Cavaliers sweep past Raptors into NBA Eastern finals

Cavaliers sweep past Raptors into NBA Eastern finals

Cavaliers sweep past Raptors into NBA Eastern finals

James played the entire fourth quarter - but he'll have plenty of time to rest since the conference finals won't start before May 15. James has been the King of just about every stat, and if you watch the games, it is clear that he has not slowed down even at 32 years old.

Ibaka, 27, said he enjoyed his time in Toronto after coming over in a February 14 trade with Orlando. "And whatever it takes to beat the best, that's what I've gotta do".

After beginning the playoffs 8-0 following a 109-102 victory and series sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the answer might seem like an easy one. We push our team, and do what we need to do to get our team wins, and we've just got to get better.

Channing Frye scored 10 points, and Irving had nine assists.

"Late-season rumbles that Kyle Lowry will give legit thought to a free-agent switch to the West are sure to rise in volume after this series", Marc Stein of ESPN has said, according to Bleacher Report about Kyle's future with the Toronto Raptors. It took them 20 years to win 50 games, something they've done in two straight seasons. The team's best young player is Norman Powell, a second-round pick who won't likely change the landscape in the Eastern Conference.

Next Up: The Cavs will wait for the victor of the Celtics and Wizards series.

"I want a ring", he said. Before Game 4 in Salt Lake City on Monday morning, Green said he hasn't been able to watch much of the Cavaliers first few series because they have been lopsided and "boring". The Raptors took their first fourth-quarter lead of the series but couldn't avoid their fourth straight loss. We'll see the Cavaliers again next week.

"It's hard to say", said Casey, before trotting out one of his favourite sayings: "Ifs and buts are candy and nuts and we'd all have a Merry Christmas. We lost yesterday. I still have to get my ankle healthy, get treatment, get to that point".

Cory Joseph had 20 points and 12 assists for Toronto, which lost in six games against Cleveland past year in the Conference Finals.

Irving responded with a three and, following a missed shot by DeRozan, added a pair of free throws to put Cleveland up 97-92 at 5:54.

Kyrie Irving played the closer role with a huge fourth quarter on his way to 27 points and nine assists.

"We needed that spark", James said. "You don't know. If Kyle didn't get hurt, do we win (Sunday), do we win Game 3, maybe. 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. But, he is 31, and point guards don't always age extremely well, so taking a big investment in a guy like Lowry may not be the wisest choice. He was not active Sunday.

"They went to him on isos", Raptors point guard Cory Joseph said.

Game 5 is Thursday (NZ time) in Boston. What did James shoot, 48 percent from 3 the whole series?

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