The Cavaliers (51-31) have failed to secure the top spot as they rested some of their players in the final two games. "Not going into the game with the group that we have".
"I think we've shown that when we're focused we're a really good team", Korver said.
The Cavaliers eventually surged in front with an 8-2 run late in the first quarter that featured James' first four points of the night and took a 34-29 lead into the quarter break.
At least that's the way it seems to the 15 teams that join the Warriors in the playoffs, which begin Saturday with four first-round games.
Jones had an impact in the playoffs, appearing in 15 games and making a major contribution in Game 6 of the NBA Finals as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the city's first pro sports championship since 1964.
George recovered, won a gold medal with team US and is back to the dominating force he was prior to the injury. IN has been in playoff mode for weeks and George carried the Pacers down the stretch go to get them into the postseason by averaging 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists during a 5-1 April.
"I think through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still", James said.
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Coach Lue looked forward to the first round of the playoffs, versus the seventh seeded Indiana Pacers.
"Definitely we've gotten closer", George said Friday before the Pacers left Indianapolis. "We had some key injuries that set us back, but for the most part, it's pretty much the same". "In situations like that, I gotta get the last shot". Boston has gotten better. "What you see from good players is those guys being able to elevate their game", McMillan said.
"We believe we can beat them", Teague said. Same thing with Milwaukee... Lue still refers to Smith as the team's best wing defender, a status he's certainly proved capable of deserving. Past year was magical for us.
Asked about the recent poor performance of the team, James replied, "I've got the answer". "Dahntay is going to make it clear that you're not holding up your end of the bargain", general manager David Griffin said.
The series features the two leading candidates to claim this year's Most Valuable Player Award: Houston's James Harden and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. We've been through more, we're more hardened and seasoned than we were at this time previous year.
Love got off to a fast start for the Cavaliers, knocking down two early 3-pointers and scoring 10 points in the first six minutes, while fellow All-Star Irving added eight points in the opening minutes. So I'm no less confident.
Yes, the Cavs have had their fair share of injuries, most notably Kevin Love missing about 20 games, but they are still just 7-8 since he has returned from injury in March.