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Cavaliers complete sweep of Raptors, reach conference finals

13 Mai 2017

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer.

For the second-straight playoff series, the Cavaliers took care of their opponent in four games as the Cavs held on to sweep the Toronto Raptors 109-102 in front of a sold out crowd in Toronto at Air Canada Centre. "I will be opting out but that's as far as I've gotten", Lowry said, via Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. I feel like we've seen a lot more than a lot of other teams. I think he'll be able to continue what he's doing for a long time.

The Raptors met with the media on their traditional post-season locker cleanout day.

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). But you can't make up for his three-point shooting, his ability to score, especially when points are tough to come by.

After Game 3's loss at home Lowry said that "Nobody is closing the gap" on James, while DeRozan offered $100 to anybody who knew how to slow James down. "Do we take it to Game 6 maybe?"

The former No.9 overall draft pick has gotten better every season of his seven-year career.

"You know what? That's a good question. Haven't thought about it though", he said with a wry smile. Four. That'll be my fourth time.

It's hard to gauge, he added, how successful the team might have been had Lowry had more time to gel with the newcomers. Which I will do. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball".

Is it better to let Lowry leave or give him a contract that will be paying him more than $40 million when he's 35 years old?

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For all the talk about how Toronto's offence basically amounts to Lowry and DeMar DeRozan taking turns going one on one - heading into Sunday's game Cleveland had used an isolation play in 15% of its playoff possessions, tops in the National Basketball Association.

Serge Ibaka admitted after Game 4 that his ankle had bugged him throughout the playoffs.

"Man, it sucked", he said. I want to be a focal point of a guy.

The Cavaliers can complete a sweep of the series in Game 4 on Sunday in Toronto. The disparity there in both volume of makes and accuracy isn't astronomical, but it's indicative of one of the most damning problems for the Raptors in this series: the Cavaliers hit more threes than they did.

"I never looked at it or tried to put it into perspective, what it would be like without him", DeRozan said. "I want him to win (the championship again) though". I've gotta get better. So is forward Patrick Patterson. "I like the city, I like the fans".

Tucker had the line of the afternoon when asked if her prefers to play a physical or finesse game? You can go through so many different scenarios.

"It's kind of like being in traffic", DeRozan said.

DeRozan said the players stuck by the six-year Raptors coach. However, he also missed significant time due to injuries and even when he was healthy the current Toronto roster wasn't good enough to beat the Cavaliers. That's all I've thought about.

Knowing that to be true, the Raptors have reached a crossroads-one that has prompted the masses to call for Masai Ujiri to blow up the ship.