Cleveland Cavaliers are counting on Dahntay Jones to add fire to team

The Charge were eliminated from the playoffs Saturday by Tavares' Raptors 905 team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, still alive for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the NBA Playoffs, meet the Toronto Raptors in the regular-season finale on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Indeed, when the Cavaliers are clicking, there aren't many teams that can stop them. "OK, fine. Let's all go try to beat them". "But we have to take care of business". "Portland has the first crack, and (the Blazers) will give it everything they have".

In fact, the top three teams in the Western Conference - the Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets - will all finish with better records than anyone in the East, where the Cavaliers have skidded to second place behind the resurgent Boston Celtics. "These are the playoffs that I've looked forward to the most since I've been in this league", said center Al Horford, a 10-year veteran who was in the playoffs eight times with Atlanta. "I feel great. I'm not going backward". "We're aware of what's going on, and hopefully we can get the No. 1 seed". A year after winning the NBA East, the Cavaliers finished the regular season as the second seed. The Bulls are, somehow, 4-0 against the Cavs this season. As Korver has scored over 20 points and made 14-17 three-pointers in the two games he has played against the Pacers since he joined Cleveland.

If the Pacers win, they're in.

Our pick: Celtics in six.

Jones also signed with the Cavs at this point last season and scored five points in Cleveland's Game 6 victory over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, history is not on Indiana's side in match-ups with LeBron James in the playoffs.

From holding out for his $57 million contract during the preseason to breaking his thumb and missing half of Cleveland's games, it's been a fairly miserable season for J.R. Smith.

Griffin spoke to the media on April 12 before the Cavaliers wrapped up the regular season with a loss to the Toronto Raptors. So it is not like the Cavaliers have blown the Pacers out of the water this season.

Noting Paul George's explosive bursts and Jeff Teague's craftiness, the Cavs are buckling down for a showdown.

Lue has given some hints about what to expect from the Cavs against the Pacers.

James might very well succeed and get his team to a seventh straight Finals.

Lue, who lives in a lovely home on Lake Erie in Bay Village, went there shortly after the Cavs' lost their season finale Wednesday evening to the Toronto Raptors to ramp up preparations. He played in more than 60 games in just one of those seasons, with his best year coming in 2012-13 when he averaged 9.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.

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