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All of which overshadowed a night the Cavs just didn’t play very well. They were outworked, outrebounded and outplayed by a Raptors team that swore for 48 hours they weren’t quitting despite two lopsided losses to start this series, then they went out and proved it. All the talk of 16-0 dropped as quickly as James did when Thompson caught him with a wild forearm while trying to get away from a scrum with Biyombo and his good friend Cory Joseph. Adversity, folks, has arrived. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
For the first time in this postseason, both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love struggled on the same night. Love acknowledged he was too passing while enduring a 1 of 9 shooting night that left him on the bench in the fourth quarter, while Irving took some hard hits while attacking the basket and left the game after the outcome was determined in order to return to the locker room because he had the wind knocked out of him. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
Biyombo set a franchise record with 26 rebounds, which doubles as the most by any player in this postseason. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
Dwane Casey is going to get fined. He knows it and the Raptors know it. But just as James has complained about the officiating at various turns throughout this postseason, Casey finally was fed up with what he considered to be a lack of calls for his team in this series. The Cavs have shot 73 free throws in the series while the Raptors shot 46. They didn’t go to the line at all during the fourth quarter of Friday’s win so Casey went out of his way to rip the officials. Akron Beacon Journal Blog
Brian Shaw and the Lakers are close to an agreement on a deal for him to become Luke Walton’s lead assistant coach, the Los Angeles Times learned Saturday. Shaw’s experience as a head coach, an assistant coach and as a championship player were the primary reasons why Walton wanted him on his staff, according to several NBA officials who are not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. LA Times
When he was a Pacers assistant coach, Shaw was credited with helping forward Paul George develop into one of the NBA’s top two-way players and with helping guard Lance Stephenson become an all-around player. LA Times
The Houston Rockets, after focusing their coaching search on Mike D'Antoni for much of the past week, have opted to broaden the search. The Rockets, according to league sources, have scheduled a Monday interview with San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego, who is a finalist for the Memphis Grizzlies' coaching vacancy. ESPN.com
ESPN reported earlier this week that Borrego and Miami Heat assistant David Fizdale had emerged as strong contenders for the Grizzlies' post following the decision by Frank Vogel, Memphis' top target, to take the Orlando Magic job. ESPN.com
ESPN reported Friday that the Rockets had elevated Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas to co-finalist with D'Antoni, who emerged earlier this week as the leading candidate for the post. ESPN.com
Though Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he doesn't have the time to run for President of the United States, he thinks he can find the time to serve as potential Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton's vice president. In an excerpt of an interview that will air on Sunday's "Meet the Press" on NBC, Cuban was asked if he would listen if the Clinton campaign came to him offering the vice presidency. "Absolutely," Cuban responded while adding that he would seek to alter some of Clinton's platform were he to become her running mate. ESPN.com
When in L.A. ... you get in the movies -- just like Clippers star Austin Rivers, who locked up a pretty sweet cameo in the new 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movie!
We spoke with Austin -- who's still recovering from that gnarly eye injury he suffered earlier in the NBA playoff -- and he told us he was super stoked to get a role in a scene shot at Madison Square Garden. TMZ Sports
NBA star Brandon Jennings has opinions about the league's new policy allowing corporate logos on team jerseys ... and he was more than happy to talk to TMZ Sports about them. That's all well and good ... but we were way more impressed with what Brandon was wearing as he did the talking ... a $300 PAIR OF GUCCI SANDALS.
He pointed them out and we looked 'em up ... they're called "GG Caleidos" and they retail for around $280. He's basically wearing your PlayStation 4 on his feet. TMZ Sports
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