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Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

The president was prepared to go that route after he arrived in Toronto four years ago, but a late surge in 2014 squelched that idea.

"The fans took me in with open arms".

Kyle Lowry enjoyed a strong season with the Toronto Raptors before LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers swept his side 4-0 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"The fact that we play our best basketball in the postseason lets us know that we're up for the challenge", said James, who had nine rebounds and six assists. "When he's hitting the shot like that, they're very hard to beat", Casey said.

The Cavaliers oust the Raptors from the playoffs with a 109-102 win in Game 4. "Sitting on the bench in Game 3 suited up and knowing I can't play, Game 4 sitting there trying to help my team no matter what it was - helping them see plays, coach - it just sucks that I wasn't able to help my team".

The Wizards outrebounded the Celtics 45-31 and scored 56 points in the paint. "I've said that three times already". Ultimately we chose to go with narrative separation, and placed them at the end of the levels to prevent this problem for arising.

Ibaka scored 23 points for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and eight assists, Cory Joseph scored 20 points and added 12 assists, P.J. Tucker scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Norman Powell scored 10 points.

For the majority of the first quarter, the change seemed to spark the Raptors. However, getting swept in the second round by the team you've had in the crosshairs all season doesn't do much to boost confidence.

"We get an opportunity to rest and get back onto the practice court".

Cleveland swept Detroit and Atlanta previous year before dispatching the Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference final and Golden State in seven in the National Basketball Association finals.

A 3-pointer by Toronto's Fred Van Vleet cut it to 87-86 at 9:51 of the fourth, but James answered with a 3-pointer. With 6:38 remaining in the game, the Raptors took a 93-92 lead to finish their comeback from a 16-point deficit.

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"We needed that spark", James said.

Cleveland won 10 straight to begin the playoffs previous year. "The guys that are free, the guys that are coming back, we've gotta understand, we've gotta work on our game, become better, and leave it up to the front office to figure out everything else".

The Cavs finished the regular season with a defensive rating of 108.0, which was bad enough for 22nd in the league, tied with the woeful Brooklyn Nets.

The Cavaliers completed their inevitable sweep over the Raptors on Sunday, a series that was the ideal background music for cleaning up your apartment or doing the dishes.

Some think Toronto is better off if Lowry walks.

Lowry, who watched Toronto's last two games because of a sprained left ankle, said he expects the July decision to be hard. He was not active Sunday.

If those numbers dont properly convey how dominant was in the series, Raptors All-Star swingman DeMar DeRozan illustrated just how valuable James remains.

Kyle Korver added 18 points for the Cavaliers and Channing Frye contributed 10 points from off the bench.

Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.

Percentages: FG.476, FT.938. What did James shoot, 48 percent from 3 the whole series?


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