What awaits LeBron after the 2018 NBA Season?

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This will be the first time in Lebron James' career that he has faced an elimination game in the opening round of the playoffs. The man has strong feelings about his #brand.

Four-time All-Star guard DeMar Rozan said the Raptors must look for any edge they can, even if that means going at a exhausted James. Get in his way. Get all five guys on the court working together to stop him.

There's also Pascal Siakam, who has length, athleticism and quick feet and other options. "And he expects it, too", Casey said of the physicality.

While his drawbacks indicate Anunoby isn't an elite defender, he is a good one.

Cavs minute: This is the third consecutive year in which they've played Toronto in the playoffs.

The reference to last season is instructive.

The Raptors will open the Eastern semifinals at home on Tuesday after finishing atop the conference standings, and will enter Game 1 with a two-day rest advantage after eliminating the Washington Wizards in six games, while the Cavs slogged through a seven-game slugfest with the Indiana Pacers. If the Raptors let all their guys get going early there is nearly no chance the Cavs are going to be able to extinguish the Raptors fiery offense. With those new pieces in place, James still shot 62 per cent on two-point attempts. Game one tips off on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The first-round matchup between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers is finally in the books, the last of the first-round series to resolve itself. He meant it as a compliment. But we have to understand how they're gonna call the game. "But there's certain things we want to do to make him expend some more energy and there's a variety of ways we can do that. I want to go home", he said.

Toronto has never come close to finding an answer for James.

In postseason competition, there is little to no rest for the tired. We have seem him play so much at this time of year for so long that it has just become accepted fact that he will simply carry on like an unstoppable basketball machine. It didn't work, as he averaged almost three assists for every turnover, with three teammates nailing at least 14 threes in the six games (Kyrie Irving shot only 29% from three, but still averaged 24.2 points).

One thing which James did mention, which could play a huge factor, is the Raptors' bench.

This time, however, Toronto is the top-seeded team in the East after a team-record 59-win season. The three-time NBA Finals MVP averaged the highest rebound and assist numbers per 36 minutes of his career, along with his joint-third highest scoring total per game. He has also leads the playoffs in minutes this season. Then again, perhaps just a little help and good health are all James needs given the way he's playing - at least when it comes to getting out of the Eastern Conference and securing his eighth successive trip to the N.B.A. Finals. Fred VanVleet had played just three minutes in the series (Game 2) due to a shoulder injury but got in 19 on Friday and was plus-12. He said afterward he was "burnt".

"I'm burnt right now", an admittedly exhausted James told reporters Sunday afternoon.

The Cavs defense on Victor Oladipo was up and down, but I actually think he is a better player than DeRozan already. "We're going into it and approach it like it's a fresh James in those situations".

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