In many ways, the Cavs are the superior team, but there is something to be said about how both teams seemed to flip roles down the stretch with IN becoming the hottest IN the East while Cleveland staggered. What does this mean?
With their blue chip players resting the Cavs fell to the visiting Toronto Raptors, 98-83, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 51-31 record. For the rest of the Eastern conference, fourth-seed Washington Wizards will go against fifth-seed Atlanta Hawks, while third-seed Toronto Raptors square off against the Milwaukee Bucks at number six. "He someone that I've had a lot of great playoff series with and great conversations with, to see him back to here he needs to be". Cleveland may still have Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson in action, so they will give their all to try and get a win.
Going back to the 2015 postseason, the Cavs have won 11 straight playoff games at The Q over Eastern Conference opponents.
This is not the first time James had a hard time in the regular season. The Bulls finally figured out what they're going to do and who they're going to be. LeBron will be sitting (shocker), as will Kyrie Irving.
"They're the champs for a reason", Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry said Wednesday night after Toronto beat Cleveland. If the Cavs can't win a game on the road even against the bottom feeders in the west, how are they supposed to just walk through the east to the finals and repeat as champions? After the All-Star break, they were an abysmal 29th in the league, giving up 111 points per 100 possessions.
Paul George delivered 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Indiana Pacers punched their ticket to the National Basketball Association postseason on Wednesday with a 104-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Things have gotten so rough for Cleveland that they actually share the same defensive rating on the entire season as. the Brooklyn Nets? "It always surrounds this team and I'm used to it". He made 55 starts that year and has not been back to that level since. Right now, the Cavs rank 22nd.
Who ya got winning the title?
The Raps need more reps. The Raptors rested DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka. If the regular season doesn't matter, and the Cavs aren't really tring, then why is LeBron playing nearly 38 minutes per game?
NOTES: Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas connected on his first 3-pointer this season, with 5:18 left in the second quarter. Both the defense (9th) and offense (6th) are in the top ten across the association - a testament to the depth and personal of the this year's edition. The Warriors who lost a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the championship series past year, have since added Kevin Durant and who have the league's best record by far - having lost only 15 games for a.815 winning percentage?