Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love exits after head-to-head collision with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love exited the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 109-99 win Friday after a head-to-head collision with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The team announced Love would not return during halftime and said the big man was being evaluated for a concussion. Multiple sources with knowledge of Love’s status told ESPN that the next stage of the evaluation process won’t be possible until Love has a night’s rest. “Tomorrow will tell us more,” one source said. LeBron James said he felt some pain…

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LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers says his right leg is fine after Larry Nance Jr. fell on it

CLEVELAND — LeBron James avoided what could have been a severe, season-ending injury when Larry Nance Jr. crashed into his right leg in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ 109-99 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals Friday. Nance fell to the floor after contesting a shot by Jayson Tatum and James had already turned his head toward the other end of the court as he signaled that the possession should belong to Cleveland as the ball went out of bounds, making him unable…

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LeBron James dominates another postseason home game Cleveland Cavaliers NBA

CLEVELAND — What will happen when the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers play Game 7 Sunday? Where will LeBron James sign this summer? You can make educated guesses, but right now ,no one truly knows. Not even James. It’s fair to wonder whether James has indeed played his final game in Cleveland as a Cav, eleven glorious and complicated years in. But for a moment at least, it might be worth forgetting about projecting the next move and to have some perspective on what has just happened. James is in…

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Boston Celtics prepare for a “dogfight” against Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7

CLEVELAND — The Boston Celtics, thwarted in their first attempt to close out the Cleveland Cavaliers in Friday’s Game 6, head back to Boston confident in their chances in a winner-take-all Game 7 but are expecting a battle at TD Garden. “It’s about just winning the game now,” Marcus Smart said after the Cavaliers emerged with a 109-99 triumph at Quicken Loans Arena. “It’s not going to be pretty. You got to be able to get down and get dirty. You can’t go out and try to look pretty. You…

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LeBron James shuts down Boston Celtics’ Finals plans with another legendary performance

CLEVELAND — No one cancels trophy presentations like the Cleveland Cavaliers. Between 2016 and 2017, the Cavs made the Golden State Warriors scrap four title celebrations. On Friday night, the Boston Celtics had their entire organization in town and a room ready to accept the Eastern Conference title, and once again, the Cavs shut it down. The 109-99 Game 6 victory makes it six wins in the Cavs’ past seven elimination games, and sets LeBron James up for a chance to go to his eighth consecutive Finals in Game 7…

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LeBron James in Game 6: 46 Points, 11 Rebounds, 9 Assists. (There Will Be a Game 7.)

LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off the loss of the All-Star Kevin Love to a head injury and beat the Boston Celtics, 109-99, on Friday night to force a Game 7. James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavaliers in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance — he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about his…

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Los Angeles Lakers to work out LiAngelo Ball

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Lakers will take a closer look at LiAngelo Ball when Lonzo Ball‘s brother participates in a pre-draft workout with the team on Tuesday. The second of the three Ball brothers will join St. Bonaventure’s Jaylen Adams, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh, Virginia’s Devon Hall, Syracuse’s Tyus Battle and Arizona’s Dusan Ristic in the workout. Team president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka have been holding pre-draft workouts with Friday’s session including the likes of Duke guard Grayson Allen and Maryland guard Kevin Huerter among…

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Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough says there’s an ‘overwhelming likelihood’ the Suns keep the No. 1 pick in June’s NBA draft

PHOENIX — Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the “overwhelming likelihood” is that the team will keep its No. 1 overall pick and not trade it away. McDonough made the comment Friday after the first of what will be many pre-draft workouts of players on the Suns’ practice court. The leading candidates for that No. 1 almost certainly will be worked out privately, with the exception of Luka Doncic, the European sensation who still is playing in Spain. “Obviously the agents have a lot of say,” McDonough said. “They have…

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Will Houston Rockets beat Golden State Warriors without Chris Paul?

Can the Houston Rockets beat the Golden State Warriors without Chris Paul? Paul’s hamstring injury cast a shadow over Houston’s thrilling 98-94 win Thursday for a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. The Rockets had to play the final seconds of the game without Paul, who hobbled off holding his hamstring and was unable to get back on defense for a crucial possession with the outcome in the balance. As a result, it came as no surprise Friday morning when Paul was ruled out of Saturday’s Game 6…

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Andre Iguodala of Golden State Warriors questionable for Game 6 vs. Houston Rockets

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala is considered questionable for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets, the team said Friday. Iguodala, who has missed Games 4 and 5, has a left lateral leg contusion. The Warriors host Game 6 on Saturday and are trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Who will advance to the NBA Finals, and who will win the title? Our panel predicts the conference finals with the Warriors and Cavs on the ropes. The Warriors are on the verge of playoff elimination,…

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