In his second turns of duty in Toronto, Tucker's final moment as a Raptor was in the team's starting unit for Sunday's Game 4 versus the Cavaliers. The Cavs out-scored Cleveland 17-9 over the final 6:15, Irving producing all 11 points in one key 11-2 Cavs run.
They set out to win, of course they set out to win, but in the end there was no shame in losing to the best, and there still isn't, for what it's worth.
"(The Cavaliers) present so many problems offensively, they have so many weapons. The damage had been done.
"Winning close-out games is always tough", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
"It's not a step forward", said Patrick Patterson, one of several Raptors to have a dismal series.
"I think we picked a team to go against that was a buzzsaw", Casey said.
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Cleveland will ultimately end up in the Finals which means it will be round 3 against the Golden State Warriors, but this year's match-up will be different as the Warriors added superstar Kevin Durant last off-season.
Perhaps we overestimated the Raptors. We take it to six, maybe. The Raptors losing Kyle Lowry midway through the series also played in Cleveland's favor, though Lowry was going through his own yearly playoff struggles. Cleveland was simply that good.
The Raptors shot 47 per cent on the night, and, after connecting on just two three-pointers in Game 3, went 10-of-29 from long range. He aggravated the injury while trying to warm up for Friday's Game 3.
Gay, a veteran looking to return to a playoff team, would be owed $14,263,566 in the last year of a three-year contract and has until June 10 to officially opt out of his deal. James said. "Should be mad about the shoes you picked out today". They did flip a switch. They're the defending champs for a reason.
"They have good players, even without Kyle", Lue said. It's not just what he's doing, but what he's done.
It was the first playoff sweep for Toronto since the opening round against Washington in 2015.
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One of the locations where people gathered was the Sound Garden art sculpture at a Seattle park, for which Soundgarden was named. When he told me he may have taken an extra Ativan or two, I contacted security and asked that they check on him.
"They went to him on isos", Raptors point guard Cory Joseph said. "It happened. We got swept". It's going to take some of his best handiwork yet to get the Raptors moving in the right direction, because right now they are not.
With Cleveland and Miami, James is chasing his seventh straight trip to the Finals.
As he continues to dominate at age 32, the comparisons with Michael Jordan are becoming more relevant. Visual styling and interactive stories are great, but nothing really beats just reading a silly little story to your kid, especially one that they are invested in. What if a transcendent, all-time talent wasn't blocking their path? But DeRozan is under contract for at least three more years.
Next Up: The Cavs will wait for the victor of the Celtics and Wizards series. They have a 3-0 series lead over Utah Jazz, ahead of their Game 4 in Salt Lake City. LeBron is nearly single handedly breaking up teams. "I'll take those numbers". "It's going to be a decision on him that he's going to have to make, and I support him 100 per cent". He's helped me tremendously, helped me be me, a better man, a better basketball player. Is the cost of fielding a second or third-place team worth it? The Wizards led by as many as 26 and outscored the Celtics (237-191) in the two games in D.C.
Ujiri surely wants more, but how does he get that? "That's on upper management. When we're playing with pace, that's when we're the most risky".
"He tries to go as far as we need him", Lue said. Lowry is in his prime right now and will feel that this is his one last chance to win the elusive National Basketball Association title. Tucker should have been LeBron James' primary defender earlier in the series.
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Harry Kane (four goals) and Heung-Min Son (brace) scored Spurs' goals while Benjamin Chilwell grabbed Leicester's goal. The latter then put the ball in the back of the net after some good build up but it was ruled out for offside.