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5-on-5: What's next for the Cavs?

A panel of NBA writers weighed in on the penalties that could be ahead for Cleveland. Should J.R. Smith be suspended for his smack on Jae Crowder? Said Marc Stein: "Fact in the boldest print you can find on the Internet." 5 questions

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Carlisle's statement on officiating

Don't ask Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle about the officiating. He'll just tape his mouth shut.

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Cavs will miss Love
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Kevin Love took some grief this season, but Cleveland has been a much better team with him on the floor this postseason.

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Expect no J.R. Smith for a bit

ESPN's Dave McMenamin on Smith's possible suspension: “A minimum of two games. Probably more likely three and I wouldn't be shocked if it were 5. You’re talking about a guy with a suspension history both in the regular season and in the postseason." (via Mike & Mike)

Kevin Love: Not a basketball play
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The Cavs' star on Kelly Olynyk's foul that resulted in his shoulder injury: "I thought it was a bush-league play. ... I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose."

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Joakim Noah on the Kevin Love injury: "Unfortunate. Very unfortunate. You don't want anybody getting hurt. You don't wish that on nobody."

Clippers' win turns series around
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ESPN's Bruce Bowen on the Clips' Game 4 win: "The mantra for the Clippers was 'take the ball to the basket any chance we get.' ... That was the biggest difference in this game from the Clippers' standpoint -- they had energy."

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ICYMI: Smith ejected for Crowder smack
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Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith was ejected for his backhanded swipe on Celtics forward Jae Crowder. After the game Smith said regarding possible discipline: "I know I'm nervous as hell to see what could come out of this."

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LeBron is used to first-round sweeps
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With the Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday, LeBron James has swept a best-of-7 series six times. The only players in NBA history with more sweeps of a best-of-7 series are Tim Duncan (8) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (7). (via Elias)

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Cavs in for long playoff run?
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Each time LeBron James has swept a first-round series, his team has gone deep into the playoffs

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The Cavs' lost Love
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The Cavs were 36 points better with Love on the floor against the Celtics, compared with just 1 point better with him off the floor. They also boast a significantly better shooting percentage from the field, particularly with 3s.

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Olynyk: 'Surprised' by Love's accusation
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Celtics C Kelly Olynyk think it's "ridiculous" Cavs F Kevin Love is accusing him of intentionally hurting Love's shoulder Sunday. Said Olynyk: "In basketball, I don't think anyone is trying to hurt anyone. For [Love], it's very unfortunate. I know they're trying to make a run right now." (via Boston Herald)

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Jrue Holiday: I just want to get healthy
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The Pelicans G is considering a surgical procedure to remove a screw from his leg: "I don't think [the screw] is necessary anymore. They put the screw in to hold the rod. It's just a procedure where I'll get the screw out."

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NBA top plays of the night
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Though Houston couldn't close out its series with Dallas in Game 4, this Jason-Terry-to-Dwight-Howard alley-oop earned the top play honors from Sunday's games.

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