They are defending champions in name only.
The Cavaliers, 51-31, could have signed Jones sooner. There were a number of times earlier in his career when it seemed like he and his team will fail, but they still managed to have a deep run in the playoffs. "OK, fine. Let's all go try to beat them". But right now, we can't focus on them. "Portland has the first crack, and (the Blazers) will give it everything they have". "I feel very strongly about this group".
As rocky as the road has been for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016-17 regular season, it's finally over.
Instead, it's on to Game No. 82 on Wednesday night to decide it all.
Center Greg Monroe provided punch in the paint with 16 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks, who clinched at least the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with the win.
LeBron James is a confident individual and it is easy to see why.
But in the last matchup, the Cavs had to go to double overtime in a 135-130 victory. James went on to joke with reporters about the multitude of questions concerning their regular season performance. Cleveland are 0-7 without James this season.
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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.
Sanders appeared in just five games as a member of the Cavaliers.
The 32-year-old James has not played in the last regular-season game since 2007.
NOTES: Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas connected on his first 3-pointer this season, with 5:18 left in the second quarter. "I think the East has gotten better".
Chicago and Miami remained one game behind No.7 IN after the Pacers beat the 76ers IN Philadelphia.
In four games against IN this campaign, Cleveland averaged 118.3 points on.481 shooting from the field, including.426 from beyond the arc. They won three straight - Game 5 and Game 7 in Oakland - to win their first championship. He's played in 12 career games for Atlanta. The Warriors have ruled in 11 of the 13 matchups, sweeping all four games this season. In four games for the Cavaliers' D-League affiliate in Canton, Sanders averaged four points, eight rebounds and 2.5 blocks. Their last game, the Pacers were in Cleveland on April 2nd. We've been through more, we're more hardened and seasoned than we were at this time previous year. Portland hopes to regain the services of center Jusuf Nurkic, who missed the final seven games with a non-displaced fracture of his right leg. The Raptors have higher expectations this spring, and Lowry is eager to get started.
Our pick: Warriors in six.
"We were able to come out of this long season with a lot of injuries". "In many ways that's a real blessing for us because it's how we like it". "Honestly, we can't worry about anything that happened before or in last season's playoffs". They may be without key reserve Austin Rivers, however.