Unquestionably, small forward LeBron James, point guard Kyrie Irving and power forward Kevin Love are the on-court leaders for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but "The Big Three" are not exclusively responsible for the successes of the team in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
"I tried to get him out for a couple of minutes, but he said, 'No, I'm fine, '" added Lue, who did make sure that James got a bit of a breather by calling a timeout on the heels of a Toronto 20-second timeout. "You gotta go two blocks, but if there's traffic, it can take you an hour to get somewhere that's two minutes away". So when the team faced Cleveland once again this year, many fans had hoped that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan would be ready and able to defeat James and the Cavaliers.
In the 109-102 close-out win over the Toronto Raptors Sunday afternoon, James led the way with 35 points to go along with nine rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. I'm just kind of shocked some guys take it so personal.
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The Cavaliers will face the victor of the Boston-Washington series.
"When LeBron is shooting the 3 ball the way he is, at the rate he's shooting it, they're hard", Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.
With James and the rest of his teammates burying opponents with a barrage of 3-pointers, Casey said it will take "a Herculean effort" to unseat the defending champs.
Serge Ibaka scored 23 points for the Raptors, and DeMar DeRozan had 22. Channing Frye scored 10 points, as well.More news: No 'clean slate' between the US and Russia, Tillerson says
"I think I can do that anywhere I play", he said.
The dominance of LeBron - one player - is so overwhelming that a three-time All-Star feels the only way to have a shot at competing for a championship is to leave the conference. Lowry knew the Raptors' season was over after they lost Game 3 on Friday night, and he was feeling existential afterwards. The Warriors still have a ways to go, but even with tougher competition awaiting, we should all keep in mind that they were missing their best player for several games, and are still without their head coach. Well, Toronto actually made one more field goal than Cleveland in the series, but the Cavs scored way more points and won easily because of all of their three-point makes ...
P.J. Tucker started this game and was huge. Unlike the previous three matches, the Raptors were in touch entering the final quarter, and even led by two points in the third quarter. We're just riding him right now. After a basket by Cory Joseph, Irving added two more free throws and a layup, scoring all of Cleveland's points in an 11-2 run that gave the Cavs a 103-95 edge with 4:00 remaining.
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