Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

LeBron to miss regular-season finale, resting strained calf


IndyStar's Clifton Brown and Nate Taylor discuss the Indiana Pacers' upcoming playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. JR is a fine player, but championship teams aren't made or broke by guys like JR Smith, not when 6 of the other 7 guys who play the most minutes on the team were all healthy for 70 or more games (the other one being Kevin Love).

The Cleveland Cavaliers, still alive for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the NBA Playoffs, meet the Toronto Raptors in the regular-season finale on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

James, 32, who hasn't played in the last regular-season game since 2007, logged 47 minutes in Sunday's overtime loss at Atlanta.

The All-Star forward will be on the sidelines despite the possibility that Cleveland could claim the No. 1 overall seed in the Eastern Conference for the playoffs. The Cavs lost their final four games of the season to slip to the 2 seed, but don't let that losing streak fool you. Now that the postseason is here, Cleveland will see if the approach yields results. The Cavaliers are 0-7 this season when he doesn't play. They include Boston, Cleveland, Toronto, Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Indiana and Chicago. James himself couldn't explain it, and none of his teammates have more to offer up than generic responses about missing energy on the floor. Cleveland finished the regular season with ninth-worst defensive rating in the league.

In fact, James has entered the postseason playing for the top-seeded team in the East only once in the last four years. The days of Wade's 50, or even 40-point games were gone, while Irving is a threat to hit those numbers every night.

Sanders, who hadn't played since early in the 2014-15 season, appeared in five games for the Cavs and four for Canton.

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Whether it's the LeBron James with little supporting cast Cavaliers or the Big 3 Cavaliers, James is all that matters after the ball is tipped.

With six straight visits to the Finals on his resume, James knows his way around the playoffs better than any player in the league, and maybe better than anyone in history.

James also became the only player in National Basketball Association history to record a career-high in rebounds (8.6) and assists (8.7) in his 14th National Basketball Association season, and despite murmurs of him slowing down, it could well and truly be the best individual season of the King's career to date.

James is up against a familiar foe, although they look dramatically different. "But I think we're just ready for Wednesday to come and go and get ready for the weekend". That isn't news in and of itself because, well, Cleveland obviously has a chance to win the title. "This year, it's more businesslike". We chased the No. 1 seed; we lost two games to Hawks that we should've won, but we didn't.

In a post-game interview by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, James said he received an explanation from referee Leroy Richardson that he's "never heard in my 14-year career". That's on me, but I'm pretty sure that a lot of guys in that locker room feel the same way.

On April 9, Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double, breaking Oscar Robertson's 55-year-old record for most triple-doubles (41) in a season.

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