DeMar DeRozan Admits that LeBron James Still Reigns Over the National Basketball Association

Solenn Plantier
Mai 20, 2017

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson rattles the rim on a slam dunk in the second half of Sunday's win at Toronto. He had been questionable this weekend, as the team had hoped for Lowry to feel okay to play in Game 4.

"Everybody's upset", said Norman Powell. "We're going to work on our habits this week and see what happens". It's not a good feeling.

"It's something I have been through before - this will be my third time - so it's fun but it's a little stressful too because you are making a decision on your family. a new franchise, an old franchise, it's always something that you are changing and it is a stressful decision". "I want to make sure my family is happy", Lowry said.

Although the Cavaliers have found success in eight straight games, they have done so with different role players coming up with key plays throughout the postseason.

"We played inspired basketball for each other", said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. "It was a good hard-fought game. It was tough on us". That was the result of it - a close game. "But that's basketball. You've got to find a way to beat the best".

If anyone ever embodied the spirit and competitive fire of head coach Dwane Casey, it was Tucker, a hard-nosed, hard-working, true professional who never took any possessions off.

"They went to him on isos", Raptors point guard Cory Joseph said.

Serge Ibaka sank some big shots en route to his team-leading 23 points.

James added nine rebounds and six assists. Down 0-3, it's impossible to win, I guess (according to) the odds. If he is looking to come out to the West, however, Magic Johnson could look to bring him in to help elevate this struggling franchise. "So I commend all my teammates". So is forward Patrick Patterson. Yeah we fought tonight.

Cleveland had Toronto's number from three-point range, outscoring the Raptors 183-81 from beyond the arc in the series. And having competed against LeBron James and the Cavs, Tucker is fully aware of how far Cleveland, the NBA's reigning champions, can go this spring. You look on the scoresheet after the game and he's still playing 42 minutes a game. "We understand that. We've been in this position before, but we understand there's still a lot to learn, still a lot of things we can correct and get better at". There are decisions to be made by the Raptors' braintrust.

James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 27 and Cleveland swept Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday at Toronto to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Spoelstra led the Heat on a huge turnaround - after going 11-30 in its first 41 games, Miami went 30-11 in its last 41 games and wound up losing a tiebreaker for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

James played the entire fourth quarter - but he'll have plenty of time to rest since the conference finals won't start before May 15. "I'll take those numbers".

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