Cavs' Tyronn Lue Plans 10-Man Playoff Rotation

  • Cavs' Tyronn Lue Plans 10-Man Playoff Rotation

Cavs' Tyronn Lue Plans 10-Man Playoff Rotation

(First-Round) Playoff LeBron - It's hard to imagine James, who has virtually averaged a triple-double for over two months, to have another level to reach.

With Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith, former Pacer guard George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr, Jose Calderon, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clark, Tristan Thompson and recently acquired big man Kendrick Perkins to name drop, make no mistake about how good the Cavs are offensively.

"My responsibility has been the same for quite a while now: Go out and try to dominate", James said.

Sounds simple, but, more or less, it's how James says he's won 21 straight games in the first round, has never lost an opening series, and has never lost the first game in any playoffs over 12 seasons.

James wasn't fair to the Pacers in last year's playoffs.

As a fan, it has been one of the most enjoyable years that I can remember. I'm not going to compare it to next year.

I cannot say that history won't repeat itself, but the Pacers won't go out quietly, that I can assure you. "We'll just see how it looks and if one guy is not great this round, then it might be nine".

LeBron James said the Cavaliers are "sharp in the mind" as they head into this first-round series with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. James credited this year's Pacers team for being "more well-balanced" with Victor Oladipo leading the charge, but he didn't let that praise turn into paranoia.

"He definitely understands that, going to The Finals, that the quicker you can get a series over and get some rest is the best way to do it", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. The Cavaliers have struggled to play consistent basketball all season and this will be the first time a LeBron James-led team finishes as a No. 4 seed since 2008. Obviously, their season, from the outside looking in, was more productive than ours because of what they went through in the offseason. I have not looked at the odds in Vegas, but I am sure they are not good.

Game 1 will mark the first time the Cav will have a completely healthy roster since Cleveland completely overhauled its franchise at the trade deadline, trading away six players and welcoming in four new players in their place.

And with everyone available for the first time, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue vows to go deep into his bench during the postseason. I think at the end of the day, we would love to have a long run, but that's going to be up to not only him but all of us.

These two teams both met in the first round of the playoffs past year, with the Cavs sweeping to a 4-0 series win - albeit with both having undergone major changes since then. "But with that it also creates some unfamiliarity on the floor, too". He played in all 82 games for the first time and led the league in total points, finishing the year with averages of 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.1 assists. "We'll see how it benefits us". The team has the option of putting Lance Stephenson, who has caused LeBron some annoyance in the past, on James when he's on the court. Golden State is trying to defend that. "I feel like we're a really tough out, to beat us four games". It's also a chance to win a championship with James, a former playoff nemesis.