LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf

by Steven Clarke April 21, 2017, 0:11

The highlight of the night for Detroit fans was a halftime ceremony that honoured the top players from the three championship teams, with Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman posing for pictures with Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups. Now the Playoffs are here and we have all 15 guys healthy", Lue declared. "That's the most important thing to me, to this organization and to our team. Dragic tied it for the Heat with a long jumper, Miami got a stop on the final Cleveland possession and to overtime they went.

"It's a testament to our season", Heat guard Josh Richardson said, referring to the team's 11-30 start and everything Miami has overcome. "OK, fine. Let's all go try to beat them".

And not who we've seen them be.

That does not bode well for Cleveland, which needs a win and a Boston loss to take the top seed in the East. "I am who I am all year, but I get even more locked in throughout the postseason, understanding the magnitude of the games". "I feel very strongly about this group". We 're going to give it everything we got in the first round and I know they're going to match it. 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.

Robin Lopez scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler and Jerian Grant had 17 apiece to pace the Bulls.

The Celtics finished the season hot, too, going 9-3 in their final 12 games. Superstar small forward LeBron James racked up a triple-double on the night with 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for Cleveland, while IN star small forward Paul George led all scorers on the night with 43 points.

Cleveland has been without center Tristan Thompson because of a sprained right thumb. The bench goes 11-deep, with midseason acquisitions Deron Williams, Derrick Williams and Kyle Korver adding punch to the reserve corps.

While the Cavs have allegedly been coasting during the regular season, the numbers tell a different story.

Leaning against a padded wall in Cleveland's practice facility, James smiled sheepishly.

That performance had Lue dissecting game film for hours in preparation for Game 1 Saturday. They will face the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs beginning at 3 p.m. April 15.

James is attempting to reach the Finals for the seventh straight time.

Sanders appeared in just five games as a member of the Cavaliers. The "Greek Freak" averages 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists. Teague leads in assists with 7.8 per game.

Although the Cavaliers lost six of their last 10 games heading into the postseason, three of those four victories came at Quicken Loans Arena. They suffered tough defeats and had losing streaks. It starts with our opponent in two days. Turner leads in rebounds with 7.3 and in blocks with 2.1 per game. But there's no sense in reliving a 7-10 record in March, 3-4 mark in April or the reasons behind Cleveland's slide.

Jones did not play in the D-League as he did last season.

Our pick: Warriors in six. "We had a lot of injuries and a lot of losses". These Grizzlies are a veteran group, with a nucleus - center Marc Gasol, guards Michael Conley and Tony Allen and reserve power forward Zach Randolph - that has played together for several seasons. We're more talented than we were at this time a year ago. Just last season, the team struggled near the end, going 13-8 in their final 21 games.

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