Daily News – April 26, 2017

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Tristan Thompson, after strong first playoff series, ready to let go of streak
Author: Joe Vardonr
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Now that it’s over, way over, actually, Cavs center Tristan Thompson can say with peace that his consecutive games streak wasn’t as important as he thought.

“Knowing I’ve got another nine more years I’ve got to play consecutive games to (catch) A.C. Green, he can have it,” Thompson said Sunday, having put the finishing touches on a fine opening-round series against the Indiana Pacers.

In the four-game sweep, Thompson averaged a team-high 11.0 rebounds with 1.3 blocks in 31.2 minutes. He was quicker than Indiana’s Myles Turner to spots on the court. He was active defending pick and rolls at the top of the key. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James ‘virtually impossible’ to defend when making 3-pointers
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — During the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Game 4 win against the Indiana Pacers, capping another first-round sweep, LeBron James iced the game at the free throw line by splitting a pair in the final seconds before pumping his fist in the air.

About one minute earlier, with the Cavaliers trailing by two points, James calmly stepped into a go-ahead 3-pointer.

“For me, being down 100-102, and I got the switch off on Myles Turner and they just had to show me something where I felt like I could get my shot off,” James said. “Once I seen his hands drop, I knew I had the shot. It was just trust my mechanics, trust what I’ve been doing and it went down. It was definitely a big play for our team.” – CLICK HERE to read full story.

If Cavaliers play Toronto Raptors next, will LeBron James again steal Christmas?
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — If the Cavaliers face the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals next week, one must decide what’s more important when sizing up the series.

The last two months of the regular season? Or just about everything else leading up to that point?

“They’re the champs. They’re the champs for a reason,” Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry said at the end of the regular season. “I would never say they’re vulnerable. … Every team out there has to beat them to become the champs. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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