"We have one more game", said Casey, perhaps stating the inevitable. Make James beat you single-handedly: A similar philosophy nearly worked for the Indiana Pacers in the first round, when the Pacers pushed Cleveland to seven games by ensuring just one Cavalier not named LeBron finished with a series scoring average in double figures.
Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons finally found some success against the Boston Celtics by scoring 19 points with 13 rebounds and five assists in a 103-92 game-four win.
Toronto did rally to tie the game with eight seconds remaining, only to be put to the sword by LeBron James' off-balance buzzer-beater from 10 feet out. "I think we've done that from the seven-game series against IN to these four games".
In the Cavs' seven-game series win over the Indiana Pacers in the first round, James averaged 34.4 points per game, and Cleveland's next-highest scorer was Kevin Love at 11.4 points per game. But they aren't just moving on, they are coming off a sweep of the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors.
No NBA team has ever rallied from an 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series, with 129 trying and failing.
Four games with Toronto straightened them out.
The Cavs went 2-1 against the Celtics and 2-2 against the Sixers in the regular season, but their prospects look a lot rosier than they did a week ago.
I guess we shouldn't be surprised that LeBron has worked on his game so much that he's logged considerable practice time on wrong-legged, hang-in-the-air-forever, bank shots at the buzzer.
Toronto played a physical game, harassing and bumping James at every turn.
Said Casey: "I haven't given up on our team".
For someone who has won three of them, LeBron James sure has been averse to the word "championship" this season.As in, he hasn't really said it.
With their effectiveness, the starters help lead the Cavs to shoot nearly 60 percent from the floor and 46 percent from three-point range Monday night.
Hill scored six early points - including a pair of uncontested dunks - to jumpstart what was ultimately the finest performance to date for LeBron James' much-maligned supporting cast.
"When you're playing against an All-Star starter and the caliber of player of DeMar, you just try to make it challenging on him and then hope he misses shots", James said.
This could mark the third straight season that the Cavs eliminate the Raptors. They overhauled their entire system and philosophy, earned the No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history, finished the regular season with a top-five offense and defense and it just didn't matter.
James is first all-time in playoff points, third in assists and seventh in total rebounds.
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