Despite high mileage, James showing no signs of slowing down

But Irving had the ideal answer, as after a zero-assist showing in that Game 4 win, he averaged 8.5 assists in a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, including two double-digit assist performances. Cleveland also clobbered Toronto 49-25 on the boards.

When asked what the Raptors miss most without Lowry, Casey said: "His three-point shooting, his grit, just his overall toughness and leadership". Like Toronto, Cleveland has vastly improved its roster to stay a step ahead of its competition in the East. The franchise appears to be at a crossroads entering what should be a busy offseason.

"And I'm talking scouting, I'm talking our medical department, I'm talking everything", he said. "He's carrying this team and everyone is chipping in and trying to help him as much as possible". This year, James is averaging 34.4 points, nine rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in eight playoff encounters. 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.

TORONTO (AP) — In his playoff rematch with the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James proved even more lethal than last time.

DeMar DeRozan is 27, Kyle Lowry 31, Serge Ibaka 27, P.J. Tucker 32, DeMarre Carroll 30, Patrick Patterson 28. I've just gotta be better. Game Five is tomorrow in Boston. Meanwhile, Tucker was an absolute force at the defensive end of the floor.

But with Kyle Lowry on the bench for a second straight game with a sprained ankle, the Raptors couldn't match the Cavs' firepower. In this new market, both are likely to command big contracts, and are the Raptors willing to go into the luxury tax to keep everyone together?

LBJ: After passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for second place on the NBA's all-time scoring list in playoffs games in Game Two, LeBron James now has his sights set on all-time leader Michael Jordan, who has 5,987 points. Ironically, the Raptors tried really hard all year long to get out of the No. 4 seed to avoid the Cavaliers in the second round.

"(The Cavaliers) present so many problems offensively, they have so many weapons.

But becoming a free agent is the only part of his future that he's considered. Danilo Gallinari could be available. That will require an aggressive approach in free agency as they look to lock up some quality three-point shooters.

"I think there are times that I think coach did a great job and I think there are times that we struggled", Ujiri said. Although Ibaka has played for three teams in the last year - being traded from OKC to Orlando last June and from the Magic to Raptors in February - the 6-foot-10 power forward is expected to command around $20 million a year. Right now, it's two of the teams playing some of the best basketball.

The Cavaliers had better shooting and ball movement than the Raptors when our team had a healthy Lowry. He's 31 now, and although his game is created to age gracefully, point guards tend to deteriorate quickly as they enter their mid-30s.


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