The one thing that hasn't, yet, is their playoff seeding.
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It's important that the Cavs begin to play the best ball of the season right now, and they've arguably been doing just that in their last few games - with the exception of an absolute beatdown at the hands of the Miami Heat.
Coach Lue stepped down from the bench earlier this month to focus on his recovery.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are holding on to the third seed in the Eastern Conference, but are just half a game ahead of the red-hot Philadelphia 76ers, who now have some issues of their own (mostly, the injury to Joel Embiid). The Western Conference standings are so tight that New Orleans could finish Friday evening anywhere from fourth place (with a win and an Oklahoma City loss) all the way down to eighth (with a loss and wins by Minnesota and Utah). Still, the Pelicans made one final push, missing an opportunity to tie the game in the final minute, with one free throw each from Jordan Clarkson and J.R. Smith providing the final cushion. "I was actually thinking of making the switch at halftime because I thought we needed high-energy guys". Rodney Hood added 16 points. Jrue Holiday led the Pelicans with 25 points. After the Pelicans chopped the margin to three points at 99-96, James scored the final six of his points to make it a 105-98 game in favor of the Cavs.
Hill landed wrong on his left leg and rolled his ankle.
The Cavaliers had hit 7-of-10 (70 percent) from the field to start the game, but cooled off considerably over the rest of the first quarter, connecting on just 5-of-13 (38 percent) in that area. He'll be evaluated Saturday.
The Cavs trailed by as many as 13 in the second and third quarters and were down 12 when Hill was injured. He scored seven points. With AP Photos.LeBron James broke Michael Jordan's National Basketball Association record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight game, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied for a 107-102 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Like his record-tying bucket Wednesday in Charlotte, James set the new record on a dunk.