Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

LeBron James Powers Cleveland Cavaliers To NBA Eastern Conference Final

LeBron James Powers Cleveland Cavaliers To NBA Eastern Conference Final

"They're going to come out swinging like they did (Saturday) night and when you have a team with a lot of pride that's well coached they're not just going to give in".

As the Raptors' practice wound down Sunday, star guard DeMar DeRozan sat alone with his back to the wall and headphones clamped on his hoodie-clad head.

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. "I'll feel it, until I can suppress this feeling, until I can get back in the gym". "It kind of gave him a break". "He made a tough shot".

"The level of difficulty of that shot is...very hard".

Big shots. Timely blocks. His level of consistency, especially during these last five seasons, is second to none. Still, James continued his own elite form by scoring 29 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Meanwhile, Lowry expressed his disappointment not through words but by refusing to speak, and hiding his face during the entire post-game press conference. "Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades", he said. "He's hit that a million times". But there's been a palpable feeling that change is afoot since the Raptors fell to 0-2 in the series.


All of a sudden, what seemed unlikely multiple times during this chaotic Cavs season, now seems more feasible than ever: a fourth consecutive trip to The Finals.

"They tried to show some pride in Game 3 then they quit again tonight".

"Tie game, down one or whatever the case may be, I live for those moments", said James. I'm ready to go home. "But I trust every shot that I'm going to take because I work on every shot". Smith and Korver both combined to go 6-6 from beyond the arc in the first half, while Love was a defensive presence with two blocks and two steals to go along with his 11 points to start the game.

But every time the Raptors made a push in the fourth, James had a response. After some tight hugs, he was back atop the scorer's table - just like he did after a last-second 3-pointer to win Game 5 against IN - and celebrated a win that was up for grabs. Dario Saric led Philadelphia with 25 points and eight rebounds, but getting Simmons back on track was key.

It was an embarrassing ending to a series in which Toronto had its chances despite its short time span.

"It would be absurd to make a move like that", he said. Those missed shots took Game 1 to overtime and the Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead, winning by just one point.


Lue, who played under Van Gundy in his past year as a player with Orlando, called him an awesome coach. "Just play him one-on-one".

After having a very quiet first round, Kevin Love found his mojo in Game 2.

It's over when James says so. "I'll explain it to you later". He's among the favourites to win the National Basketball Association coach of the year award, which will be announced June 25. "Don't try it at home", he told reporters. That wasn't two points.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and Kyle Lowry had 10 assists to lead the exasperated Raptors.

"They want the ball", Lue said. "[There's a] mental clock of being a kid, and telling myself, three, two, one, making the noise of the net, that [swoosh] sound".

So, what was the degree of difficulty his game-winner on Saturday?


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