CLEVELAND--The Cavaliers are glad the regular season is over.
After a big win over the Boston Celtics on April 4 to give Cleveland a one game lead and the tie breaker advantage, the Cavs lost their final four games, including the season finale to the Raptors, 98-83 and finish as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They also finished with the identical record of the Raptors at 51-32, but the Cavs have the tie breaker between the two teams. The Cavs are 4-7 over their last 11 games.
Iman Shumpert led the Cavs with 11 points as the 'Big 3' of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sat the game out.
The Cavs will host the Indiana Pacers this weekend in the start of the playoffs.
Tristan Back: Tristan Thompson returned for the regular season finale after missing the previous four games with a bruised thumb.
Jones, Tavares Signed: The Cavs have signed guard Dahntay Jones and center Edy Tavares, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Jones (6-6, 225) last played for the Cavaliers in 2015-16, appearing in one regular season game and 15 playoff games during the team’s title run. Over his 12-year NBA career, he holds averages of 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 15.7 minutes over 623 contests (157 starts) with Memphis, Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas, Atlanta, L.A. Clippers and Cleveland.
Tavares (7-3, 265) has spent most of this season playing for Raptors 905 where he averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and a league-best 2.7 blocks in 23.7 minutes over 48 contests and was a 2017 D-League All-Star selection. He also played in one game for Atlanta earlier this season. Tavares was originally drafted by the Hawks as the 43rd overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and saw action in 11 games in 2015-16 with averages of 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 6.6 minutes.
Both players are eligible for the playoffs.
Next Up: The playoffs begin this weekend with the No. 2 Cavs hosting the No. 7 Indian Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena with the date and time to be announced.