The reigning title champs Cleveland Cavaliers aren't anxious heading into the post season, and Head Coach Tyronn Lue is fully confident in his team to power forward despite a slump concluding the regular season.
While the world may be falling apart on the outside I believe on the inside the Cavaliers are doing just fine. That hasn't happened since the Bill Russell-led Boston Celtics' teams from 50 years ago.
To be the best, you have to beat the best as the old saying goes; and the Pacers don't have to wait long to get the chance this postseason. We're (the) second seed. "LeBron's a competitor, he wants to win and me tapering his minutes down, he thought it would be bad, especially with the things we was going through at the time", Lue said.
The Cavaliers are healthy and rested.
"We're focused on ourselves and the Milwaukee Bucks". "I feel great. I'm not going backward".
The biggest obstacle to the Cavaliers' chances of a repeat National Basketball Association title comes in the formidable shape of the Warriors.
"He wanted to play a little more, but you're playing great, he was able to catch the ball and finish around the rim and get some offensive rebounds", Lue said.
Then, there was shooting guard Iman Shumpert suffering through lower body injuries in mid-January and power forward Kevin Love, after dealing with back spasms early in the year, needing surgery on Valentine's Day to clean up a loose body in his knee. "I am who I am all year, but I get even more locked in throughout the postseason, understanding the magnitude of the games".
The Cavaliers welcomed these last two days to concentrate on how to defend the Pacers. Thus, the three-time Finals MVP is patently aware that his 2016-17 Cavaliers enter the playoffs as the defending league champion with a tenuous hold on their crown.
Cleveland's roster was intentionally built for its stars to carry them, but the contributions from other players have been abysmal. "We're second seed. It's not like we're eighth seed and we needed a team to win last night to back into the playoffs". Sorry, that's not the way things work. The guys have adapted to it well because we've done it before. But, the Boston Celtics are going to win this series in 5 games. Let's start with a look at the betting picks to win the Eastern Conference NBA 1st Round Series. The Raptors have higher expectations this spring, and Lowry is eager to get started. A triple-double is notching 10 or more in three different statistical categories - typically points, rebounds and assists.
April 9, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) drives on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) and forward LeBron James (23). Expect LeBron James and his teammates to flip the switch today against the Indiana Pacers.
The Cavs will take on their Central Division rivals in the Indiana Pacers (42-40), who managed to lock up a playoff berth as the seventh seed on Wednesday when they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-86 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But, in a very odd and unexpected sequence of events, the wine and gold cut ties with center Larry Sanders and signed big man Edy Tavares on the second to last day of the regular season, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. We played through it and our guys got through it. Those are they types of plays we have to take away. The Spurs, led by Kawhi Leonard, are 2-1 against the Warriors this season.