National Basketball Association playoffs 2017: LeBron James says Cavs need 'baby steps' to repeat

Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue

So if there is one team that could flip a switch come playoff time, it would be the Cavaliers (51-31).

Longtime freelance writer and Author, Chris Parker is one of these people and he immortalized the Cavs magical run in his book, King James Brings The Land a Crown. They have Indiana's number, which makes them favorites to move on to the Eastern Conference semifinals. "I think he made the right play and you live with the results". I would say never.

But the club's inconsistency and an outside belief they are vulnerable and can get knocked out before the Finals, Lue remains confident his team will step up when it matters most. But we have to do a good job against all the other guys - C.J. Miles, Monta Ellis, Aaron Brooks, Lance Stephenson.

A lot of pressure is on the Cavs to turn things around following a sluggish finish to the regular season, as their first test will be George and the Pacers. Lowry has had to adjust to Serge Ibaka in the starting lineup (who, coincidently will rest tonight), and some new "Lowry plus bench" groups that have featured Jonas Valanciunas (instead of Lucas Nogueira or Jakob Poeltl). Cleveland needed to win and have the Celtics lose to Milwaukee to claim the No. 1 seed.

The Cavaliers practiced on April 14 in Independence for the second straight day in preparation for Game 1 of their opening series matchup with the Indiana Pacers at 3 p.m., April 15, at Quicken Loans Arena. The Bulls are, somehow, 4-0 against the Cavs this season. Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and the Cavs have been ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. Momentum is not exactly on their side heading into the playoffs.

"We have a good chance to win it all", James said after practice Thursday.

"This is the greatest sports accomplishment in Cleveland in 50 years so I wanted to capture everything that went into it", Parker said.

The Raptors had hoped he would play at least a few minutes just to keep his rhythm going. "Any time you have a great talent like that in a playoff series, you've got to be able to game plan". "It's going to be tough". He averaged 29.7 points in three games against the Cavs. Tristan Thompson returned after missing the previous four games with a sprained right thumb and scored 10 points and grabbed four rebounds in the first half.

On the eve of the National Basketball Association playoffs, the Cavaliers added a new player and one they know very well. "For now, it was really good".

All we got last fall was one of the best and most memorable and most dramatic World Series ever played, as the Cubs ended 108 years of waiting, while the Indians were trying to end a pretty long wait of their own.

Originally a second-round pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 2014, the 25-year-old has spent the majority of his time in the D-League, playing for Raptors 905. Then they won their first 10 playoff games, most in a dominating fashion.

The Cavs officially announced the signing of 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares and guard Dahntay Jones on Wednesday. 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. He was injured Monday against the Miami Heat.

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