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"King" James went under surgery
A benign growth was silently living in "King" James' mouth as he was playing the playoffs. Now that the Cavs are out of the tournament, Lebron could finally go to the hospital and go under surgery. Now, he is safe, resting at home.
The Cleveland star had a five-hour surgery to remove a growth from near the right side of the jaw. And it all ended up ok.
An official voice from the Franchise announced that Lebron was aware of the condition since several months, but after receiving medical advice opted to delay surgery until the end of the season.
As we know, the Cavs were eliminated last week when it lost 103-90 to the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference finals.
We must remember that Lebron James refused to talk with reporters or Orlando players after the encounter, provocating an angry reaction in the press.
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Cavs got another victory against Pistons as LeBron inspires the tribune
The talented LeBron James had another inspired now. The Cleveland Cavaliers got then an important 79-68 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
In this particular game, James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, helping the Cavs achieve a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.
The dangerous Pistons, whose collective heart was questioned by one of their players, played hard for three-plus quarters before being rendered helpless by James.
In fact, He had an alley-oop slam midway through the fourth quarter during an 18-2 run that started after the sixth tie of the game.
But the King had help, getting a career playoff-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Joe Smith, and 13 points from Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
We must say that the Pistons will host Game 4 on Sunday. They need a really huge change in their strategy and in their luck to revert the situation now.
Indeed, Pistons coach Michael Curry said the Pistons needed both Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince to play well to have a chance to win, and neither did.
Wallace netted just five points, looking old, banged up and disinterested. Prince scored seven points in the first quarter and was held scoreless the rest of the encounter, laboring with a sore back.
Detroit's extravagant Richard Hamilton had 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Rodney Stuckey contributed 12 points and five assists.
What's more, Antonio McDyess, who had eight points and eight rebounds, lamented the fact that his team went through the motions when it lost the first two matches of the series on the road by an average of 15 points.
The white team played with pride early, scoring the first eight points and refusing to go away when they fell behind by nine in the first half. Detroit took turns with the lead in an ugly third quarter — scoring 16 points and giving up nine — but had no answer when James chose to take over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring just 11 points.
Curiously, his final points in the first half came on a sequence that made the Cavs laugh and the Pistons pout. Ilgauskas got to a loose ball near Detroit's free-throw line. The Pistons let him dribble up the court and make a jump pass in the lane to James as if the 7-foot-3, 260-pound center was nimble. The victory was sealed then.
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Cleveland aims for title with a stunning 102-84 win over Detroit
Everybody is looking forward to see LeBron beating Kobe and Pau and winning the NBA title. But let's not rush. There are previous stages, you know.
At least LeBron James does know it. That's why he scored 38 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists to help the Cleveland Cavaliers get an important 102-84 win over the Detroit Pistons.
It's fair to add that Joe Smith added 13 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.
And Rodney Stuckey didn't want to accept the defeat that easily. He scored 20 and Richard Hamilton contributed 15 for the eighth-seeded Pistons.
Cavaliers are closer and closer to the so expected final, in a season that look extremely promising.
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King James unhappy with one All Star
An hour before taking the floor where Kobe Bryant
scored an arena-record 61 points two nights ago, King James
had a lot on his mind. One topic about which he did not mince words: The Cavaliers getting slighted with only one All-Popular player in voting by fans and coaches.
"I must say that’s totally disrespectful to give us one All Star," James expressed in the Madison Square Garden interview room before Cleveland played the Knicks Wednesday night. "... You look at all the squads with some of the best records in this league. You look at the Lakers, they have two All Stars. Orlando, two All Stars. Boston, two All Stars. San Antonio, two All Stars. These are all the good squads in the league that have really good records. And then you look at us -- one All Star. So it’s a total smack in the face."
The basketball player who was snubbed, Mo Williams, probably will be selected by commissioner David Stern to replace injured guard Jameer Nelson of Orlando. If Stern wasn't leaning toward selecting Williams over Boston's Ray Allen for Nelson's spot, he probably is now. LeBron knows what newspapers (and websites) the commissioner reads.
Cavs coach Mike Brown expressed he wouldn't ask his fellow coaches whether they voted for Williams; they wouldn't tell him the truth, anyway.
"Guys are gonna say, 'Yeah, I voted for your guy,' but you really don’t know," Brown expressed. "I'll never find out. I just know that our squad should have been more represented, in my opinion. And that’s not to say this person must have been off and that person should have been off. We should have had at least another guy on that squad from the beginning."
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LeBron and Ginobili awarded "Players of the Week" in the NBA
Cleveland star LeBron James
and Argentine Spurs talent Manu Ginobili were named NBA players of the week
Indeed, James won the Eastern Conference award after averaging a triple-double (28.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 10.5 assists) during the Cavaliers' 3-1 week.
And Ginobili, the West winner, averaged 30.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in helping the Spurs win all three of their matches last week.
It's interesting to say that Ginobili, who leads the Spurs in scoring at 20.7 points per game, hit the game-winning jumper against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 21, to cap a 44-point game.
In his last five encounter, he has two 40-point efforts and set career highs in rebounds (15 against Toronto) and assists (12 vs. New Orleans).
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Cavs outplayed by Rockets
Chinese star Yao Ming
scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Houston Rockets dumped Cleveland Cavs, 92-77, at the Toyota Center.
What's more, Rafer Alston netted 17 points and nine assists for the Rockets, who have won five straight games.
"This was a superb win against a good team," Rockets coach Rick Adelman admitted. "We were terrific, the second half especially."
Cavs star LeBron James
had a game-high 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers, who lost for just the fourth time in 17 games. And Larry Hughes finished with 13 points.
In fact, Rockets led by just one at intermission but quickly gained some breathing room thanks to the long ball early in the third quarter. The Rockets hit three treys in the opening three minutes of the frame, the last of which, by Tracy McGrady, scored for Houston and got a 53-44 advantage.
Just seconds later, consecutive threes by Alston and Battier put Houston on top 61-49 with 5:21 left until the fourth quarter.
In fact, the Rockets extended that advantage to 13 points, 72-59, heading into the final frame, despide Lebron's effort. "We did everything defensively we could do, but they just hit their threes in the third quarter," James stated. "We had open looks that we missed."
As we know, Houston continued to hold the Cavs at bay throughout the fourth. But, Cleveland had one last run and closed the gap to six, 83-77, with 3:22 left, thanks to five consecutive points by James.
Yao Ming finally stopped the bleeding with a turnaround jumper with just over three minutes to go, and the Rockets finished the match with a 9-0 run to win going away.
It's important to notice that the Rockets took a 23-19 advantage after the opening 12 minutes but Cleveland closed the deficit to one, 40-39, by intermission.
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James' good performance was not enough against Nets
Veteran star Vince Carter tied a season-high with 32 points as the New Jersey Nets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 105-97, to snap a four-game losing streak.
What's more, Richard Jefferson tallied 24 points and Josh Boone had 15 points and eight rebounds for New Jersey, which had also lost three in a row at home.
In fact, Carter shot 13-of-22 from the field and the Nets got help from another good all-around game from their point guard, as talented Jason Kidd had eight points, eight rebounds, 11 assists and five steals.
"This is really exciting to see those guys compete," Carter said of the Nets' bench, especially Boone. "It was a good feeling for me to see him step up, shoot with confidence and make them pay for that."
It's important to consider that LeBron James had 29 points, six rebounds and eight assists for the Cavaliers, losers in seven of their last eight games. And Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 21 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which went 7-of-23 from three-point range and was outrebounded, 45-35.
"We started out the game so well, but the bottom line is we're not defending," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown expressed. "They scored 105 points on 50 percent shooting and they scored it rather easily. Not just that, but we got our behinds kicked on the glass. Every loose ball they came up with."
"King" James' three-pointer pulled the Cavs within 93-92 with 4:08 remaining, but Carter countered with a shot from beyond the arc.
Drew Gooden made 1-of-2 at the foul line with 2:55 left for a 97-95 Cleveland deficit. However, Boone hit 2-of-4 foul shots, and after a LeBron offensive foul, Jefferson's tip-in off a Carter miss moved New Jersey to a 101-95 advantage with 2:02 left.
Them, Carter and Kidd each launched two free throws in the final 1:16.
Actually, Bostjan Nachbar had 13 points for the Nets, while Gooden scored 13 and Daniel Gibson 12 for the Cavs.
It's fair to say that the Cavs were aggressive early, building an 18-6 lead, but the Nets rallied for the next 10 points, with Carter scoring eight in the spurt. New Jersey trailed 25-21 after the opening quarter and was behind, 57-50 at the half.
Now, we must remember that Cleveland has lost 10 of its last 11 games at New Jersey...James went 12-of-25 from the field after not starting in his previous game, a 118-105 home win over Indiana on Tuesday. The popular James sat out the previous five games with a sprained left index finger.
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LeBron suffers from the bench against Bobcats
The NBA was stunned by Saturday's 96-93 Bobcats win over the shorthanded Cleveland Cavaliers
. Gerald Wallace had 22 points, five blocks and four steals to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap their seven-game slide and get the victory.
Charlotte Bobcats made 14 free throws in the final minute to post its first win since a 101-92 victory over Portland on November 19.
Sadly, for the fifth consecutive outing, Cavs superstar LeBron James sat out due to his sprained left index finger. In fact, Cleveland has yet to set a return date for the 23-year-old All-Star.
Bobcats built a 62-56 lead with 6:30 left in the third quarter before Ira Newble and Larry Hughes took control for the Cavs, who trailed 69-68 heading into the decisive period. Newble gave Cleveland its first lead of the second half, 74-72, on an easy putback with 9:02 remaining. Newble finished with 15 points off the bench.
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LeBron James is the richest young superstar
According to the prestigeous Forbes magazine
, NBA player LeBron James is at the top of its list of 20 under 25 Top-Earning Superstars
Indeed, the "King" James, who will turn 23 on Dec. 30, earned $27 million between June 2006 and June 2007. That could be the low-end of James' earning potential, Forbes pointed out. James is primed to outpace Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant, 29, as the highest-paid player in the NBA this year thanks tp his new four-year $60 million contract. The Cleveland Cavaliers will pay him $13 million his first year. Endorsement deals with Nike, Coca-Cola and Upper Deck, among others, easily eclipse his on-court salary, Forbes said.
As we can see, athletes with lucrative endorsement deals landed in the the top four slots of the "20 Under 25." list.
The second place is for Reggie Bush, 22-year-old running back for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, with $24 million.
Number 3 is tennis ace Maria Sharapova, who pocketed $23 million (only $3.8 million from winnings), and is the world's highest-paid female athlete.
The number 4 is golf phenom Michelle Wie, with $19 million in earnings.
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Without James, Cavs fall to Celtics in Boston revenge
Even though LeBron James
is making a really good season, Cavs have a hard time trying to win when he is sidelined. On Sunday, a sprained left index finger made him miss the clash against Bolton Celtics, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten.
As we know, Ray Allen scored a game-high 20 points to spark an 80-70 victory by the Celtics, who improved to 9-0 at home this season and limited the Cavaliers to their second-lowest points total in a match since the team began play in 1970.
Indeed, Cleveland fell to 9-5 in games without "King James" since the Cavaliers made him the first choice of the 2003 NBA Draft.
"When King James goes down, you feel like you have to carry the squad by yourself offensively," Cavaliers forward Drew Gooden admitted. "We've started to get better at doing that but then again that is not our identity.
In fact, it was the second game on the sideline for James since he suffered the injury in the second quarter against Detroit on Thursday. He did not play in the second half of a loss against the Pistons and missed Friday's loss at Toronto.
We must consider that James leads the NBA with 31.7 points a game and has also contributed 8.5 assists and 8.0 rebounds a game for Cleveland, which fell to 9-9. James had scored 38 points in a 109-104 ivertime victory over Boston last Tuesday.
Now, Lithuanian center Zydrunas Ilgauskas led Cleveland with 12 points and Serbian Sasha Pavlovic added 11 as the Cavaliers nearly matched the record low 59 points they scored against San Antonio on March 25, 1997.
"It was a defensive game," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown expressed. "I thought both sides did a nice job defending. We had some decent looks that normally we make that just didn't go down."
It took a 12-3 run by the Cavaliers in the game's final minutes to avoid the humiliation of a new all-time scoring futility record. And Cleveland shot only 32 percent for the encounter, hitting just 25-of-76 shots.
The Boston Celtics led 43-39 at half-time and began the second half with an 18-9 run to seize command.
It's important to mention that Kevin Garnett had nine points and eight rebounds while Paul Pierce added seven for the Celtics, who improved to a league-best 14-2 and went to 9-0 at home for the first time since 1985.
"In fact, We anticipated LeBron playing. He didn't but the world doesn't stop," Garnett stated. "The game definitely doesn't stop. We tried to go out there and get a victory."
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Celtics army were defeated by LeBron
Cleveland King LeBron James
made 11 of his 38 points in overtime, including a crucial three-pointer and six free throws, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-104 victory Tuesday against the always tough Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers won their fourth game in a row and handed the Celtics only their second loss in 13 matches.
We must say that James also handed out 13 assists and finished 14-for-15 from the line as the Cavaliers turned in one of their best performances of the season.
"I think he was fantastic," Celtics coach Doc Rivers admitted. "That's who he is. He hurt us as much with his passing as he did with his scoring. When he's scoring and getting everyone involved, he's just a killer. That's what he was tonight."
It's also important to mention that Drew Gooden added 24 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who outrebounded the Celtics 47-40 and held them to 43 percent shooting. Ray Allen scored 29 points to lead Boston, who also got 19 points from Kevin Garnett and 16 more from Paul Pierce.
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LeBron leads a new win over Pacers
"King" James is quickly becoming triple trouble
for the rivals, and everyone in Cleveland celebrates it.
Indeed, LeBron scored 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his third triple-double of the season and 14th of his career on Sunday, carrying the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers to their third straight triumph 111-106 against the Indiana Pacers.
"I have to say that the guy is just unbelievable," Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown said of his selfless superstar. "He does the triple-doubles so effortlessly that it's not shocking when you see it at the end of a ballgame."
According to the reports, James is averaging a league-best 31.3 points per game, along with 8.3 rebounds and 8.1 assists. In his last six games, his statistics are even more impressive - averaging 37.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 9.5 assists. However, the only numbers he cares about are in the win column.
"We're playing some good basketball, and I'm the catalyst of that," LeBron James admitted, after recording back-to-back triple-doubles for the first time in his career. "The best thing about it is that we got our third straight victory. And that's great."
It's also important to mention that Drew Gooden had 23 points and 12 rebounds for reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland (8-6) while Sasha Pavlocic chipped in with 22 points.
Also Marquis Daniels scored a season-high 25 points while Jamaal Tinsley had 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but committed eight turnovers for Indiana (6-8) which had won its last two encounters. Danny Granger finished with 21 points.
Cleveland led by 13 in the third period before James went to the bench with a bloody mouth with four minutes remaining in the frame, allowing the Pacers to rally.
In fact, Granger's jumper knotted the contest and the Pacers took a 75-73 edge, heading into the final 12 minutes.
"I just understand if a team is going to double me," James expressed. "I just know how to play against every defense that the team is going to throw at me."
With the Cavs clinging to a three-point advantage, the most brilliant player came to the rescue, blocking Tinsley's jumper with nine seconds left to seal the triumph.
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James returned to lead new Cavs victory
Cleveland King was back on the court to score 29 points, and lead seven Cavaliers in double figures to help his team win its seventh straight on Wednesday night. The victim: the Memphis Grizzlies.
Indeed, Cavs defeated Grizzlies 119-96, and we must remember that James was out of Cleveland's 124-100 victory over Sacramento on Tuesday night with back spasms. Now, he connected on 11 of 17 shots from the field. In the third quarter, LeBron James hit his first five shots helping Cleveland build the lead to 33.
As we said, this victory extended the Cavaliers' season-high winning streak. Meanwhile, Memphis, with the league's worst record, lost its second straight and eighth in the past nine.
Furthermore, Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 18 points for Cleveland, while Larry Hughes had 13. Donyell Marshall had 12, Sasha Pavlovic scored 11, and Drew Gooden and Anderson Varejao netted 10 each.
It's also important to notice that Rudy Gay led Memphis with 24 points, while Pau Gasol finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. And Stromile Swift cooperated with 11 points.
Memphis team were flat from the start, and that was before James went on his shooting run in the third. For the quarter, James, whose status was a game-time decision because of the back, was 6-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 outside the arc. In fact, LeBron James outscored the Grizzlies 15-12 in the period.
Cleveland led 62-51 at the half with 14 points from his most important star. By then four Cavaliers already were in double figures.
We must say that Memphis shot 49 percent from the field in the first half, but that wasn't enough to overcome its nine turnovers that led to 12 Cleveland points, and Cleveland shooting 58 percent.
Memphis' interior defense wasn't the problem in the third, it was trying to stop James. Starting with an 18-foot jumper with 5:31 left, LeBron added scored 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, giving the Cavaliers a 95-62 lead.
James and Wayde face each other in the most atractive NBA game
Tonight's battle between Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat travel with Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James has created a lot of expectation.
In fact, the squads will face for the second of four meetings this year. The Heat captured the first matchup on February 1, 92-89, as Wade scored 24 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter and missed just one of his 24 foul shots.
We must remember that LeBron James ended with 17 points and nine assists on just 6-of-18 shooting, and missed the potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer.
What's more, Wade's Heat have won three of the last four games against the Cavs and six of eight. In the other hand, James' Cleveland squad has struggled in Miami, having lost eight in a row as the visitor.
We must notice that Miami Heat come into the game on a season-high five-game winning streak. On Wednesday, the Heat toppled the struggling Boston Celtics 91-79. The talented Wade had a game-high 30 points to go along with nine assists and six rebounds.
Also Jason Kapono scored 19 points and Gary Payton had 10 for the Heat, who are 11-15 on the road and 4 1/2 matches back of Washington for the lead in the Southeast Division.
Obviously, Miami's offense has been red-hot as of late, scoring at least 90 points in 17 straight games. Let's remember that their burst is the sixth best streak in Miami history.
As for Cleveland Cavaliers, they will resume a five-game homestand with tonight's matchup. Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 16 points and added a season-high 16 rebounds, as the Cavs routed the Los Angeles Clippers, 94-77 on Wednesday.
It's important to know that Aleksandar Pavlovic also chipped in with 16 points off the bench for the Cavs, who improved to 2-1 on the stand, which ends Sunday against the Lakers. James' team then hits the road for three games.
Larry Hughes had 15 points, Drew Gooden finished with 13 and James ended the night with just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting for Cleveland. The Cavs currently sits 2 1/2 games behind Detroit for the lead in the Central Division. We can enjoy the game tonight, because it will be really hot.