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Sunday basketball notes

Open season on NBA coaches begins

It was as if Byron Scott knew he would be heavily scrutinized when the season concluded. He used the pregame media session before his Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Celtics on April 5 essentially to lobby for his job, blaming injuries and lack of cohesion for the team’s disappointing season.

The Cavaliers weren’t expected to make the playoffs, but they were expected to take a significant step with one of the game’s emerging stars — Kyrie Irving — dazzling fans on a nightly basis.

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