LeBron, Cavs escape with 109-108 win over Pacers in Game 1

Hassan Whiteside scored 23 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for Miami, who would have been eliminated with a loss. "Dahntay is going to make it clear that you're not holding up your end of the bargain", general manager David Griffin said.

Jones took over the spot on Cleveland's roster vacated by DeAndre Liggins, who was waived Sunday. "But when things don't go your way and adversity hits, how can you get back to the point that nobody thinks you can get back to?"

However, history has shown us time, and time again that when James is in the playoffs it doesn't matter how his team finished the regular season. As Korver has scored over 20 points and made 14-17 three-pointers in the two games he has played against the Pacers since he joined Cleveland.

While the Cavs have allegedly been coasting during the regular season, the numbers tell a different story. Following that year, he signed a four-year, $44 million extension with Milwaukee.

With Cleveland's overtime loss at Miami, a Boston win in their regular-season finale against Milwaukee on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) would give the Celtics the No.1 seed.

Against the Heat, they took a 91-80 lead into the fourth, but Miami stormed back to force overtime and claim the win.

This game looked more like a preseason exhibition than a matchup between two of the league's top teams.

But while the crown appears shaky, the Cavs, who dropped their last four and the No. 1 seed in the East, feel like they can defend it.

Last year, the Cavaliers went 7-0 at home through the first three rounds of the playoffs, and 2-1 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

James has always respected George, and his appreciation for him only grew during his fight for redemption.

"They're not guys that are going to come down and beat you off the dribble and run pick-and-roll", Lue said.

While the Cleveland Cavaliers have had an up-and-down season, LeBron James has had a great season individually.

Deron Williams, starting at point guard in place of Irving, led Cleveland with 35 points.

The 1-8 and 2-7 matchups in the East can not be finalized until Wednesday. "We had some key injuries that set us back, but for the most part, it's pretty much the same".

The Cavaliers went 3-1 against Paul George and the Pacers during the regular season, so they clearly match up well against the 42-40 IN squad.

The Portland Trail Blazers, headed to a first-round playoff series against the Warriors, stunned the San Antonio Spurs 99-98 on Noah Vonleh's layup as time expired. I work hard and train hard. "He nearly views me as an inspiration by coming back, really, and I've leaned on him to get back to this level".

Jones did not play in the D-League as he did last season.