Darren Collison was huge with 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting. It's always an emotional game when we play Cleveland. San Antonio's big man leads the team in points (22.6) and rebounds (8.6) per game while Denver's rising star is averaging a double-double with 15.7 points and 10.2 rebounds.
Until someone manages to beat James four out of seven times before the NBA Finals, however, the Cavaliers are still going to be favored to beat any opponent in the Eastern Conference playoffs. "He's a little dirty", James said. I played two good years with them. McMillan let him play the rest of the way. With 5:23 to play in the third, the Cavs were still up by 12. The Pacers were then stopped on multiple chances to increase their lead, but the Cavaliers were unable to convert on any of those opportunities. With the clock ticking down that night, Antetokounmpo tried driving past his defender as well, getting away with stepping out of bounds with 1.3 seconds left - a call that led to plenty of conversation around the league. He wants to win, but he also wants to win on his terms - being seen as the leader and racking up stats that earn praise (like MVP). "I can find just as much enjoyment in passing the ball as well". They've lost seven of their last 10 games, and are now sporting the NBA's second worst defense.
Kemba Walker led the way with 22 points despite missing nine of his 14 shots.
Michigan State beats No. 11 Maryland 82-68 in Big Ten upset
Michigan forced Michigan State into 21 turnovers, and that would be a good recipe for the Wolverines in this game, too. The Spartans had won five in a row in the series before Michigan's victory in the Crisler Center last February .
If the Cavs do made a decision to deal Thompson to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan, it would likely cost them that coveted Brooklyn 2018 first-round draft pick that they acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal.
Cleveland has a respectable 26-15 straight up (SU) record, but they have a hard time covering the spread (12-27-1 against the spread (ATS)). Cleveland had a 39-18 scoring advantage on fast-break points. Jakob Poeltl had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors. Cleveland played well after that but IN got kept it with an arm's length.
Coming off its 28-point embarrassing loss to the Timberwolves, the 34-point loss to Toronto was even worse. IN is 17-5 when making 10 or more 3s in a game. Jeff Green and Jae Crowder were the second- and third-leading scorers with 13 and 11 each, and Kevin Love, Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade were virtually non-existent.
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Cable had been the Seahawks' offensive line coach and assistant head coach from 2011 until Wednesday, when he was sacked . The Rooney Rule requires National Football League teams to interview a minority candidate for the head coaching job.
While Rose and Shumpert continue recovering from injuries, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue made a decision to give Thomas and Wade extra rest because of the back-to-backs.
Sabonis started in place of Myles Turner, who missed his second consecutive game with a sore right elbow. Turner has been out with an injured right elbow.
It's the first time in James' career he's been involved in back-to-back losses of 25 points or more and the Cavaliers' defence is being blasted as "embarrassing". "We had a lot of energy in the first half".
Antonio Brown expected to be game-time decision
He was a full participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday before not practicing Friday after being sent home with an illness. He has shown he can be a game-changer in first campaign hauling in 58 catches for 917 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.