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Duncan movin' on up

Game 4 of the Spurs-Clippers series will be Tim Duncan's 238th career playoff game, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 3rd-most all-time (Derek Fisher 259, Robert Horry 244).


James, Irving carrying Cavs

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are shooting a combined 5-of-7 from the field for 11 points in the fourth quarter. No other Cav has scored on 0-for-3 shooting. Watch live


Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

If Kevin Love's shoulder ends up being OK - no news yet - this physical, sometimes dirty game just what Cavs need to get ready for Bulls.

J.R. Smith ejected for smacking Crowder

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith received a flagrant 2 for his backhanded swipe on Celtics forward Jae Crowder and was ejected in the third quarter.


LeBron more of a scorer without Love

With Kevin Love on the bench this season, LeBron James scored 7 more points on 6 more field goal attempts per 36 minutes compared to when Love was on the court. LeBron shot a lower percentage with Love on the bench but got to the free throw line more often.

End of 3Q: Cavs 70, Celtics 61

After J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant 2 early in the 3rd quarter, the Celtics charged back to outscore the Cavs 25-13 and pulled within 9 points entering the final frame. Isaiah Thomas, who failed to make a field goal in the first half, scored 11 points in the quarter. Watch live


No Kevin Love, J.R. Smith?

The Cavs could potentially lose Kevin Love (injury) and J.R. Smith (suspension) for a period of time this postseason. Entering today, the two ranked third and fourth in minutes played and points scored for the Cavaliers this postseason.

No Love = Big blow for Cavs

The Cavs outscored teams by 6.6 points per 100 possessions with Kevin Love on the court during the regular season, which would be tied for 3rd with the Spurs if they were to put up those numbers for the whole year. They were outscored by 1.5 per 100 with Love on the bench.

Bass slams a putback dunk

Celtics G Isaiah Thomas missed one of his five 3-pointers, but Brandon Bass was in the right place at the right time to throw down a one-handed jam against the Cavs.


Crowder (knee) exits, J.R. ejected

Jae Crowder sprained his left knee after taking a blow to the face from J.R. Smith and falling awkwardly on his leg. Smith was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game. Two years ago to the day, Smith was suspended for an altercation against the Celtics in Game 3 of the playoffs.

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Thinking way outside the box: If J.R. Smith is going to get suspended a game, the Cavs are better off having it be Game 5 of this series.

James agressive in the lane

LeBron drove 14 times in the 1st half today. He averaged 10 drives per game in the first three games of the series. (via ESPN Stats & Info) Watch Live


Dave McMenamin @mcten

Now J.R. Smith catches Crowder with a hand to the face. He's called for a flagrant-2 foul and is ejected. Jae has to be helped off the court

Tough (without) Love

The Cavs are significantly better with Kevin Love on the court, but they must play the rest of the way without him after he exited the first quarter with a shoulder injury.


Perkins, Crowder in altercation

Cavs C Kendrick Perkins floored Celtics F Jae Crowder on a blindside pick late in the second quarte. The two got into a heated exchange, with Perkins throwing a slight jab at Crowder.


Celts' Thomas out of sync

Isaiah Thomas shot 0-for-7 off the bench in the first half to tie his career high for attempts without a make in a half. The C's are shooting 37.5 percent (15-for-40) as a team. Box score


Halftime: Cavs 57, Celtics 36

After a chippy first half, the visiting Cavaliers hold a 19-point advantage over the Celtics in Game 4, but it came at a cost. Kevin Love left with a shoulder injury in the first quarter and will not return. LeBron James leads three Cavs in double figures with 13 points. Live on ABC/WatchESPN


Welcome to Kendrick's 'T' party

Including the playoffs, Kendrick Perkins has 67 technicals over the last 5 seasons -- tied for the 3rd-most in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook and Demarcus Cousins during that span. (via ESPN Stats & Info)