LeBron James went clubbing on Sunday night, then sat out Monday's game

The Cavs will take on their Central Division rivals in the Indiana Pacers (42-40), who managed to lock up a playoff berth as the seventh seed on Wednesday when they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-86 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They have Indiana's number, which makes them favorites to move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"I have a lot of great friends in this locker room and guys I care about", Jones said. I would say never. For the Cleveland Cavaliers it is simple, win the east and then go all out in the finals against any team that comes out of the west. It's just the right thing to do.

"We have a job to do", George said. And since the All-Star break, after adding P.J. Tucker and Serge Ibaka to strengthen the defense, Toronto is top 5 in defensive efficiency.

Cleveland can still be No. 1 with a win and a Boston loss. It was a somewhat fitting ending to the 82-game schedule for the Cavs, who at times seemed bored with the regular season and also endured injuries and roster upheaval. Should Cleveland and Boston finish with identical regular season records, the Cavs would earn the East's top seed by virtue of their 3-1 regular season series win over the Celtics. Momentum is not exactly on their side heading into the playoffs. "We've not been able to win with [Anthony] on the court at this time", the former Lakers head coach said.

"It starts with baby steps first, and we understand that", James said, via ESPN.

The Pacers finished the regular season strong, winning 5 straight games but Cleveland struggled down the stretch, going 12 of 15.

Powell played 34 minutes and shot 10-of-13 from the field in DeRozan's place. "It's a new season and anything can happen".

Now, he might help keep the Heat out of the playoffs.

Iman Shumpert was the Cavs' leading scorer with 11 points. The Cavs, who put up over 130 points twice in those meetings, also averaged 15.8 three-point makes per game against Indiana.

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami. "For now, it was really good".

"I don't know how much DeMar was going to play (Wednesday) anyway, but it's just about getting ourselves into some good habits, getting some more run for me, get some more reps for me and just get up and down", point guard Kyle Lowry said. Then there's Tavares. Having played just 12 games in the National Basketball Association (11 in 2015-16 and one in 2016-17, all with the Hawks), the 7-foot-3 rim protector seems like a pure project.

In the second round, the Cavs will either face the three seed Toronto Raptors or six seed Milwaukee Bucks. He played in four games with the Cavs' D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge. Jones, cut by the Cavs in training camp, scored nine points, all in the fourth quarter. Jefferson hasn't played since spraining his left ankle March 26.

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