The Cavaliers may seen unflappable after cruising through their first two playoff series, but even the defending champions have some concerns.
LeBron James and the Cavs will have been out of game action for nine days once the Eastern Conference finals finally starts Wednesday. But first, the Wizards and Celtics will play a Game 7.
“I know our team is anxious to play,” head coach Tyronn Lue said in an interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “(Kyle) Korver and LeBron, those guys are talking about it. So our guys are just anxious to play and ready to go out there.”
Adding to the anxiety was one pickup game that has a lot of players on edge. In a 5-on-5 scrimmage during the week Cavs backup center Edy Tavares suffered a fractured hand ending his postseason and adding a little bit to the Cavs’ nerves.
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Tavares has not played this postseason, but that type of injury can happen to anyone and Cleveland’s stars know that.
“I understand how important it is,” Kyrie Irving said. “I was about to come out and play 5-on-5 and the incident (when Tavares hurt his hand) happened three seconds later … Naw, I’m not for scrimmaging right now until the game.”
The odds that an injury happens again are slim, but they can clearly happen and every day the Cavs are not on the court in a playoff game the risk becomes greater with time.
Right now the Cavs are just trying to get to the Eastern Conference finals healthy and rested and without any other freak injuries.