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Cavs coach Tyronn Lue not bothered by LeBron James’ increased postseason minutes

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio –? Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has no reservations about playing LeBron James 43.8 minutes per game in his team’s first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers and, in fact, believes other coaches should ride their stars more in the postseason. “Of course, we’re always cognizant of LeBron’s minutes, but in looking at this situation, we didn’t look at the minutes as an issue,” Lue told ESPN. “It makes more sense to close out the series and have the additional rest versus playing potentially even more minutes, potentially 96-144 more minutes. Closing out and the rest that comes with it far outweighs the other potential scenario. James led the way for the Cavs past the Pacers with series averages of 32.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.0 blocks. At 32 years old and in his 14th season, his 43.8 minutes per game in the postseason currently leads all players. It is an uptick from his 37.8 minutes per game in the…

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Rockets owner Leslie Alexander fined $100,000 day after yelling at ref

The NBA has fined Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000, one day after he left his courtside seat during live game action to yell at referee Bill Kennedy in the final seconds of the first quarter of Houston’s 105-99 series-clinching Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. As Kennedy stood watching a play, Alexander got up from his seat next to the national television table. Rockets legend Hakeem Olajuwon tried to grab the owner’s arm, but he kept walking. Alexander stood behind Kennedy for less than five seconds before walking away. Kennedy did turn his head as Alexander reversed course. It appeared Alexander was complaining about a call that wasn’t made before he sat back down. Alexander, who is normally mild-mannered during games, declined to discuss much about the scene, saying at halftime only that he “can’t talk about it” and that he was “upset, really upset.” After the incident, NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued a…

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