LeBron out for Cavs' regular-season finale vs. Raptors

"I'm ecstatic to be here, my first time to watch the Cavaliers". The extra minutes opened up by the rest afforded an opportunity to new Cavalier Edy Tavares, a 7'3 center that was among the best defensive players in the D-League this season.

Four players are averaging at least 10.7 points per game, they are: LeBron James (26.4), Kyrie Irving (25.2), Kevin Love (19.0) and Kyle Korver (10.7). The Cavs are just 1-2 against the spread in their last three games and 36-42-3 against the spread on the season. It's part of his usual playoff preparedness, since he hasn't appeared in a regular-season finale in a decade.

"He's a Cavs killer", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said Friday.

"It felt like a playoff game there and Lance sure treated it like a playoff game", George said following Thursdays practice.

"By the time it got to me, it was under four (seconds) and (the clock) was going down, so I thought I had to make a play to get us a shot off", Miles added. Indiana's record of 42-40 does not show how good the team can really be as IN has the talent but for most of the season, they just struggled to put it all together. It will be a high scoring series with both George and James putting up big numbers but in the end, Cleveland has too many playmakers and their depth will be too much for in to overcome.

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The Raptors are the third seed and host the Milwaukee Bucks at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. "It's going to be a bigger challenge for us this year". "This is a heck of a time".

IN could have won it in the final seconds, but C.J. Miles, who Cleveland's players and coaches call a "Cavs killer", missed a 14-foot jumper just before the horn.

Thompson played the game with a brace on his thumb that he will have to wear in the playoffs. The Raptors aren't listing anyone as out right now, but DeMar DeRozan is battling an illness and listed as questionable. It was a double overtime thriller between the two teams that came down to the final minute of the game and ultimately saw the Cavs win by 5 points. LeBron and Kyrie Irving didn't play in the last two games against Miami and Toronto. He backpedaled on defence and raised his arms in triumph as his teammates celebrated as if he had just hit a game-winner. Again, I'm really optimistic that we have the right people in the room that are going to react the way they always have to adversity. So, teams have gotten better, and that's just the biggest difference to me.

Cleveland went 3-1 against Indiana. Noting Paul George's explosive bursts and Jeff Teague's craftiness, the Cavs are buckling down for a showdown. Defensively, the Cavaliers are yielding 107.2 points per game against the opponents. Vince Carter averaged 27.6 in 2000-2001. The team is now the defending champions of the National Basketball Association. Toronto finished 23-18 on the road, matching Cleveland's away mark.

"What's insane is that this season seemed like it went by faster than the one past year", Lue said.