Raptors rookie OG Anunoby earns kudos from Cavaliers star LeBron James

09 May, 2018, 00:41 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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James and the Cavaliers have beaten the Raptors in 10 straight playoff games after beating Toronto in three straight postseasons. Sure, fans knew that LeBron James could keep the Cavs competitive but he needed to do it nearly alone in a Herculean effort just to beat the Pacers. Cleveland's hopes came true in Game 3 as DeRozan was 3-of-12 from the field.

The Cavs have now eliminated Toronto in the last three seasons-sweeping them in the last two years-and in the process looked a much better team than the one who needed seven games to beat the Indiana Pacers last round.

The defending Conference Champions are ranked No. 4 in the East. It didn't happen and now their season is over with.

"Maybe they just got our number", he said. He said the last three seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers is the reason they have not advanced in the playoffs and it has been rough for them to compete against LeBron and the Cavs.

"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", Lue said on Sunday.

Unfortunately for Toronto, with just eight seconds left on the clock, everyone in the arena knew where the ball was going. All-star guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined to have 138 points, 30 rebounds and 46 assists against Cleveland.

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But the rules say it takes four games to sweep, so they played one more, to make it official.

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Only one team has advanced to the conference finals in these National Basketball Association playoffs, and it's the same squad that looked vulnerable during a chaotic regular season, beatable in the postseason and was one loss from a possible franchise collapse.

The contributions from Cleveland's supporting cast came two days after "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at the team in a skit entitled "The Other Cavaliers", which didn't air but went viral on social media.

Anunoby averaged 5.9 points and 20 minutes a game during the regular season. "His future is now, actually", the Cavaliers star said after dispatching Toronto in a 128-93 blowout to cap a four game sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

And as rumors swirl about Casey's future, Lue said Toronto would be foolish to do anything rash.

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.

James was also kind in victory, saying the Raptors were "a very well-balanced, put-together team this year".

It is the third straight year that the Raptors' have bowed out of the playoffs against the Cavaliers. They overhauled their entire system and philosophy, earned the No. 1 seed for the first time in franchise history, finished the regular season with a top-five offense and defense and it just didn't matter.

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