Cavs waive Sanders, sign 2 players for post-season
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 21:47
So if there is one team that could flip a switch come playoff time, it would be the Cavaliers (51-31).
For this game, LeBron James will not play.
"It felt like a playoff game there and Lance sure treated it like a playoff game", George said following Thursdays practice.
It was hard to put a header photo on this post because, well, we're not entirely sure who is actually going to play in tonight's Raptors-Cavaliers game.
The two remaining playoff berths will be decided, along with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the site for Game 1 of the series that starts this weekend between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. We've got to have our mind sharp, our bodies as fresh as possible going into Game 1.
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.
"For me, I know y'all count it as a lost season, but we won 50 games", coach Tyronn Lue said.
"I've got to be the leader of this team every night I step on the floor, I've got to command these guys and put them in the right positions to be successful and I've got to do it on both ends".
"The most important thing for us is getting those guys some rest", Lue said. It means Norman Powell will likely play a bunch, which is fine since he's been in a bit of a minutes crunch as of late and you could use the run. Knocking off LeBron James and the defending National Basketball Association champions would make quite the statement about his comeback. He was signed March 13 and the Cavs held a team option for next season, but they relinquished that right by waiving him. "Those are two things we have to be better at and we got to be good at going into the playoffs".
But, as usual, the Pacers couldn't contain James, who improved to 45-7 in the opening round and got the Cavs their first win - warts and all.
"We've got to go out and challenge them", George said, according to the Indianapolis Star.
"I don't think you take too much out of it", Korver said. With Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and basically the same supporting cast as past year, they could turn it on and have a chance against whichever team survives the brutal Western Conference playoff. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 2-5-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team above.600, 1-5-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last five against the NBA Atlantic.
Had the Pacers lost Wednesday, they would've missed the playoffs. As an assistant on Doc Rivers' teams in Boston and Los Angeles, it was Lue's job to draw up the defensive schemes for the playoffs. On April 2, the two engaged in an epic 135-130 double-overtime win for Cleveland.
"I talked to C.J. about it", George said. All of those were when James was in Miami, but you get the point.