LeBron James to pay teammate's $6K fine for Game 1 ejection

Jessica Allison
May 3, 2017

It's no surprise that a LeBron James team breezed through the first round of the playoffs. Sadly, the reality we labour under is not this one.

But even before the Raptors could enjoy that turnaround the lead was right back up to eight as two quick threes and a non-call on a driving Lowry at the other end put the Cavs right back in charge. This series would be a show of force for the Cavaliers to prove that they are the team to beat in the National Basketball Association.

After winning 61 games that season, like a sleeping giant, the NBA's top team took its time rising and shining in Round 2. This year, however, things could be different.

The Cleveland Cavaliers looked downright dominant at times throughout their sweep of the Indiana Pacers in the opening round.

The three days between has seen Toronto pore over film.

On paper, this will be a tough-but-winnable matchup for Cleveland.

The Cavs face more questions due to their poor defensive performance throughout the regular season that, for the most part, carried into the first round against the Pacers. "Both ways. It's got to be a next play mentality on both sides of the ball". The Cavs rank 7th and 11th in those categories. "It's trying to out-execute them and see where that takes you". They held the Milwaukee Bucks under 100 four times after going 25-4 in regular season when keeping foes under the century mark.

Irving outplayed Lowry in last year's series, and the Raptors don't stand a chance if that's going to be the case in 2017. If he's going to continue to play like that - and there's no reason to think he's not - Toronto is in deep trouble. Ta-da! Pick and roll where the ball-handler finishes. He is clearly a huge threat to both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, as they struggled to control him last night.

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"They're a high-octane offensive team right now". The Cavs need to rein this in at least a little. "They get big spurts, and we fight back". He got to the rim when he wanted and shot well enough from the outside to keep defenders honest.

This is admittedly an extension of the above, but Toronto has two exceptionally talented offensive players.

"We lost and they won and they played better", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. Those are simply 1-on-1 situations.

It's no secret that the Cavaliers have been awful defensively this season. This is a very talented team.

"In the playoffs, it's a lot better because you've got one assignment, you know exactly what you're doing for seven games and what you want to take away", Lue said. Some teams will offer streams but if the game is not sold out thy may also decide to blackout said game. Recently, he's had to do it all, but if Kyrie Irving rediscovers his deadly stroke, the Cavs can destroy anybody. He's everything. The way you maneuver and match around him is so important. Did a guy just skydive a auto? Are they throwing missiles?

With LeBron James on the floor against the Pacers, the Cavaliers assisted on almost half of the team's baskets.

The cost for his infractions is $6,000 (by the way, Jones' salary for the season is about $9,000 since, like previous year he was signed on the final day of the regular season). LeBron was never anxious, and never really had a reason to be. He pushed me in the Eastern Conference for quite a while.

LeBron James, not surprisingly, is the key to this series.

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