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J.R. Smith Expects LeBron to Better in Game 4

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A day after LeBron James disappeared in the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 111-108 Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, J.R. Smith said the Cavs need their star to be more aggressive than he showed Sunday.

“He’s got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he’s been playing, play confident,” said Smith after practice Monday. “That’s what I always think, when people of his stature or people like him, you’ve got to play confident the whole night and play aggressive. It’s the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not enough for him. For what he does, what he brings, it’s not enough. He knows that. We know that. Just expect him to be better in Game 4.”

Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN

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Report: Rodney Hood Suffers Torn Left Achilles

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MRI confirms Rodney Hood has a torn left Achilles tendon.

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Source: Portland Trail Blazers on Twitter

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Sources: Knicks Fire David Fizdale, Name Mike Miller Interim Head Coach

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As the franchise spirals with a ruddlerless roster, the New York Knicks fired coach David Fizdale on Friday.

The Knicks lost eight straight games, including a 129-92 loss to Denver on Thursday night that dropped the team to an Eastern Conference-worst 4-18, which is tied for the worst record in franchise history.

The Knicks are naming assistant Mike Miller as the interim head coach, per league sources.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania on Twitter

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Sources: Multiple Cavaliers Players Frustrated with John Beilein

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In the midst of losses in four consecutive games and 10 of their past 11, Cavaliers players are bristling at new coach John Beilein because he’s treating this season like they, and he, are still in college, numerous sources told The Athletic.

It’s already gotten to the point where players are looking past Beilein to his lead assistant, J.B. Bickerstaff, for guidance, those sources said.

“Guys drowned out his voice, and when guys start searching for the next in line for help, I believe you’ve lost them,” one Cavs player said.

“The little things become big things, and sometimes very big things,” another player said.

“Our assistants are definitely more prepared for the NBA,” a third said.

Source: Joe Vardon and Shams Charania of The Athletic

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