The Cavs lost to the Heat Monday night after giving LeBron James and Kyrie Irving a day off (Tristan Thompson also sat with an injury). The loss, paired with a Celtics win, means Cleveland no longer holds the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. But it doesn't seem like they really care about it too much.
"The most important thing for us is getting those guys some rest,"coach Tyronn Lue said before the game . "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."
Without James in the lineup, the Cavs have gone 0-7 this season. David Griffin, the team's general manager, told ESPN after the game Monday that James will sit again in the team's regular season finale against the Raptors. If Cleveland loses that game then they won't get the No. 1 seed.
Even if they win, the Cavs would need the Celtics to lose their next game in order to get home court advantage throughout the playoffs. There's a better chance at success Wednesday night against Toronto as there's a chance Irving plays. Kevin Love is also likely to play, and Thompson is expected to return, according to Lue.
At this point, however, the struggling Cavs are just ready to start the postseason.
"I think everyone's just ready for the regular season to be done and I think we've shown when we're focused that we can be a really good team, and when we're not we're not a very good team," Kyle Korver said Monday night .
Love echoed that sentiment:"The idea of getting locked in and having a do-or-die mentality, knowing that we can be sent home, I think that is a good calling for this team. I think we need that right now and having one game left in the regular season, yeah, I think we're ready to get this over with and then it will be go time."
The Cavs are ready for the playoffs, whether they're the No. 1 seed or not.