"I'm not giving it to you". LeBron James, however, reportedly will not be involved.
The Cavaliers lost to the Raptors in their regular season finale in a relatively low-stakes game while resting their three stars in LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
Fully healthy entering the season after two years of dealing with knee issues, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had his most productive all-around season in the National Basketball Association, and it resulted in an All-Star start for the sixth-year pro.
But there's genuine concern about these Cavaliers, who staggered down the stretch. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar sounded ready for the playoffs and he believes they are still capable of winning the championship despite struggling late in the regular season.
Iman Shumpert was the Cavs' leading scorer with 11 points.
The highlight of the night for Detroit fans was a halftime ceremony that honoured the top players from the three championship teams, with Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman posing for pictures with Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups.
"I thought the effort was great", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.
If it's true that adversity builds character, the Cavs might be a lot are stronger than they appear.
George said James' support helped him pull through the months following his injury. "At the end of the day, I'm not going to harp on what happened in the regular season through injuries, through bad losses, through good wins, through whatever the case may be. That's all you can ask for". But after Lance Stephenson returned - he made his debut against the Cavs - the Pacers reeled off five straight wins and head into Saturday as the hottest team in the East. That's a pretty serious switch that is going to need to be flipped.
"They're the champs. They're the champs for a reason", said Toronto guard Kyle Lowry, who scored 13 points on Wednesday.
The Portland Trail Blazers, headed to a first-round playoff series against the Warriors, stunned the San Antonio Spurs 99-98 on Noah Vonleh's layup as time expired. They're the champs. Every team out there has to beat them to become the champs.
The sides are finalizing the deal and Jones is expected to be signed Wednesday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't announced any deal. That isn't news in and of itself because, well, Cleveland obviously has a chance to win the title.
Lue has also said the Cavs need to keep an eye on IN reserve and former Cleveland shooter C.J. Miles, who historically burns his old team and scored 27 points with five 3s on April 2nd.
Coach Lue looked forward to the first round of the playoffs, versus the seventh seeded Indiana Pacers. ESPN reported that after the team's practice Thursday, the 32-year-old expressed confidence in his team.