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J.R. Smith (groin) was able to practice on Thursday.

Smith is dealing with a tweaked groin from Friday's Game 4 win over the Pistons, but has plenty of time as Cleveland is still awaiting a winner from the Hawks-Celtics series. It would be a big surprise if Smith isn't ready to go for the start of the second round.
Apr 28 - 1:39 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers plan to interview David Blatt for their vacant head coach position.

While Blatt was let go by the Cavaliers in the middle of the 2015-16 season, he took the team to the NBA Finals less than a year ago and is one of the most widely-respected coaches internationally. He's already met with Knicks president Phil Jackson, so it's looking more and more likely that we'll see Blatt behind an NBA bench next season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 11:14 AM

J.R. Smith (groin) was withheld from Wednesday's practice.

Smith tweaked his groin during Game 4's win over the Pistons, but his absence from Wednesday's practice feels more precautionary than anything else, as head coach Tyronn Lue said he'll be fine. Cleveland is currently awaiting the results of the Atlanta-Boston first-round series to determine whom they will play in the second-round, but with that series not set to conclude until Thursday at the earliest, Smith has plenty of time to rest up.
Apr 27 - 12:37 PM

Phil Jackson reportedly had a meeting with David Blatt regarding the Knicks' head coaching vacancy on Monday.

This interview appears to be nothing more than lip service for Carmelo Anthony, who would like Jackson to do an all-encompassing coaching search. Kurt Rambis remains the favorite to land the gig, although Luke Walton's name has also been mentioned as a potential candidate. It doesn't seem like Jackson is all that eager to go away from the triangle offense, or drift far away from his inner circle of candidates.
Apr 27 - 11:46 AM

Tyronn Lue praised Kyrie Irving's play in the first round, saying "that's what we needed from him."

"He was aggressive and in attack mode the whole series," Lue added. "I knew that during the regular season it was going to be peaks and valleys and I really just had to come to grips with it," Irving said. "I knew that the preparation was for the postseason." The Cavs will need this version of Kyrie to show up regularly if they want to make a deep playoff run. In the opening round, Irving averaged 27.5 points, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.0 3-pointers to go with just 1.5 turnovers.
Source: Scout.com
Apr 25 - 9:59 AM

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Phil Jackson has contacted David Blatt to discuss New York's vacancy at head coach.

All signs have pointed toward Kurt Rambis taking over Jackson's team on a full-time basis, and there is nothing from this report to suggest the narrative is about to change. Despite the results, Jackson has shown no interest in moving outside his coaching tree to date.
Apr 25 - 9:39 AM

Kevin Love shot just 3-of-15 from the field on Sunday but he still finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Cavs advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Love was coming off an efficient 7-of-10 shooting performance and he double-doubled in all four games vs. Detroit. He added two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer tonight, without any turnovers in 35 minutes, and collected four of his boards on the offensive glass. Cleveland's star power enables them to win even when Love has an off-night, a luxury he must relish after six seasons as the Wolves' go-to guy.
Apr 24 - 11:32 PM

Mo Williams (knee) didn't leave the Cavs' bench during Sunday's Game 4 win in Detroit.

Williams is active but he's not part of the rotation while Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellavedova are healthy.
Apr 24 - 11:32 PM

LeBron James posted 22 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals on Sunday to help the Cavs sweep the Pistons in the first round.

James passed Scottie Pippen for career postseason rebounds tonight (1,593) and the victory gives him four consecutive first-round sweeps in the playoffs. The Cavs didn't shoot well tonight (41.9 percent), but they drained 13 threes and limited the self-inflicted damage with a mere five turnovers. They have plenty of time to rest before facing the winner of the Hawks vs. Celtics series.
Apr 24 - 11:31 PM

Kyrie Irving had another terrific game vs. the Pistons, leading Cleveland to a Game 4 victory with 31 points (12-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 40 minutes.

Irving scored 10 points during an 80-second burst in the third quarter, drained a buzzer-beater from mid-court, hit a 3-pointer to give Cleveland some breathing-room late in the fourth, and harassed Reggie Jackson into a missed shot at the final buzzer. It was quite a game from Kyrie. He averaged 27.5 points, 4.0 threes and 4.8 assists in four games vs. Detroit, a scary sight for whichever team they face in the second round.
Apr 24 - 11:30 PM

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said that Tristan Thompson can guard any type of frontcourt player.

"The reason he's so essential to us is that he's a Swiss Army knife type of player," said Griffin. "He can guard any type of frontcourt player. He also can cover some of the deficiencies of others in the front court because he covers so much ground. He has become an infinitely better rim-protector this season. His court awareness has improved significantly." Thompson hasn't played well in the playoffs other than a solid outing in Game 3 with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks, but he should continue to get the bulk of the center minutes the rest of the way with Timofey Mozgov in the doghouse.
Apr 23 - 10:55 AM

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said there is nothing wrong with Timofey Mozgov's knee.

"There is nothing wrong with the knee," Griffin said. "He's had no swelling, recurrent issues relative to the surgery. We have to almost throw him off the court after practice because he just wants to keep working. If you have issues with your knee, you would not do that." Mozgov picked up a DNP-CD in Game 3 and has been a major disappointment all season. He will be a free agent this summer and it's safe to say that his price is dropping by the day.
Apr 23 - 10:51 AM

LeBron James scored 20 points during a Game 3 101-91 win over the Pistons on Friday, adding 13 rebounds, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes.

He did only make 8-of-24 from the field with five turnovers, so that's a lot of inefficient usage. James has owned the first round in the postseason and will go for his fourth consecutive sweep on Sunday. The Cavs have seen their stars all step up, including 20-plus scoring efforts from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Game 1 and 3. The Pistons have played it close, but LeBron has just been too good when he needs to be.
Apr 22 - 10:32 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with four assists and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

With a five-point lead, less than a minute remaining and only 0.7 seconds left on the shot clock, Irving hit a gorgeous fadeaway trey to ice this game. He has been dominating on the offensive end with 26.3 points per game while his defense has been better than usual, as well. If Kyrie stays hot, the Cavs should be able to make it through the Eastern Conference.
Apr 22 - 10:21 PM

Kevin Love scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

The Pistons ran a lot of pick-and-roll plays during the season, so you'd think Love would be struggling in this series. However, he's having success at center with 36.2 minutes per game overall, averaging 21.3 points, 11.7 boards, 1.7 assists and 2.7 treys in his last three. He should be a decent bet for another 20-10 on Sunday.
Apr 22 - 10:19 PM


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