Pacers ready for game one in Cleveland

Tyronn Lue

The defending champions signed guard Dahntay Jones and 7-foot-3 centre Edy Tavares on Wednesday, just hours before the finale of a regular-season that has had more than its share of twists and turns. Cleveland rested their top players in the final two games of the regular season so they really don't care about home court advantage.

For Lue, regardless of how bad the team has looked at times, health is the number one priority. In order for James, Irving and the rest of their Cleveland teammates to be unsafe this postseason, they need to consistently knock down three-point baskets at will.

"We didn't have any concern he would play (in the playoffs), in large part because he's Tristan", Griffin said. Point being, there was other teams with more serious injuries who are still in much better shape right now entering the playoffs.

"I don't know how much DeMar was going to play (Wednesday) anyway, but it's just about getting ourselves into some good habits, getting some more run for me, get some more reps for me and just get up and down", point guard Kyle Lowry said.

"He's a Cavs killer", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said Friday.

Even with the late-season struggles, the Cavaliers still have the belief that they will be playing into late June.

"What's insane is that this season seemed like it went by faster than the one a year ago", Lue said. This season went by fast.

For the Cavs, it's on to that wonderful time of the year we call the National Basketball Association playoffs as Cleveland looks to defend its 2015-16 championship title. "I got the ball at four (seconds), so I had to take it myself".

"Toronto's gotten better. Boston's gotten better". IN is playing good basketball.

And not who we've seen them be. Same thing with Milwaukee. "Not going into the game with the group that we have". Last season, en route to their first title in franchise history, the Cavs went 57-25, were 24-17 on the road and captured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. This season, Tavares averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 2.7 blocks per game while shooting 59 percent from the floor in 23.6 minutes per game (48 games, 41 starts) while helping his team reach the D-League's championship series.

Can the Toronto Raptors beat an under-manned Cleveland Cavaliers when the two close out the season today at 8PM ET? If the Cavs happen to still be able to flip the switch and make it through the east, they will likely have a powerhouse team in the Warriors or Spurs in the finals. There were a lot of people saying he would never get back to what he was before and doing the things that he was before.

Every year is different.

However, it was anything but easy as the Cavs, who had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, had to withstand a strong comeback by the Pacers.

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