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Cavs bring out the brooms again in Raptors sweep

Cavs bring out the brooms again in Raptors sweep

Eastern Conference: Cleveland Cavaliers 109 bt Toronto Raptors 102 ( Cavaliers win series 4-0); Washington Wizards 121 bt Boston Celtics 102 ( Series tied 2-2). So when the team faced Cleveland once again this year, many fans had hoped that Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan would be ready and able to defeat James and the Cavaliers.

"There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end".

Toronto was dispatched in the second round of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers, one year after advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.

"The playoffs, everything is different", coach Tyronn Lue said Sunday after his team finished the Raptors.

"We ran into a buzzsaw", Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. Unlike the previous three matches, the Raptors were in touch entering the final quarter, and even led by two points in the third quarter.

James hit a 3-pointer with just under three minutes left to put the Cavaliers ahead by 11. In my opinion, I think Casey is still the coach going into next year, but if he's not, Stackhouse is the guy to watch. Today, I thought the players laid it on the line.

Whether Casey comes back or doesn't, you can say farewell to the brand of basketball Toronto has played the past four years. They couldn't slow down the Cavaliers arsenal and they certainly couldn't keep up with them either. He scored 16 (!) in the second quarter of game four after scoring nine points in a 90 second stretch of game three.

The Raptors have four free agents in Lowry, Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson, and - like a domino effect - numerous big decisions in the next few weeks depends on who stays and who goes.

He eventually left for Miami, saying he needed to learn how to win, and along with a cast of All-Stars won two National Basketball Association titles in four seasons before returning to Cleveland. "And I'm talking scouting, I'm talking our medical department, I'm talking everything", he said. It'll be interesting to go back and look at the game and see what we can do.

Given the lopsided of nature of this series heading into play Friday, the Raptors were already running out of options. "I'm not saying it's impossible, but they're very hard to beat when he's shooting the ball like that because the floor is so spread".

"A lot of the offense was on LeBron's shoulders", said Irving, who was willing to share the load.

A 3 by Toronto's Fred Van Vleet cut it to 87-86 at 9:51 of the fourth, but James answered with a 3.

Team president Masai Ujiri made it clear an overhaul is coming when he said "we need a culture reset here", while speaking to reporters in his season-ending news conference on Tuesday. They do a great job of getting him going and it showed tonight.

Ujiri also made a similar point to ESPN's Zach Lowe's postmortem on the team - for whatever reason, their style of play hasn't worked in the playoffs. One of the common arguments stated that, even after adding a player like Paul George or Jimmy Butler, their team still might not be good enough to get past LeBron and the Cavs. It happened. As uninspiring as it was, Toronto advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.


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