Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Toronto Raptors: Dwane Casey deserves another chance

Toronto Raptors: Dwane Casey deserves another chance

However, Cleveland came into Game 4 and won by 35 points in a complete demolishing of the Raptors, sweeping their Eastern Conference rivals and waiting to see who is coming for the Eastern Conference Finals. We saw that in the first series so now we should be pretty much immune to it. But the 25-year-old, considered a threat from beyond the arc, struggled mightily against IN, making just two of his 12 attempted 3-pointers. They'll try to make it 10 straight by riding the momentum from James' buzzer-beater in Game 3 into the closeout opportunity.

James had played every other night dating back to Game 5 of the Pacers series.

In the three games against Toronto, Kevin Love is averaging 19.7 points and 13.3 rebounds, with a combined 52 points and 27 boards on 18-for-35 shooting in the last two. James ended up scoring at will while also picking apart Toronto's coverages to the tune of 11 assists a game. Fresh off guiding the team to a franchise-best 59 wins, he and his staff transformed Toronto's style of offence to thrive in an National Basketball Association that favours teams that share the ball and shoot three-pointers in quantity. Kyle Lowry had 27 for the Raptors with DeMar DeRozan sitting out the fourth after contributing just eight points. But an 11-2 Cleveland run orchestrated by James and Korver got the crowd back in it and gave the Cavs a seven-point lead.

James has done it at both ends in the waning moments of games all season for a team that has only four holdovers from its 2016 title squad.

"The team just seemed to catch up to LeBron", Pluto said.

For someone who has won three of them, LeBron James sure has been averse to the word "championship" this season.As in, he hasn't really said it.

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"The easy thing to do is just to write us off, write ourselves off and say 'Hey, look we're not worthy, '" Casey continued.

"We had a lot of challenges, but we had a great game plan", James said. A photo on the front of the Cleveland Plain Dealer sports section Sunday shows the stunned Raptors contingent as the ball is about to leave James' right hand.

But Miles picked up two quick fouls and the Cavs' offense was in gear from the start as Cleveland opened 12 of 15 from the floor while building a 26-17 lead.

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

James was also kind in victory, saying the Raptors were "a very well-balanced, put-together team this year". 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. James will get a full five days of rest before pushing for four more wins to make the Finals for an eighth straight year.

James is first all-time in playoff points, third in assists and seventh in total rebounds.

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