series where home court seems to matter so much,” Kyle Korver said. “We’ve just played really bad here in Boston. They probably feel the same way how they played in Cleveland. Thank God we’re going home next.”
Marcus Morris is “that guy” for the Celtics. He’s one of the enforcers and dominant personalities on a team that doesn’t take a scintilla of disrespect from anybody. He’s also sometimes guilty of riling up his opponents, prodding and pressing and working to get a rise out of his foes. It was there in his clapping in the face of Tristan Thompson in Game 2, and it was there again on Wednesday when he uttered something inaudible — but clearly inflammatory — to Larry Nance Jr. in Boston’s 96-83 Game 5 win . “Man, I’m just competing at a high level,” said Morris. “I’m blessed to be able to come out here and play in games of this magnitude. Things get chippy — hey, it’s the conference finals.”
Rozier, with a smirk on his face, said he didn’t push anyone when pressed by reporters. “I ain’t see nothing,” said Rozier. “I ain’t push nobody. I don’t think I push nobody. Larry my guy, we both from Ohio, so it’s all good. Just having fun.”