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Cavaliers Dominate 2nd Half to Beat Celtics, Wolves Notes

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Kyrie Irving and LeBron James turned it on in the second half to lead the Cavs to a 3-1 lead over the Celtics.

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Some order was restored last night during the second half, when the Cleveland Cavaliers blew past the Boston Celtics, who had followed up their shock game three win with a ten point halftime lead in game four. Kyrie Irving took over the third quarter for the Cavs, who completely erased that lead and took control of the game on their way to a 112-99 win. Irving and a rejuvenated second half LeBron James combined for 76 points on the night. The Cavs now lead the series 3-1, and will look to close it out in Boston where they won the first two games.

The Cavs have obviously been in control of this match up from the start, but at least the last couple of games have been competitive, after routs in the first two games. The Celtics found some gumption after Isaiah Thomas went out with an injury, and though they clearly are the second best team here and aren’t going to win the series, it’s good to see some competitive basketball after a fairly uninspired NBA playoffs.

Things are pretty quiet on the Wolves front, but a couple of notes:

Rumblings that the Knicks might re-ignite their pursuit of Ricky Rubio this off-season. I really don’t see anything happening on that front, mostly because the Knicks have nothing on their roster I would even begin to think about trading Rubio for (outside some mega-deal for Kristaps Porzingis, which is not happening.) Of course, I suspect I value Rubio more than Thibs does, so who knows, but seriously...is there anyone on that roster you want?

In a recent mailbag, Kevin Pelton made a bit of a case that right now, Karl-Anthony Towns might be better off at power forward, next to another true big. He based that on what we all know: The Wolves defense was much better with Towns next to Dieng as opposed to Towns without Dieng. This is because Dieng was probably their best defensive player, but also suggests, as Pelton does, that Towns is not a defensive anchor at this point. Which is true.

Workout season has begun, mostly for guys unlikely to be drafted. The Wolves have been bringing some guys in, according to Darren Wolfson:

Today in History

1218: 5th Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt.
1689: English Parliament guarantees freedom of religion for protestants.
1738: John Wesley launches Methodist movement.
1775: John Hancock elected president of the Continental Congress.
1798: Irish Rebellion of 1798 against British rule begins.
1818: Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, FL.
1830: “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sarah Hale is first published.
1844: Samuel Morse taps out first telegraph message.
1854: Lincoln University is founded in PA.
1883: Brooklyn Bridge opens.
1958: Cuban forces go on offensive against rebels led by Fidel Castro.
1968: Mass student riots in Paris, set fire to bourse.

Today’s Musical Birthday

Bob Dylan. Of course. Born in 1941.