Raptor resorts to cheap shot as Cavs run riot

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Against the Cavaliers in the playoffs, however, DeRozan was at his worst, scoring 67 points on 66 shots over the course of the four-game sweep with his three worst +/- outings of the season in succession to end the year. In the second half, he reasserted himself as the centre of the Cavs' universe and slammed the door on the Raptors, extending his own record to 12 career sweeps in best-of-seven series.

DeRozan: "Listen [to] what I'm trying to explain though, bro". "They don't just do it for one game, not just for a little spell, they're able to do it for a number of years and accumulate highlights that we will always look at". "That was our goal".

Rodney Hood, the fourth player acquired at the deadline, reportedly refused to enter Game 4 in garbage time. "These playoffs will be in the back of our minds all summer".

You have likely heard this all before: No team has ever come from down 0-3 to win an National Basketball Association playoff series, with teams going 129-0 when leading 3-0. The answer to the Raptors' chief season-long question has been answered with a resounding no. Bench strength can't carry a team through the playoffs, not when James is logging 42 minutes a night.

A win and the Cavs advance to the Eastern Conference final for the fourth straight season and the eighth time in franchise history (1976, 1992, 2007, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Reports are indicating that head coach Dwane Casey's future is in serious doubt and the Raptors fueled these rumours as he and president Masai Ujiri didn't address the media.

DeMar DeRozan, on the other hand, had softer words but they carried a very similar message.

"A lot of my success, all of my success, I have to credit Casey", he said. "No matter what, I'm always going to have the utmost respect when it comes to coach Casey".

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"We weren't ready to be as physical as we needed to be", Lowry said.

Lowry did his part to help the Raptors try to get over the hump.

"We felt like we could possibly make the NBA Finals", Lowry said Tuesday, as per ESPN. "Sometimes you can build a team that could be a championship team, but you never win because you had the misfortune of being born at the same time that Jordan was".

Lowry called LeBron "one of the greatest players to ever play the game". However, DeRozan is not shying away from the prospect of facing him as he still hopes to dethrone him.

"It was good ball movement", Hill said of the Cavs offense that shot 59.5 percent and notched 29 assists. Something in between the Raptors and Pacers series is to be expected going forward.

But the rules say it takes four games to sweep, so they played one more, to make it official. I know that doesn't make it sound like they deserved to win, but they just got unlucky - missing nine point-blank shots in a row is almost impossible.

Until this series, the Raptors had not lost more than two consecutive games this season. They are playing with an urgency, energy and intelligence unseen throughout their tumultuous regular season. Don't believe me... just ask Gilbert Arenas. "It was something I just got accustomed to". He said he'll visit a shoulder specialist in NY next week and anticipates more rehab this off-season.

"They happened to run into LeBron", he said of the Raptors. "This is the place that gave me a chance", VanVleet said.