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23 LeBron James SF
Height/Weight: 6-8/250 | Birthdate: 12/30/1984 | Birthplace: Akron, OH | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: No College | NBA Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 1.06
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LeBron James scores 23, leads Cavs to NBA finals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 23 points in Tuesday night's 118-88 victory over the Hawks, which gave Cleveland a series sweep in the Eastern Conference finals. 

James and the Cavs have now advanced to the NBA finals. 

James made 10 of 20 shots from the field, which included going 2 of 6 from behind the arc. Though he was the game's leading scorer, James also contributed nine rebounds and seven assists. 

This marked James' third game in a row where he had at least nine rebounds. 

James will now advance to an NBA finals for the fifth year in a row. He won two of the past four championships with the Heat. He also reached an NBA finals early in his career during his first stint with the Cavs. 


Lebron James: Cavaliers should keep Tristan Thompson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James made a pitch for the team to hold onto center Tristan Thompson.

The Cavs passed on the chance to extend Thompson prior to the season, but, after he averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds this year, James is ready to endorse him for the long term.

"Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said on Monday, per Cleveland.com. "There's no reason why he shouldn't. This guy is 24 years old. He's played in 340?plus straight games, and he's gotten better every single season. It's almost like, 'What more can you ask out of a guy?'" 


LeBron James gets treatment on leg at Cavaliers' practice


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James got some type of treatment on his leg on Monday, per the Associated Press.

James had a wrap on his right leg and appeared "physically drained" after receiving some type of treatment on the leg. James wouldn't give any details on the issue or the treatment, however. 


Cavaliers' LeBron James posts highest triple-double in playoff history


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 37 points on 14 of 37 shooting from the field, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range in Cleveland's 114-111 win over the Hawks in overtime in Game 3.

James also pulled down 18 rebounds and dished out 13 assists, recording his first triple-double in the playoffs since the 2012-2013 season. James is also recorded the highest totals for a triple-double in NBA playoff history with his performance. It was his 12th career triple-double.

James, who was noticeably banged up throughout the game, said after there was no chance at all of him missing Game 4. He and the Cavaliers will look to advance to the NBA Finals in Game 4 on Tuesday. 


Cavs' LeBron James flirts with triple-double in Game 2 win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James was one rebound shy of recording a triple-double during Friday's 94-82 win over the Hawks.

James finished with 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists to help give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead in the series. James shot 10 of 22 from field, including 2 of 7 from the 3-point line. He also blocked one shot and turned the ball over four times.


Hawks' Paul Millsap 'wouldn't mind' guarding LeBron in Game 2


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) With Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll battling a knee injury, teammate Paul Millsap volunteered to guard LeBron James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Millsap said he "wouldn't mind" guarding LeBron, per Cleveland.com.

After making the offer, Millsap admitted that me might be best used elsewhere. 

"We've got to be smart about it," he said. "If they've got (Timofey) Mozgov and Tristan Thompson in the game, more than likely not. Probably need to put a body on Tristan Thompson. Maybe if they go to a smaller lineup."


Cavaliers' LeBron James: I played too much isolation in Game 1


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James wasn't happy with his Game 1 performance. Despite leading the Cavs to a 97-89 win with 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists, James blamed himself for Atlanta's fourth-quarter rally that cut an 18-point Cleveland edge to four points. 

"I allowed them back into the game with my offensive nonsense," James told Fox Sports Ohio.

Later, James explained, "In the fourth quarter, I played way too much isolation basketball, one-on-one basketball [with] a lot of the defenses set, and I was letting the clock run down way too much. I just had to take the shot or I was giving it to my guys late in the shot clock and they couldn’t do nothing with it besides shoot it or turn the ball over," per ESPN.


Stephen Curry, LeBron James unanimous All-NBA choices


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Stephen Curry and LeBron James were unanimous choices for the All-NBA first team, announced on Thursday. 

The Warriors' Curry, who was named NBA MVP, and the Cavaliers' James received first team votes on all 129 ballots submitted. Joining Curry at guard on the All-NBA team is the Rockets' James Harden, who received 125 votes. 

Joining James at forward is Anthony Davis of the Pelicans (119 votes). The center is Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies (65 votes). 

The second team consists of the Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge, the Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, the Bulls' Pau Gasol, the Thunder's Russell Westbrook and the Clippers' Chris Paul.

The third team is the Spurs' Tim Duncan, the Clippers' Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the Warriors' Klay Thompson and the Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving


LeBron James reaches fifth straight Eastern Conference Finals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James came just shy of a triple-double in Thursday's 94-73 win over the Bulls in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

James scored 15 points on just 7 of 23 shooting while adding 11 assists, nine rebounds and two blocks in the blowout win, which sends the Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2009. It's James' fifth straight trip to the conference finals, with the last four coming with the Heat.

The Cavaliers will take on the winner of the other conference-semifinals series between the Hawks and the Wizards.


Cavs F LeBron James scores 38 in Game 5 win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James posted a double-double in Tuesday night's 106-101 Game 5 victory over the Bulls. 

James scored 38 points and posted 12 rebounds. James did not record a turnover in this game, which is the first time that's happened during the postseason. His 38 points was a postseason high. 

James also had six assists in the win. The Cavs now lead the Bulls 3-2. 


Cavs' LeBron James on injured ankle: It's been better


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Despite not participating in Tuesday morning's shootaround due to an injured ankle, Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he intends to play in Tuesday's Game 5 matchup against the Bulls, reports USA Today.

"I'll give it a test [Tuesday night]," he said. "It's been better. But it's been worse. I'll be ready to go [Tuesday night]."

James rolled his ankle during the Game 4 win in Chicago. While James recorded 25 points and scored the game-winning basket during the contest, he shot just 10 of 30 from the field and he said he needs to be more efficient.

"I hate being this inefficient," James said, per BasketballInsiders.com. "I don't like it but it's what my teammates want from me. It's the postseason - whatever it takes."

The Cavaliers are 5-point favorites for Game 5.


Cavaliers star LeBron James: I will play Tuesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) In what ranks as a surprise the level of the sun rising in the east, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has declared to ESPN that he will fight through a left ankle issue and play Tuesday in Game 5 of the second-round series against Chicago.

James rolled the ankle guarding Derrick Rose on Sunday. He said after watching it on film that he was surprised he was able to continue playing. He did hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer.


Cavs' LeBron James 'scratched' David Blatt's late-game call


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James was determined to take Game 4's last shot. 

But for whatever reason, James said Cavs coach David Blatt's original call with one second to go against the Bulls was for James to throw the inbounds pass. That didn't exactly fly with James. James said he "scratched" that call and told Blatt to draw a play for him to take the game-winning shot with the game tied at 84-84. 

"I told coach just give me the ball," James said, via FOX Sports. "We're either going to OT or I'll win it."

James won it, getting a pass in the corner and nailing a 21-footer at the buzzer. The Cavs went on to win 86-84 and James' call proved to be better than what Blatt originally wanted. 

The series is now tied at 2-2. 


Cavs F LeBron James hits buzzer-beater to defeat Bulls


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James hit a 21-foot jump shot to give his team an 86-84 win over the Bulls in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday. 

James previously was unable to convert on a layup opportunity with a second to go as Nikola Mirotic blocked the shot. But James was able to convert a play later to tie the series up at 2-2. 

James didn't exactly have a great game from start to finish though. He shot 10 of 30 from the field, made one of his seven three-point attempts and had eight turnovers. He did finish with a double-double as he scored 25 points and 14 rebounds.

He also contributed eight assists. 


LeBron James on Joakim Noah's words: 'It got very disrespectful'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) In the third quarter of Friday's 99-96 Bulls win over the Cavaliers, center Joakim Noah committed a nonshooting foul on forward LeBron James, who said after the game that Noah made an offensive personal comment after the foul, ESPN reports.

"I'm a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful," James said. "I'm OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for."

A few seconds later, James finished on a dunk when Noah was unable to get into position, and the Cavaliers forward stared down Noah and was called for a technical.

"The best way to retaliate is by making a play. That's the only way I know how to resolve things is by making a play to help our team," James said. "If it was the '90s or '80s, I would've been able to say what I had to say and move on. But I got the T. And I earned it."

Noah responded to James's actions with some comments and was also handed a technical. He said after the game that he had "mad respect" for James and they were just two players trying to win a game.


Cavaliers' LeBron James scores team-high 33 in Game 2 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James bounced back from a Game 1 loss to score a team-high 33 points on 13 of 29 shooting in his team's 106-91 win over the Bulls in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals Wednesday.

James had his worst shooting night of the postseason in Game 1, making only nine of his 22 shots, but he was able to do his part to stake the Cavaliers to an early 38-18 after one quarter. The Cavs and James didn't look back from there, finding a win to even the series at one game apiece. The forward also added eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes Wednesday.

The Cavaliers head to Chicago to face the Bulls in Game 3 Friday.


Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving happy Tristan Thompson starting


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The placement of Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup for Game 4 has point guard Kyrie Irving smiling a bit more.

"We get our 3-man back," Irving told Bleacher Report.

Irving was referring to LeBron James, who was forced to play power forward in the opener as a replacement for injured Kevin Love. Irving prefers James to push the pace with him rather than play in the post.

The insertion of Thompson into a starting role prevents the Cavaliers from bringing any big men off the bench unless they are willing to play little-used Kendrick Perkins.


Cavaliers star LeBron James vows greater efficiency in Game 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cavaliers star LeBron James is vowing not only to be more aggressive, but also more efficient in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against Chicago.

James was unhappy with his 9-for-22 shooting and six turnovers in the opener, which resulted in Cleveland losing homecourt advantage.

"I expect to be more sharper offensively than I was in Game 1," he said via Bleacher Report. "The efficiency wasn't up to par, to my liking."

James did contribute 15 rebounds and came within one assist of a triple-double in the defeat.


Cavaliers star LeBron James vows more aggression in Game 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has declared that he needs to change his mindset from Game 1 to Game 2 of the team's second-round series against Chicago.

James is claiming he must pick up his aggressiveness, per The Associated Press. His original motivation was setting up his teammates, but the loss of Kevin Love (injury) and J.R. Smith (suspension) leaves only Kyrie Irving as a viable offensive force. James now figures he will be needed to attack the basket and score.

With the Cavaliers' outside threats lessened, the Bulls packed the inside in their Monday win and made it difficult for James and Irving to drive.


LeBron James gets 27 points, 10 rebounds in Cavs' Game 4 win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) LeBron James poured in 27 points on Sunday to lead the Cavaliers past the Celtics 101-93 to earn the four-game series sweep of ther Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup.

James also added 10 rebounds and eight assists in the victory. However, he was reserved after the game as the team is facing a multiweek injury to forward Kevin Love and a likely suspension to guard J.R. Smith, who elbowed a Boston player in the head Sunday.

"There's a lot of things up in the air with our team right now," James said after the game, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

James played 46 minutes and his 27 points led all scorers as the Cavaliers advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

"It's going to get tougher and tougher," James said. "If we're fortunate enough to continue playing basketball at this time of year, it will get tougher and tougher. So as we wait for our second-round opponent, mentally we'll decompress for probably a day, or two, and then you lock back in."


Cavaliers star James criticizes critics of Kevin Love


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James not only defended teammate Kevin Love after his team bumped off Boston in Game 3 Thursday night, but he criticized those who criticized Love in the process.

Love was an obvious subject after the win. He scored 23 points, nailed 6-of-10 from 3-point range, including two huge shots down the stretch, and added nine rebounds. He has been under the microscope all season as his statistics have suffered as the third option in Cleveland after a brilliant run in Minnesota.

"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said via Masslive.com before a short pause. "I know why," he added. "I know why. I know."

When asked why, James was quick to reply. "For a team that finally gets together and they have a big three, they have to find someone," James said, referring to the media criticism of Love. "When I was in Miami, Chris Bosh was that guy at one point ... Kevin was the guy they tried to find and tear him down. One thing about him, he's always stayed positive. I've always believed in him."


LeBron James scores 31 points, Cavs take 3-0 lead Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 31 points on 13 of 26 shooting while hauling in 11 rebounds in his team's 103-95 win over the Celtics in Game 3 Thursday.

It was James's first double-double during the series and his highest scoring total in his team's three wins over the Celtics. He also kicked in four assists, four steals and two blocks in 42 minutes. The Cavaliers take a 3-0 lead into Game 4 Sunday in Boston.


Despite big Game 1, Cavs' Kyrie Irving sees room for improvement


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) In his first-career playoff game on Sunday, guard Kyrie Irving was the standout player for the Cavaliers in their Game 1 victory over the Celtics, scoring a game-high 30 points, but said afterwards there's room for improvement, reports Cleveland.com.

"Just limit all my mistakes is the biggest thing, just continue to have that attitude," said. "I'm going to do whatever it takes to win ... As well as you think you play, there are so many things you can improve on."

LeBron James added that he's always had confidence in Irving in important games.

"I knew how special the kid was and I know how special he is now still. He's going to be very key to our success," James said.

Cavs F LeBron James scores 20 in playoff win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 20 points on 8 of 18 shooting in Sunday's 113-100 Game 1 win over the Celtics. 

James also dished out seven assists and brought down six rebounds in 42 minutes of playing time. James also went 1 for 3 from the free-throw line. 

He also posted two steals, one block and committed five turnovers. 


Cavaliers G J.R. Smith bares his soul in written article


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith refuted his reputation as selfish, compared former teammate Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James and defended embattled Cleveland forward Kevin Love in an article he wrote himself for The Cauldron.

Smith also came across as thoughtful in expressing his feelings about a shocking midseason that sent him from New York to Cleveland. But it was his defense of his character that stood out in the long piece.

"There have been unfair rumors that lead people to have misconceptions about me: that I don't care; that I don't take my job seriously; that I'm not committed to my craft," Smith wrote. "It's unfortunate, but people have been saying this about me during my entire career. It obviously bothers me and naturally would bother anyone to feel that people don't take you serious as a person. ... (after getting to know me) someone tells me I am a completely different person than who they perceived me to be."

Smith went on to write that Anthony is a pure scorer who has never had the luxury to play alongside the quality players afforded James or Kobe Bryant, but that he yearns to win as much as the other two. Smith concluded his piece by defending Love, whose numbers have fallen off considerably this year after a trade brought him from Minnesota.

"Forget what anyone says, Kevin Love is the ultimate teammate," Smith wrote. "He isn't the most athletic player out there - actually, Kevin is like that guy you see in a 40-and-up league just killing it because he knows the game better than anyone else out there. Mentally, Love is just in another stratosphere when it comes to understanding basketball. Plus, not only is he an underrated shooter who can knock down shots better than half the guards in the league, he is also the best rebounder I have played with, hands down."