But the Cavs still made the move of signing the enigmatic center to a two-year non-guaranteed deal in hopes of Sanders getting better for next season.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James will sit out Cleveland's regular-season finale, resting a strained right calf in preparation for the playoffs. Kyrie Irving playing 35 minutes per game?
James had 13 double-doubles of points and rebounds and another 16 of points and assists for the Cavaliers.
The Hawks were led by Ersan Ilyasova's 15 points. IN (which plays Atlanta) and Chicago (which plays Brooklyn) control their destinies. "I'm definitely confident in this team, but you never like having to think that you have to flip a switch".
"We had some key injuries this year that set us back, but for the most part, it's pretty much the same", Lue said. "I got the ball at four (seconds), so I had to take it myself". His next two games were good, but not the Kyle Lowry that we have known over the past several seasons. James may be looking at that dogfight on the other side of the bracket and figure those teams will beat each other up and not have enough left to handle the Cavaliers. "We always work on things we could possibly use in the playoffs".
LeBron James led the league in average minutes played, but will have almost one full week of rest heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers.
George got his wish, and if he and the seventh-seeded Pacers can shock the Cavs, it would add another chapter to his incredible comeback story. They mar the NBA-record 25 3s Cleveland splashed against Atlanta.
Sanders, who hadn't played since early in the 2014-15 season, appeared in five games for the Cavs and four for Canton.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, whose path through the Eastern Conference and a third straight NBA Finals appearance may not be the slam dunk once believed, begin defence of their title Saturday in the first round against the Indiana Pacers.
"Hell, no", he snapped. We're going to have to give him some of those shots because all great players can make those shot. If the Cavs can't win a game on the road even against the bottom feeders in the west, how are they supposed to just walk through the east to the finals and repeat as champions?
"It starts with baby steps first, and we understand that", James said, via ESPN. I'm happy with the energy and the effort.
The biggest highlight was Valanciunas' long shot. You can't ever say that about any team with LeBron James.
Stephenson was huge off the bench, providing points and attitude. The Bulls finally figured out what they're going to do, who they're going to be. "I think I did that today". If the regular season doesn't matter, and the Cavs aren't really tring, then why is LeBron playing nearly 38 minutes per game? He was previously with Atlanta, which was swept by Cleveland in 2015 and 2016.
In the process, the Cavs lost their grip on the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, watching as the Boston Celtics leapfrogged them to earn home-court advantage. LeBron James and the Cavaliers is a different animal in the playoffs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) is second and Michael Jordan (5,987) is first.
IN steadily pulled away Wednesday to qualify for the playoffs for a second consecutive season and the 22nd time in the past 28 seasons.