DeMar DeRozan: Raptors Would Have Won With LeBron James


Another playoff sweep. This marks the sixth sweep for Cleveland since LeBron's return and Cleveland has now become the first team in National Basketball Association history to sweep the first two rounds of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

The Cavaliers are looking at four wins until their third straight Finals, and for LeBron it would be his seventh in a row which is absolutely mind blowing.

Ibaka scored 23 points for the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and eight assists, Cory Joseph scored 20 points and added 12 assists, P.J. Tucker scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Norman Powell scored 10 points.

The Raptors, though, found another gear in the third, and when Tucker launched a three with 0.8 seconds left in the quarter, it cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80 with one quarter left. From there, the Cavs were able to close the game out as Toronto could not close the gap the rest of the way.

Following a replay review, Cleveland's Iman Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the second after he kneed DeRozan in the groin area while going up for a jump shot, an incident that left DeRozan lying on the court in pain. "He's battle-tested and he came up big".

Cleveland led 61-49 at the intermission with James and Korver leading the scoring with 16 points apiece. The Cavs were 16-for-41 from three-point range. The Raptors took their first fourth-quarter lead of the series but couldn't avoid their fourth straight loss. The final nail in their coffin, while also an 11-point defeat, was their best and most hard-fought showing of the series, but it was also one that begged the question: what took so long?

DeRozan, who was coming off a career playoff high 37 points, went down in a heap in the second quarter after taking a knee to the groin from Iman Shumpert. "They just turned us, and (it) kept leading to lay-ups for them".

Cleveland will now face the victor out of the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics series.

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Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston.

His current streak of NBA Finals appearances is already a total unmatched since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s.

"It's rewarding when you can advance", James said. "We understand that. We've been in this position before, but we understand there's still a lot to learn, still a lot of things we can correct and get better at".

The 5-foot-9 guard started white hot in Game 4 but attempted only one 3-pointer over the final 35 minutes and never got to the free-throw line.

Bayless has even claimed that James' legacy is "tainted" because he's playing in the weaker Eastern Conference, comparing the Cavs' competition to Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame adversaries during the Chicago Bulls' run.

3-Ball: The Cavs used the three-ball once again to ignite their offense. What did James shoot, 48 percent from 3 the whole series? And then they bring in (Channing) Frye and (Kyle) Korver. Porter had 18 points. Irving had nine assists.

24 to 10 - My absolute favorite stat in basketball is assist to turnover ratio.

Not much Love: Kevin Love had a quiet game with just five points and five rebounds.