The Cleveland Cavaliers are simply not sweating anyone in the East. That was dreadfully obvious even toward the end of the season as they were suffering through a rough spell yet still readily relinquished their grasp on the No. 1 seed to the Boston Celtics. Home court advantage just doesn’t matter to them because they’re infinitely confident that not a single one of their purported conference rivals stands a chance against them here in the postseason.
LeBron James even claimed recently that he actually prefers playing road games in the playoffs because that at least offers him some semblance of adversity. And his palpable boredom at the lack of competition has been on full display so far against the Raptors – ostensibly their biggest challengers – in Games 1 and 2 of the semifinal round.
LeBron sent a clear message to Toronto early in the series opener when he decided to turn Game 1 into his own personal And1 Mixtape by signaling for a lob off the backboard from Kyrie Irving.