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Quickies: LeBron is Still King Edition

Another night, another 40-point playoff performance for LeBron James.

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NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

When the Cleveland Cavaliers were in a tight game seven with the Indiana Pacers, things seemed bleak for the Cavs. Did anyone actually expect them to lose in the first round? No, but with the Toronto Raptors having the regular season they did and Scary Terry Rozier leading the Boston Celtics past the Milwaukee Bucks, it looked as though the Cavaliers might actually miss the NBA Finals.

But I guess we say that every year. and every year we end up here: The Cavs are now up 2-0 on the Raptors, and LeBron James is driving the tank that’s rolling over the 6.

King James dropped 43 points, dished 14 assists and grabbed eight rebounds in the game two win. He’s averaging and absurd stat line of 33.4/8.4/10.1 this postseason, and he’s scored 40+ four times in nine games.

If this continues, James will hit the NBA Finals for the eighth straight season. Early exits just aren’t his thing.

Tweets of the day

Who knew exchanging words with Kendrick Perkins courtside would unleash this wrath.

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Denzil Ware transferring for final season - Cats' Pause
Kentucky lost a key piece of its defense on Thursday.

UK's Diallo expected to skip NBA Combine. 'I don't think it's going to send the best message.' | Lexington Herald Leader
Former Kentucky player Hamidou Diallo has decided not to participate in this year's NBA Combine. He did so last year. It's a decision that surprised and seems ripe for second-guessing.

This Kentucky-themed mural in Lexington is pretty cool | Kentucky Sports Radio
A new business will get a lot of attention for this wall facing Nicholasville Road.

Need to Know: Tyrese Maxey | Kentucky Sports Radio
Earlier tonight, we found out that Tyrese Maxey will announce his college decision next Wednesday afternoon. Here's what you need to know about the five-star point guard, who is currently still in the 2019 class.

Analysts predict 5-stars Calipari is most, least likely to land in 2019 - SEC Country
John Calipari and Kentucky are hot on the trail of several elite 2019 recruits. The Wildcats have offered 10 5-stars in the class. We asked four national analysts to rank them, most likely to least likely to pick UK.

Kentucky Men’s Tennis Places Three on All-SEC Team - University of Kentucky
The Kentucky men's tennis team had three athletes named All-Southeastern Conference, the league office announced Thursday afternoon. Junior Ryo Matsumura and senior Will Bushamuka were named to the first team, while senior Trey Yates made the second team.

NBA warns Drake over 'use of bad language' after Kendrick Perkins incident - ESPN
Rapper and pop star Drake has been warned by the NBA for "the use of bad language" after his testy exchange with the Cavs' Kendrick Perkins during Game 1 on Tuesday night.

NBA playoffs live: Celtics complete comeback, dispatch 76ers; Raptors capitulate to Cavaliers - The Washington Post
LeBron James embarrassed Toronto, Scary Terry is doing away with Philly.

Ichiro Suzuki deflects retirement talk, will continue pregame rituals - USA Today
Former Seattle Mariners outfielder will continue with pregame workouts and batting practice in his new role in the team's front office.

New York Knicks: David Fizdale Needs Time to Work With Knicks |
The Knicks hiring of David Fizdale looks like a smart move. Will they give him the right amount of support that has been in short supply in New York for the past few years?

Jason Witten’s opportunity to join ESPN changed his decision on playing 16th season – ProFootballTalk
Jason Witten was adamant after the final regular-season game in Philadelphia last season that he was returning to the Cowboys for a 16th season. The tight end repeated his vow to return during Super Bowl week, declaring he could continue playing at a Pro Bowl level.

Matt Ryan agrees to massive extension with the Falcons – ProFootballTalk
The NFL now has a $30 million a year quarterback. And it's not Aaron Rodgers. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Falcons have agreed to a new five-year extension with quarterback Matt Ryan, which hits a new benchmark for annual average, and includes $100 million guaranteed.