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nba rumors Kevin Love was not in a celebratory mood after the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Celtics out of the postseason on Sunday afternoon. Following the game, Love made it clear that he blamed Boston's Kelly Olynyk for a dislocated left shoulder he suffered in the game. Blog

“I thought it was a bush league play,” Love said of Olynyk’s foul. “I mean I was out there and Olynyk was in a compromising position and had no chance to get the ball. It’s just too bad he would go to those lengths to take someone out of a game and do it to someone. I have no doubt in my mind he did it on purpose.” Blog

Love later added: “That’s not a basketball play. I expect it to be physical, but when it has to go to that length, it’s just not the way it’s supposed to be. That’s not how you play basketball. The league will take a look at it and it better be swift and just.” Blog

Olynyk left the arena without speaking to reporters, although Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas took offense to the idea Olynyk intentionally injured Love. “We could say the same thing. We’re all men here, we don’t need to cry and tell you guys,” Thomas said. “It is what it is. It’s playoff basketball. We don’t want to hurt anybody, things happen and we’ve got to move forward.” Akron Beacon Journal Blog

nba rumors J.R. Smith claimed he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, but he’s worried the NBA league office might not see it that way. Smith’s status for the start of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ second-round playoff series is in question after he was ejected in Sunday’s Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics. Smith and Celtics guard Jae Crowder were battling underneath the basket when Smith swung his arm and hit Crowder’s face. The referees reviewed the incident on replay and determined it was a flagrant 2 foul, which results in an automatic ejection. NESN

“He was cutting into the lane after the shot had been shot, I tried to box him out,” Smith said of the play, after which Crowder left the game with a sprained knee and did not return. “As I’m boxing him out, I just kept feeling is forearm on my head. Tried to keep backing up, but he kept pushing. Unfortunately, I tried to swing my arm loose thinking it was the best way to get my arm up in position to rebound and we made contact." NESN

Shumpert was fantastic on Sunday and should fit well in the starting lineup. The problem is going to be making up Smith’s 3-point shooting. Shumpert just hasn’t been a consistent 3-point threat, meaning the Cavs may have to look to Mike Miller if they want to continue to stretch defenses as they have in the past. Akron Beacon Journal Blog

nba rumors [LeBron] James’ teams have won 13 straight first-round games and are 28-3 in first-round games over the last seven postseasons. His teams have swept their first-round series five times in his career. Of the previous four times, three of them led to Finals appearances. As noted by the Elias Sports Bureau, James trails only Robert Horry (16-0) and Derek Fisher (15-0) for most first-round series wins without a series loss since 1984, with a 10-0 record in first-round series in his career.

This series marks the sixth time James’ team swept any best-of-seven series. According to Elias, only Tim Duncan (eight) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (seven) have recorded more best-of-seven series sweeps. James has 33 career playoff games with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, which is the most in NBA history, according to Elias. Abdul-Jabbar had 31 such games, followed by Elgin Baylor with 29.

nba rumors Memphis point guard Mike Conley will not play Monday night in Game 4 of the Grizzlies' playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers because of a facial injury. The team said Sunday that Conley was returning to Memphis for additional evaluation. "He does so much for us, with the ball, with the defense, setting us up. He shoulders a huge amount of responsibility for us," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. AP

Conley left Saturday night's Game 3 in the third quarter after he appeared to be caught inadvertently by Portland guard CJ McCollum's elbow while going after the ball. Conley fell to his hands and knees and stayed there for several moments before team trainers guided him to the locker room with a towel to his face. TV cameras caught blood spots on the towel. AP

nba rumors Paul Pierce strutted off the Verizon Center floor Sunday evening to a standing ovation, beckoning more noise from the broom-wielding capacity crowd, soaking in yet another memorable playoff moment. He had just haunted the Toronto Raptors one final time, applying the finishing touches to the Washington Wizards’ Game 4 125-94 series-clinching victory with a soul-crushing trio of three-pointers in seven third-quarter minutes. With the Wizards enjoying a 23-point cushion, his job as Raptors bane, which included a mild critique and a flurry of big shots, was complete. Washington Post

The Raptors, still without a seven-game series victory in their 20-year history, were led by Kyle Lowry’s 21 points and eight rebounds. It was the all-star point guard’s best performance of the series but there was nothing Lowry, who battled back pain and illness this series, could do negate the Wizards’ thrashing. By the fourth quarter frustration was evident as he knocked over a chair during a timeout. Washington Post

nba rumors Gortat shot 8-for-9 from the field to finish the series 29-for-39, or 74.3%. The Raptors had no answers for him rolling to the basket. Gortat made all five of his first-half shot attempts and ran the floor so fluidly that even the smaller Raptors couldn't keep up. CSN Washington

The Wizards shot 71.4% in the first quarter when they led by as many as 16 points with all starters scoring at least five points. The Wizards made 13 of 15 foul shots, the Raptors never could get into any kind of offensive flow to get back or defend any actions Bradley Beal led seven scorers in double figures with 23 points, Marcin Gortat had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and John Wall added 14 points and 10 assists. Paul Pierce had 14 points, Nene 10 and Ramon Sessions had his best game of the series with 15 points and two assists. Drew Gooden scored 13 points and Otto Porter seven points and seven rebounds. CSN Washington

Nets: With the season on the line, Hollins essentially used seven players Saturday, and it’s unlikely that will change much as the series progresses. Lopez, Young and Joe Johnson all recorded more than 40 minutes in Game 3, while Bojan Bogdanovic (33:56), Jarrett Jack (26:57), Deron Williams (26:02) and Alan Anderson (19:59) all logged major minutes. NY Post

The Warriors are expected to return to practice Monday, although they’re not expected to start their Western Conference semifinal series against Memphis or Portland until Sunday or next Monday. The smile starts to leave the Warriors’ faces when talking about exactly how to deal with the off time. “It’s nice to get a couple of days. Guys are banged up and can regroup,” center Andrew Bogut said. “On the flip side, you don’t want to come out flat in Game 1. You want to make sure you don’t lull yourself to sleep.” San Francisco Chronicle

[Kevin] McHale admitted he sat power forward Terrence Jones too long. He was probably the second-most effective offensive player for Houston on Sunday night as he scored 13 points and snagged six rebounds. McHale said he’ll speak with Jones about playing him just 17 minutes, which included missing the final 20 minutes of the contest. McHale also sat starting point guard Jason Terry, who played 22 minutes and went one-of-five from the field.

Bulls power forward Pau Gasol, who committed five turnovers, credited the Bucks defense in his postgame comments Saturday. "They're swarming," Gasol said. "They're doing a good job of putting pressure on us. We've got to do a much better job of taking care of the ball, individually and collectively. Twenty-eight turnovers are 28 we gave away. In a two-point game, that's a big difference." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Darko Milicic re-surfaced last year as a kickboxer, but in a video recently uploaded to YouTube, he’s just getting his party on, in a very Serbian way. The seven-footer is listening to a song by Baja Mali Knindža, who is known for folk songs about Serbian nationalism. Washington Post Blog


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