LeBron James says ball-spinning against Raptors wasn't meant to be disrespectful

Sunday, 14 May, 2017

Perhaps motivated by extra time off earned with a sweep, the Cavs can close out the series in Game 4 Sunday afternoon in Toronto. The Raptors tried to counterbalance by not sending screens for DeRozan because that would give the Cavs better opportunities to trap him.

Cleveland had clung to a 79-77 lead at the start of the fourth, but then pulled away as Toronto struggled to connect from the field.

"But I have all the confidence in the world in (backup point guard) Cory Joseph".

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Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers, who have posted three straight double-digit wins over Toronto. Kevin Love had 13 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson added 12.

Norman Powell scored 13 points and Serge Ibaka had 12 for the Raptors, who shot a dismal 2 for 18 from 3-point range.

The Cavs shot 11-of-14 in the fourth quarter to the Raptors' 7-of-23. On Wednesday, Cleveland was moving the ball around nicely and getting high-percentage shots.

This one is also LeBron-related with his roaming free safety defence making DeRozan timid to the point that he won't throw the pass he knows he should make in fear of LeBron just jumping the route and taking it the other way for two.

Forward LeBron James scored 35 points as the Cavaliers topped the.

In Cleveland's four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers, James did it all, almost averaging a triple-double with 32.8 points per game on 54.3 percent shooting. Unfortunately for Raptors' fans, it's 2017 and three will always be more than two.

With Miami in 2012, he saved the Heat from elimination - and silenced some of his most boisterous critics - by scoring 45 points with 15 rebounds in a Game 6 win at Boston, where his first stint with the Cavs ended with him yanking off his jersey following a season-ending loss. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. "He's a dominant player, one of the top five most dominant players in basketball history".

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to dominate the Toronto Raptors when the series moves to Canada for Game 3 tonight at 7PM ET? They opened the playoffs with a 7-0 record in 1949 and did it again in 1950.

The 3-0 hole the Raptors find themselves in is the first since they were victims of a sweep two years ago in the first round in Washington.

DeRozan got some personal redemption after having to sit for two days and stew on that five-point effort in Game 2 going off for 37 but without some help elsewhere it just wasn't enough.

Facing the end of their season, Casey said Sunday's game is about "pride". Instead, the series has resembled little more than a booze cruise for LeBron James.

Playing without its All-Star point guard, Toronto gave the Cavaliers all they could handle for the first three quarters. Totals 38-87 16-17 94.

The Raptors lost the first games of the series by a combined 33 points. But among the players on Toronto's $108 million roster, they need to slow James to some degree.

It was clear from the start that the Spurs were going to defend with increased vigor despite the loss of Parker. This idea of masking this kind of insulting play as just the flair that the Cavs are known for only emboldens the bully. Cleveland led by two heading to the final quarter.

In the Western Conference Semi-Finals, San Antonio have taken the lead in their series against Houston Rockets for the first time.