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Akron's C.J. James puts pressure on James Madison quarterback Michael Birdsong causing a near interception during the second quarter of their game at InfoCision Stadium on the University of Akron campus in Sept. 2013 in Akron. (Karen Schiely/Akron Beacon Journal)
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (88) gets pressured by Akron's C.J. James during second-quarter action at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan in Sept. 2013. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/MCT)
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98), pursued by Akron defensive lineman Moses McCray (90) and safety Anthony Holmes (7), rushes for 35 yards in the fourth quarter of a game in Ann Arbor, Mich. in Sept. 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
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.