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Hill, Hood, Clarkson Post Strong Debuts; James Nears Triple-Double in Blowout Win; Three Takeaways

2. James injures knee, returns in dominant fashion

The Cavaliers collectively held their breath when James crashed to the floor holding his knee, especially after he tweaked his ankle against Atlanta on Friday.

A dominant return allowed head coach Tyronn Lue and company to let out a sigh of relief.

James flirted with a third consecutive triple-double, finding creases in the defense before either dishing it out to Hill and Hood, or laying the ball in the cup with ease. His top-of-the-key three-pointer before the intermission was just in front of the logo at center court.

The 33-year-old veteran had the highest +/- rating on the Cavs (+23), and turned a playoff atmosphere into a sea of boos from the Boston faithful by the start of the fourth quarter. He finished with nine field goals on 20 attempts, and even found the time to smile with his teammates for the vast majority of the final period.

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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