What Cleveland wouldn’t do was look back at its regular-season series with Toronto — which the Raptors won 2-1 — as any indicator of how the conference finals could go.
“We’re a totally different team than the regular season,” James said.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue echoed James’ sentiment. “Nothin’,” Lue said when asked what the Cavs could learn from their previous games with the Raptors.
Kyrie Irving followed suit, simply saying, “No,” when asked if he could draw anything from those meetings, with both of the Cavs’ losses coming at the Air Canada Centre.
Irving later changed his stance ever so slightly, allowing that the Cavs’ experience in those losses in Toronto — two games in which Cleveland held fourth quarter leads only to fold down the stretch — could help them when the series shifts north for Games 3 and 4.
After openly pining for the chance to play his old crew earlier in the postseason, James was mum on the subject of the reunion not happening when asked about it on Sunday.
“No,” was all James said when asked if he was lamenting the fact that he missed out on the chance to compete against his friend Dwyane Wade.
“I’ve always said anytime you get an opportunity to get some rest throughout the course of our season, it’s always beneficial for anybody,” James said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re a 31-year-old guy who’s played a lot of basketball or you’re a 19-year-old kid who just came into the league. It doesn’t matter; you get a couple days in the postseason, there’s a benefit.”
In two short days, the wait will be over.
Silver does, however, say he believes that having logos on jerseys makes more sense today than it did even five years ago, when the idea of selling the spot was broached.
“The media landscape is changing,” Silver said. “People are watching less live television outside of sports. People are watching fewer commercials. This will become an important opportunity for companies for connecting directly with their consumers.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass declined to confirm the vote tally.
“They’re ready to play,” Lue said. “I think [Sunday], it was a relief. Now we know who we’re playing and now we can get focused and now we can lock in on what we’re trying to do.”
The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place in Toronto this September, and today we got our first look at the jerseys, which are being made by Adidas.
The good news is that the jerseys aren’t bad. Even the worst of them are adequate, and the best ones are spectacular.