The Cavs drilled the Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena on May 7, 128-93, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. From getting outscored by 40 points in seven games against in, the Cavs outscored Toronto by 56 in the series. With the Raptors now facing elimination at the hands of the Cavaliers for a third straight year, they have plummeted to a distant +10000 on the National Basketball Association championship odds.
Against Toronto, the Cavs got better with each successive game, capped by their Game 4 tour-du-flush.
The likes of Donovan Mitchell, Lonzo Ball and Jayson Tatum have been getting much of the attention all season while he has quietly been going about his business. The fact of the matter is we're out, we're done.
"It's just a awful feeling of when reality hits you that tomorrow you won't be preparing for work", DeRozan said.
In the previous five games in the playoffs, the Cavs' forward averaged 8.8 points and 9.4 points with 26 percent from the field. DeRozan's series was summed up with 24 seconds left in the third quarter of Game 4 when was ejected after received a flagrant two on a Jordan Clarkson layup.
"It sucks not knowing if this opportunity will present itself again", DeRozan said. "For me I always just have that belief, I don't know how, I don't know why, I just always had that belief of the more crap you go through, the stronger and more resilient you're going to be down the line".
Hoping to fare better this year against their long-time tormentor, the Raptors leveled up their roster by acquiring key role players such as sixth man of the year candidate Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Jakob Poeltl. LeBron James put up impressive stats, including 29 points and 11 assists.
For James, the 35-point win was the largest series-clinching performance in his illustrious career.
Having failed to successfully nullify the league's best player for the last two seasons, they needed another strategy to try and contain him.
"We had a heck of a season as far as the regular season is concerned", Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. He hadn't even said they could compete for one since March 1.And then, this happened. "You see him shoot that all the time with one hand in practice", Love said. "They came back and played like a championship team plays".
"The team just seemed to catch up to LeBron", Pluto said.
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. "It's a match-up nightmare for everybody". And I think anybody who played against him can see that but at some point, that's gonna come down.
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. "People thought (the Cavs) were vulnerable".
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on.