Cavs waive Sanders, sign 2 players for postseason

The Cavaliers (51-31) have failed to secure the top spot as they rested some of their players in the final two games.

"Through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still", he said Thursday as Cleveland prepared to face in in the opening round on Saturday. "But when things don't go your way and adversity hits, how can you get back to the point that nobody thinks you can get back to?"

James played 47 minutes in an overtime defeat to Atlanta before missing Monday's game. They got the experience of going deep in the playoffs and winning it all.

All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (knee) and center Tristan Thompson (thumb) also could be held out.

Instead of using rest days to prevent lackluster performances, the Cavaliers have mixed resting players and conceding games along with lackluster performances, many of which have come against bad teams.

Despite all this, the Cavs are still the 2nd favorite team to win it all after the Warriors. "We had a lot of injuries and a lot of losses".

"I think just the idea of getting locked in and having a do-or-die type mentality knowing that we can be sent home, I think that has a good calling for this team", Love said. The Cavs are expected to face Paul George and the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

The duo of James and Irving should certainly be able to outduel the Pacers tandem of George and point guard Jeff Teague.

"We just thought these two guys were what we needed going into the playoffs to potentially help us", Lue said.

"Toronto's gotten better. Boston's gotten better". Boston has gotten better. Same thing with Milwaukee... "But sure, you'd love to go through the regular season 82-0 and have everybody sing your praises, and that's certainly not what we did". What is to be determined is whether Cleveland will be the No. 1 or the No. 2 seed; whether the Cavs will play Indiana, Chicago or Miami in the first round; whether their first game will be Saturday or Sunday; and whether the entire roster will be healthy or not. General manager David Griffin told reporters on Tuesday that James will miss the home game against the Raptors. The difference is we've got some new pieces that we've been trying to integrate all year on and off. Brooklyn dropped to 20-62 on the season and finished with the worst record in the National Basketball Association and the fourth-most losses in franchise history. But now the Cavs are a game behind the Celtics in the race for the top seed in the East, and they don't seem too interested in fighting to get it back. So I'm no less confident. "We're going to need that same intensity if not more, it's just a different game".

And it's now or never. "That's what we do".

  • Julie Sanders