But as the buzzer sounded on Toronto's season Monday night - the Cavaliers putting an exclamation point on a four-game sweep with a 128-93 throttling that counted as the biggest margin of defeat for a No. 1 seed at the hands of a lower seed in an elimination game in National Basketball Association history - you could only consider its strategic choices to be abysmal failures. We saw that in the first series so now we should be pretty much immune to it. It was the 33-year-old's second game-winner of these playoffs, coming 10 days after he hit a fadeaway 3-pointer in Game 5 in a first-round series to down an Indiana Pacers team that had him on the ropes but couldn't knock him out.
The Eastern Conference Finals are scheduled to begin May 15 and 16, but could be moved up to May 13 or 14 depending on how long the series between the Celtics and 76ers last.
James and the Cavaliers have beaten the Raptors in 10 straight playoff games after beating Toronto in three straight postseasons. Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith, Jeff Green, and George Hill each averaged double-digit points per game while shooting efficiently in the second round.
In a must-win game with their season on the line, the Raptors were eviscerated. The stats were good, but the extra level, the total domination of the game at both ends of the court, the look in his eye, it just wasn't there."Every time we come to the playoffs he has that edge", coach Tyronn Lue said after James' stunning, buzzer-beater of a shot that won Game 3 against the Raptors.
"From Game 1, they were wonderful", James said of his teammates.
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The families have said it is an "intimate affair" and have requested the media "to respect the family's need for privacy". Siddhanth Kapoor, Kirron Kher, Javed Akhtar, Kunal Rawal and Satish Kaushik were also present at the mehendi ceremony.
Toronto played a physical game, harassing and bumping James at every turn.
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.
This time, he and LeBron James had a blast in their post-Raptors sweep interviews. To be able to put ourselves in position where we can represent the Eastern Conference in the Finals, that's all you can ask for.
Raptors coach Dwane Casey has shown great faith in Anunoby, who started 62 games this season.
"I would never say a team has to win Game 1 but the Toronto Raptors had to win". But I knew mentally, maybe, what was going on in their head. DeRozan finished the quarter with a dunk to cap a 7-1 Toronto run that cut the Cavs' lead to 30-26.
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For fans who want to stream the Cleveland-Toronto Game 4 confrontation for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also stream at the above link, or on most mobile devices.
A lot of talk on why this Raptors team is different from the ones in past years was their bench.
This could mark the third straight season that the Cavs eliminate the Raptors.
Teams that trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have forced a Game 7 three times. Love became the fourth player in Cleveland history with 500 career playoff rebounds, joining James, Thompson and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
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