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LeBron James offers to pay Dahntay Jones' fine (again)

September 21 2017, 02:21 | Van Peters

LeBron James offers to pay Dahntay Jones' fine (again)

LeBron James offers to pay Dahntay Jones' fine (again)

Nearly the best player of all time.

The motto from the Survivor TV series sums up Monday night's Raptors-Cavaliers second round NBA Playoff series opener to a T. When Tyronn Lue brought in Deron Williams, Channing Frye, and Kyle Korver, the Raptors' bench was able to outplay them and get themselves back in the game.

It was the most complete game the Cavs have played this postseason so far and LeBron believes that his team is starting to turn a corner - something he alluded to in his comments after Game 2 of the first round series with Indiana.

LeBron said that he'll be taking care of Dahntay Jones' fine, but said too that Jones needs to stop getting ejected against Toronto.

"We want to continue to move the ball, share the ball and make everybody feel comfortable with what we're trying to do", James said.

This year the Cavs swept IN in the first round, then sat around for a week.

"He changes the whole dynamic of everything", said Casey, who wasn't referring to Kay Felder.

"They get big spurts and we fight back". "I thought it was hilarious until I thought that if I did it, it wouldn't have been taken the right way".

LeBron's got an National Basketball Association team's playoff aspirations to crush.

Buoyed by three starters with double-doubles-and almost four-the Cavs "Big 3" combined for 77 points. Also in attendance were former Browns great Bernie Kosar, current Browns cornerback Joe Haden, Browns second-round draft pick DeShone Kizer and celebrity Khloe Kardashian, the girlfriend of Cavs center Tristan Thompson.

Ibaka made the mistake of challenging James back in 2012, saying he wasn't that good of a defender.

"It's just one win", Harden said.

"It wasn't as bad as it felt going through it".

It starts with figuring out a way to slow down James. "Our confidence never wavered. That's what the playoffs are about". The Cavs point guard has recounted several times that he's been going full steam on the court for 16 months. Two-thirds of Jones' salary was wiped out in a single hit. It wears on a team and then it's 96-71 Cleveland late in the third quarter. And, once again, the Cavaliers ended up facing the Toronto Raptors in the postseason.

"They play with that flare".

It's always one game. But we have to find a way to not let them get going and get the crowd involved. He did the same past year in the playoffs when Jones was fined for hitting Toronto's Bismack Biyombo.

It's been a similar story in 2017 as the 36-year-old played just his second match of the year for the Cavs in game one of their second round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

The Rockets went 12-of-27 from 3-point range in the first half, already hitting more shots from beyond the arc than in any first-round contest.

Lowry on the other hand saw some similarities between Game 1 and the three playoff games his team had in 2016 at Cleveland. The Cavs' carefree attitude in Game 1 reflected LeBron's mentality. Reports said he didn't have an X-ray.

Charity Stripe: The Cavs shot 82.8 percent from the free throw line on 24-of-29.

Can LeBron James and the Cavaliers reach the Finals again?

In addition to all of the returning players from a year ago who faced James in the East final, Toronto has another player quite familiar with James in Serge Ibaka.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey has seen this happen before - with Michael Jordan.

Raptors at Cavaliers, Cleveland leads 1-0. James played 41:02 and was 13-of-23 from the field and 2-of-5 from three-point range.

James added 10 rebounds and four assists. The entire end-game sequence was emblematic of Cleveland's stress level against this team.

Go Browns: New Browns QB DeShone Kizer, a Toledo native was introduced on the Jumbotron, as were Joe Haden and Bernie Kosar.

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