Daily News – April 29, 2017

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Cavaliers, Raptors figure to be matched more closely in Eastern semifinals
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

Cavs, Raptors figure for closer playoff matchup this time

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavaliers and Raptors played in the Eastern Conference finals last year, and the series wasn’t as close as the final results indicated.

Yes, the Cavs won the series 4-2, but their average margin of victory was 15.5 points and they set a franchise playoff record by beating Toronto by 38 in Game 5. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cavaliers report: LeBron James’ mentality of relishing road adversity could provide edge in Raptors series
Author: Marla Ridenour
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

INDEPENDENCE: When Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was told that LeBron James had said minutes before that he loves playing on the road in the postseason, Lue almost sounded relieved.

Lue knows how well the Cavs perform at Quicken Loans Arena, where this season they went 31-10, tied for the second-best record in the NBA.

But there is something about the catcalls, the signs, the us-against-the-world mentality of being away from those friendly confines that James relishes. As the defending champion Cavs open the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors Monday night at home, James’ mindset might provide the Cavs an edge. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

James is ready to play some basketball
Author: Rick Noland
Publication: Medina Gazette

INDEPENDENCE — The rest, film work, practices and camaraderie are nice, but LeBron James is ready to play a game.

That won’t happen until Monday at 7 p.m. when the Cavaliers host the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Quicken Loans Arena, meaning the four-time league MVP and his teammates will have gone eight days between games after sweeping Indiana in the first round.

“I’m ready to get this thing going, but obviously I’m not going to rush the process,” James said Friday following another practice. “We’ve got a couple more days to prep and prepare. That’s good for our team. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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