Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kyle Lowry opts out of final year of contract with Raptors


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

James, who scored at least 30 points in all four games against Toronto and in seven of the eight playoff games, finished with 35 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

"I'm very impressed", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. He had more again in Game 4 of the series this weekend with a Raptors fan sitting courtside in Toronto, who James teased about his shoe selection. "It was tough on us". "It's probably our best stretch of basketball".

Casey went primarily with six players all game, with Powell the lone bench player garnering any substantial minutes.

"I think it should be a situation where a guy shouldn't have to talk to another team", Lowry told The Vertical.

Cleveland had a 12-point lead after the first half and entered the fourth quarter ahead by five. He's the franchise's all-time leader in three-point field goal makes, attempts, and second in assists, despite being with the club for just five seasons and never playing more than 79 regular-season games. "There's nothing we can be satisfied about, with our job performance, especially after the way we went out". When James hit a step-back three-pointer to make it 106-95 with less than three minutes to go, the would-be comeback was dead. "You've got to go two blocks, but if there's traffic, it'll take you an hour to get somewhere that's two minutes away".

Thompson's indication that the National Basketball Association is "a man's league" did not sit well with James and, during that same press availability, Thompson said that "his feeling just got hurt" with regard to the soon-to-be Finals MVP.

If those numbers dont properly convey how dominant was in the series, Raptors All-Star swingman DeMar DeRozan illustrated just how valuable James remains. "I like watching a good game, not even necessarily that it's going to be a close game". "I feel I've grown a lot here". He also nine assists. Maybe they could have punched with LeBron and company if they had more time to get used to one another.

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The Raptors fought back gamely in the fourth, actually taking a lead midway through, but this is not a Cavs team that is going to expend any more energy than they have to before the expected meeting with Golden State in the final.

But the Cavs shot better because the Cavs have better shooters and the best player in the world passing them the ball (and shooting 48 percent from 3-point range himself). The teams the Cavs will face in successive rounds should be a little more sophisticated in their attacks than the Raptors, which means a sweep likely won't come as easy in the conference finals. "It's going to be a long summer".

Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 1:41 first; team, 1:41 first; Thompson, 9:47 second; Shumpert, 8:07 second.

Give the Raptors this much: they didn't roll over when the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 16-point early in the third quarter.

Tucker opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer to slice the deficit to two points.

James and the Cavs have yet to lose a game, sweeping the Toronto Raptors Sunday night. Lowry's absence in Games 3 and 4 was a factor.

Kyle Lowry has made the worst-kept secret around the Toronto Raptors public.

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