Cavs' LeBron James played all 82 National Basketball Association games for first time

Marsha Scott
April 15, 2018

The 33-year-old has traditionally sat out games near the end of the season to rest for the playoffs, however, he insisted this campaign he stay on the court. Jose Calderon, the first free agent Cleveland signed over the summer, has persisted through the whole turnstile. That changed this season. For Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, it would be the fourth-straight.

"You usually go nine", he said. Kevin Love's play has also been a big plus this season and expect him to help Cleveland win the rebounding battle in the series.

The Rockets went just 3-3 in April, but considering they were 28-1 from Jan 29-March 30, there is no doubting their abilities. They are riding a 16-game winning streak.

With Philadelphia beating Milwaukee, the Cavs are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face in in the opening round.

Philadelphia earned the third seed in the East this season after posting a 52-30 record. In a topsy-turvy season in Cleveland, the one constant has been the one-man wrecking ball that's James and he's led them to another strong season on offense.

What hasn't been the same is the regular season James is coming off of as he enters the playoffs having played in all 82 games for the first time in his career.

Fratello's stingy squad stole Game 3 - 86-77 - back at the then-Gund Arena, but that Pacers squad was loaded with the likes of Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Dale Davis, Mark Jackson, Jalen Rose and Smits. Toronto has never won the Eastern Conference.

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"I think we just have a little bit more a spark and edge to us than we had previous year".

For the second year in a row, the Cavaliers and Pacers will be facing off against each other in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup is 7 p.m. April 18 at The Q. The series shifts to IN for Game 3 at 7 p.m. April 20 and Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. April 22. Game 2 will be played in Cleveland on Wednesday before the series heads to in for Games 3 and 4 on Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 22. As his game continues to develop into an effective sidekick for James, teams will continue to struggle defending him. James has never lost a first round series (12-0) and never lost Game 1 of a first round series.

James has faced the Pacers in the postseason four times during his career.

He averages 27.4 points, 9.1 assists and 8.7 rebounds a game and he has practically carried this the Cleveland Cavaliers into the play-offs. This season, those numbers were 17.6 and 9.3. Myles Turner admitted Friday afternoon. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins, who was drafted in 2003 after James, is awed by his friend's commitment and dedication.

Lue refused to name his full starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1. They've been an up-and-down team all season, but they finished the season with flashes of who they want to be come postseason time.

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