James continually defies his age, posting one of his best statistical seasons of his career. The Cavaliers earned their 50 wins the hard way this season. The cast around James and Love is completely different after a series of trade-deadline deals blew up an aging roster. He was the league's only player to average at least nine rebounds and make 125 3-pointers. James opting out is likely, and Love feels it could affect the Cavaliers' play.
"My responsibility has been the same for quite a while now: Go out and try to dominate", James said after Cavs practice Saturday. "But only one person knows what he's thinking and that's "Bron". "LeBron being the best player in the world and being able to lead by example I think those two guys early on since they're starting a game they can really set the tone for our new guys that's coming in so that's what gives me the confidence going into the playoffs".
James returned to Cleveland during the summer of 2014 following his four-year stint with the Miami Heat. It could be my last run, too, so you just never know. Love joined the 14-time All-Star in OH that same offseason after being traded from the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves, who hadn't made the postseason since 2004.
The Wine & Gold's reward is a First Round date with the only Eastern Conference team that holds a winning mark against them this season - the Indiana Pacers. Each June, a meeting with the Golden State Warriors was all but guaranteed. The Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Houston Rockets are all linked to the three-time National Basketball Association champion as potential destinations this summer, but the New York Knicks have recently emerged as another option for the King, according to Bleacher Report.
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New Orleans' Nikola Mirotic averaged 25.8 points and 12 rebounds over the past five games, so he could team with Anthony Davis to provide a formidable big-man duo against a Blazers team led by guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
At Vegas Insider they list the Cavs as 11 to 10 favorites, followed by Toronto at 9 to 5, and the Philadelphia 76ers at 17/5.
There is no more important story than LeBron James this spring. His run with the Cavaliers, however, could end after this postseason. If James plays anywhere close to his peak, the Cavs should have relatively few problems. The Cavs enter the 2018 playoffs as the fourth seed in the East.
Cleveland has dealt with a lot of turmoil this season with almost a full team roster transition to accompany LeBron James and Kevin Love. "I think he's been great defensively right from the start", Hornacek said. But I don't think that stuff will ever stop. I'm exhausted of this being about "who most exceeded expectations" because that just comes down to narrative.