But entering the playoffs, despite the lackluster year, they were very confident.
"I'm not saying he's a lying man but I don't think he's exhausted", Casey said.
Can Thompson deliver for more than one game - A forgotten man for the first six games of their series against IN in which he logged just 23 minutes, of which 14 was garbage time IN Cleveland's Game 6 blowout loss, center Tristan Thompson was thrown into the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue and responded with his best game of the entire 2017/18 season as he totaled 15 points and ten rebounds, grabbing five offensive boards and making five of six shots IN 35 minutes.
LeBron James scored 45 points and got some needed help in Game 7 to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the playoffs, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 105-101 win over the Indiana Pacers, who pushed the game's best player to the limit.
The wear and tear of playing 82 games and then a tough seven-game series in round one take its toll on LeBron James and he runs out of gas. The Raptors will be looking for guards Lowry and DeRozan to show up in the big moments if they want to keep this historic season going.
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IN has looked just as good, if not better, than the Cavaliers for most of this series. You would think DeMar DeRozan would have had a massive scoring outing in this game, but he only had 13, but he was 3 of 5 from three.
The Cavs returned to Canada and were even more impressive in Game 6, ending the series with a 113-97 smackdown of the Raptors.
Houston connected on 17 of 32 three-point attempts and led by as many as 27 over a Jazz team that eliminated Oklahoma City on Sunday in the sixth game of a bruising first-round series.
Game 3 will be played Saturday, May 5.
When Lue made his first lineup change of this series, he turned back to JR Smith and Kyle Korver, two of the five players on this team who played in the 2017 Finals. The Cavs averaged 94.8 points per game against IN during the first round series.
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But James, who at times seemed to be playing the Pacers by himself in the series, pulled the Cavs back from the brink of elimination and at least delayed any more talk about impending free agency. The Raptors are favored by 6 points heading into Game 1.
LeBron has ruled the Eastern Conference for years. And in the recent years, the king has owned the Raptors. Make him work for his points. In seasons past, the team lived and died by its two stars performances, and if either or both of them had an off night, the team suffered. But Toronto's second unit was even better - finishing fourth overall at 41.8 ppg (first in the league after January 1 at 44.3).
Although Cleveland is excited to get to this round, the Cavs have to be anxious about how they'll fare against the Raptors.
The Cavaliers have beaten the Raptors in each of the last two post-seasons, sweeping them in the second round a year ago.
Toronto has the home-court advantage this time after earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a regular-season record of 59-23. He had played every second of the first half and had 26 points by intermission, but the stubborn Pacers sliced a 14-point deficit to 76-74 entering the final period.
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He added: "Kevin Love has not been the level of player you would hoped he would be but has hadn't been a huge liability the way he was in round one". Kyle Korver ranked sixth in the National Basketball Association in three-point accuracy, Hill shot a league-best 45% before the all-star break, J.R. Smith, Jordan Clarkson and Jose Calderon can heat up and Love is always a threat, though his offence has been thrown off by a partially-torn ligament in his thumb.