Brown thanks Cavs

Former Cleveland coach Mike Brown, fired Monday by the Cavaliers after a second-round playoff loss, was gracious in the statement he issued Wednesday about his dismissal.

Brown, 40, called his five years with the Cavs an "exceptional experience" and thanked the team for the opportunity to coach in Cleveland. He led the Cavs to 127 regular-season wins the last two seasons.

Of course, it's in his best interests to be gracious. Brown is a likely candidate for five other coaching vacancies in the NBA.

Lewis ailing

A viral infection may be the reason Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis has struggled in the Eastern Conference finals.

Lewis said that he has been ill for the "whole series" against the Boston Celtics.

"Overall it affects you," he said Wednesday after Orlando's shoot-around Wednesday. "I've been throwing up. I haven't been at full strength."

After averaging 17 points per game in the second round against Atlanta, Lewis went into Wednesday's game averaging seven points against Boston. He scored 14 points in 231/2 minutes of action.

Rondo improving

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo said he was feeling better after suffering muscle spasms that sent him to the locker room before halftime of Monday's Game 4.

"I'm feeling better, I'm fine," Rondo said Wednesday morning, before scoring 19 points in Game 5.

- Inquirer wire reports