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Zaza Pachulia punches Iman Shumpert in the nuts, both get techs (video)

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CLEVELAND – Zaza Pachulia – the villain of the 2017 NBA playoffs – lived up to his reputation when he punched Iman Shumpert in the nuts.

I understand it’s not ideal to be in a prone position surrounded by opponents. But that is not an appropriate response. And I guess Shumpert hovered over him too long after the whistle or something.

Draymond Green seemingly ejected, actually isn’t (video)

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CLEVELAND – Draymond Green received his second technical foul, per the official box score. The Cavaliers’ announcer declared him ejected. Green sarcastically called for more noise from Cleveland fans as if he were giving a final sendoff.

Yet, the Warriors forward remained in the game.

Green and Golden State coach Steve Kerr were simultaneously arguing a call in the first half when refs called a technical foul. It wasn’t entirely clear on whom, though my guess was Kerr. The scorekeeper marked Green.

Either way, for a player who blamed himself for getting suspended and the Warriors losing last year, Green hasn’t shown much restraint tonight.

LeBron James throws himself an alley-oop off the backboard (video)

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CLEVELAND – These are the most star-studded NBA Finals ever.

So, LeBron James has apparently decided just to treat Game 4 like an All-Star game.

J.R. Smith makes 3-pointer from Cavaliers logo (video)

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CLEVELAND – J.R. Smith is unusually comfortable shooting from that distance, but making them?

This might just be Cleveland’s night.

Report: Lonzo Ball didn’t blow away Lakers in workout

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A rumor suggested Lonzo Ball would need to wow the Lakers in his workout, or they’d draft Josh Jackson or De'Aaron Fox with the No. 2 pick. Well, Ball’s workout in Los Angeles came and went.

How did it ago?

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report:

Lonzo Ball was fine.

He was humble and respectful in conversation over meals.

He shot the ball well on the court.

He very well might be the Los Angeles Lakers’ draft pick in two weeks’ time.

Yet Ball also didn’t blow the Lakers away or seal any deal in the time he spent with their officials Tuesday and Wednesday, according to sources.

Based on the rumor, that suggests the Lakers will pass on Ball, though other reporting of the Lakers being questionable on Ball didn’t put so much on the workout specifically.

I’m in the camp that believes this is a smokescreen – to generate trade interest, prevent LaVar Ball from appearing to control the process or both. Lonzo is an excellent prospect and the most logical pick.

We’ll get an indication of what the Balls believe. LaVar said the guard would work out for only the Lakers. But if there’s concern he’ll fall, that could change.