Despite high mileage, James showing no signs of slowing down

  • Despite high mileage, James showing no signs of slowing down

Despite high mileage, James showing no signs of slowing down

Tucker proved his worth in the playoffs, particularly in Game 4 against Cleveland when he forced LeBron James to make six turnovers.

"This is, they say, where legends are made", James, a three-time National Basketball Association champion, said on Friday in Toronto where his Cavs beat the Raptors 115-94 for a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semi-final.

Irving said he has learned the importance of setting up teammates from watching small forward LeBron James. So you'd expect the two teams, never playing on the same day, would be locked into each other's games, scouting for down the road. It is likely they will get about a week off again until the Eastern Conference Finals begin.

"I think I can do it anywhere I play", Lowry said when asked if he can achieve that lofty goal in Toronto, where he's grown into the three-time All-Star he is today.

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, right, hugs Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) after the Cavaliers won Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Toronto, Sunday, May 7, 2017. While the point guard said that he believes he can win anywhere, he might be learning that he won't get to the NBA Finals with Toronto anytime soon.

Aldridge, who scored four points in the Rockets' blowout win in Game 1, had 26 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the field.

Now Toronto heads into an off-season of uncertainty, with questions not only about the future of Lowry, but coach Dwane Casey and free agents Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson. Cleveland's lead was just five points after three quarters, 85-80 and they took the lead with 6:38 to play.

Toronto posted back-to-back 50-win seasons for the first time in franchise history and reached the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Raptors need to cut down on the threes and make it more hard on Cleveland when it shoots from long distance.

The Raptors played without Kyle Lowry, who sustained a sprained left ankle in Game 2. James scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

"It's on us to let this sink in and understand we gotta come back better, individual and team-wise", DeRozan said.

"We're just sticking to it and I think with the DJ, it just gives them a different look and it gives guys motivation to work out to the music and just something different", he said.

Playing alongside DeMar DeRozan in one of the league's best backcourts, the Raptors have been among the Eastern Conference's best teams in each of the last four years, winning three division titles and averaging 51 victories per season.

In the third quarter, things started off well for the Cavs as they built their lead to 16 points at 69-53 when Irving hit a jump shot.

Trailing 53-48 before the run, Washington led 74-53 on Porter's layup with 5 minutes left in the third.

Isaiah Thomas had 19 points for Boston, but scored 17 in the first 15 minutes. Ibaka averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while hitting almost 40-percent of his three-point shot attempts. The next match of the lopsided series takes place in San Antonio on Tuesday night.

This got me thinking about something else.

Toronto was blown out for the fifth straight time in Cleveland in the playoffs, losing each by an average of 24.2 points.