Tyronn Lue Says Cavaliers ‘Were Being Too Nice’ in Beginning of 2017 NBA Finals

Game 4 of the NBA Finals featured plenty of hostility between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue believes this helped change his team’s fortunes.

“I thought the first two games [we] were being too nice,” Lue said Sunday, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN. “The first three games, helping guys up off the floor, smiling, talking to guys and—yeah, I didn’t like that. So I think Game 4, talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to try to get that edge to win, you got to do it.”

The Cavaliers won Saturday’s game 137-116, cutting the series deficit to 3-1.

While Cleveland made a record 24 three-pointers on 45 attempts in the win, the rest of the game wasn’t pretty. There were seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul and plenty of heated exchanges between the two teams.

Our mindset has to be winning games and not smiling back and forth or talking and playing,” Lue added.

There is certainly a level of familiarity between the Cavaliers and Warriors, which are competing against each other in the Finals for the third straight season. The challenge will be keeping the intensity—as well as the hot shooting—for another three games.

Cleveland overcame a 3-1 deficit to win last year’s title, but the squad will need to win four in a row to win again in 2017.

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Sebastian Telfair Arrested on Gun, Controlled Substance Charges

New York police arrested former NBA guard Sebastian Telfair on charges of gun possession, NBC New York’s Jonathan Dienst and Ida Siegal reported Sunday.

According to Fox Sports’ Aaron Torres, Telfair is also facing a charge related to possession of a controlled substance.

Myles Miller of PIX11 News shared a photo of the possessions confiscated by law enforcement personnel:

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Knicks Rumors: Donovan Mitchell Reportedly Has Predraft Workout with New York

Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell will work out with the New York Knicks, who hold the No. 8 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the team is “highly intrigued by Mitchell’s defensive ability and versatility.”

Knicks president Phil Jackson was among those in attendance at the CAA pro day, in which Mitchell was a participant.

DraftExpress rates the guard as the No. 11 player in the 2017 class.

At 6’3″, Mitchell is a bit undersized for someone without true point guard skills. However, Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress believes this isn’t a hindrance:

The sophomore was one of the biggest breakout stars of the college basketball season, averaging 15.6 points per game this year after scoring just 7.4 PPG as a freshman. He also improved his three-point shooting from 25.0 percent to 35.4 percent.

Mitchell also made as big of an impact on the other end of the court, averaging 2.1 steals per game while leading an elite Cardinals squad in both offensive and defensive win shares, per Sports Reference.

With the Knicks in need of plenty of backcourt help, Mitchell could be an immediate contributor if he is selected.

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Draymond Green Doesn’t Regret Saying Cavaliers Fans Aren’t ‘The Sharpest People’

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said he does not regret his remarks about Cleveland Cavaliers fans made after Friday’s Game 4 loss.

“Absolutely not. Because everything I say, I know what I’m saying,” Green said at a media session at Sunday’s practice. “When I say something, I’ve thought about what I’m going to say before I say it. I never look at something and say ‘Man, I shouldn’t have said that.’

“Because I’m a lot smarter than people think. When I say something, I’ve already thought about what I was going to say. So absolutely not.”

 

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LeBron James Says He’s ‘Not Very Good’ at 3-on-3 After Event Added to Olympics

Fans might not want to pencil in LeBron James for the United States’ three-on-three team in the next Summer Olympics.

“I’m not very good at the three-on-three thing,” the Cleveland Cavaliers star said, per Zach Harper of CBS Sports.

The International Olympic Committee announced Friday the new version of basketball will make its debut at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

James also noted he is “more of a five-on-five guy” in his full comments, via NBA TV:

It’s hard to argue with this premise, considering his success in standard basketball. He is not only a four-time MVP in the NBA, he also helped Team USA win two Olympic gold medals as well as a bronze in 2004 when he was just 19 years old.

Of course, it’s tough to imagine him struggling with fewer men on the court, especially considering virtually no one on earth can defend him one-on-one. Using just his teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love would make a formidable squad.

Regardless of James’ decision, there likely won’t be any shortage of Americans capable of competing for the gold in this event.

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LaVar Ball Says Lonzo a Better Fit with Lakers Because They Don’t Have a Leader

LaVar Ball continues to do what he can to ensure his son winds up with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017 NBA draft.

In an interview on CSN’s Celtics Talk podcast (via CSN New England’s A. Sherrod Blakely), LaVar cited a lack of leadership on the Lakers as a reason Lonzo would work better in Los Angeles than with the Boston Celtics.

“Team-wise, the Lakers are a better fit,” LaVar said. “They really don’t have a leader. Boston already went to the playoffs. They have a leader.”

Lonzo made similar comments following his official workout with the Lakers on Wednesday, per ESPN.com’s Jovan Buha:

LaVar has made it no secret he wants to see Lonzo join the Lakers.

All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” he said in February, per ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”

LaVar likely won’t have to worry about the Celtics selecting Lonzo, since they’re widely expected to take Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick. A far bigger problem is the possibility the Lakers will pass on Lonzo with the second pick.

Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding reported Lonzo “didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal” during his workout and meeting with team executives. Ding reported Fultz, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox are all on Los Angeles’ draft radar.

In his most recent mock draft, B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman had the Lakers selecting Jackson and Ball going third overall to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Kevin Durant Says Draymond Green Did Not Call Him After 2016 Finals Loss

Golden State Warriors small forward Kevin Durant said Dubs teammate Draymond Green didn’t call him immediately following the team’s Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals last year, a claim made by the defensive stalwart last week.

Green told Zach Lowe of ESPN.com he called Durant from the parking lot after the defeat completed a stunning collapse from a 3-1 series lead. The former Oklahoma City Thunder star, who signed with Golden State a couple of weeks later, denied that conversation took place, per NBA TV:

  

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