"When LeBron is shooting the 3 ball the way he is, at the rate he's shooting it, they're hard", Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. But the media learned that Kyle would be sitting out Game 4 with a sprained ankle.
Its safe to say LeBron James firmly has the title of best player in the National Basketball Association in tow after his dismantling of the Toronto Raptors. Today, I thought the players laid it on the line.
"Honestly, I wouldn't BS you guys".
The future is bring, and for the Cavaliers, it will mean sweeping one more team so that the can rest before the alluring Finals trilogy. They were making shots, the Cavs were missing, and Toronto went up by 11 points - their highest lead of the series. Now, he has made a decision to opt out of his deal with the Raptors and become a free agent.
Irving's layup with four minutes remaining had Cleveland ahead by eight points. "It's not just given to you, you have to go out and earn it". Whether it's flipping the switch or just the players getting familiar with their roles at the right time, the Cavaliers have now won eight straight games, and 11 consecutive playoff wins overall. Unless the Raptors re-sign him with a higher salary, Kyle may leave DeMar behind and seek another team. "A lot of our offense was on 'Bron's shoulders". Korver jumped from 5.3 to 10.3, scoring 32 points in the final two games against the Raptors.
Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range.
Serge Ibaka scored 23 points to lead the way for Toronto, which had 0 fast break points and trailed by as many as 16 points. So they should hold hands and sing hurrah and kiss, and we win 30 games? "It's tough, going in the summer knowing you got swept". Maybe they could have made a series out of this if they didn't see Lowry, the heart of the team, go down with a bum leg.
"I think there are times that I think coach did a great job and I think there are times that we struggled", Ujiri said. "It's going to be a long summer".
There are many reasons that the Raptors lost this series, but LeBron is number one with a bullet.
DeRozan left the game briefly with 8:07 to play in the second quarter after he was inadvertently kicked in the midsection while guard Iman Shumpert.
A rim protector who can shoot and defend on the perimeter, Ibaka fits the 3-point friendly style now employed by numerous league's top contenders. Their three-point shots, whether uncontested or contested, started falling, and can't-miss Korver, who was acquired in January from Atlanta for nights just like this, had four in the second quarter alone.
The Rockets never trailed and used hot 3-point shooting to pull away in the third quarter. Their shining moments came in Games 3 and 4, when Biyombo took over as they limited the Cavaliers to under 100 points in both contests.
The Toronto Raptors' season has come to an end - but they didn't go down without a fight.
Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson rattles the rim on a slam dunk in the second half of Sunday's win at Toronto. 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.