Some will talk about the season that was, other will talk about the offseason to come, but we're here one last time to talk about one game and the numbers that stood out. Ibaka averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while hitting almost 40-percent of his three-point shot attempts. The Cavs burned them for 16 Sunday. "That's just how confident I am", Lowry said. "But we knew that if we played our game and paid attention to our details we'd have an opportunity to win the game". The Cavs await the victor of the Boston Celtics-Washington Wizards series in the conference finals, which won't open until at least May 15.
Here he is again, cruising into the Eastern Conference finals with...oh, what does it matter which team he is on at a particular moment?
There are many reasons that the Raptors lost this series, but LeBron is number one with a bullet.
Ibaka, who was acquired with Tucker at February's trade deadline to inject some much-needed toughness, said he hasn't thought about his future, but that "I have fun here".
One thing has to change: Either the person calling the plays or the person running the plays.
"After that performance [against the Cavaliers], we need a culture reset here", Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said at an end-of-season news conference Tuesday.
James and the Cavs beat the Raptors in six games in last year's Eastern Conference Finals.
The Raptors were playing without point guard Kyle Lowry, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game Two on Wednesday. The Raptors took their first fourth-quarter lead of the series but couldn't avoid their fourth straight loss. The common theory is that the core consists of DeMarre Carroll, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Jonas Valanciunas-all of whom have been together for multiple seasons. PG Cory Joseph started at point guard for the Raptors with Lowry out. "And we got a couple nicks and bruises from the first two rounds", James told ABC's Lisa Salters afterward.
While he's been used sparingly so far in this playoff run, 36-year-old Richard Jefferson made major contributions last year in the postseason as the Cavs captured the National Basketball Association title by beating the Golden State Warriors in the finals. After being swept by Golden State and saying "you have to be nearly perfect" in order to beat the Warriors, he might view joining a team like the Celtics as his best chance to win a ring. Those teams now are even at 2-2 in the other best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 56 points while our guy Bojan Bogdanovic (BoBo) led the bench with 13 points while shooting 5-for-7 from the field. Lowry was injured in the third quarter of Game 2.
Turnovers: 10 (James 6, Thompson 2, Frye, Irving).
In Game Four, James had 16 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first half on his way to 35 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
This may all be fueled by Bayless' fandom for the San Antonio Spurs and the fact that his favorite team is having a hard time against the Houston Rockets (that series is tied 2-2).
Tucker closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80.