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LeBron James Beat Reporter — The Plain Dealer

NBA reporter for Cleveland dot com covering LeBron James and the Cavaliers.;

LeBron James, who's talking to Dwyane Wade, says NBA officials' report sending children wrong message — INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - When the LeBron James and Dwyane Wade families climb aboard the banana boat this summer, they'll have something new to discuss. Officials' reports. Neither family seems to like them. "I'm not fond of it (at) all," James said Friday, after the Cavs practiced in preparation for their Eastern conference semifinal opener against Atlanta Monday.

LeBron James just one reason Kevin Love is so wide open in 2016 NBA Playoffs — INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - The bottom line here is the Cavaliers made themselves very difficult to guard in their four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons. Today's example: Kevin Love taking (and making) wide-open 3s, often off of passes from LeBron James. There are ample reasons for this.

Could Cavaliers-Celtics series awake ghosts of LeBron James' playoff past? — CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Boston Celtics were once LeBron James' biggest playoff rival, the Mount Rushmore he had to climb to reach true NBA greatness. Last season, James treated the historic franchise as little more than a footnote.

Kyrie Irving defends Cavaliers' isolation offense, says he and LeBron James 'two of best closers in game' — INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - To the Cavaliers fans who don't like the ground-and-pound offense, what they saw over the last six minutes of Game 4 Sunday wasn't good. Yes, the Cavs hung on to beat the Detroit Pistons 100-98 to sweep the first-round series.

LeBron James may continue his cruelty to Hawks if Cavaliers play Atlanta next — CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Atlanta Hawks are working really hard at the moment for a reward that could look a lot like a punishment next week. Perhaps no team has felt LeBron James' wrath over the past 12 months more so than the Hawks.

Did a new-look LeBron James emerge in Cavaliers' series sweep of Pistons? — LeBron James was mostly his dominant self in the Cavaliers' four-game sweep of the Detroit Pistons in a first-round playoff series between the two teams. James averaged 22.8 points, nine rebounds, and 6.8 assists, though he did not lead his team in scoring in a playoff series for just the second time in his career and first since the 2011 Finals.

LeBron James: Cavaliers 'happy where we are' compared to last year's Game 4 disaster — AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The best LeBron James could say about the state of his Cavaliers at this time one year ago was "we advanced." The Cavs again swept their opponent on Sunday, this time taking out the Detroit Pistons 100-98 in Game 4 to close this first-round playoff series.

Kyrie Irving joins LeBron James as Cavaliers' co-closer: Joe Vardon's instant analysis — AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The baseball analogy doesn't quite work for the Cavaliers. Only one guy can pitch at a time. They have two closers in Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. The pair slammed the door on the Detroit Pistons in Game 4 of this first-round playoff series, leading the Cavs to a 100-98 victory and a four-game sweep.

LeBron James 'not surprised' Andre Drummond's head shot went unpunished by NBA — AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - There was no discipline handed down by the NBA to Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond for the elbow he landed to LeBron James' head in the second quarter of Game 3 Friday night. Was James surprised?

Beating LeBron James in a closeout game would be an 'anomaly,' to use Reggie Jackson's word — BIRMINGHAM, Mich. - Reggie Jackson said the Pistons are trying to become the "anomaly." What he meant is Detroit might as well adopt the mindset of seeking to be the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series, which is what the Pistons face now against the Cavaliers in this Eastern Conference first-round match.
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