LeBron James went clubbing on Sunday night, then sat out Monday's game
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 22, 2017,
Apr 22, 2017, 21:36
The last six weeks for the wine and gold has been rocky, dropping 10-14 since the end of March, including heart breaking back to back losses to the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors.
We can only trust that the circumstance will be entirely different. 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.
During a pre-game interview, David Griffin, Cavs General Manager, elaborated on his team's efforts: "If we're the good version of us, we'll be better [than last year's championship team]". Totals 40-86 10-16 98.
The Cavaliers, after being in the driver's seat of the Eastern Conference for much of the season, suddenly find themselves vulnerable and out of first place. LeBron has been playing out of his mind lately, racking up a career-high in triple-doubles, but it still wasn't enough for Cleveland to hang on to the No. 1 seed.
Game 1: Saturday, April 15 at 3 p.m. The Cavs have LeBron James, he always wins in the Eastern playoffs, and he's going to get this team to turn it around at the last possible second. "I would never say they're vulnerable". "I don't know what they're thinking over there". We can't fall in a trap of thinking any other way than we have a dogfight on our hands. We played through it and our guys got through it.
But the Raptors' fortunes are tied to the Cavaliers - of that there's no doubt.
IN coach Nate McMillan expects starting point guard Jeff Teague to play after spraining his left ankle late in Wednesday's game.
"They're the champs. They're the champs for a reason", said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 13 points on Wednesday. The Raptors aren't listing anyone as out right now, but DeMar DeRozan is battling an illness and listed as questionable.
As for the Cavs?
That does not bode well for Cleveland, which needs a win and a Boston loss to take the top seed in the East. It was that kind of night. Cleveland finished the regular season with ninth-worst defensive rating in the league.
Now that the regular season is over, the Cavaliers are looking to "flip the switch" to playoff mode. "[But] some of it by the fact that we tend to think we're better than we are sometimes". "We're aware of what's going on, and hopefully we can get the No. 1 seed".
Jones did not play in the D-League as he did last season.
There is no upside for that kind of doubt to be expressed by those who actually have to figure out how to right the ship.
But Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue made it clear earlier this week that getting everybody healthy for the postseason is more crucial than the significance of any single game. "With that being said, I feel very confident we have a good run in us". It's just trying to play as great of basketball as you can every single night, and whatever happens, happens.