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The Cleveland Cavaliers added Jones to the roster on the final day of the season, paying him just $9k in prorated salary. Jones entered Game 1 against the Raptors with just three minutes left and got into it with Toronto’s Norman Powell, picking up two technicals for trash talking in the waning moments of the Cavs 116-105 win. Dahntay Jones barely even saw the floor against the Toronto Raptors on Monday night, but managed to lose two thirds of his salary when he did. Well, he would have if not for LeBron James http://www.officialpistonstore.com/Rick_Mahorn_Jersey. Each technical earns a $3k fine from the NBA and the second resulted in an automatic ejection. “I told him tonight, I said, ‘Listen, Dahntay, now enough is enough. Stop getting kicked out against Toronto all the time. I’m going to stop paying your damn fines.’ But yeah, he don’t have to worry about it. He’s good.” That’s right. The Cavs also signed Jones to a prorated deal on the final day of the season last year and he managed to get kicked out of a playoff game against Toronto. LeBron, the league’s highest paid player this season, took care of that fine, a whopping $81, too. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors was an absolute snoozer — unless your name was LeBron James or Iman Shumpert. In the first quarter of Cleveland’s 116-105 win, the Cavaliers teammates each threw down NASTY, highlight-reel dunks that sent Twitter timelines into frenzies. First up to show off his high-flying acrobatics was James, who caught an alley-oop off the backboard from Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving to throw down the one-handed jam. Minutes later, Shumpert joined the fun. Slicing from the wing to the basket, he rose up, cocked the ball back and flushed it through the net with brute force. Both plays were magical, but which one produced the better Scott Hartnell Authentic Jersey dunk? Let’s break them down, grading each on 10-point scales for difficulty, authority and swag. This is going to be a close one. LeBron James was the catalyst of this play in a skillful three-phase sequence: 1. He swiped the ball from Serge Ibaka’s reach with his off hand. 2. Then he prevented Kyle Lowry from getting it back with a baby crossover to his dominant hand. 3. He had the presence of mind to poke it ahead to Kyrie Irving to commence the fast break. Once Irving got some separation from Lowry, he made a quick glance behind him and immediately knew what James wanted. What a perfect combination of sound defense, instinctual communication and pure athleticism. The pass from Irving was a little strong, so James had to awkwardly contort his body to grab the ball with his left hand and put it away. As a result, the dunk wasn’t as powerful as what we’re used to seeing from James. Nonetheless, it was pretty damn authoritative. How often do you see a player catch an alley-oop off the glass in a game? Rarely. So it was like we got to see a unicorn on the court in Game 1 — a 6-foot-8, 250-pound unicorn named LeBron James. (Also, a few bonus points to James for celebrating a play later by pretending to drink a vendor’s beer.) On a drive to the basket, Kyrie Irving got stuck in no man’s land after picking up his dribble in the middle of the paint. An open Iman Shumpert bailed him out, catching the ball in stride at the 3-point line and driving down the lane, which parted like the Red Sea as he made his way to the basket. All it took was two dribbles and boom — Shumpert did what he does. How hard Shumpert dunked the basketball is summed up in one player’s reaction. Serge Ibaka thought about rising up with him to contest the attempt. Then he thought to himself, ‘Nah, bruh.’ That wise decision saved him from being posterized. The stare-down. The eternally http://www.seahawksofficialsproshop.com/Jmarcus-Webb-Jersey impeccable hair. Again, the dunk. God bless Shumpert for everything he did on this play. Over the past few days, Cleveland Cavaliers players and staff were blown away by James' dominance in practice, as he has looked rested, healthy and full of energy. It led to a quiet confidence heading into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors on Monday. James has had a week or more off nine times in his playoff career, and that doesn't even count the numerous times he has taken the last week of the regular season off to prepare for the playoffs. In short, he knows what he's doing. He set the tone in the game's opening moments when he tossed down a vicious left-handed dunk, springing off the floor at high speed, on a pass Kyrie Irving tossed to him off the backboard. It was bad judgment by Irving, with the ball being thrown too hard. But James corralled it and flushed in a highlight that probably will be replayed throughout the postseason. We've got you covered all the way to the Finals with the latest news, schedules, analysis and more. "That was the mystery coming in, how we would come out," James said. "But the energy was phenomenal ... it was a great start for us." James finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in another masterful performance. Perhaps most impressive, he didn't have a turnover until the final five minutes, when the game was well in hand. He averaged nearly five turnovers a game during the last series. "It's crazy what he can do in the air," Irving said. "Throw it up there in any vicinity and he's going to make a play." That play got the fans to their feet, and then, in another memorable moment, he cracked them up when he grabbed a beer out of a courtside server's hands and jokingly put it to his lips after he bounded into the sideline following a foul as the Cavs http://www.officialbluejacketsproshop.com/Sergei_Bobrovsky_Jerseybuilt a 25-point, third-quarter lead. Irving, who had no assists in 36 minutes in the clincher against the Pacers, came out with an aggressive disposition against the Raptors' Kyle Lowry, looking to both pass and score. On Monday, Irving racked up 10 assists (he had just 12 in the entire series against Indiana) along with his usual array of crossovers, twisting layups and lobs on the way to 24 points. That performance neutralized the efforts of Lowry, who also had his moments and finished with 20 points and 11 assists. But if the Raptors play that matchup to a draw, it's going to be hard to win the series. It was clear that a primary facet of the Cavs' game plan developed during their seven days off was to slow down DeMar DeRozan, who gave the Cavs problems last season during the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs had used some traps against Paul George during the previous round, but they gave DeRozan, and to a lesser extent Lowry, double-teams to try to keep him from getting momentum toward the rim. DeRozan managed 19 points but was just 7-of-16 from the field. Over the first three quarters, DeRozan was a horrifying minus-29 in plus/minus, a number that showed just how effective the Cavs' strategy was. DeRozan finished a game-worst minus-32. "It seems the same [as last season]," Lowry said. "They get big spurts, and we fight back. We have to find ways to eliminate the spurts." The Cavs have beaten the Raptors soundly in the four playoff games in Cleveland over the past two years, winning by an average margin of 24.8 points. In all, it was clearly the Cavs' best defensive performance of the postseason. The Raptors racked up some points in the fourth, but when the game was being decided, the Raptors shot only 43.3 percent through three quarters, with just eight free throw attempts. Overall, the Raptors were held to 43.8 percent from the field and 20 free throw attempts for the game. LeBron James Terry Mills Authentic Jersey celebrates with Kyrie Irving as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 116-105 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. It wasn't quiet for long, as James carried over his fantastic play from the first round against the Indiana Pacers and fueled a 116-105 victory against Toronto.