Daily News – May 17, 2017

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Cleveland Cavaliers must weather Boston Celtics’ chippy play: Bill Livingston
Author: Bill Livingston
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Paul Pierce’s free throw in the final seconds looped toward the basket. If he made it, the Boston Celtics’ eventual 97-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers was secure.

If he missed it, LeBron James had one more chance to defeat the Celtics in the seventh game of a fierce second-round playoff series in 2008.

The shot bounced off the back of the rim, climbed as high as the top of the backboard, and then plummeted through the net. The Celtics, never winning on the Cavs’ home court, never losing on their own, behind 41 points by Pierce, in the face of 45 points by James, had survived. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

J.R. Smith won’t be guarding Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas at start
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Before the postseason began Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue challenged J.R. Smith.

In Round One, he asked Smith to matchup defensively against Paul George, Indiana’s best player and lone All-Star. Smith then got the DeMar DeRozan assignment in the conference semifinals. Known as a shooter without much of a conscience, Smith willingly sacrificed his offense, taking pride in his new role as defensive stopper.

But with the Cavaliers four games from returning to the NBA Finals, Lue won’t be giving Smith that responsibility. At least, initially. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James’ history with Boston Celtics can’t fit on T-shirt
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James has worn the shirt before to practice during this postseason, but the timing this time said it all.

A black, sleeveless Nike T with a gold leprechaun throwing a punch. Sure, the shirt is for Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High — his alma mater.

But James is headed for another playoff brawl with those little green guys from Boston, the Celtics, with whom he has a deeper postseason history than any other franchise. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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