National Basketball Association playoffs: Cavs will use 10-man rotation, Tyronn Lue says

by Garry Watts April 15, 2018, 0:14
National Basketball Association playoffs: Cavs will use 10-man rotation, Tyronn Lue says

At last count, they led the National Basketball Association in comeback wins.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he tried to talk James out of playing, but he gave in and allowed the 33-year-old to extend his record of scoring in double digits to 873 consecutive games before taking him out. He's a potential free agent this summer, and it could mark the final passage of his epilogue in Cleveland and his forward in a new city. The Cavaliers earned their 50 wins the hard way this season.

"Flipping the switch is real but in large measure it's real because the gap in his intensity is so much higher when you reach the playoffs", Griffin said.

With the players around him, he is probably going to need to be extra locked in. If you saw those three dudes at the Y, you'd grab two buddies and feel good about your chances of beating them. James' teams are 48-7 in the first round all time, having won 21 games in a row coming into Sunday's series opener against the Indiana Pacers (3:30 ET, ABC).

James will also lead the Cavs in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

The Cavaliers win if they flip the switch. The Cavaliers will have the number 4 seed while the Pacers will be the 5 seed.

According to Sporting News Cleveland is -110 to win the East followed by the Toronto Raptors at +200 and the Philadelphia 76ers at +375.

Following Wednesday's regular-season finale, James stamped this as-yet-unfinished season a personal triumph. Game 6 shifts back to IN on April 27. "(Victor) Oladipo has had an incredible year and I think the biggest thing is (coach) Nate McMillan, I think he definitely should be considered for coach of the year.

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Can anyone stop the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs this year?

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup is 7 p.m. April 18 at The Q. The series shifts to IN for Game 3 at 7 p.m. April 20 and Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. April 22.

Lue said Thursday that he plans to use a 10-player rotation for Cleveland's opening-round series against the Indiana Pacers, but that things could change depending on injuries, matchups and performances.

While Cleveland's season was highly irregular, James had another brilliant one.

For the first time in LeBron's second stint with the Cavaliers, the road to the NBA Finals actually looks perilous.

James returned to Cleveland in 2014 after a four-year stay with the Miami Heat. The 15-year veteran appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his career and averaged a career-high 9.1 assists per game. In 54 regular season meetings (35-19), his numbers are 27.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg and 6.5apg; in 23 Playoff meetings, he's at 28.3 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 6.2 apg. Myles Turner's importance in this series should not be understated either, being one of the premier shot blockers in the league. They've relied on solid contributions throughout the board with Victor Oladipo providing the star power.

Cavaliers: Re-signed F Kendrick Perkins for the remainder of the season. They've been an up-and-down team all season, but they finished the season with flashes of who they want to be come postseason time.

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