LeBron James, Cavaliers sweep Raptors to reach Eastern Conference finals: Takeaways

Rodney Hood

"But we've been in all three games, we've had chances to win pretty much all three games, being up in some of the games".

Cleveland, which finished nine games back of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference, won the first two games in Toronto 113-112 in overtime and 128-110.

Cleveland shot a ridiculous 65 per cent in Game 4's first quarter, when nine of their 12 field goals were either layups or dunks.

But if James and the Cleveland Cavaliers eventually meet the Boston Celtics in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, will "The King" have the same effect on Brad Stevens and Co.?

21 -After seemingly being out of the playoff rotation prior to Game 4, Cedi Osman not only led the reserves with 21 minutes, but he made the majority as well. Well, we might just find out Wednesday night in Game 5. However, LeBron got help in the second round as Kevin Love finally came back to life and the two ended up destroying the Raptors in a four-game sweep.

But can the Toronto Raptors avoid being knocked out for a fourth straight year?

The future is bleak given no National Basketball Association team has ever blown a 3-0 playoff series lead. One of the best bench units in the league, they showed up for this elimination game, contributing towards 48 of the 93 Raptors points which is remarkable on their part. "They're always able to will their team to a win, a victory, making the right pass or play or making the big shot".

If the Celtics can hold off the upstart 76ers, they would set up a rematch heavily anticipated since last season, when the Cavs beat the Celtics 4-1 to advance to the NBA Finals.

Toronto played a physical game, harassing and bumping James at every turn.

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Casey said his team played with "our trousers on fire defensively", but struggled to take care of the ball on offence.

"At the end of the day, I understand a series isn't won until you win four, so me, personally, my confidence never wavered", James said.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey, who has somehow become both a candidate for coach of the year and one facing the firing line, described his team as drained and "emotionally drunk" after close losses in Games 1 and 3. "We had a great game plan and we just tried to execute it".

"When you're playing against an All-Star starter and the caliber of player of DeMar, you just try to make it challenging on him and then hope he misses shots", James said.

With their effectiveness, the starters help lead the Cavs to shoot nearly 60 percent from the floor and 46 percent from three-point range Monday night.

Even from LeBron James, who, at age 33, is already the best or second-best player of all-time.

This could mark the third straight season that the Cavs eliminate the Raptors. Lue believes the Pacers prepared Cleveland to contend with Toronto.

Teams that trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have forced a Game 7 three times.

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