5 things to know about the Cleveland Cavaliers

IN will open the postseason against the Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to the Boston Celtics after the Cavs' defeat by the Toronto Raptors 98-83.

"I talked to C.J. about it", George said.

James has been on the receiving end of criticism for not taking the final shot, and was not about to criticize George for passing to Miles.

February 15: With Kevin Love on the shelf with a knee injury, LeBron and Kyrie do the heavy lifting - with Kyle Korver pitching in again off the bench as the Cavs won their seventh game out of eight February contests, dropping the Pacers - 113-104 - at The Q in the final game before the All-Star Break.

After losing the first game of four against the Pacers this season, the Cavaliers won the final three matchups, including a 132-117 decision at IN followed up by back-to-back wins at Quicken Loans Arena. He's a great player. "I think he made the right play and you live with the results".

"For me, it's never been about trying to get the No. 1 seed".

"I have a lot of great friends in this locker room and guys I care about", Jones said. You can't ever say that about any team with LeBron James.

"Definitely we've gotten closer", George said Friday before the Pacers left Indianapolis. HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned the shocking reason why he wants teammate Tristan Thompson to shine, and it's not just to get another ring. The Cavs have shown their ceiling as recently as the past week - that ceiling is high.

Originally a second-round pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2014, the 25-year-old has spent the majority of his time in the D-League, playing for Raptors 905.

Coach Tyronn Lue is getting a little sick of hearing what a disappointing, dysfunctional season his team slogged through to get to this point.

"We have to be very aware of him", Lue said. "I'm anxious about us, our approach to this week, this month". They lost their final four regular-season games - one to an Atlanta team resting all its starters - and surrendered the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference to Boston. The Bulls are, somehow, 4-0 against the Cavs this season. "That's my job to make sure everybody in that locker room understands that we're going to win. I'm glad we got out of that game without him reaggravating it at all".

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. "We're hoping to create the same sort of feeling".

Toronto's D-League affiliate was awaiting the victor of Wednesday's playoff game between ME and Fort Wayne to find out who they meet in the Eastern Conference final.

George recovered, won a gold medal with team United States of America and is back to the dominating force he was prior to the injury.

  • Julie Sanders