Personally I find it a bit ironic that the Pacers have to go through LeBron one more time.
The 33-year-old has traditionally sat out games near the end of the season to rest for the playoffs, however, he insisted this campaign he stay on the court. He's a potential free agent this summer, and it could mark the final passage of his epilogue in Cleveland and his forward in a new city.
In terms of persistence, the Wine & Gold weathered 30 lineup changes and 197 combined games lost to illness or injury - not counting their head coach, who missed two weeks of the season to tend to his own health. For Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, it would be the fourth-straight. He played in all 82 games for the first time and led the league in total points, finishing the year with averages of 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists. But things started coming apart after a Christmas Day loss at Oracle Arena and the Cavaliers limped to a 6-8 finish in January.
"We have lineups we can go to that we haven't been able to go to all year", he said. I'm sure LeBron could care less about winning MVP and cares more about winning championships, but if he does not win MVP this season the league needs to reassess how they hand out the trophy. The Cavs could try to put Cedi Osman, a pesky athletic player with a long wingspan on him, but outside of Osman, the Cavs lack gritty defensive players.
The Pacers, though, represent the best chance to snap the streak of consecutive first-round wins.
They won 21 road games.
James is fully aware of the threat they possess and was asked about the matchup after Wednesday's season finale.
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For the Cavs, it's important that everyone who plays contributes positively in some way but this first series against the Indiana Pacers, and the entire playoffs are going to come down to the way James plays.
These kinds of odds have brought out the best in James, especially during this run of Eastern Conference titles.
Pop could make me into a viable 6th man of the year by the end of next year and the National Basketball Association wouldn't blink an eye.
This will be an exciting first round matchup, as both teams come in looking different but still as successful as last season to find themselves in the playoffs another year.
"I will play 10", Lue said after the Cavaliers watched film on the Pacers, who went 3-1 against Cleveland this season.
However, the Cleveland Cavaliers [VIDEO] are also -650 favorites as a No. 4 seed to defeat the No. 5 seed Indiana Pacers.
Game 5 if necessary would be back at The Q on April 25 at a time to be determined. It isn't expected to keep him out of the postseason and he's probable for the opening game.