Quick work: LeBron, Cavs finish sweep of Raptors

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On Monday night, the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers knocked out the Toronto Raptors for the third straight season.

The Raptors were swept soundly in four games by James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs, one year after suffering the exact same fate at the exact same point.

Toronto had entered the playoffs as the number one seed from the Eastern Conference, and were desperate to avoid a third straight series defeat to James and the Cavs after losses in 2016 and 2017.

"Things just don't go right for us". "We see them. It's not's like there's no door to get out of the room". "We had opportunity after opportunity after opportunity".

"We've had four or five seasons wrapped in one, we know what the narrative has been about our team", said James, who averaged 34 points, 8.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists in the series.

The Cavs hit the gas late in the second quarter and Toronto buckled, failing to offer even token resistance after halftime as Cleveland cruised to a 128-93 win to put an exclamation mark on the four-game sweep.

Yeah, yeah: LeBron James beat the Raptors at the buzzer in Game 3 - but that's just because he's a dramatist like Shakespeare and the Raptors are LeBron's Globe Theater.

LeBron James is taking a page out of James Jones' book and going to the NBA Finals once again.

"We're going to enjoy it a little bit ... enjoy the rest over the next couple of days", James said.

Matt thinks the Raptors' tactics were to try and take LeBron out of the game.

Cavs Reportedly Won't Punish Rodney Hood for Refusing to Enter Game 4
With Cleveland leading 110-80 and on its way to sweeping the series, the Cavs called a timeout to replace superstar LeBron James . Hood was the only player not to play in Game 4, though the Cavs do not view what he did as an act of defiance, a source said.

The Cavs not only swept the Raptors to beat Toronto for the 10th-consecutive time in the postseason, 2 but they did it in dominating fashion. That's seven games in 13 days, or as The Athletic's Jason Lloyd put it, 283 minutes, nearly five hours, of basketball for James.

Kevin Love (23 points on 13 shots), Kyle Korver (16 points on eight shots), J.R. Smith (15 points on six shots) and George Hill (12 points on eight shots) were all extremely efficient. Compared to the Toronto Raptors, whose most-used lineup in the playoffs1 logged 801 minutes together in the regular season, Cleveland looks like it's experimenting on the fly. He's been basically carrying this Cleveland Cavalier team throughout the playoffs, which is something many believe Jordan couldn't do.

We have no idea if James can top what he's done the last 10 games, but we're certainly not ruling it out.

They had big men in the centre, promising young players who were stepping up and a strong bench.

"I thought they showed their championship pedigree", Casey said of the Cavaliers.

"I've been lying to myself for the last two, three weeks just because I had plans on playing into June", VanVleet said.

Toronto, which finished the regular season atop of the Eastern Conference standings, had no single answer for James during the majority of the series.

The Cavs went 2-1 against the Celtics and 2-2 against the Sixers in the regular season, but their prospects look a lot rosier than they did a week ago. But if Toronto is looking for more young players perhaps they would be willing to expand the deal.

Teams that trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have forced a Game 7 three times.

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