Dose: Cavs Cruise In Game 3

Dose: Cavs Cruise In Game 3
LeBron James and the Cavaliers crushed the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and now trail Boston 2-1 in the series.
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According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, no player is "untouchable" on the Lakers roster.

Ganguli adds that the Lakers would prefer to keep their young core together and that they aren't actively shopping anyone. The Lakers have been preserving their cap space for the free agent market in 2018 and 2019 and have been linked to names such as LeBron James, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins. For what it's worth, Magic Johnson deemed Brandon Ingram as "untouchable" last summer.
May 20 - 12:34 PM

Hamidou Diallo posted a 40.5 inch max vertical at the Draft Combine.

As impressive as this was, it should be noted that it was four inches less than his 44.5-inch vertical last year. Diallo was the mystery man in the 2017 Draft and was projected to be a late first rounder, but his stock fell after a letdown of a season at Kentucky. He's loaded with athleticism, has a 6'11" wingspan and his shot is reportedly improving, but it's no secret that he's a bit raw. Teams that want to take a gamble on the 19-year-old wing probably won't have to pounce until the second round.
May 20 - 10:55 AM

The Warriors may look to purchase a second round pick in the 2018 Draft.

The Warriors have made the most out of their previous second round picks in Jordan Bell and Patrick McCaw, and it's a great way for them to fill out their roster with cheap, young talent. "For us, it’s [players drafted] 20 to 40 or 20 to 50. Those are the players that are here to some extent," Warriors owner Joe Lacob said. "And that’s where we are — 28. Maybe we’ll buy a second-round pick again. I’m very aggressive with respective to those, as you know." We'd expect most teams to accept their calls except for the Bulls after they robbed them of Jordan Bell.
May 20 - 10:34 AM

Joel Embiid said his goal is to be the league MVP in 2018-19.

"I feel like next year is definitely going to be a type of MVP season for me," he said. "But it starts with my body. And the skills. I love being in the gym. I don’t feel like taking any time off." This will be his first summer without restrictions since 2014, and Embiid added that he wants to get his playing weight down to 270 -- he was around 281 in 2017-18. Embiid ran out of gas at times during the postseason, so it's not a surprise that conditioning is an area of focus.
May 20 - 10:18 AM

LeBron James made 8-of-12 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line for 27 points during an easy 116-86 Game 3 victory over the Celtics on Saturday, adding five rebounds, 12 assists, two steals, two blocks and two steals in 38 minutes.

The Cavs had a double-digit lead for 42 minutes during this wire-to-wire victory, but LeBron stayed in the game until 6:49 with the Cavs up 30 -- their biggest lead of the night. He's never been down 0-3 in a playoff series and that's still true after the Cavs were run out of Boston to start this series. LeBron cited the defense in this win, but he didn't mention that the Celtics weren't as locked in as they were in the first two. The Celtics still haven't lost a postseason game at home in these playoffs, so the Cavs will have some work to do even if they can hold serve at The Q on Monday.
May 19 - 11:02 PM

Kyle Korver made 5-of-5 from the field for 14 points with two rebounds and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

The three ball was not the friend of the Cavs coming into this game with just 14 made combined in the first two vs. Boston, but they topped that amount with ease thanks to 17 today. Korver himself topped his output with only three in the first two, but he did come in hot from deep vs. Toronto with his 8-of-11 in Game 3 and 4. Everyone knows a key to LeBron James' success is his shooters knocking 'em down, so that helps explains this beatdown.
May 19 - 11:00 PM

George Hill scored 13 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Celtics in Game 3 on Saturday.

After the Cavs guards were crushed by their Boston counterparts, Hill set the tone early with 11 points in the first quarter to help the Cavs take a 32-17 lead after 12 minutes. Hill typically has strong starts when he has good games, so him slowing down after the strong start isn't a surprise. He really needed this one after Scary Terry Rozier roasted him. Expect heavy minutes for Hill going forward, especially now that he looks totally healthy.
May 19 - 10:59 PM

Al Horford scored seven points with seven rebounds, four assists, and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Cavs in Game 3 on Saturday.

The Cavs took him out of the game plan in the first half and at that point it was too late with the Celtics down 20 for much of the third quarter. Horford's scoring output has dropped in each game during this series while he hasn't been involved as a facilitator as much. He'll be busier in Game 4 on Monday.
May 19 - 10:59 PM
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