Tyronn Lue says it's a "relief" to finally discover Eastern Conference Finals opponent

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After a seven-day break from action, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally discovered the identity of their Eastern Conference Finals opponents after the Toronto Raptors defeated the Miami Heat in seven games. 

The Cavs had the luxury of a week-long layoff in the postseason after sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in their semi-finals series and have been waiting patiently as the Raptors and Heat battled to the very end, with both teams suffering health problems along the way. 

It is the Raptors, though, who emerged with the victory and advanced to its first conference finals in franchise history which gets underway at the Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday. 

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Toronto has played the maximum number of games through their first two rounds (14) after going to seven games in both series, whereas the Cavs have played the minimum amount of games (eight) after sweeping the Detroit Pistons and the Hawks. 

Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue has called it a "relief" that they have finally learnt who their opponents will be and can look forward to a game after a lengthy period without one.

"They're ready to play," Lue said. "I think [Sunday], it was a relief. Now we know who we're playing and now we can get focused and now we can lock in on what we're trying to do."

Lue and his team had scheduled a rare evening practice session on Sunday so they could see the outcome of game seven between Toronto and Miami and to begin working on specific matchups. 

"We're about to get our work in now, we know who we're playing," LeBron James said prior to the evening practice for the Cavs. "We're going to start diving in on their personnel, diving in on what they do best. They were chasing us all year for the No. 1 seed. We look forward to the matchup, just as well as we looked forward to Detroit and also Atlanta as well."

"They were chasing us all year for the No. 1 seed. We look forward to the matchup, just as well as we looked forward to Detroit and also Atlanta as well."

Regular season

The Raptors won the season series 2-1 against the Cavaliers, winning both games at the Air Canada Centre. It is Cleveland who holds the home court advantage in the series, though, and Dwane Casey's men must win on the road to progress to the NBA finals.   

The two defeats in Canada, however, doesn't concern the Cavs in any way with several players unfazed by the regular season results and insisting it does not give an indication of how this series will go.

"We're a totally different team than the regular season," James said.

While the Raptors come into the series with health concerns to a number of players - Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry - the Wine and Gold have a fully healthy roster, but after seven days without a game, there may be a worry that rust may become a problem. 

The old argument of rest versus rust may come into play but the Ohio-based outfit had a similar period of rest going into the Hawks encounter and didn't seem affected by it at all. 

"I've always said anytime you get an opportunity to get some rest throughout the course of our season, it's always beneficial for anybody," LeBron said.

 "Doesn't matter if you're a 31-year-old guy who's played a lot of basketball or you're a 19-year-old kid who just came into the league. It doesn't matter; you get a couple days in the postseason, there's a benefit."

The waiting is almost over in Cleveland. 

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