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Messaggiodi Helena il 8 aprile 2017, 9:26

The playoffs are just days away, and the NBA champions are lost again.
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Atlanta Hawks, despite resting center Dwight Howard and sitting three other key starters, stunned James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-100 on Friday night.
Coming off a win over http://www.officialmarlinstore.com/Andre_Dawson_Jersey Boston on Thursday night, the Hawks outworked and outgunned the Cavs, who blew a chance to move closer to securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference with the kind of flat, uninspired performance that has become the norm in a disjointed season.
As the jaw-dropping loss began to sink in, LeBron James sat on the floor away from his teammates, alone in his thoughts.
"The energy level was just real bad," a disillusioned James said afterward. "I don't know why."
Mike Dunleavy added 20 for Atlanta and the veteran got a little revenge against the Cavs, who tossed him in as part of a trade for Kyle Korver in February. The Hawks recorded 39 assists and moved a game ahead of Milwaukee for fifth place in the East.
However, the Hawks, who also sat Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Dennis Schroder, weren't celebrating. They host the Cavs on Sunday.
"It doesn't mean anything," Hardaway said. "We've got to see them again. We know they're a great basketball team and they're the defending champs. We've got to come back on Sunday with the same intensity and the same mindset because they're going to come after it."
It was a shocking letdown by the Cavs, who have dealt with injuries all season, but don't have any excuse for not giving it their all with so much at stake.
James scored 27 and Kyrie Irving 18 for Cleveland, which was William Hayes Authentic Jersey in a funk for most of the night but took an 87-85 lead in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Korver.
Although listed as questionable before the game with knee and wrist injuries, Hardaway buried a pair of 3-pointers and delivered a vicious dunk during a 12-0 run when the Hawks put it away, shocking a sellout crowd and the Cavs who seem to have much more to worry about than their playoff seeding.
The decision to sit Howard wasn't announced until 40 minutes before tip-off. Coach Mike Budenholzer initially said Schroder would play. ... Millsap (swollen left knee) and Bazemore (bone bruise) aren't ready to play in consecutive games as they recover from injuries. ... G/F Thabo Sefolosha announced he'll make a donation from his court settlement after breaking his leg in a fracas outside a Manhattan nightclub in 2015. Sefolosha will reportedly receive $4 million and give "a substantial portion" to an organization that helps support and train public defenders.
C Tristan Thompson missed his second straight game with a sprained thumb. Lue offered few details about Thompson's injury or a timeline on a return. Thompson got hurt Tuesday against Orlando and missed Wednesday's game in Boston, snapping his streak of consecutive games played at 447.
Irving has been bothered by tightness in his surgically repaired left knee and said Thursday it felt "terrible." He went to the locker room in the third quarter for treatment, returned and checked in with 7:11 left.
Tyronn Lue http://www.officialmarlinstore.com/Edinson_Volquez_Jersey plans to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving on court until East locked up All season, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said he would prioritize health over postseason seeding when it comes to managing his team. As the Cavs enter the last week before the playoffs begin, he's trying to achieve both.
Lue said he intends to play both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving until Cleveland clinches the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
After Friday night's 114-100 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland holds a one-game lead over the Boston Celtics for the East's top spot with three games left to play, giving the Cavs a magic number of two to clinch.
"If we can take care of business like we're supposed to, I think that we'd like LeBron and Kyrie to get some rest," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
While Lue wants to get Irving and James some rest once the seeding is determined, he plans to use the remainder of the regular season as a tune-up for JR Smith, Kevin Love and Kyle Korver -- all of whom missed significant chunks of time in the second half of the season because of injury.
"If we can take care of business like we're supposed to, I think that we'd like LeBron and Kyrie to get some rest," Lue said. "I think JR and Korver and Kevin and those guys should play a little bit because they've been out for so long and just try to keep JR's rhythm and establish Kevin's rhythm and the same http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com/Gregory_Polanco_Jersey thing with Kyle. So the most important guys right now are Kyrie and LeBron, just trying to get those guys some rest if we can."
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said owners want teams to stop resting multiple players in nationally televised games and that players opt to rest more during home games.
Dennis Rodman took LeBron James to task, saying the Cavaliers star sitting out games for rest is proof he's not at the same level as Michael Jordan.
That could mean James might sit out Wednesday's finale at home against the Toronto Raptors.
Last season, James sat out two of the Cavs' final four games before the playoffs. The season before that, it was two out of the Cavs' final three games.
Lue added that he would like to see injured center Tristan Thompson, out for the second consecutive game Friday night because of a sprained right thumb, on the court again before the playoffs begin. Thompson was to be re-evaluated following the Atlanta game to determine when he will be available to return.
"I'm doing everything possible to take care of my body, I've got a clear conscience with that," he said. "But I also understand that sometimes it's going to hurt. And I've got to be able to deal with it. So the next few days are pretty important."
"Obviously a bad performance," coach Tyronn Lue said. "To beat Boston and have the game that we had and to come back and not validate it against a team that didn't even play their guys. I didn't think we respected them tonight. I thought we thought we'd just mess around with the game until it was time to knuckle down.
"By that time they already had confidence. That's who we've been. That's who we are. I hate it. These http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com/John_Jaso_Jersey games like this come back and bite you, especially down the stretch when you're trying to get some rest. Trying to hold onto that No. 1 seed and getting rest and you come out and have a performance like this, it's not good."
James struggled to explain what went wrong just two days after the Cavs had played one of their best games this season, blowing the Celtics out in Boston. That win seemed to signal a change, an acknowledgment that the postseason was quickly approaching and it was time to get serious.
"You expect for us to want to get better and we were doing that and we took a couple steps back tonight," James said.
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