LeBron, No LeBron Cavs ticket prices going up

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Here’s a sign the economy is turning around — the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to raise ticket prices next year. Well, that or it’s a sign that Cleveland’s management took the brown acid despite repeated warnings.

The fine people at the Sports Business Journal have the details.

Season-ticket prices will go up about 3 percent across the board as the Cavs look to leverage their success while riding a 65-game sellout streak at Quicken Loans Arena. The increase also comes as star LeBron James faces an uncertain future in Cleveland. James becomes a free agent this summer and is expected to be heavily courted by big market teams like the New York Knicks.

Cavs executives said customer research did not show an impact to the decision to raise prices.

“Our polling showed the majority of interest for people to come back,” said Mike Tomon, vice president of sales and service for the Cavaliers. “Our approach was to keep an eye on the economy [and] reward loyalty…

Here’s what your polling actually shows — people will pay just about anything to see LeBron James play. Especially if he is on a championship team. If he goes to New York or Miami or some crazy rumor like the Lakers, and your team is led by Antwan Jamison and Mo Williams, you’ll find the economy hasn’t turned around as much as you think.

Video Breakdown: Clippers use JJ Redick in split cut to fool Jazz at 3-point line

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The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.

One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.

We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.

Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.

If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.

For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.

John Wall wears cape to postgame press conference (video)

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John Wall has been super, averaging 27 points and 11 assists while leading the Wizards to a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the first-round.

Did you see Isaiah Thomas carry in Game 5? ‘No,’ says Fred Hoiberg, who walks off (video)

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Fred Hoiberg opened himself to clowning by complaining about Isaiah Thomas carrying.

So, the Bulls coach got clowned after the Celtics’ Game 5 win.

Jae Crowder leg-locks Robin Lopez (video)

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Late in the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Bulls last night, Jae Crowder leg-locked Robin Lopez – the same dirty play that caused rancor for Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 playoffs.

Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.

Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.

I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.