Raptors prep for playoffs, beat "resting" Cavaliers 98-83

Heat stay alive, rally to top Cavaliers 124-121 in OT

In fact, speaking on their depth, Boston now has 12 players averaging double-digit minutes per game and, though all don't play each game, the team can easily deploy a solid 10-man rotation each game to stay fresh and deadly. Higher-seeded teams who win the first two games are also 40-111 SU in Game 3 (on the road) during that span. The Pacers clinched the No. 7 seed with a rout of the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday.

The playoff picture is not clear yet, but if the Hawks hold onto the fifth seed they will face Washington in the first round.

They played without DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka, but the Cavaliers also rested the Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Thompson's performance was encouraging.

Norman Powell led all scorers with 25 points, and the Raptors pounded the Cavs 98-83 in the final game of the regular season. IN sat at ninth place in the East when the calendar flipped to April, but finished the regular season on a 5-1 run thanks to George's all-encompassing dominance of 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game on a scorching true shooting percentage of 66.7. He came in tied with Vince Carter and Jamal Crawford.

In his first season with Memphis, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Roanoke is averaging 8.3 points and 17.5 minutes per game. The Cavs are playing bad, everyone is talking about Russell Westbrook and James Harden and who should be MVP, ESPN's FiveThirtyEight gives the Cavs the fourth best odds in the Eastern Conference to win the National Basketball Association championship, and everyone is freaking out.

Griffin sent an email to the entire team before the team got ready to fly out to the west coast for Game Five with a lengthy explanation of how much he believed in them and reminded the team how hard they had worked to get to where they were at that point.

Walter "Edy" Tavares and Dahntay Jones, both signed earlier in the day, saw action.

Iman Shumpert scored 11, while Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams and backup forward Derrick Williams had 10 points each for Cleveland. Paul George is averaging 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.3 points and 7.8 assists.

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But there was little about the game that mattered. They battled injuries that arose at seemingly every turn and robbed them of their rhythm. Maintaining the defensive focus they had when Lowry was out could end up being the key to a Raptors Finals run. Across the board, they are just more talented, more seasoned and more prepared for this.

"It's a new year and we've moved on to Milwaukee", he said.

Lue echoed those feelings before the game. It's enough talking, and the playoffs are here. "But I've got the answer why I feel like we've got a great chance".

Jones played most of the 2015-16 season with Grand Rapids in the D-League.

"I wanted to smile, but I knew we had a long way to go in the game", Casey said. So, health is the most important thing. "Those are two things we have to be better at and we got to be good at going into the playoffs". With LeBron only sitting about six minutes per game, opponents chances are going to be limited. "I feel good. I'm not going backward".

"But we have to do a good job of taking out all the other guys - C.J. Miles, Monta [Ellis], Aaron Brooks and Lance Stephenson". We're the Cavs. We forgo "easy", and instead embrace the challenge.

The Pacers will play the No. 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in their first matchup. 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.

George slightly overtook his career best points per game as well as an impeccable 90 percent from the free-throw line.

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