Daily News – April 25, 2017

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Did the Cavaliers really improve on defense during Pacers sweep?
Author: Joe Vardonr
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavaliers entered the 2017 playoffs as a bad defensive team.

The state of their defense heading into the Eastern Conference semifinals next week is apparently open to interpretation.

The numbers are still poor, but the team sees improvement. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ sweep helps hide still-concerning defensive issues: Fedor’s five observations
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Behind LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed their third straight first-round sweep.

But in the postgame locker room, neither Kevin Love nor J.R. Smith could point to much that they learned in this series.

The Cavs entered the postseason with numerous questions. Despite them, their talent level and championship experience ensured that their chances to advance against the Pacers, who needed to win five straight games just to get into the playoffs, weren’t ever in doubt. Still, it was hardly a dominant showing by the champs. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James’ late 3-pointer in Cavaliers’ Game 4 win shouldn’t have counted
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — With a little more than a minute remaining in Game 4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron James stepped into a 3-pointer from the left wing, which put the Cavs ahead by one point, 103-102.

It was the final bucket they needed to complete the hard-fought sweep. Only it shouldn’t have counted.

According to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report, which assesses officiated events that occurred in the last two minutes of games within five points at the two-minute mark, the league determined that James should’ve been called for a travel with 1:14 remaining. That was a few seconds before his go-ahead dagger. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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