Should the Celtics prevail, the Cavaliers will have to go to Boston for Games 1 and 2 because the Celtics earned home-court advantage by having the best regular-season record in the Eastern Conference.
In the Eastern Conference finals, Cavaliers will play either Boston Celtics or Washington Wizards for a place in the National Basketball Association finals. "Whatever it takes to beat the best, that's what I've got to do".
His lay-up with four minutes left had Cleveland up by eight. "It's gong to take a Herculean effort to beat them".
The Cavaliers now await the victor of the Boston-Washington series, which is now deadlocked at two games apiece.
That series won't end until Wednesday night at the earliest, and could run until Monday night, meaning the Cavaliers will have plenty of time to rest before the Eastern Conference Finals.
Next Up: The Cavs will wait for the victor of the Celtics and Wizards series.
"When you start breaking down a lot of the film, I definitely have been blessed to be able to get to the rim and finish around nearly anybody", Irving said.
Ujiri will spend the coming weeks evaluating all facets of the franchise, but what he knows right now is that the Raptors' style of play, which got them to playoffs in four consecutive seasons, isn't working anymore and needs to change.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam-dunks past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Sunday, May 7, 2017. It will hurt everybody all summer if we don't come out and hold onto the rope together. Kerr, 51, first hurt his back during the 2015 NBA Finals, and subsequent surgeries and associated pain kept him sidelined for the first 43 games of last season. The point guard has made three straight All-Star teams. Still, DeRozan acknowledged it won't be easy to close the gap on Cleveland. "That does not mean we're far away", Ibaka said. "They cut the deficit down ... but no matter, we just stayed with it". Through three weeks, the Cavs are an impressive +10 per game, which towers over the team trailing them - San Antonio at +6.6.
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.
The backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 56 points while our guy Bojan Bogdanovic (BoBo) led the bench with 13 points while shooting 5-for-7 from the field. Ariza totaled 17 points but had two after the intermission. Harden was superb throughout, recording game highs in points (28) and assists (12) to resuscitate an offensive attack that went silent as the Spurs rolled to victories in Games 2 and 3.
Tucker opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to slice the deficit to two points.
Which brings us to the Toronto Raptors most recent playoff exit.
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