But their fragility was underscored by a rampant Cleveland on Monday, with James leading a blowout win that ensures they will be well rested for the Eastern Conference finals, where they will play either Boston or Philadelphia.
"To be the best, you've got to beat the best and we continuously have fell to the team that's made it to the finals the last three years", Lowry said. He averaged 34 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 11.3 assists against the Raptors, and overall in the postseason is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 boards, and 9.0 assists. Backcourt partner Kyle Lowry had just five points to go with 10 assists.
James has been reluctant to discuss the Cavs' chances to win a title or get back to the Finals for the fourth straight year, but his confidence has grown with each victory. But the most important thing that they had was a coach who was a part of the franchise that had stopped LeBron James in the 2011 finals.
"We want to continue to improve", James said after the game.
In season 15 at age 33, LeBron James is playing arguably the best basketball of his career. In other words, fans seem done with this corps that has regular season success but none in the playoffs.
"The Boston Celtics are capable of beating a Cleveland Cavaliers squad on a night that LeBron James drops 40 or 45 points", Smith said during Monday's "First Take" episode.
After a close first half, the Cavaliers stepped on the gas in the second half, pulling away and expanding their lead to 20-plus points to deflate the Raptors.
The results spoke for themselves throughout the series, with all five Cavs starters - plus reserve forward Jeff Green - averaging double-digit scoring figures against Toronto after James and Love were the only ones to do so vs. the Pacers.
Toronto aren't without their warts - their All-Star backcourt has a tendency to either go missing or revert to an archaic style in the playoffs - but this may well be a LeBron problem and not a Raptors problem. But for me, it's about, I'm going to show them how much I trust them and how much I believe in them.
Until this series, the Raptors had not lost more than two consecutive games this season.
Teams that trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have forced a Game 7 three times. Bounced them right out of the playoffs with a 128-93 shellacking in Game 4.
We have no idea if James can top what he's done the last 10 games, but we're certainly not ruling it out.
DeMar DeRozan, on the other hand, had softer words but they carried a very similar message. They finished 17-of-22 for 43 points. "We had a lot of challenges before the series knowing the domination they had in the regular season".
"This is probably the toughest, most frustrating, difficult, lowest feeling I've had", DeRozan said Tuesday. But if Toronto is looking for more young players perhaps they would be willing to expand the deal.
The Jazz are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Houston , 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. In their last five games, Utah is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push. "I saw he was trying to put my brother out".
Hood is averaging a putrid 4.6 points per game and has shot less than 40 percent since the start of the postseason. The person said Hood expressed regret for the incident and "didn't want to be a distraction ".
"My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel , has come under fire because she was too tough on Terrorists". One of the leaders of the Women's March movement, Tamika Mallory, blamed US President Donald Trump's proposal to ban.
Uthappa's wicket was followed by Rana's a wicket and MI started to pull things back with the departure of two settled batsmen. For Mumbai , Hardik picked up two wickets for 19 runs while McClenaghan, Bumrah, Krunal and Markande bagged a wicket each.
Dwyer said they reopened the cold case last fall but couldn't start the search until the weather and ground conditions improved. In 1996, he pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor between 13 and 15 years old, the records show.
The Padres have been no-hit 10 times since the franchise's first season in 1969, most in Major League Baseball . Joey Lucchesi (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits as the last-place Padres dropped to 11-22.
This game has no real importance to neither side but I am sure that both teams would want to end the season with a win. Mesut Ozil , Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla are also all expected to miss the trips to Leicester and Huddersfield.
It took the designer two years to make and required a handful of men to help carry the train up the Met Gala stairs. George Clooney joked about how long it took him and his wife to prepare for the lavish Met Gala .
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