Derrick Rose calls Cavs’ Kyrie Irving one of NBA’s best players

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James slung some serious man-to-man defense at Derrick Rose during the 2011 playoffs, leading the Miami Heat past the Bulls. Iman Shumpert, now a teammate of James’ with the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been deployed in a Rose-stopping role in the past as well.

Rose will be matched head-to-head with Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, of course, in the Eastern Conference playoff series that begins Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena. But he knows he’ll face swarming defenders and has to be able to handle whatever comes his way. Read more

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