LeBron James Scores 45 To Lead Cavaliers To 105-101 Victory Over Pacers In Game 7

LeBron James scored 45 points in Game 7 leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers. The Cavs will open the conference semifinals on Tuesday at Toronto. James played 43 minutes, leaving late in the third quarter to be treated for cramps. Tristan Thompson made a rare start for the Cavs and added 15 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love made four 3-pointers, and George Hill returned after missing three games with back spasms to score 11 in 19 second-half minutes.

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One-Handed UCF Star Shaquem Griffin Drafted By Seattle Seahawks

UCF star Shaquem Griffin was selected with pick No. 141, early in the fifth round, to the Seattle Seahawks – where he will play with his twin brother Shaquill Griffin. Griffin said that he was speechless when he was called by the Seahawks. “I couldn’t breathe,” said Griffin, who played outside linebacker at UCF. “I didn’t know what to say. I was trying to get the words out, but I couldn’t talk.” Griffin had his left hand amputated at age 4 because of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital condition. A two-year starter at UCF and a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection both seasons, he was the AAC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and was named the defensive MVP of the Peach Bowl, which completed UCF’s 13-0 2017 season. Griffin was a late addition to the list of NFL scouting combine invitees, getting his formal invitation on Jan. 30.

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NBA Confirms LeBron James’s Block On Oladipo Was Goaltending

On Thursday, the NBA acknowledged that LeBron James’s crucial block of Victor Oladipo’s layup in the last few seconds of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA playoff win over the Indiana Pacers was illegal goaltending. The NBA said video taken from above the basket “shows that James blocks Oladipo’s shot attempt after it makes contact with the backboard”– which is an illegal block, and had it been called the basket would have given the Pacers a 97-95 lead. Instead, Cleveland gained the ball, called a timeout and inbounded the ball to James, who made the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer to put the Cavs up 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. 

NBA concedes missed goaltending on LeBron

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Stephen Curry Back In Full Practice Mode For Warriors; May Play Game 1 vs. Pelicans

Stephen Curry has resumed full practice and it is hopeful he will play for the defending champion Golden State Warriors as soon as Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday night against New Orleans. Curry practiced Thursday wearing a protective black brace over his sprained left knee.  Curry has been sidelined since the injury occurred on March 23; which was also the same day he returned from a six-game absence because of a hurt right ankle.Coach Steve Kerr is calling Curry questionable for Saturday, but that could change if he responds well Friday and is fine after one more day of full practice before the Pelicans visit Oracle Arena to begin the series.

Stephen Curry injury update: Warriors star practices in full, questionable for Game 1 vs. Pelicans

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Thunders’ Russell Westbrook Fined $10,000 But Not Suspended For Rudy Gobert Altercation

The NBA announced that Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 and assessed a postgame technical foul for initiating a confrontation with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert on Monday. The Oklahoma City Thunder guard came onto the court as a substitution following a stoppage with 7:55 remaining in the fourth quarter of a 113-96 Game 4 loss to the Jazz. He intervened in an incident between Gobert and Oklahoma City backup point guard Raymond Felton. Westbrook committed four fouls in the first half and finished with five. He had 23 points and 14 rebounds, but had just three assists and made 7 of 18 shots.

Russell Westbrook fined $10,000, gets tech for Rudy Gobert incident

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Rob Gronkowski Officially Playing For The New England Patriots In 2018

Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots all-pro tight end, announced Tuesday that he was returning to the team, after he missed the start of offseason workouts while mulling retirement.“ I met with coach [Bill Belichick] today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats,” Gronkowski wrote on his Instagram account. “I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. “Looking forward to another championship run.” The announcement came after Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, said that he expects the Patriots quarterback to play this season, quelling his own retirement speculation. “Tom’s intentions have not changed,” Yee said.

Rob Gronkowski will play for Patriots this season, putting end to retirement rumors

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Cavaliers Point Guard George Hill Remains Questionable For Game 5 vs. Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers say George Hill remains questionable for Game 5 Wednesday against the Pacers due to back spasms. Hill received four injections to try to play Game 4, but missed that game on Sunday which was a 104-100 win for the Cavs. Jose Calderon started in his place and scored five points with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. Coach Tyronn Lue said Hill took part in some of the shooting drills the Cavs conducted at practice Tuesday, but he largely stood to the side while teammates were shooting. Lue said if Hill could play, he would start. Hill has averaged 8.7 points and 1.7 assists through three games in this series, which is tied at two games apiece. 

Cavs guard George Hill (back spasms) questionable for Game 5

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Jazz And Rockets Each Take 3-1 NBA Series Leads

James Harden scored 22 of the team’s 50 points in the third quarter, as the Rockets cruised past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series. Chris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points in the near-record third for the Rockets, the only team in the history of the NBA playoffs with more points in one quarter was the Los Angeles Lakers back in 1962. Meanwhile in Salt Lake City, Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 113-96 win over the Thunder for a 3-1 lead in the first-round series. Joe Ingles scored 20 points and Rudy Gobert added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz. 

NBA playoffs: Jazz and Rockets take commanding 3-1 series leads

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Cavaliers Point Guard George Hill Remains Questionable For Game 5 vs. Pacers

The Cleveland Cavaliers say George Hill remains questionable for Game 5 Wednesday against the Pacers due to back spasms. Hill received four injections to try to play Game 4, but missed that game on Sunday which was a 104-100 win for the Cavs. Jose Calderon started in his place and scored five points with two rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes. Coach Tyronn Lue said Hill took part in some of the shooting drills the Cavs conducted at practice Tuesday, but he largely stood to the side while teammates were shooting. Lue said if Hill could play, he would start. Hill has averaged 8.7 points and 1.7 assists through three games in this series, which is tied at two games apiece. 

Cavs guard George Hill (back spasms) questionable for Game 5

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Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell Released From Hospital After Allergic Reaction Over The Weekend

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell had to spend Sunday night in a Denver hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to something he ate on a postgame spread in the clubhouse. Russell is allergic to shellfish, and they believe something he ate was mistakenly labeled, according to an interview he held with the Chicago Sun-Times. Luckily his hospitalization and allergic reaction was brief, and Russell was feeling well enough to fly to Cleveland, rejoining the team ahead of a two-game series against the Indians. He said he felt better and the team said he could be available to play in Tuesday’s opener. 

Cubs’ Russell: OK to play after allergic reaction

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