Daily News - May 2, 2016

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Will Kevin Love be effective at center against the center-less Atlanta Hawks?
Author: Chris Haynes
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – When Tyronn Lue went with Kevin Love at the center position in the opening playoff round, it immediately forced the Detroit Pistons into an uncomfortable style of play.

Andre Drummond, a conventional center, was exposed on the defensive end. He was constantly late closing out on a pick-and-pop Love, and it cost his team dearly. Instead of benching his All-Star center, Stan Van Gundy tried to use him on the likes of Iman Shumpert, who they considered to be a non-scoring threat.

Even though Shumpert couldn't exploit that matchup, he kept the big man out on the perimeter and away from the basket to prevent him from rebounding and blocking shots. - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Richard Jefferson on Charles Barkley picking Cavs to win championship: 'It means nothing'
Author: Chris Haynes
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hall-of-Famer/TNT analyst Charles Barkley is known for saying some provocative things on the air. You're hardly ever surprised by what comes out of his mouth.

But last week Barkley managed to say something that caught many in the basketball community off guard.

"[The Hawks] can win a game, but they can't beat the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers are, in my opinion, the favorite to win the world championship. [Cleveland is] the team to beat," Barkley stated. - CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James, Cavaliers have reason to beware of NBA second round
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Go back to what LeBron James said Friday about leaving the past where it belongs.

"At the end of the day what happened in the past doesn't define what happens today," James said then. He chose not to speak to reporters Sunday after the Cavs practiced in preparation for Monday's conference semifinal opener against Atlanta.

When James made that comment, he was talking about the destruction both he and his teammates have laid upon the Hawks over the past 12 months. - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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