Can it be done?
The Wine & Gold's reward is a First Round date with the only Eastern Conference team that holds a winning mark against them this season - the Indiana Pacers.
At last count, they led the National Basketball Association in comeback wins. He's one of only four players left from the title team, and only he and James will be in the starting lineup Sunday from that season."I always feel like when we take the floor we're going to win every game", Love said. Jordan Clarkson and Jose Calderon will also play, per Lue, and despite his inconsistent season, it doesn't appear the Cavs have given up on J.R. Smith just yet - unless they opt to go with rookie Cedi Osman instead, which seems unlikely. The Pacers are the lucky team to take on LeBron James first, but is his team as risky as they've been recently? Here's a look at the odds to win the Eastern Conference.
They met in last year's 1st round too of course and while the Cleveland Cavaliers won in a sweep it was a pretty tightly contested series.
With the trade deadline re-wiring of the roster, Cleveland has shown signs of being able to defend at the point of attack better.
But there was that Monster to deal with.
The fourth-seeded Cavs will host the fifth-seed IN in a best-of-seven series. The Indiana Pacers have a team full of roughriders and won't enter this series intimated one bit. "So there'll be a lot of plays run for him, a lot of things are going to filter through Kevin". But the Cavs can be suspect defensively.
Sure, I know that Vegas and the sports pundits give the Blue and Gold no chance to even make it a series. He's "getting better", but that's the only update we have. Victor Oladipo addressed the crowd before Tuesday's regular-season finale and stated "We're not done yet".
The series moves back to IN next weekend, with a 7:00 p.m. start for Game 3 on Friday night and an 8:30 p.m. start on Sunday night for Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
They counted out the Pacers in July, October and now in April. This Indiana team is not run by a ball dominant superstar as it has in years past.
"I don't have friends on the court anyway", Stephenson said.