Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Rivals and friends, LeBron and George meet in playoffs again

Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson center drives to the basket against Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas left from Lithuania and Norman Powell in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday Rivals and friends, LeBron and George meet in playoffs again
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 07:01

The Cavs, who aren't expected to dress LeBron James, host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. "I'm not giving it to you".

"I think through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still", James added. It was the last day National Basketball Association teams could sign players and have them eligible for the playoffs. "They have carried the load all season".

The NBA regular season is coming to a close, and the big question is "can anyone beat the Golden State Warriors?" After an 82-game regular season, let the playoffs begin. LeBron and Kyrie Irving didn't play in the last two games against Miami and Toronto. If the regular season doesn't matter, and the Cavs aren't really tring, then why is LeBron playing nearly 38 minutes per game? Paul George scored 32 points in 12-for-21 shooting from te field against the deense of the Hawks.

Matching each other dunk for dunk and jumper for jumper, George scored 43 points with nine rebounds and nine assists, while James scored 41 with 16 rebounds and 11 assists in Cleveland's 135-130 win in double overtime on April 2.

"The East has gotten better", Lue stated.

"It's enough talking and the playoffs are here", Lue said. The Celtics lost 114-91 at home to the Cavaliers and followed that up by falling 123-116 to the Atlanta Hawks before winning their last three to grab the No. 1 seed. "They know what it takes and we know what we need to do and it should make for a great series".

If the most recent match up between the blue and gold and the Cavs is any indication of how this series will go, we'll be in for some entertaining basketball.

Chris "Birdman" Andersen, who played for both Cleveland and Miami, was in a baseline seat opposite the Heat bench. So it seems like Cleveland can indeed turn it on and get back to the NBA Finals. "Lot of injuries, lot of incorporating guys in, guys resting at times, so the rotations haven't been steady and substitution patterns have been off. We're hoping to create the same sort of feeling". "It is the second consecutive year the Cavs have signed Jones on the final day of the season", Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday. This weekend, the real team will show itself.

On the stat sheet, James (26.4 points per game in 74 contests) had one of his best seasons this year, as he set career highs in assists per game with 8.7 and rebounds per game with 8.6. Trust me, Jordan wouldn't have been sitting if his team needed a win, like theCavs needed one Monday night.

All season long, as the Cavaliers skipped practices and rested stars and scuffled through January and March, I wrote and said this team had earned the benefit of the doubt.