Rivals and friends, LeBron and George meet in playoffs again

The Bulls went on a hot-streak to clinch the final playoff spot in the East over the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers won those three games by an average margin 9.67 points. The extra minutes opened up by the rest afforded an opportunity to new Cavalier Edy Tavares, a 7'3 center that was among the best defensive players in the D-League this season.

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, who would have been eliminated with a loss. Jones has to sign with the team then to be eligible for the playoffs. "And I know we can win the series". No matter who you are, Dahntay is going to make it clear that you're not holding up your end of the bargain. Throughout the season, he's climbed up all-time leaderboards, passing players such as Shaquille O'Neal (points), Tim Duncan (field goals), Magic Johnson (steals) and Maurice Cheeks (assists) in the record books.

With their blue chip players resting the Cavs fell to the visiting Toronto Raptors, 98-83, finishing the 2016-17 season with a 51-31 record. Following that year, he signed a four-year, $44 million extension with Milwaukee. He also played in one game for the Atlanta Hawks earlier this season.

The Pacers, with 27 points from Paul George, defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 120-111 on Monday and lie second in the Eastern Conference. In the last game between these two teams on April 2, George scored 43 points while James scored 41 points for Cleveland as the Cavaliers won 135-130 in double overtime.

"He's a Cavs killer", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said Friday. "So it's just great to have him back".

"Through everything that went on with our team, we're in a position where we can do something special still", he said Thursday as Cleveland prepared to face in in the opening round on Saturday.

"We have a job to do", George said.

Even as Cleveland stumbled down the stretch, losing its last four and finishing 4-7 over the final 11 games, there is little reason to believe the defending National Basketball Association champions are in trouble. The other, the Cavs' blew a 26-point lead. The #1 seed Celtics are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and the #3 seed Raptors are 8-2 in their last 10 games.

"He wanted to play a little more, but you're playing great, he was able to catch the ball and finish around the rim and get some offensive rebounds", Lue said. "In many ways that's a real blessing for us because it's how we like it". Those guys would lean on me for different situations at times throughout the season and I was there for them. The champions bounced back in February but by March, they were again struggling.

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

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