Cleveland Cavaliers book Eastern Conference play-off final spot

But now that the season is over, a part of Tucker will play the what-if game and what-could-have-been game had the Raptors had more time to familiarize themselves once Tucker and Ibaka were acquired, how Toronto's fate may have been altered had Lowry not hurt his wrist and then his ankle in Cleveland.

LeBron James has been playing some of the best postseason basketball of his entire career through two NBA playoff series, sweeping both the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors while averaging 34.4 points per game through eight games. "There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end".

The Toronto Raptors point guard will opt out of the final year of his contract and become a free agent, and a lucrative deal beckons.

"The closeout game is always tough", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

"Give credit to (Raptors coach Dwane) Casey, he had them ready to play, they came out and competed". His 3.3 threes per game is what truly made him unguardable throughout this series. "And if we played like that and Kyle (Lowry) was back, we're talking about a very winnable game".

"If you're that franchise's guy, and you're the guy that they've been rolling with, and you've given that franchise everything you have, yeah, I think [contract negotiations] should be easy."

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, there won't be a mediocre, good, or really good team waiting for them in the NBA Finals. "The way they were making shots, and they were well-guarded, you're going to have to score 117-118 points a night to beat them". The Raptors took their first fourth-quarter lead of the series but couldn't avoid their fourth straight loss. Cleveland's lead was just five points after three quarters, 85-80 and they took the lead with 6:38 to play. James has been the King of just about every stat, and if you watch the games, it is clear that he has not slowed down even at 32 years old.

"I don't know if we made that final click", he added.

James added nine rebounds and six assists.

Asked to compare the James he faced this year to the player he opposed last spring, Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said he noticed a definite difference.

"I'm going to spend so much time with them that they're going to get exhausted of me, " he joked. They do a great job of getting him going and it showed tonight. They were wrong. After stealing two games from the champs a year ago, Toronto was swept and there's just no sugarcoating the reality: the result - and, most importantly, what led to it - should be considered a major disappointment. "It's going to be a long summer". However, from there, the Cavs finished the quarter with a 15-5 run and the two teams were tied at 28 after one quarter.

No Lowry: P.J. Tucker started his first game in the playoffs in place of Lowry. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball". But many Raptors fans remember how LeBron James gave everything he had and ensured that the Toronto Raptors would not advance to the next round of the playoffs. Isaiah Thomas top-scored for the Celtics, scoring 19 points.

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