LeBron, Cavs turn out lights on Raptors again

LeBron, Cavs turn out lights on Raptors again

Toronto had entered the playoffs as the number one seed from the Eastern Conference, and were desperate to avoid a third straight series defeat to James and the Cavs after losses in 2016 and 2017.

Kyle Korver (14.0), Jeff Green (13.7) and J.R. Smith (11.7) are also in double figures in points per game. Unless, of course, you get to witness it everyday.

Cleveland shot a ridiculous 65 per cent in Game 4's first quarter, when nine of their 12 field goals were either layups or dunks.

Given his team's dominance over Toronto in the playoffs, Lue may not be helping Casey's job security, however. "He makes them all the time", Kevin Love said after the game.

It took forever to get here, but it was worth the wait. And after the Raptors earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs needed a heroic effort from LeBron James just to avoid elimination at the hands of the Indiana Pacers in the first round, it seemed that maybe, just maybe, this was the Raptors' time.

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At morning shootaround, James reflected on the fadeaway jumpers he took in Game 2, and hinted that not every made basket carries the same value, especially when it comes to demoralizing an opponent.

As one league source familiar with the Cavs put it before the playoffs: "He's so blessed physically that if you give him a day off, or, God forbid, you give him two days off, you can't deal with the guy". McConnell had a career-high 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in only his second start of the season and meshed well in the backcourt with Ben Simmons.

LeBron emotionally rips Toronto apart, year-after-year and DeRozan - whose season ended in the third quarter of game four after getting slapped with a technical two - expressed how disappointed he is.

"This year it was a big disappointment because we did so well in the regular season".

As the Raptors reflect on another disappointing postseason, here are three takeaways from Game 4.

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In the four games, James had 136 points on 55.3 percent shooting and contributed 45 assists. When that duo is hitting their shots, the Cavs are about as close to a juggernaut offensively as there possibly can be.

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry walks off the court. And the performance against Cleveland has not met them. It's always like, why would he shoot a shot like that - to win a playoff game? The Cavs were tested to the point of exhaustion by IN, and they responded. It was one of those kinds of nights.

21 -After seemingly being out of the playoff rotation prior to Game 4, Cedi Osman not only led the reserves with 21 minutes, but he made the majority as well. In 84 playoff minutes, the quintet is averaging 118.8 points per 100 possessions, is scoring 112.9 points per 48 minutes, and has a net rating of +9.3.

0 - To say that Rodney Hood has been struggling during the postseason would be an understatement.

The Raptors' so-called culture reset - sharing the ball and firing three-pointers - resulted in a franchise record 59 wins, second only to Houston's 65.

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Lue has seen another player like James: He was Kobe Bryant's teammate in Los Angeles.

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