Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Cavs waive Sanders in move before playoff roster finalized

Cavs waive Sanders in move before playoff roster finalized

Now that the regular season is over, the Cavaliers are looking to "flip the switch" to playoff mode. The Boston Celtics edged Cleveland for the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and having home-court advantage could be pivotal should the two teams face each other in a best-of-seven series in the Eastern Conference finals. "But it starts with baby steps first and we understand that".

Stars: The Cavs didn't plan on overworking James this season, and while he did get rest (played 74 games), he also averaged more minutes than anyone during the season (37.8).

In many ways, the Cavs are the superior team, but there is something to be said about how both teams seemed to flip roles down the stretch with IN becoming the hottest IN the East while Cleveland staggered.

The NBA regular season is coming to a close, and the big question is "can anyone beat the Golden State Warriors?"

"We have good chance to win it all, but it starts with our opponents in two days", James said.

"I'm not going to harp on about what happened in the regular season through injuries, through good wins, through bad losses", James told reporters on Thursday.

"You'd love to go 82-0 and have everyone sing your praises, but that's certainly not what we did. If you ask me, it's who I've wanted to match up against".

However, Lue acknowledged the road to the NBA Finals might be a bit tougher, due to a stronger overall Eastern Conference.

- Cleveland was the only team in the National Basketball Association to have 3 players rank in the top 20 in rebounding per game - Kevin Love (8th), Tristan Thompson (15th) and LeBron James (17th).

"I know we're capable of winning". "We either got to put up or shut up, and I think we'll put up". "And I've been putting it together for a while".

Iman Shumpert was the Cavs' leading scorer with 11 points.

With the playoffs set to start this April 15, setting off their defense of the National Basketball Association title, the reigning world champions Cleveland Cavaliers thanked their loyal fans at the Quicken Loans Arena during the team's final home game of the season.

"Our game was enough", he said. "Our culture has got to be we don't take anyone for granted. We're focused on ourselves and the Milwaukee Bucks".

The task might be a little harder for the Pacers.

The Cavs fell 98-83 to the Raptors at the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland Wednesday, April 12, as Tristan Thompson returned to the play, with LeBron James inactive and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving did not play per the coach's decision. He was signed March 13 and the Cavs held a team option for next season, but they relinquished that right by waiving him. "The present is the only thing that matters". "Me preparing this group, me getting this group locked in and understanding what our opportunity is".

"Let's get ready to go". We played through it and our guys got through it.

But Lue wouldn't consider the regular season a failure, even though the Cavs didn't finish first in the East after leading most of the season and didn't make the improvements he sought down the stretch.

Noah has shoulder injury, might need surgery • Joakim Noah has a right rotator cuff injury and the New York Knicks say team doctors have recommended offseason surgery for their suspended center. You guys are trying to drain my energy.

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