Daily News – May 23, 2017

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James just stopped gaining on ghost of Michael Jordan: Bill Livingston
Author: Bill Livingston
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The ghost LeBron James is chasing might be uncatchable and unbustable.

Michael Jordan went to six NBA Finals, won six rings and six Finals Most Valuable Player awards, while sandwiching it all around a premature retirement.

James is seeking his seventh straight trip to the NBA Finals with the defending champion (as of the moment) Cleveland Cavaliers. James has been in seven NBA Finals overall, three with the Cavs and four with Miami. His record is 3-4. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

J.R. Smith challenged LeBron James’ confidence, production after poor Game 3
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — J.R. Smith put to words what all of northeast Ohio was thinking about LeBron James’ Game 3 performance against the Celtics.

It just wasn’t enough.

“Play confident,” Smith said, when asked for his reaction to James’ 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in a stunning 111-108 loss to the Celtics in the conference finals. “That’s my only thing. People of his stature, well, there’s only three, but people like him, you gotta play confident the whole night and play aggressive. CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cleveland Cavaliers not ‘hanging head’ after strange loss, focus on being more physical in Game 4
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — When the door swung open to the practice facility inside Cleveland Clinic Courts shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Monday, a handful of notable players had already dispersed. From that standpoint, the vibe was similar to Sunday night after what Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue labeled a “weird game.”

But that seemed to be the only resemblance. Monday wasn’t about reliving the baffling collapse, the first loss of the postseason. It wasn’t about the bad mood carrying over. It was about regrouping and refocusing.

“It’s much better today,” J.R. Smith said while talking to the media. “Obviously everybody is not up to tempo how we normally would be after a game because it would normally be a win, but I think we responded today better. Everybody was real receptive, nobody was defensive in anything.” – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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