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LeBron James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced to their second straight NBA Finals by beating the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night. It’s the third Finals appearance in team history for the Cavaliers. Cleveland lost to Golden State in six games last year and got swept by San Antonio in 2007. Detroit News/AP
And not surprisingly, the King left his imprint on Game 6, exploding for 21 first-half points as Cleveland would take this series, winning each of its three post-season elimination games on the road. James will now appear in his sixth successive NBA final, looking for his third championship and Cleveland’s first. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has seen how James has changed from the time Casey worked in Dallas — when James took his act to South Beach. In the 2011 NBA final, Casey was a Mavs assistant for a Dallas team that trailed 2-1 after the James-led Heat won Game 3 on the road. Toronto Sun
As Danny Ainge and co. head toward next month’s NBA draft, there’s a potential move available that the Celtics may want to explore. In an interview with ESPN South Jersey 97.3, ESPN’s Chad Ford said he believes there’s a very good chance the 76ers will trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel. WEEI
“I think that there’s a very high likelihood, that whether it’s to move up in the draft or use them to grab a free agent in a sign and trade or just a trade, that you will not see the Nerlens Noel-Jahlil Okafor pairing at the start of next season,” Chad Ford said. “I think that they’ll gauge the interest of both players. I think that there might be a slight preference for Noel, to keep him around with the Sixers, and I think you might be right, there might be a slight, better value for Okafor out on the market, but I think everyone agrees that that combination of these two players doesn’t necessarily work.” WEEI
Maybe it’s me but Ben Simmons does not appear to be acting like a guy who wants to be the No.1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. I could have missed something but I’ve searched for comments from the Louisiana State University freshman forward since the Sixers won the draft lottery on May 17 and so far have not found anything. It is understandable that a player who is favored by many to be the top pick might keep a lower profile and not be a “Chatty Cathy.” Still, with 10 days passed, you’d expect that there would be a little something - if not directly from Simmons, than from the agency that represents him, Klutch Sports Group. Philadelphia Inquirer
Unlike Simmons, Ingram showed up at the NBA draft combine two weeks ago and did an interview with the Sixers. He’s said, “Any organization that can take me, that’s where I want to be.” Obviously, it would be better for the Sixers if Simmons were also displaying that attitude. The idea that he might be less than enthused about coming to Philly is not going to help his relationship with Sixers fans get off to a smooth start. Philadelphia Inquirer
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