Then everything changed. The Raptors offense went ice cold, and the ball movement stopped, and the Bucks were getting big plays from Giannis Antetokounmpo and - out of nowhere - Jason Terry. The winners of the third rounds are the champions of their respective Conferences and compete in the Finals.
During his 14 seasons in the NBA, James has competed in 38 playoff series and won a road game in 35 of them.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (13) in game three of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Raptors pushed Cleveland to six games a year ago and won't likely vanish easily this time.
The Toronto Raptors clinched a spot in the conference semi-finals on Thursday with a win over Milwaukee to close out the series 4-2.
Now factor in the Celtics who are 20th in the league in total payroll yet they've managed to secure the top seed in the east.
He enjoys playoff road games so much that he will even peek around the lower bowl of the arena to see the hate signs that opposing fans work up to jeer him with.
"It's a different year", said Lowry, who slouched back in his chair, arms crossed, holding the mic.
He shot 54.3% from the field while averaging 32.8 points.
The Eastern Conference Finals are pretty up in the air.
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The Warriors, one win from back-to-back National Basketball Association titles last June before Cleveland made the greatest comeback in finals history to deny them a repeat, wait until Tuesday to open round two at home against Sunday's victor between Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers. Cavs-Raptors also has a chance at going the other way.
As the season wound down, Lue needed to get Williams more involved to make sure he could count on him in the playoffs.
James embracing his first championship with Cleveland.
Compared to the Eastern Conference, the Western Conference is significantly easier to forecast.
Golden State is highly favored, and for good reason.
Clippers/Jazz: Who comes out of this series alive (but with a most likely terminal disease called GSW Syndrome), The Snake-Bit Clippers who are again without Blake Griffin or an up and coming but inexperienced and also hurt Jazz squad? A 6-foot-10, 235-pound stretch big, he also made 1.2 3-pointers per game against the Bucks. The Rockets survived on paint scoring against Oklahoma City while shooting 28% on threes.
In the Cavs four-game sweep of Indiana, James averaged almost 44 minutes per game. The series pace will be an uptick from the crawl San Antonio had with Memphis. "We make it hard on ourselves sometime, but at the end of the day we're going to go down swinging". James averaged 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.0 assists while shooting 54.6 percent from the field. The Spurs-Rockets game probably goes to the Spurs, although there is some uncertainty here.
The Spurs are powered by Kawhi Leonard while James Harden sparks Houston. The players watched the Raptors' Game 6 win over the Milwaukee Bucks at a steakhouse Thursday night - Cavs general manager David Griffin picked up the tab - while Cavs coach Tyronn Lue hosted close to 100 team employees at his house for a viewing party complete with catering and valet vehicle service. "I think it's been a good week for us to sweep and get this time off". "We've got to be able to score". "They're a very sharp team". So, if Bron plays 46 minutes and [Kyrie Irving] plays 45 minutes and we win, then it's worth it.
Who's going to win it all? Although the Warriors somehow lost the 2016 NBA Finals to the Cavaliers after a regular season in which they won the most games in the NBA in a single season, this year it looks like they'll actually take the W. The Cavs' comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals was a first for the NBA, and really only possible due to a combination of factors, including the Game 5 suspension of defensive force Draymond Green and the heroic efforts of LeBron James.
James will see the same assortment of bodies thrown at him and expect Tucker to be the guy there in late game situations.