Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cavaliers Enter Finals at Full Strength Unlike a Year Ago, Cleveland's Stars Healthy for Attempt T Win a Crow

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cavaliers Enter Finals at Full Strength Unlike a Year Ago, Cleveland's Stars Healthy for Attempt T Win a Crow

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TORONTO -- LeBron James isn't just going back to the NBA Finals. He's returning with a team that's healthy and whole, which makes this trip unlike last year.

Maybe it will lead to a different result.

James scored 33 points, Kevin Love had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-87 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night, winning the series 4-2.

A year ago, , a depleted Cavs team lost in six games to the Warriors, left to wonder whether things would have worked out differently if Love (left shoulder) and Irving (left knee) had been at full strength.That's not a concern this time around.

"There's definitely a different feeling," said James, who was emotional during his postgame interview on the court."I didn't appreciate last year, myself personally, getting to the finals. So much was going on in my mind, knowing that Kev was out for the rest of the season and knowing that Ky was dealing with injuries all the way from the first round. Having these guys right here at full strength, having our team at full strength and the way I feel personally, I appreciate this moment, to be able to be a part of it and be there once again."

Irving, who had battled knee injuries during his first postseason before breaking his kneecap late in Game 1 of last year's finals, said he's thankful for the opportunity to be a contributor this time around.

"It just didn't feel the same hobbling into the locker room, knowing that we were going to the finals but I wasn't at full strength and Kev was out," Irving said, recalling the Cavs' East-clinching victory last year. …

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