Raptors Season Ends Once Again With More Questions Than Answers

Damon Stoudamire

Raptors fire head coach Dwane Casey

He's the ultimate grandmaster.

But despite cries to bench Love or move him back from center to power forward, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue stuck with him, and in doing so may have prolonged Cleveland's season.

With the win, the Cavaliers swept the top-seeded Toronto Raptors out of the postseason, and are now just four wins away from James' eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.

DeMar DeRozan hasn't made a three-pointer in his last 10 playoff games against the Cavs.

LeBron James is painting another masterpiece. Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors. And for the second straight year, they make an exit without having a single victory over the defending Eastern Conference champions.

DeRozan: "Listen [to] what I'm trying to explain though, bro". "When we get stops, we're able to get out in transition and play with pace".

James had visibly developed a reported animosity toward Curry, as other stars like Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook felt his sudden rise into superstardom was undeserved, one that now seems to have eroded over time.

"For one thing, you have to stop letting him go left", Bryant told the Chris and Caron show with Chris Mannix and Caron Butler. "These playoffs will be in the back of our minds all summer".

The Raptors became the third National Basketball Association team to be swept in a series before the conference-final stage.

A major goal for the Raptors front office should be to improve the team's "shelf life".

And so, the Cleveland Cavaliers, for the fourth straight seasons, are in the Finals of the NBA Eastern Conference after sweeping the Toronto Raptors, 4-0, in their best-of-seven semi-finals series.

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Team president Masai Ujiri is expected to speak with reporters later this week.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey agreed that James was a big part of his team's problem. This is a DeRozan and Lowry production. "No matter what, I'm always going to have the utmost respect when it comes to coach Casey".

Lowry said Toronto had high expectations entering the postseason.

"I think we've just got to go out here and keep fighting, keep scratching and clawing", said VanVleet, who made his first career start in Game 3. "I'm glad we got a couple days (off)".

12/5/3 - The numbers won't jump out at you as you look over the box score, but George Hill dominated tonight and was one of the many reasons why the Cavs played so well.

On Monday night, the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers knocked out the Toronto Raptors for the third straight season.

This defeat came as more bitter for the Raptors, who did everything, including changing its style of play following last season, precisely to exact revenge with the Cavs only to come up short. again.

"They've just got our number".

So it'll be an issue the franchise has to examine: Will Lowry, with two years remaining on his mammoth deal, ever be more saleable than he is now? Teams that succeed want to see success beyond the regular season. Don't believe me... just ask Gilbert Arenas.

"They happened to run into LeBron", he said of the Raptors.

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