James has sounded the warning signals for the better part of the second half of this season, unabashedly publicly articulating the Cavaliers' defects and questioning their collective commitment. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Toronto 48 (Siakam 10), Cleveland 43 (Tavares 10). The last two times these two teams have played, they split.
The Raptors (51-31), who rested DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka, got 25 points from shooting guard Norman Powell. Had general manager David Griffin made that decision, maybe the Cavs wouldn't have gone into a 7-10 tailspin in March.
Liggins was cut on April 9 to create the roster spot Jones filled.
"I'm a little bit concerned because it's not logical to me what happened, that we just went along and we were playing good and we fell back into maybe old habits or old style of play", Taylor said. Now the Playoffs are here and we have all 15 guys healthy", Lue declared. "That's the most important thing to me, to this organization and to our team. However, the Cavs had a so-so stretch run previous year, when they were listed at +400 going into the playoffs.
Last year, James revealed his "secret" motivation after beating the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the finals, which was an unnamed confidant in Miami (presumably Pat Riley), who told James that leaving the Miami Heat for the Cavs was a mistake. He played 42 minutes in a 112-110 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Toronto bested an out-of-sync Cavaliers team 98-83 in Cleveland, while Boston snatched the No. 1 seed in the East with a victory over Milwaukee. But their fantastic chemistry was a factor, something that helped keep them together after falling down 3-1 in the Finals.
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"I think through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still", James said. There were many who doubted George would ever be the same player, but he came back, won an Olympic gold medal and set his sights on greater glory.
With six straight visits to the Finals on his resume, James knows his way around the playoffs better than any player in the league, and maybe better than anyone in history.
James has always respected George, and his appreciation for him only grew during his fight for redemption.
That means winning four straight championships at the very least, bringing him to six total, and collecting each Finals MVP along the way. The team, very unusually, signed two players on the final day of the regular season. While all three young players and point guard Ricky Rubio exhibited significant improvement on offence under Thibodeau, the poor finish to the season and lack of improvement on defence concerned an owner that sits courtside almost every night. The Spurs, led by Kawhi Leonard, are 2-1 against the Warriors this season. "And I think for us that was a step in the right direction". The regular season had plenty of memorable moments, but rest assured, the postseason will be full of thrills as well. Yes, Paul George and Lance Stephenson have given James problems in the past, but the Cavaliers are just too good to fall so early, unless there's something so fundamentally wrong with this team and we're ignoring it. Conclusion? . I pride myself on being a teammate first, keeping everybody upbeat, everybody focused. "He worked incredibly hard". He didn't attend either of them, as he was on D-League assignment.