It's unclear how successful a new defense could be if the Cavs are only just implementing it this late into the season. "We have a chance to win it all". While Paul George was busy fighting for Indiana's place in the postseason, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were sitting on the bench for the Cavaliers' regular-season finale and resting for the playoff spot they were guaranteed.
After losing the first game of four against the Pacers this season, the Cavaliers won the final three matchups, including a 132-117 decision at IN followed up by back-to-back wins at Quicken Loans Arena. Well, those don't matter now. When asked why he is so confident, he just said, "I've got the answer", and made a decision to keep it a secret. "I'm not giving it to you".
"I know y'all count it as a lost season", Lue told a group of reporters, "but we won 50 games". Cleveland may still have Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson in action, so they will give their all to try and get a win.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, whose path through the Eastern Conference and a third straight NBA Finals appearance may not be the slam dunk once believed, begin defence of their title Saturday in the first round against the Indiana Pacers. Over the last six games PG has averaged 33 points per contest including 43 in the Pacers last meeting with Cleveland.
Tyler Johnson scored 24 points, including the game's final four from the foul line in overtime, and the Heat kept their postseason hopes alive by rallying past the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-121 on Monday night. They led the Celtics by four games on March 1, and then finished the year 10-14. Toronto ranked last in the National Basketball Association in assists as a team.
Paul George #13 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball during the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 6, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
If it's true that adversity builds character, the Cavs might be a lot are stronger than they appear.
"He missed", James said.
"Tomorrow will be a good test for us", he said.
Cavaliers: If history holds, James won't play Wednesday.
If any team can flip the switch, it might be this one. But the Raptors will most likely have to take down Cleveland at some point if they want to crack the Finals, so why not just get it over with?
"He was good", Lue said. All of those were when James was in Miami, but you get the point. But it's a different picture when they go on the road, where they have just 16 wins and 25 losses. In all four matchups, the Pacers have scored more than 100 points, including a 103-93 victory at home over the Cavs on November 16 - a game in which James did not play.
The Cavs vs Pacers game will revolve on the match up between George and James, the two stars each playing against each other.