The Cavs dominated Atlanta for three quarters and led 93-67 to start the fourth quarter. To some, at least.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will rest their starters in an important game against the Miami Heat on Monday. "We've already developed this habit just focusing on us". I think everyone's just ready for the regular season to be done and I think we've shown when we're focused that we can be a really good team, and when we're not we're not a very good team. "We're the No. 1 seed right now, and it's our job to take care of business tomorrow". You know what I'm saying? That's just my take on it. "The best thing for our team is we want to go down the stretch, be healthy and put a game plan together". All that's known at this point is that Wednesday's finale brings a visit from the Toronto Raptors, the current No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs are 0-6 this season when James does not play, with Cleveland's bench thus far unable to pull off the type of win that Atlanta's reserves did against the Cavs.
This season, James is averaging 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 37.8 minutes of play over 74 games. James and Kyrie Irving were both.
It would have gotten Miami within eight going into the fourth.
The Cavs' roster management could affect not only their chance at the No. 1 seed, but Miami's chance of slipping into the postseason at all. The Hawks will have nothing to play for in this game if they win Tuesday's game against the Hornets. The Cavaliers would give them a run for their money, forcing overtime and such, but this was simply another game that should have been won, even without three of the starting five.
It's hard to imagine a 50-win season being more underwhelming, yet perhaps there is simply a recency bias going on.
Cleveland is tied for first with Boston. They delegitimize Love's Grant Hill-like outlet pass to James for a buzzer-beating 3 against the Wizards.
As of this writing, the Cavs front office has no comment about James' partying. Sooner or later, you've got to beat Cleveland to win the East.
There is doubt, even within the Cavs' locker room, about the product we've seen thus far. "Lot of injuries, lot of incorporating guys in, guys resting at times, so the rotations haven't been steady and substitution patterns have been off. If we get to them early enough, we can hopefully keep them on the right track to a bigger and brighter future for themselves and their families".
Champions from all three National Basketball Association title teams that the Palace produced were on hand on Monday to say goodbye, receiving standing ovations from the crowd during a halftime ceremony.
Millsap finished the contest with a team-high 22 points, as he converted each of his 11 attempts at the foul line and, more importantly, managed to draw six fouls on James.