Cavaliers open with Pacers as NBA playoff pairings take shape

The path for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to a potential fourth consecutive NBA Finals will start against the Indiana Pacers in the first round.

After a roller-coaster season that saw plenty of drama and a massive roster makeover at the trade deadline, the Cavaliers enter the postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference and could face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors?in the second round if both teams win their first-round series.

James has had to overcome plenty this season, including his head coach Tyronn Lue missing nine games due to health issues.

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