"You dream about it, you want it but you don't have the experience to actually know", said James, whose Cavaliers can wrap up the series on Sunday in Toronto. Instead, his trade to Toronto gave him an opportunity to prove himself offensively as a stretch five before heading into free agency.
"It was a tough game for us". We pictured Pawcho as a game that could be played as a collaborative effort between parent and child.
"They have good players, even without Kyle", Lue added.
"We played inspired basketball for each other", said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. "We understand how important it is to come in and get a win and get rest". That was the result of it - a close game.
If anyone ever embodied the spirit and competitive fire of head coach Dwane Casey, it was Tucker, a hard-nosed, hard-working, true professional who never took any possessions off.
"Even when we had our bad days, our good days, we stuck by him", DeRozan said.
While Green's suspension is still discussed as perhaps the pivot point in the series, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson may have poked the bear in his own way.
LeBron James puts some emphasis on these two points, part of his 35-point afternoon in Toronto as the Cavaliers completed a series sweep of the Raptors.
Serge Ibaka sank some big shots en route to his team-leading 23 points. He played a whopping 46 minutes, scored 14 points, nailed four of his seven three-point attempts, grabbed 12 rebounds, and swiped four steals.
Here's one: How do you measure 82 games of regular season success vs. a humbling playoff exit? For me, it's just an incredible shot because I'm already lined up to the rim and my elbow's already pointed, so when I get it to that area where it's on my hip, it's just nearly a straight shot. Down 0-3, it's impossible to win, I guess (according to) the odds. It's incredible for somebody with that amount of mileage on him to be able to come back and seem faster and quicker that next year. "So I commend all my teammates". Beefed up by late-season deals for Ibaka and Tucker, Toronto expected to push Cleveland a little harder this year, but showed it still couldn't handle the Cavs.
Lowry, who watched Toronto's last two games because of a sprained left ankle, said he expects the July decision to be hard. Yeah we fought tonight. It's something that we got great experience with playing these guys two years in a row. The Cavs opened a five-point lead in the two-plus minutes he missed.
It really isn't a far gone conclusion that James doesn't care who is in front of the Cavs in the playoffs, but that he's aiming for his 4th crown and 2nd consecutive for his hometown of Cleveland.
For Valanciunas, coming close Sunday still sucked in a sweep.
We'll see how easy it is. It happened. We got swept.
The Cleveland Cavaliers notched a second straight whitewash as they booked their place in the Eastern Conference final of the National Basketball Association play-offs.
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