It is all up to LeBron James.

Does he want to carry the struggling Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference semifinals against the top-seeded Toronto Raptors? Is the four-time league Most Valuable Player willing to add a first-round playoff exit to his legacy, already damaged by a 3-5 record in the NBA Finals? Does he want what could be his last game as a Cavalier to end with a loss to the Indiana Pacers in the first Game 7 played at Quicken Loans Arena?

Considering the lack of help James has received from his supporting cast, fans will know soon enough. The first quarter of Sunday’s 1 p.m. elimination game against the Pacers might show if James cares enough to drag a rag-tag roster into the next round and prolong a season plagued by injuries and disappointments.

No matter his intentions or the level of his competitive fire, James said he would not dwell on the notion that his last game after 11 seasons and two stints with the Cavs could be at hand.

“No. No,” James said after Friday night’s 34-point loss to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “The thought of if we don’t play well it will be my last game of the year, that will probably hit my mind. But I haven’t thought about that.”

James has won one championship as a Cav, has played 849 regular-season games and another 136 more — with No. 137 to come — in the playoffs. But somehow he will lock his brain and prevent the memories from wiggling through the keyhole.

He might be able to do that, but it could be a challenge for his teammates, already withering in the moment. The media’s Game 7 focus will be on James’ upcoming decision whether to opt out of his contract in July and perhaps depart again in free agency. Every loss to the Pacers, every 3-for-10 shooting night by Kevin Love and 3-for-9 effort by J.R. Smith seems to make that more likely.

James enters Sunday with a 4-2 record in Game 7s, averaging 33.2 points. He’s 10-9 in career elimination games. But he said he can’t tell his teammates anything that will help them.

“There’s not much people can tell you. You just gotta go out and live in the moment,” James said. “If you put everything on the floor, and your mind to it, and you go out and execute and do the things you’re supposed to be doing and your teammates feel like they can rely on you, then win lose or draw you have nothing to keep your head down about.”

Asked to explain the desire to move on, James said: “It’s just the love of the game and wanting to be remembered. Game 7 I always said is the two greatest words in sports.

“Us having a Game 7 on our floor, our fans are going to be truly excited to be a part of that. And I hope our guys are excited about that and understand that just don’t take those moments for granted. I’ve been a part of Game 7s for quite a while now and it’s just something that you wish you can get back when you’re done playing the game.”

Hill questionable

Point guard George Hill (back spasms) is listed as questionable, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was optimistic Saturday that Hill will play after missing the past three games. The injury stems from Hill being hit in the back on an illegal screen set by the Pacers’ Trevor Booker in Game 1.

“[Hill] moved around good today, played 5-on-5 and felt decent, so just have to see how his back reacts after that,” Lue said.

“We need him for his defense, extra ball-handler on the floor, turn the corner, get in the paint. But if he’s not right, then we’re not going to make him play and things end up being worse. He feels pretty good right now, just have to see how he reacts after one night’s sleep.”

Hill said he was fine, but didn’t declare himself ready.

“I don’t know. I’m going to see how it feels once I wake up tomorrow from turning, twisting, and getting hit today,” he said. “But my mindset wants to be there.

“It’s the last game or go home — even if it’s 85 percent this time, you have to be on deck and try to give it everything you have. We tried to give it breaks to see if we can move on in this series and give it a couple more days, but we don’t have that luxury right now. It’s Game 7 and we need all hands on deck.”

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