DeMar DeRozan: Raptors Would Have Won With LeBron James

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

The Cavaliers got the brooms out again-and used them. Another playoff sweep. This marks the sixth sweep for Cleveland since LeBron's return and Cleveland has now become the first team in National Basketball Association history to sweep the first two rounds of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. They got one of the greatest players of all time (LeBron James).

After two straight seasons of being eliminated by LeBron James and the Cavs, Lowry spoke at length about how no one in the Eastern Conference seems to be closing the gap on James.

Serge Ibaka scored 23 points, and DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.

The Raptors were playing without point guard Kyle Lowry, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 2 on Wednesday.

But he pointed to Sunday's effort, which saw Toronto lead by as much as 11 in the first and claw its way back in the fourth before the Cavs pulled away for good. "He's battle-tested and he came up big". While the child can play the levels, filling in the letters and solving the puzzles, afterwards the parent can read the unlocked short stories so they can both experience more of Pawcho's adventures.

The Raptors led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter that ended tied at 28.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, there won't be a mediocre, good, or really good team waiting for them in the NBA Finals. The Cavs were 16-of-41 from the three-point line. "We just wanted to try to get defensive stops while he was in the zone and we were able to do that".

His lay-up with four minutes left had Cleveland up by eight.

Cleveland will now face the victor out of the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics series.

The Wizards evened the best-of-seven series 2-2 after the Celtics won the first two games in Boston.

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. "We've got to learn from that".

LBJ: After passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list in playoffs games in Game Two, LeBron James now has his sights set on all-time leader Michael Jordan, who has 5,987 points.

Gay, who played in 30 games this past season before rupturing his left Achilles' tendon January 18 against in, had informed the team he planned to opt out prior to the start of the season.

The Cavs are of course in the Eastern Conference finals for the third consecutive season. Kyrie Irving had 27 points, while Kyle Korver finished with 18.

Irving keyed the rally when he buried a step-back three-pointer and followed up with four free throws, as well as a pair of driving shots in the lane. The Celtics entered the second up 24-20 when Thomas hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Irving had nine assists.

3-Point Goals: 10-29, .345 (Tucker 4-7, Ibaka 2-6, Powell 2-8, Joseph 1-1, VanVleet 1-2, Valanciunas 0-1, DeRozan 0-2, Patterson 0-2).

DeRozan, who was coming off a career playoff high 37 points, went down in a heap in the second quarter after taking a knee to the groin from Iman Shumpert.

24 to 10 - My absolute favorite stat in basketball is assist to turnover ratio. He averaged 36.0 points per game on over 55% from the field.

Bolstered by late-season deals for Ibaka and P.J. They lost the Cavs in an earlier round and in fewer games than they did a year earlier.

The Wizards outrebounded the Celtics 45-31 and scored 56 points in the paint.