It's time for the Cavaliers to get up.
Now that the regular season is over, the Cavaliers are looking to "flip the switch" to playoff mode. They led the Celtics by four games on March 1, and then finished the year 10-14.
The Indiana Pacers? They won five in a row to land here.
The Golden State Warriors are the top seed in the Western Conference and will host game one of a best-of-seven series Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers. "It feels great to be here and though I wish LeBron played I'm still happy I got to see him in person, shooting around during the pre-game warm up".
The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007.
Raptors: No. 3 seed opens the playoffs at home against No. 6 seed Milwaukee.
"They're the champs. They're the champs for a reason", said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 13 points on Wednesday.
"We had some key injuries this year that set us back, but for the most part, it's pretty much the same", Lue said.
Last but not least, San Antonio, making the playoffs for the 20th straight season, will square up with the Grizzlies. "This is a heck of a time".
The Cavs did get forward Tristan Thompson back after he missed four games with a sprained right thumb.
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Cleveland also got its first look at newly signed 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares, who blocked six shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.
For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan has been ruled out with an actual illness - not just "flu-like symptoms".
The Cavaliers (51-31) have failed to secure the top spot as they rested some of their players in the final two games.
But Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue made it clear earlier this week that getting everybody healthy for the postseason is more crucial than the significance of any single game.
Kyrie Irving added 23 points and Kevin Love had 17 for Cleveland, which has won 12 straight playoff games at home. He backpedaled on defense and raised his arms in triumph as his teammates celebrated as if he had just hit a game-winner.
"He was good for what we stood for as a team". However, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens believe that LeBron James and the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers are still the team to beat in the East. It was a somewhat fitting ending to the 82-game schedule for the Cavs, who at times seemed bored with the regular season and also endured injuries and roster upheaval. "Those are two things we have to be better at and we got to be good at going into the playoffs".
When the Cavaliers are at their best, there are very few teams in the National Basketball Association that can keep up.
Game 1: Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m. He scored 43 points in Cleveland's 135-130 double overtime win over the Pacers on April 2nd. Noting Paul George's explosive bursts and Jeff Teague's craftiness, the Cavs are buckling down for a showdown. Vince Carter averaged 27.6 in 2000-2001.
Jones was impactful in the National Basketball Association playoffs previous year without posting dazzling numbers.
While this idea the Cavs can be bounced from the playoffs makes for engaging sports talk shows, not everyone is convinced James and Co. won't find their groove in the postseason. His shot was on line, but short and the Cavs survived a disastrous final few minutes.
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