They suffered tough defeats and had losing streaks.

"I'm not giving it to you", James told reporters, via, following Thursday's practice before the second-seeded Cavs (51-31) face the Pacers (42-40) on Saturday. "If I do that, we've got a good chance".

However, history has shown us time, and time again that when James is in the playoffs it doesn't matter how his team finished the regular season. Jones was with the Cavs during the 2016 post-season, and the 12-year veteran provided toughness, experience and quality minutes in the Finals. Following that year, he signed a four-year, $44 million extension with Milwaukee.

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.

Lue, who lives in a lovely home on Lake Erie in Bay Village, went there shortly after the Cavs' lost their season finale Wednesday evening to the Toronto Raptors to ramp up preparations.

After more than a two-year absence, Sanders had an unspectacular showing in the five games he played in his return to the National Basketball Association. "He someone that I've had a lot of great playoff series with and great conversations with, to see him back to here he needs to be". "For us going forward, if we're going to make a long run and deep into these playoffs, those guys being healthy is the most important thing". That puts them in the same territory defensively as the New York Knicks, one of the bottom feeders in the league.

"We think it's meant to be", Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.

The Cavaliers lost to the Raptors in their regular season finale in a relatively low-stakes game while resting their three stars in LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Cleveland went just 23-23 after January 10 and the Cavs have been ranked in the bottom third statistically on defense all season. The Washington guard duo combine to average almost 44 points a game, and Wall is among the top assists men in the league.

Cleveland has both outwardly and inwardly placed a great deal of faith in Lue's ability to scheme for an opponent in a playoff series. "We had some key injuries that set us back, but for the most part, it's pretty much the same". James notched his 11th triple-double of the season, scoring 21 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, going 16-for-29 overall with a game-high 16 boards, 11 assists, two steals and a block.

The Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert drives past the Raptors' DeMarre Carroll (5) in the first half on April 12 at Quicken Loans Arena. I work hard and train hard.

"The East has gotten better", Lue stated. We've been through more, we're more hardened and seasoned than we were at this time previous year.