"I'm going to get a lot of rest from here on", said LeBron, who could afford to score a second lowest 29 points in four games because his four fellow starters combined for 66 points in the series-clinching triumph. But he's never been scared, he's never been afraid of the big moment.
"Scary" Terry [Rozier] has played great for them.
The shakeup sort of helped, but let's also remember the new-look Cavs were almost eliminated in the first round by Indiana.
Smart has been at the heart of similar comebacks this season - most notably with his two drawn offensive fouls on Houston's James Harden in the final minute of Boston's 26-point comeback win on December 28, and the rally from down 22 against the 76ers in Game 2, the likes of which Smart said "you only see in movies".
It's tough to see [Kyrie Irving] over there when we did play against him, because he's a big part of what we did. They were very good.
I don't really see they're lacking at any position. The switch-heavy defensive approach from Toronto was a sigh of relief, allowing the Cavaliers to exploit mismatches in a way they couldn't against the like-sized and versatile Pacers.
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It was hard to me. "When it comes to finish this bout, something I've dreamed about for so long, I have to do it". Fans can also look forward to the undefeated Mackenzie Dern (6-0) taking on Amanda "ABC" Cooper (3-3).
"I think the #Cavs greatest situation is that there is no other great situation and that may end up keeping LeBron put.""I continued to preach that so it's impossible for me to lose confidence in our ballclub no matter what the stakes are or where we're down because if I do that - then where are we going to go from a team aspect?" I'm going to go out and take it.
After all the injuries, the failed Isaiah Thomas experiment, the roster overhaul at the trading deadline and other distractions, the Cavs, who can get some rest while waiting for the Philadelphia-Boston victor (the Celtics), are peaking at the right time. "Obviously, he's always confident, but the things that he did, it looked too easy to me". They had the big trade and all that. With that said, many question how competitive this series will actually be. "I'm a little older, a little more experienced". Given Boston has been on fire at home in these playoffs, expect a competitive Game 1. It was my first time being in the playoffs, being able to go against one of the best players in the league, if not the best.
Thompson will be tasked with hounding likely-MVP James Harden - who has averaged 28.5 points, 7.4 assists and five rebounds per game this postseason while shooting 40.7 percent from the field - at times and future Hall of Famer Chris Paul at others. With as much respect as we have for IN, obviously, they took us to seven, I think defensively Boston is elite.
Boston was coming off a defeat in game four, but managed to impose their will on the 76ers down the stretch in Wednesday's thriller, improving to 7-0 on their home court in these play-offs.
"With this group", said Horford, "we have more depth in those positions suited more to guard LeBron". "We swept here, but they're a damn good team so we felt like we took care of business". "We know that it'll be quite a challenge". If the Cavs are able to advance to the NBA Finals for a fourth straight season, their odds of re-signing James are sure to only go up. Not only as the start of their playoff journey, but as the series that steered Cleveland back on the correct course.