Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Raptor resorts to cheap shot as Cavs run riot

Final Thoughts: On a series sweep, a poorly timed 'SNL' skit and Rodney Hood's fourth-quarter antics Cavs' Rodney Hood Angered His Teammates & Possibly Lost The Locker Room After His Game 4 Stunt
Rita Gibson | 08 May, 2018, 14:20

It is the third consecutive year that Cleveland have beaten Toronto in the play-offs.

"I think he's just getting more confident on what his abilities are", Raptors all-star guard Kyle Lowry said prior to Game 4.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said the Cavs' defence and all-round offensive display had been crucial factors in the sweep. Cleveland has now won nine straight playoff games against Toronto.

It's the end to an incredible season in Toronto.

Jonas Valanciunas scored a team-best 18 points for the Raptors.

Despite a franchise-best 59-23 record in the regular season, the Raptors couldn't win a game against the Cavaliers for a second straight year. "We've got to get back to reality, come tomorrow, work our butt off this summer and get ready for the next stage". "That is what our goal is".

With Jefferson in Cleveland, he's probably a guest in the Cavs' postgame celebration of the series win over the Raptors. Lue believes the Pacers prepared Cleveland to contend with Toronto.

James was the first player taken in the 2003 draft.

Lue, by the way, in three conference semifinal series as head coach, is a flawless 12-0.

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He played in 58 games in his five seasons with the Broncos, amassing 3,051 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Anderson turned 27 in February and averaged 4.0 yards per carry over the last two seasons.

"I thought we could bounce back, but we didn't", he added.

We're not here to discuss how the Cavs ripped Toronto's chest and pulled its heart out, though. "It's just who I am". Kyle Korver knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. DeRozan, who hit all head, was slapped with a flagrant-two foul - an automatic shower.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey, who has somehow become both a candidate for coach of the year and one facing the firing line, described his team as drained and "emotionally drunk" after close losses in Games 1 and 3.

I mean, when shots like this are going down, what can you do? The Raptors were 4-of-15 from 3-point range.

I guess we shouldn't be surprised that LeBron has worked on his game so much that he's logged considerable practice time on wrong-legged, hang-in-the-air-forever, bank shots at the buzzer. Offensively we're starting to pick up.

Yeah, yeah: LeBron James beat the Raptors at the buzzer in Game 3 - but that's just because he's a dramatist like Shakespeare and the Raptors are LeBron's Globe Theater. DeRozan and Lowry, Toronto's All-Stars, combined for 138 points, 30 rebounds and 46 assists. Hood was the only Cleveland player in uniform not to see the floor.

On a night when the Cavs were shooting the lights out, the Raptors couldn't afford to give up any more easy buckets. DeRozan, despondent at not being able to do more or help when it mattered most, went just 3 of 12 from the field and scored eight points.

"It's actually more of a hard shot if you miss, even though you're going to overtime because that momentum can carry them too, they feel good about themselves", James said. The Cavs closed the quarter on a 12-2 run to get to halftime with a 16-point lead. Cleveland shot 65 per cent for the first quarter and 62 per cent for the first half.

The Cavs are now 10-of-10 in Game 4s after taking a 3-0 lead in a playoff series.

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