ICYMI: Smith ejected for Crowder smack
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."
LeBron is used to first-round sweeps
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)
Cavs in for long playoff run?
Each time LeBron James has swept a first-round series, his team has gone deep into the playoffs
The Cavs' lost Love
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.
Olynyk: 'Surprised' by Love's accusation
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)
Kevin Love: Not a basketball play
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."
Jrue Holiday: I just want to get healthy
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."
NBA top plays of the night
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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Where I live.
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' 11 champ JJ Barea on Mavs' 4-game playoff W streak when he starts: "Hey, I hope it works the same way. I hope we win 15 more in a row."
Cavs sweep Celtics, lose Love
The Cavs swept the Celtics in a heated Game 4. LeBron James scored 27 points and his teams have won 13 straight 1st-round games, though this win came at a cost. Uncertain future