LeBron James (MVP) dazzled in 15th (MVP) NBA regular season (MVP)

Posted April 15, 2018

We'll have to wait until Sunday to find out who will be starting for the Cavaliers in their first playoff game against the Pacers, but there's going to be an opportunity for all of their bench players to get an opportunity throughout the game. He's a potential free agent this summer, and it could mark the final passage of his epilogue in Cleveland and his forward in a new city. 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.

The Cavaliers will face the fifth seed Indiana Pacers with home-court advantage in the first round.

However they defend him, it's clear the Pacers have a way of getting to LeBron James, especially Lance Stephenson. Despite all that dysfunction, the Cavs still finished with a 50-win season as they went an impressive 11-3 in their last 14 games.

Game one starts at 3:30 p.m.in Cleveland. Without LeBron Cleveland is likely a lottery team, but with LeBron you can pencil them in as the favorite to win the East every year with confidence.

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For the Cavs, it's important that everyone who plays contributes positively in some way but this first series against the Indiana Pacers, and the entire playoffs are going to come down to the way James plays. In the Cavs four games against Indiana, Oladipo put 23, 33, 19, and 25 on the Cavs.

While in Miami, LeBron and his amigos beat the Pacers in consecutive years - 2013 and 2014 - in the Eastern Conference finals. I've enjoyed every year competing for a championship.We're looking for another run this year.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star played in his 82nd game on Wednesday night in their 98-110 loss to the New York Knicks. It isn't expected to keep him out of the postseason and he's probable for the opening game.

And that challenge is to take down LeBron, who has never lost a series in the first round of the playoffs.

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James has faced the Pacers in the postseason four times during his career. James (27.5 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds) and Love (17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds) have been the two most consistent options for Cleveland, and it falls on them to lead the team through an Eastern Conference that'll give them issues.

To start things off, LeBron set career numbers for himself this season.

The Cavs look nearly nothing like the team that went to the Finals for a third straight season a year ago, let alone the team that won it all in 2016. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Darren Collinson is dishing 5.3 assists. Gentry and Rivers kept their teams in a wild playoff race with duct tape and like three real National Basketball Association players on each roster. The Wizards struggled down the stretch, losing nine of the last 12.

"They've got LeBron", Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said last week.

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