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Cavaliers resting LeBron James, maybe Kyrie Irving, in finale

LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James heads to the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Monday, April 10, 2017, in Miami. James and Kyrie Irving were both held out of Cleveland’s game at the Miami Heat. James was listed as having a right calf strain, and Irving has soreness in his surgically repaired left knee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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The Cavaliers rested LeBron James and Kyrie Irving (though not Kevin Love, as initially indicated) yesterday and lost to the Heat. Cleveland now needs a win over the Raptors and a Celtics loss to the Bucks to secure the No. 1 seed. The odds are against that.

So more rest is coming for the Cavs.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Cavs general manager David Griffin told ESPN that James won’t play in the Cavs’ regular-season finale Wednesday against Toronto because of his calf strain. Irving might play. James hasn’t appeared in a regular-season finale since 2007.

“The most important thing for us is getting those guys some rest,’' coach Tyronn Lue said. “They’ve been carrying the load all season. ... It’s just the right thing to do. For us going forward, if we’re going to make a long run and deep into these playoffs, those guys being healthy is the most important thing.’'


The Raptors are already locked into the No. 3 seed, so they could also rest players. The Bucks are gunning for the No. 5 seed and an easier first-round opponent (Washington, as opposed to Toronto), so they’ll try to beat Boston.

So, don’t completely close the door on the Cavaliers landing the No. 1 seed. But it’s clearly not a priority.