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LeBron: No hiding from lousy performance

3:06 AM ET CLEVELAND — After going scoreless in the fourth quarter and totaling only 11 points in a 111-108 Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he just “didn’t have it” as Boston battled back from a 21-point hole to win the game at the buzzer. “I had a tough game, period — not just in the second half,” James said after the fourth-lowest-scoring playoff game of his career, which has spanned 210 postseason games. “Me personally, I didn’t have it. ...

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Cavaliers blow 21-point lead in Game 3 as LeBron James disappears

11:54 PM ET CLEVELAND — Of LeBron James‘ many attributes, one that was easily taken for granted over the last seven or so years is the perception that he is immune to having bad playoff games. He had one Sunday night, a dud that opened the door for the Boston Celtics to score the most improbable victory of the playoffs to this point. Boston won it 111-108 on a 3-pointer by Avery Bradley with 0.1 seconds left and completed a 21-point comeback against the Cleveland Cavaliers to pull the suddenly ...

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Do Cavs have perfect roster? Some say yes, LeBron says not quite

10:40 AM ET Before the Eastern Conference finals began — hours before the Boston Celtics fell behind by as many as 28 points in their Game 1 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and days before Boston trailed by as many as 50 in Cleveland’s Game 2 romp — Celtics coach Brad Stevens offered some pretty heady praise for his opponent. “This is a perfect roster with regard to how many predicaments they can put you in with all the shooting around [LeBron James],” Stevens said. “You never want to double ...

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LeBron on MVP vote snub: I know what I bring

3:09 AM ET BOSTON — LeBron James says he did not know he was left off the list announcing the three finalists for NBA MVP before leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 130-86 win over the Boston Celtics to go up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. “No, I didn’t see it,” James said during his postgame news conference after putting up 30 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks in Game 2. “And what are you going to do about it at the end of the ...

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LeBron James says Cavaliers love seeing 'Kevin from Minnesota'

6:00 PM ET BOSTON — About 12 hours before LeBron James and Kevin Love became the first pair of teammates since Elgin Baylor and Jerry West in 1966 to score 30-plus points apiece in a road playoff game against the Boston Celtics, James had a feeling Love was in for a special night. “For me, I saw that in Kev this morning,” James said after Love finished with 32 points — a playoff career high — and 12 rebounds. “I knew what type of game he was going to have. ...

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LeBron is All-NBA for record-tying 11th time

2:52 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NEW YORK — Cleveland’s LeBron James has been named to the All-NBA first team for a record-tying 11th time, and Houston’s James Harden is the lone player to be a unanimous first-team selection this season. Joining Harden and James on the first team were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis. James and Westbrook each got 99 of a possible 100 first-team votes. Harden made the first team for the third ...

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Celtics' Stevens: LeBron keeps getting better

2:53 AM ET BOSTON — After watching Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James shred his team’s defense during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said James has continued to improve his play in recent years and that there are no obvious answers on how to slow him down. James erupted for 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting and added nine rebounds and seven assists in 42 minutes of play during Cleveland’s 117-104 win at TD Garden. He accounted for 55 of the 105 points the Cavaliers ...

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LeBron, Cavaliers open East finals by shutting down Celtics

12:07 AM ET BOSTON — When LeBron James played his first playoff game in Boston, Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown was just 11 years old. Brad Stevens had just finished his first season as a head coach. Tyronn Lue was playing for the Atlanta Hawks. In short, James has been playing big games in Boston for a long time. And for the past seven years or so, he has pretty much dominated in the TD Garden in the postseason. He added another notch Wednesday, setting the tone for the Cleveland Cavaliers ...

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LeBron: Boston fans don't need 'pumping up'

2:05 PM ET BOSTON — With the Boston Celtics back in the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in five years, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was asked what the series would mean to the fervor of the Bostonian fan base. “I don’t think Boston fans need any more pumping up,” James said Wednesday morning at the Cavs’ shootaround ahead of Game 1 on Wednesday night. “They’re born with ‘pump,’ if that makes any sense.” LeBron James says Boston fans are “born pumped up” and don’t need any additional ...

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Is LeBron slowing down?

10:00 AM ET This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s May 8 NBA Playoffs Issue. Subscribe today! IF THERE’S A LOW POINT of LeBron James’ career, you could make a case for Game 5 against the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference finals. James is 25, in his athletic prime, coming off the ninth-best season in PER in NBA history to that point — the only players to have done better being named Wilt and Michael. Expectations are supernatural. Instead, everything this night fits a pattern of “general lameness.” In ...

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