The NBA playoffs have arrived, and here's 10 things to watch

"We have to be very aware of him", Lue said. "Our culture has got to be we don't take anyone for granted".

The Indiana Pacers are in the playoffs for the sixth time in the last seven years and have won their last five games. In this "Last time they met" series, we're going to look at the current National Basketball Association playoff matchups and review the last time these two teams met in the playoffs.

The Cavs will take on their Central Division rivals in the Indiana Pacers (42-40), who managed to lock up a playoff berth as the seventh seed on Wednesday when they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 104-86 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

CLEVELAND-Kyle Lowry was under no illusions about what the 82nd and final game of a long National Basketball Association season meant to the Toronto Raptors here Wednesday.

"Nate McMillan's a smart coach", Lue said of his IN counterpart. They've been playing well. Paul George is averaging 23.7 points and 6.6 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 15.3 points and 7.8 assists. We've got to be prepared for that.

Who ya got winning the title? "You have to be able to, if the year's not going as well as you might have planned, you've got to be able to adjust to that, which is OK".

"Enough talking, the playoffs are here", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before the game. I think more than anything was just working with kids.

"Toronto's gotten better. Boston's gotten better".

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Charley Hoffman has seen his opening-round Masters lead cut to just one shot midway through the second round at Augusta National. In fact, he birdied all four par threes, a sharp contrast to his nine over on those holes in his previous three appearances.

"The East has gotten better", Lue stated.

Both players were ejected following a scuffle in the fourth quarter of Indiana's 120-111 win over the Sixers. Same thing with Milwaukee. "That will be the biggest difference".

Have the Cavs also gotten better? "But I've got the answer why I feel like we've got a great chance", James affirmed Cavalier fans everywhere. "I mean, I wish we had another 10 games (before the playoffs)". A Toronto win could give them some added confidence heading into the postseason, but I still like the Cavs at home. "My cousin drove me to Applebee's last night", he said. So, health is the most important thing. The difference is we've got some new pieces that we've been trying to integrate all year on and off.

Hardly the first time the Cavaliers have rested starters throughout the regular season, but much of that decision goes toward making sure stars are playoff ready. But we have to do a good job against all the other guys - C.J. Miles, Monta Ellis, Aaron Brooks, Lance Stephenson. "The challenge is here and we're up for the challenge". But the Cavs lack size up front as starting forward Tristan Thompson has been sidelined for the last four games with a sprained right thumb. You know how talented he is and know he's going to come out and lead his team. These teams tied the season series 2-2. Yet he also trumpeted his team's upside.

PG on demanding the last shot/asking team to be tougher: That shouldn't upset the locker room. And this year is no different for the three-time champion.

The Cavaliers, after being in the driver's seat of the Eastern Conference for much of the season, suddenly find themselves vulnerable and out of first place.

"Tomorrow will be a good test for us", he said. "That's what we do". "We know he's going to score his points because he's a great player". "It's time to put up or shut up and I think we'll put up". I hear all the talk or whatever, I don't listen to it. "I wish it wasn't against us". "It always surrounds this team and I'm used to it".

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