The Warriors also have Durant, who had missed 19 games because of a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise in his left knee, back for the postseason.
At least that's the way the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavs treated it in a 98-83 loss at Quicken Loans Arena.
It's an extraordinary feat, and James climbed above both Robertson and Jordan, trumping both of their single most efficient seasons within the league. Teague has to do enough on offense to make up Kyrie Irving's output, which hasn't exactly gone well the last two years when Teague played for the Hawks and Atlanta won a whopping zero games against Cleveland. He shot an incredible 57.4 percent with George on the floor and went a tidy 6-of-8 in the 12 short minutes the three-time All Defense honoree was on the bench. The Raptors rested DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka.
Thompson's performance was encouraging.
Thompson played the game with a brace on his thumb that he will have to wear in the playoffs. The Cleveland Cavaliers are +250 to repeat as NBA Champions, while the Indiana Pacers are +15,000. But they've lost their last three games against the Rockets, their first-round opponent.
Cleveland also got its first look at newly signed 7-foot-3 center Edy Tavares, who blocked six shots and grabbed 10 rebounds.
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Since the All-Star break, they rank 29th out of 30 teams.
The Raptors and Cavaliers finished with identical 51-31 records and the Cavs finished second in the East by virtue of having the tiebreaker over Toronto. The Pacers finished the season 5-0 after losing four straight before that. At times they have looked old and slow.
Lue echoed those feelings before the game.
Still, James said following practice on Thursday, the Cavaliers "have a good chance to win it all".
"I feel very confident that we've got a good run in us", coach Tyronn Lue said. "I'm more pissed off that we put ourselves in this position because we certainly didn't need to".
They were flat out great but that was the regular season. "And I know we can win the series". So, health is the most important thing. It's going to be a tough road whether you're first seed, second seed or third seed. In terms of first-round series prices, the Atlanta Hawks (+175) do stand a decent chance of knocking out John Wall and the Washington Wizards (-205), since Washington might struggle to find a defensive matchup for Hawks big man Dwight Howard. He's been here before - when he was first breaking out with IN, those Pacer teams were the biggest challenge James' Heat teams faced IN the East. Additionally, James has averaged fewer than 25 points per game in just one playoff stint in the past 11 seasons. Even with George at his best, the Pacers are in over their heads against the Cavs. But there were lows, of which James was well aware.
IN took advantage of the backups by pulling out to a 22-15 lead after one quarter and starting the third quarter on a 9-2 run to turn a seven-point into a 59-45 cushion.