NBA Executives Anticipating Dwane Casey Firing

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The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet Monday in game four of the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Down three games to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, only four straight wins will turn this series around.

In those nine games, James is averaging 40.8 minutes, 34.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.6 assists.

"You choose to continue to fight", Raptors" head coach Dwane Casey said of his message to his team. You can't stop the name.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and Kyle Lowry had 10 assists to lead the exasperated Raptors.

No matter how good James may be, this season was regarded as the Raptors' best shot at making the Finals. "We just have to be strong". But it's LeBron James we're talking about.

"We got what we wanted", Casey said.

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Coming into this series, the Raptors expressed confidence that this would finally be the year that they solved the Cavaliers.

LeBron James' epic game-winning shot began with Cavaliers coach Ty Lue's decision to take the ball out of bounds under the basket after a timeout instead of at halfcourt with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter.

After going 59-23 in the regular season, the Raptors now stand on the brink of elimination, down 3-0 to those supposedly vulnerable Cavaliers with little reason for fans to expect this series will be going back to Toronto.

"Toronto will not give up much, especially in the first and second quarters".

"Being up 3-0 is a great position to be in", Lue said. Toronto slowly made a comeback with the different lineup, eventually tying the game with eight seconds to play before LeBron James hit a game victor at the buzzer.

The Sixers still face daunting odds headed into Game 5 and trailing 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals: No NBA team has ever won a series down 3-0. "They're going to come out swinging like they did last night and when you have a team with a lot of pride that's well coached they're not just going to give in". Through the first 3 games however, it has been the same story for the Raptors. Ahead of Game 3 on Saturday, Toronto started Fred VanVleet in place of Serge Ibaka.

After being criticized earlier in his career - it seems laughable now - for not being clutch or taking the big shot, James has become the NBA's pre-eminent closer, the player best equipped to handle pressure and produce excellence when everything is on the line. Cleveland ranks fifth with 110.8 points per 100 possessions and Toronto is third (111.6).

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