Cavaliers to sign Dahntay Jones for playoffs

Defending NBA champion Cleveland gets IN in the East first round, and they'll play the first game of the postseason Saturday afternoon.

THE Larry Sanders comeback is over, at least as far as the Cleveland Cavaliers are concerned.

It's go time for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they start their playoff run April. 15 in hopes of a back to back National Basketball Association title. "We have a chance to win it all".

The Cavaliers are 0-7 this season in games when James does not play.

The Cavaliers are bringing back a lucky charm.

Leaning against a padded wall in Cleveland's practice facility, James smiled sheepishly.

"The East has gotten better", Lue stated. "So this team has enough guys with experience to know what it takes and know what we have to do when the postseason starts, so I'm not anxious about that". "I haven't been to the playoffs too many times, maybe three, so I think for me, I'm like, let's just play and make sure we're a well-oiled machine before we go in there". Against the Heat, they took a 91-80 lead into the fourth, but Miami stormed back to force overtime and claim the win.

The Bulls are +6600 longshots to advance to the NBA Finals along with the seventh-seeded Indiana Pacers (42-40), and it would be a bit surprising if either team won more than a couple games between them in their respective first-round series. In fact, every team James has played on dating back to 2006 has breezed through the first round and lost no more than two games.

Despite all this, the Cavs are still the 2nd favorite team to win it all after the Warriors.

LeBron James will sit out when the Cleveland Cavaliers face the visiting Toronto Raptors in their regular-season finale on Wednesday. Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and the Cavs have been ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. The team is now the defending champions of the National Basketball Association.

With their blue chip players resting the Cavs fell to the visiting Toronto Raptors, 98-83, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 51-31 record. Where the Cavs struggle is maintaining the effort for 48 minutes in games that, to them, don't matter.

"We got a lot of veteran guys who know what's going on here and know what it takes to be successful", Thompson said. "That's all you can ask for".

For Lue, regardless of how bad the team has looked at times, health is the number one priority.

"They're the champs for a reason", Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry said Wednesday night after Toronto beat Cleveland.

"I thought the effort was great", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

To insinuate that the Cavaliers are light-years away from being a championship team just isn't fair.

Cleveland's win-loss record without Lebron James in their line-up.

"With all the injuries and all the things we've been through, I feel good". But the Cavs are still the favorites in the East, and it would be stunning for the Pacers to pull off the upset.

Head to head, the Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Cleveland.

"The present is the only thing that matters", he said. Me preparing this group, me getting this group locked in and understanding what our opportunity is, I mean it is what it is.

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