Raptors rookie OG Anunoby earns kudos from Cavaliers star LeBron James

Arnold Nichols
May 9, 2018

"We have one more game", said Casey, perhaps stating the inevitable. The Cleveland Cavaliers' star hit a ridiculous bank-shot buzzer-beater to push his team to a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Cleveland's hopes came true in Game 3 as DeRozan was 3-of-12 from the field.

Jason Smith declares that behind sorcery of Brad Stevens, the Celtics will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they will defeat the Cavaliers and advance to their first NBA Finals since 2010, possibly putting an end to LeBron's career in Cleveland once and for all. They'll try to make it 10 straight by riding the momentum from James' buzzer-beater in Game 3 into the closeout opportunity.

James feels there is more to come from the Cavaliers after they brushed the top-seeded Raptors aside. Whether it was their seemingly unstoppable offense or defense, it was hard to find a flaw in the Cavs' Game 4 performance.

Kevin Love, after struggling last series, scored 23 points on eight-of-13 shooting with six rebounds.

Every angle of LeBron James' iconic game-winner against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, May 5, has been covered in the last 36-plus hours.

"We showed a lot of maturity today and came up with a win", said McConnell, adding that the team was unfazed by the statistical improbability of overturning a 0-3 series deficit. In large part due to a thumb injury, the Cavs' All-Star big man was a non-factor for pretty much the entire first-round series with the Pacers, and stunk in Game 1 of this series. He averaged 25 points and 11 rebounds on 54 percent shooting in those three games, providing a huge boost to help the Cavs get the sweep.

"It was a great series for us", James said afterwards.


However, the Cavs traded Thomas to the Lakers on February 8, just over a month after he made his injury-delayed debut for the team.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on.

But Miles picked up two quick fouls and the Cavs' offense was in gear from the start as Cleveland opened 12 of 15 from the floor while building a 26-17 lead.

"We enjoy it", Lue said.

Even if they lost to the Cavs, no one on the Raptors team could have expected another sweep - following up the sweep from last season as well. But I knew mentally, maybe, what was going on in their head. "But as far as Xs and Os, understanding different teams, different schemes, his players, he's one of the best as far as knowing the basketball game and what it takes". James will get a full five days of rest before pushing for four more wins to make the Finals for an eighth straight year.

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.

During the regular season, the Cavaliers topped the Celtics two-out-of-three times and split the four-game season series with the 76ers.

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