Cavaliers sweep past Raptors into NBA Eastern finals

Ross Houston
May 13, 2017

Not that you needed any more evidence that LeBron James is perhaps the most dominant force in National Basketball Association history, but if you did, him getting a player like Kyle Lowry-a good player! an All-Star!-to publicly throw up his hands while still in a playoff series against James and admit, "Yeah, nobody is touching this guy" is pretty convincing. "It's easy to defend in my opinion when you play 1-on-1, it's predictable, we talked about it with coach, we feel we have to go in another direction, like I don't know what it is". Once again I'm part of a team that's been able to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

A year after all-star DeMar DeRozan, who was facing free agency, made his intentions about staying in Toronto crystal clear, Lowry had some fun verbally sparring with reporters, who asked several times about his intentions. And I have to look at that, we have to take a serious look at that.

WASHINGTON (AP) " Bradley Beal scored 29 points and the Washington Wizards used a 26-0 third-quarter run to beat the Boston Celtics to tie the series at two games apiece.

Channing Frye had 10 points, and Cleveland finished 16 for 41 from 3-point range.

"Getting over that hump is the hardest thing to do", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey, who experienced this as an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks before they went on to win a championship.

While both of their statements may ring true, those Celtics five- who beat James and the Cavs in Game 7 of the second round en route to that "08 title- took offence to what the Raptors" stars had to say about their opponent.

Last year's NBA Champions defeated Toronto 109-102 to remain unbeaten in the Playoffs this season.

Casey tried to preach the positives, but acknowledged that his team's performance hadn't been good enough.

The rest of the team followed his lead and weren't rattled by the Raptors aggressiveness or their home crowd.

John Wall tallied 27 points and 12 assists as the Wizards defeated the Celtics 121-102 yesterday to level their series at 2-2.

But the Heat have Goran Dragic under contract for three more seasons, the last being a player option. DeRozan left the game briefly with 8:07 to play in the second quarter after he was inadvertently kicked in the midsection while guarding Iman Shumpert. After suffering a sprained left ankle in Game 2 against the Cavaliers, he was unable to play in the final two games of the series.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston, but scored 17 in the first 15 minutes. Harden was superb throughout, recording game highs in points (28) and assists (12) to resuscitate an offensive attack that went silent as the Spurs rolled to victories in Games 2 and 3.

Tucker opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to slice the deficit to two points. He led the sad-sack Raptors out of the sullen Andrea Bargnani era, to places where they had never been.

For the Spurs, Kawhi Leonard wasn't himself, finishing with 16 points in 30 minutes. Game 5 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.

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