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Kevin Love wants to take leadership role with Cavaliers in playoffs

15 April, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Joan Malone
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During an interview with ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Love said he's trying not to focus on the possibility but also acknowledge the potential importance of postseason success on LeBron James' upcoming free-agent decision. It's possible the team is unable to "flip the switch" leaving the door open for the Pacers to upset the Cavs and end James' run of dominance through the Eastern Conference.

James wasn't fair to the Pacers in last year's playoffs. Even Game 1 in Cleveland saw another nail-biting finish.

November 1: The Pacers snapped a nine-game losing streak at The Q - handing the Wine & Gold their fourth straight loss in the process, scoring at least 30 points in all four quarters and hitting on 62 percent from beyond the arc in a one-sided 124-107 win. Of the Pacers top 10 contributors in minutes per game, only Cory Joseph and Lance Stephenson have played all 82 games.

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So in reality, the Cleveland team that takes the court against in will be one that in no way resembles the struggling entity that competed during the regular season. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here. "They wasn't healthy halfway through the season". The fact that even their head coach, Tyronn Lue, was sidelined for a few weeks because of health concerns is indicative of the level of chaos that the team has endured over the past six months.

His teammates and opponents may change from year to year in the postseason. Getting consistent stops against the Pacers and tightening drives into the paint would help take the right steps forward in this department. The Cavs will have the home court advantage, but the Pacers have the advantage in the season series at 3-1. In Oladipo they have a player capable of taking over a game, but James knows the ropes better than anyone this time of year. They were 21-20 on the road this season after winning only 13 road games last season. Turner is now 5 of 26 overall, 0 for 9 on 3-pointers. That will depend on LeBron James. He had 11 rebounds in Indiana's last four games. He was able to do that in some fashion back in January, leading to a costly technical being whistled on James. The three-time champ is coming off perhaps his finest regular season, and there's no reason to think he won't be at his best in April, May and probably June. James is battle-tested enough to avoid again falling into a similar trap.

The start of the National Basketball Association postseason means two major things for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In each of those years, the team had gone through sluggish periods only to turn it on once the postseason arrived.


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