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Kent State University receiver Chris Humphrey throws the ball around as the team acclimates to Ford Field after a Mid American Conference Championship Game press conference Thursday in Detroit. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
Kent State University running back Dri Archer (center) smiles during a Mid American Conference Championship Game press conference Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit. Quarterback Spencer Keith left) and linebacker Luke Batton attended. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
TORONTO: When Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined together with the Miami Heat six years ago, they left behind two franchises that disintegrated into irrelevance. Without their franchise pillars, both the Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors became also-rans. They took far different paths to get here, but both teams have returned to the top of the Eastern Conference.