Blog Posts by Eric Freeman

  • LeBron James dominated Game 6 to make his sixth-straight NBA Finals. (Mark Blinch/Getty Images)LeBron James dominated Game 6 to make his sixth-straight NBA Finals. (Mark Blinch/Getty Images)It took a little longer than most expected, but the Cleveland Cavaliers have clinched their second-straight trip to the NBA Finals. The Cavs beat the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night, reversing unexpected road losses in Games 3 and 4 to go along with three blowout wins in Cleveland. The Cavaliers await either the Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunder and will attempt to claim the first championship in franchise history and first major title for Cleveland since 1964 when the finals begin on Thursday.

    Not surprisingly, LeBron James was the star of the night for the Cavaliers. The franchise icon scored 33 points (13-of-22 FG, 3-of-6 3FG), grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out six assists, and blocked three shots in a commanding performance, ensuring that his team would not have to return home for a Game 7 on Sunday. LeBron had not scored 30 points in 13 prior games this postseason, the longest such drought to open a playoffs in his

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  • Jahlil Okafor could be the odd center out in Philly. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)Jahlil Okafor could be the odd center out in Philly. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)The end of "The Process" for the Philadelphia 76ers was always sure to claim several victims beyond its leader, ex-general manager Sam Hinkie. The new regime headed by Bryan Colangelo plans to win sooner rather than later, and that will mean selling off current and future considerations for new players. Indefinite future draft picks do not have livelihoods to change, but the players now on the roster do.

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    It appears that Colangelo could start to rebuild the team by trading away one of its highest-potential players. According to a report from Marc Stein and Chad Ford of ESPN.com, centers Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel are on the trading block in an attempt to bring in backcourt help or another top draft pick:

    The Philadelphia 76ers will explore trading Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel in the buildup to the NBA draft on June 23, according to league sources.
    Sources told ESPN that the Sixers are determined to gauge the
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