LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf

A second-round pick by Atlanta in 2014, Tavares played in just 12 career games for the Hawks and spent most of this season with Toronto's D-League team.

On the last day of the regular season, the Cavaliers lost a game, released a player, added two others, rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, welcomed back Tristan Thompson and finished with the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs host the No. 7-seed Indiana Pacers at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Jones is back with the Cavs after helping them win the National Basketball Association title last spring. If they aren't going to demand their star players play, why should you give them your money?

"Cleveland is the team to beat. We just have to be able to play our normal defense until we get there and then we will see what happens". But damn, we're good when we put ourselves here.

The Raptors, too, chose to keep legs fresh as All-Star forward DeMar DeRozan (flu-like symptoms) and Serge Ibaka watched.

Taking a look at the rest of the Eastern Conference, Boston stole the No. 1 seed away from Cleveland who may still be considered the favorite.

The Cavaliers will head into tomorrow morning's opener buoyed by the knowledge they have already dominated the Pacers this season, winning their mini-series 3-1 over the course of the campaign. Momentum is not exactly on their side heading into the playoffs.

"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. No, but I felt very confident in the ball club.

The NBA regular season has concluded and only eight teams remain standing in the Eastern Conference.

Raptors: Lowry scored 13 in his fifth game back after undergoing wrist surgery. You can't ever say that about any team with LeBron James. It's going to be tough. Paul George coming off pin-downs and trying to run LeBron around off catch-and-shoots, because you can't post Bron or it's hard to go on-on-one, so he ran Bron around a lot.

In many ways, the Cavs are the superior team, but there is something to be said about how both teams seemed to flip roles down the stretch with IN becoming the hottest IN the East while Cleveland staggered.

Iman Shumpert was the Cavs' leading scorer with 11 points.

Robin Lopez scored 18 points and Jimmy Butler and Jerian Grant had 17 apiece to pace the Bulls.

At 32 years old, he's going to be exiting his prime very quickly, and we're not sure how many years he has left in the league as a dominant force. "For now, it was really good". Meanwhile, the Celtics will be finishing up their season against the Bucks. The Cavs won by 3 and 4 points while the Pacers won by 6 and 2 points. With two open roster spots, Cleveland re-signed G Dahntay Jones for the playoffs and Tavares, who got a two-year deal. April 10 vs. Houston: Contributed 19 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals in a 125-96 victory against the Rockets. And it's on defense where the Cavs need the most help.