Daily News – April 7, 2018

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Cavaliers don’t care if they blew chance at easier playoff path: Inside Cavs-Sixers

Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

PHILADELPHIA — In the Cavaliers’ current string of Finals runs, they’ve never entered the playoffs lower than a No. 2 seed.

If the postseason started this morning, following their 132-130 loss to the 76ers on Friday, they’d be the No. 4 seed, hosting No. 5 Indiana. The Pacers beat the Cavs three out of four games this season.

Had they beaten Philadelphia, the Cavs would be in the driver’s seat for the No. 3 seed. Not only would that mean a first-round matchup against (as of now) Miami, but a second round showdown with either depleted Boston (no Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward), or the No. 7 seed that upsets them. The Sixers control their own destiny to travel that path. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Why Cleveland Cavaliers falling to fourth in Eastern Conference is significant

Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — With no disrespect to the Boston Celtics, who have had a tremendous season in the face of never-ending adversity, Kyrie Irving’s knee injury drops them from list of true Eastern Conference contenders. And nothing against the surprising Indiana Pacers, who have recovered nicely from Paul George’s departure, but it’s the same for them.

Beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in a postseason series requires a different level that neither team can reach.

That leaves just two threats: Philadelphia and Toronto. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavaliers nearly pull off miraculous comeback, lose 132-130 to 76ers

Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

PHILADELPHIA — The Cavaliers may or may not have blown third place in the East and an easier path to a fourth straight Finals.

But, man, did they ever do it in style.

Cleveland fell to the Philadelphia 76ers 132-130 on Friday night in a game that was much wilder than even the score might indicate.

The Cavs trailed by as many as 30, one night after they overcame a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards. Darned if they didn’t cut the Sixers’ lead to a point with 12 seconds left on a Jeff Green 3-pointer. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

More Daily Press Links:

  • (4/7) Jose Calderon earns Cavaliers’ rotation spot in playoffs, out tonight against Sixers Cleveland.com
  • (4/7) Cavs Comeback Falls Short in Thriller with Philly Cavs.com
  • (4/7) Marla’s 41 shots from beyond the arc on another near-stunner, an almost tip-in and the fourth seed Akron Beacon Journal
  • (4/7) 76ers 132, Cavaliers 130: LeBron James, Cavs fail to pull off miraculous rally in crucial battle for playoff seeding Akron Beacon Journal
  • (4/7) Cavaliers notebook: Numbers don’t lie — Jose Calderon earns spot in Cavs’ playoff rotation Akron Beacon Journal
  • (4/7) Cavaliers notebook: Cedi Osman starts at point guard; Jeff Green nails down spot in playoff lineup Akron Beacon Journal
  • (4/7) 76ers hold off Cavaliers, 132-130 News-Herald
  • (4/7) Final Thoughts: On seeding, an incredible comeback and a new lineup to watch The Athletic
  • (4/7) LeBron James, Kevin Love part of 2018-20 men’s national team pool Fear The Sword
  • (4/7) New York ad agency joins LeBron billboard fad 92.3 The Fan
  • (4/7) Dribbles: For Cavs, fun game ends with bummer of a loss Amico Hoops
  • (4/7) Seeds of doubt? Not for Cavaliers Amico Hoops
  • (4/7) ‘Touchdown’ almost a Hail Mary for Cavaliers Amico Hoops
  • (4/7) LeBron James, Ben Simmons stage epic duel in Philadelphia 76ers’ win over Cleveland Cavaliers NBA.com
  • (4/7) Kia MVP Ladder: Even after 15 seasons, LeBron James maintains an MVP-type pace NBA.com
  • (4/7) Cavs can’t overcome 30-point deficit as Sixers win 13th straight ESPN.com
  • (4/7) Knicks backers challenge LeBron James to become true ‘King of New York’ ESPN.com
  • (4/7) LeBron, Ben Simmons put on show but there was just 1 winner New York Post
  • (4/7) LeBron shows Sixers his greatness; Simmons shows more USA Today
  • (4/7) LeBron James on Loss to 76ers: ‘We Dug Ourselves That Hole’ Bleacher Report
  • (4/7) The Blueprint for Cavaliers Re-Signing LeBron James in 2018 NBA Free Agency Bleacher Report

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