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Playoffs show Raptors need a makeover

20 Mai 2017

The Cavaliers now await the victor of the Boston-Washington series, which is now deadlocked at two games apiece. Assistant Mike Brown took over as acting coach for Game 3 of the first-round series against Portland. The Raptors took their first fourth-quarter lead of the series but couldn't avoid their fourth straight loss.

One of the most attainable will be Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. It is a measure of LeBron James' greatness that he scored 35 points despite wearing six-foot-six 245-pound P.J. Tucker for most of the game.

Raptors: Toronto shot 10-for-29 from 3-point range. His teammates Cory Joseph and Serge Ibaka put up double digits as well. The final nail in their coffin, while also an 11-point defeat, was their best and most hard-fought showing of the series, but it was also one that begged the question: what took so long?

James and the Cavs have yet to lose a game, sweeping the Toronto Raptors Sunday night.

Following a replay review, Cleveland's Iman Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the second after he kneed DeRozan in the groin area while going up for a jump shot, an incident that left DeRozan lying on the court in pain. According to ESPN Stats and Information, James has hit 18 of 40 (45 percent) on contested 3-pointers in this postseason, as compared to 18 of 68 (26.5 percent) in the 2016 playoffs. "But that's basketball. You've got to find a way to beat the best".

In terms of needs moving forward, DeRozan did offer a suggestion, a logical one given how the Cavs swept the Raptors.

But the media learned that Kyle would be sitting out Game 4 with a sprained ankle.

The three-time all-star said Monday he'll opt out of the final year of his contract this week and become an unrestricted free agent in July. Cleveland's five first-half turnovers led to only two points.

Courtesy of their 109-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre Sunday, the Cavaliers earned their way to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third consecutive year. If the Washington Wizards win, Game 1 would be in Cleveland. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.

John Wall tallied 27 points and 12 assists as the Wizards defeated the Celtics 121-102 yesterday to level their series at 2-2.

The Wizards outscored Boston 42-20 in the third with Wall, Beal and Markieff Morris combining for 34 points in the period. Terry Rozier had 16 points and Kelly Olynyk added 14 points for the Celtics. It was the biggest first half-to-second half turnaround in National Basketball Association history, in a season in which Miami led the league with 328 player games lost to injury or illness. DeMar DeRozan had 22 points and eight assists despite taking an Iman Shumpert knee to the groin in the second quarter. "And then they bring in Frye and Korver, they've got the floor spread so much". Irving finished with 27 points on 10-of-24 shooting.

The Wizards outrebounded the Celtics 45-31 and scored 56 points in the paint.

There is one thing he is hoping to accomplish.

Playoffs show Raptors need a makeover