Brad Stevens wants no half-hearted effort in doubling LeBron James

The shakeup sort of helped, but let's also remember the new-look Cavs were almost eliminated in the first round by Indiana. So they are very flexible defensive-wise and they do a good job defensively.

I don't really see they're lacking at any position. 2 and 4 seeds, respectively, overcame all kinds of adversity and open their second straight conference finals Sunday at TD Garden. Jonas Knox (filling in for JT The Brick) and Tomm Looney discuss LeBron's future in Cleveland & tell you why this season is proof that James is looking for a reason to leave. But it may be determined on the other end of the floor, where both teams have had their issues.

The Pacers were aggressive, disrupting one of the league's most prolific offenses.

The Cavs were balanced and were finally able to take some of the pressure off James, who had seemingly been abandoned by his teammates through much of the postseason. They're athletic, they can switch a lot of things. The last time they were in that situation, the Celtics won the game - and, in a result that defied the Vegas odds in a huge way - won the series in five games against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Key Matchup: Golden State's Kevin Durant vs. Houston's Trevor Ariza.

"For sure the IN series has prepared us for the playoffs IN a lot of ways". It just doesn't work like that and to wait for that to happen, it felt like that's what we were doing for a while.

Added Rozier: "We understand he's gonna make some insane plays". I've been working toward this point for a long time to just challenge myself and see where I'm at guarding one of the best players. Yes this current Cavaliers roster is arguably James' worst supporting cast, but they are still a force to be reckoned with.

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Klopp added: "There will be hopefully moments when the boys can relax, which is what they deserve and what they need". Former Spurs midfielder Jenas explained what Liverpool FC need to do to prepare for the Champions League final .


"He's their rock and he never gets rattled throughout the whole game", James said.

Both series required seven games, but teams moved on to sweep the Toronto Raptors and handle the Philadelphia 76ers in five games, respectively. Lue even unleashed Tristan Thompson in Game 7, giving him a spot start to help combat Indiana's size and swing the rebounding edge. And while Rozier has been a breakout star in these playoffs to National Basketball Association fans, James knew he would eventually shine.

"We weren't gonna lay down for nobody, no matter who was counting us out". "They watched on TV or whatever, but this is a unique team in how we operate and how we play". "He's a special player, and we all know that". We are a lot of isolation on offense. This is what we've worked all our lives for to be here in this moment.

The only question is whether you want to place your money on a team that has thrived in spite of losing their leaders or a legend who has placed a team full of mediocre talent on his back and carried them further than anyone could expect. You're trying to figure it out on the fly. I mean, chemistry takes time.

"I do all the little things no one else wants to do".

After all the injuries, the failed Isaiah Thomas experiment, the roster overhaul at the trading deadline and other distractions, the Cavs, who can get some rest while waiting for the Philadelphia-Boston victor (the Celtics), are peaking at the right time.

As James has reiterated the past few months, experience is the game's best teacher. I'm not confident Korver, Smith, Love and others can show up four games.

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