DeMar DeRozan says Raptors would have won if they had LeBron James

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

It was the biggest first half-to-second half turnaround in National Basketball Association history, in a season in which Miami led the league with 328 player games lost to injury or illness.

After beginning the playoffs 8-0 following a 109-102 victory and series sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the answer might seem like an easy one. "There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end". "They made threes today, it was tough on us".

Tucker got the LeBron assignment nearly to himself for all of Game 4. That is the eighth-best stretch of eight games for the Cavs this season and their best stretch of eight games since before the All-Star break. If Poeltl can hold his own for 18-20 minutes per game, Ibaka can play center in small-ball units that should better space the floor for Lowry and DeRozan.

"I thought we did things against Milwaukee we didn't do at the end of the regular season and I thought that would prepare us for the next series, which ended up as a totally different series". They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers quickly blew open the game. "You've got to score 117, 118 points a night to beat them, because they have so many weapons offensively". We'll see the Cavaliers again next week.

Irving's layup with four minutes remaining had Cleveland ahead by eight points. You might want something deeper than just his point total to illustrate his level of dominance in this game and this series as a whole, but those 35 points were indicative of the way LeBron was able to destroy the will of the Raptors. If he chose to exercise his free agency and sign with another squad, a max deal could net him just over $150 million.

As for what he's looking for in free agency, Lowry said the chance at a championship is top of his list. "I like watching a good game, not even necessarily that it's going to be a close game". "We knew it would be, coming into a hostile environment".

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James had nine points in the fourth quarter. All the while, Cleveland will be watching film, working on things they can do against either team, and getting some well-earned rest.

To their great credit, the Raptors did not respond to a 12-point halftime deficit by laying down and letting the offseason come to them. They beat them in six games in the Eastern Conference finals last season. "It's going to be a long summer". Kyrie scored the Cavaliers next 11 points to give the Cavaliers a 103-95 lead and to give the Cavaliers some breathing room. Kyrie Irving had 27 points, while Kyle Korver finished with 18. The Raptors came out shooting well and the Cavaliers did the opposite, causing much speculation about what the Cleveland players did on a Saturday night off in Toronto.

Tucker closed out the scoring in the third quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80.

Sidelined by a sprained left ankle, Lowry was not active Sunday when Toronto was swept in the second round of the playoffs by defending champion Cleveland. Whether star Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry chooses to stay or leave, DeRozan says he'll support whatever decision his friend and teammate makes this summer.

The King has upped his game further during the Cavaliers' second-round matchup, becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history to score at least 35 points in all four games of a best-of-seven series, per ESPN Stats & Info. The Raptors shot 50 percent from the field in the first half but committed 11 turnovers leading to 17 Cleveland points.

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