Daily News – May 31, 2017

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Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving no longer have cloud hovering over them going into NBA Finals
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, who buried the biggest shot in franchise history during the team’s Game 7 Finals win against the Golden State Warriors last June, admitted Monday that he hasn’t watched that play in awhile.

That’s the past. The Cavs are focused on the stiff challenge ahead, playing against an improved Warriors team that hasn’t lost in the postseason.

“Winning it was an incredible feat for us,” Irving said following the team’s practice. “But we understand that’s not where we want the storybook to kind of end. We understand that moment to moment matters to us and nothing is guaranteed, especially in the playoffs. And even to make it this far is an accomplishment for us but we understand we’re not satisfied with it.” – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Is now when Kevin Durant finally starts beating LeBron James?
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND — Kevin Durant is the closest thing LeBron James has to a contemporary in the NBA today.

Only, Durant couldn’t beat James. Hardly ever. If there’s ever going to be a chance for Durant to change the dynamic, it’s the 2017 Finals.

Game 1 between Durant’s Warriors and James’ Cavaliers is at 9 p.m. Thursday in Oakland, Calif. CLICK HERE to read full story.

Referee who tossed Stephen Curry from Game 6 not among Finals officials this year due to injury
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND — All three officials from Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals will work the Cavaliers-Warriors rematch, according to the referees’ roster for the upcoming championship series released Tuesday by the league.

Danny Crawford, 63, who will officiate his 34th Finals games, Mike Callahan, and Monty McCutchen were all on the court wearing whistles when the Cavs beat the Warriors on June 19th for the first title in franchise history.

They are all on the roster of 12 referees who will work the 2017 Finals, joined by Tony Brothers, James Capers, Marc Davis, Scott Foster, John Goble, Ed Malloy, Ken Mauer, Derrick Stafford, and Zach Zarba. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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