LeBron James On Fire As The Cavs Coast To Eastern Conference Finals

LeBron James rises above his opponents to shoot the game-winning bucket for Cleveland

Toronto is 0-2 all-time when it falls behind 0-3 (swept in 2015 by Washington and 2017 by Cleveland). Just like past year, the Raptors were mercilessly swept by Cleveland in the second round even though the Raptors brandished a better defense, a more 3-point oriented offense, and one of the strongest benches in the league.

"It's life", said the Raptors guard. "Because we've got too much sweat equity'".

Similarly, Kyle Lowry had little influence when it mattered most in Game 4.

Raptors DeRozan was tossed after hitting G Jordan Clarkson in the head on a layup. He said that things just don't go right for them when Toronto plays Cleveland.

"There's nobody that's going to stop James one-on-one but I think he's making him work for every inch of the court and that's what you've got to do", Casey said after Game 3. "His future is now, actually", James said, per The Globe and Mail. Not to mention, two game-winning shots.So it's hard to make the argument that's coming next, but, through three games in the postseason, members of the Cavs' organization felt James wasn't engaged the way he usually is during the playoffs. Kevin Love, who has re-established his superstar credentials, was again his wingman with 23.

James has been reluctant to discuss the Cavs' chances to win a title or get back to the Finals for the fourth straight year, but his confidence has grown with each victory.

"It's all action to me", James told ESPN after putting up 29 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Cleveland shot 59.5 per cent on the night, tying a franchise post-season record.

LeBron James breaks hearts, shatters dreams and delivers joy all in one breath.

The sweep gives the Cavs - and especially that loveable old freight train himself, LeBron - extra rest before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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. The Cavs ended the Toronto Raptors' season for the third year in a row. For good measure, LeBron has reached double figures in rebounds in six of the 10. You know LeBron's going to get the last shot, and he's probably going to make it. DeRozan had seven in the first quarter. They totalled 18 points, although Kyle did have 10 assists.

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.

With Valanciunas acting as enforcer at one end and scoring at the other, Toronto closed the gap and went ahead 38-36 after a 19-7 run.

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.

An Ibaka three-pointer cut the lead to 49-45 only to have the Cavaliers grab the game by the scruff of its neck. In Games 2-4, Love had a remarkable net rating differential of plus-48.1 points per 100 possessions, by far the highest mark of any rotation player.

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