With the Cavaliers losing Friday’s Game 6, and the Jazz eliminating the Thunder on Friday, the Cavs get the 1 p.m. start time. The winner of Game 7 will advance to play the top-seeded Raptors in the second round next week with the series starting in Toronto.
For Cleveland to win, the Cavaliers will need a much better effort than they had in Game 6. In that game, the Cavs trailed by 10 at the half and 25 entering the fourth quarter. LeBron James didn’t play a single minute.
The good news for Cleveland is that it has LeBron on its side, and at home in Game 5, he hit a game-winner and dominated Indiana before hitting buzzer-beating game-winner. Ideally, the Cavs won’t have to him playing at that level in order to keep it close, but it wouldn’t hurt.