LeBron James: My Confidence In Teammates 'Never Wavered'
May 10 2018 by Dustin Murphy
Despite suffering yet another bitter exit, Toronto showed promise by winning 59 games in the regular season. It was their worst record on a team with LeBron James on it since they finished 45-37 in 2007-08. He's the ultimate grandmaster. "And to be fluid and adjust and still be that talented and that good, and hats off to not just LeBron but the people I just named".
"He's another added ball handler, another guy with a high basketball IQ that's been in big games", James said of Hill.
In LeBron James, DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors keep running into the ultimate grandmaster.
Houston have a chance to reach the Western Conference finals.
Said Casey: "I haven't given up on our team". He's very clever, he does a great job of posting up and clamping once he does get you in the post and drawing fouls.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 and Kyle Lowry had 10 assists to lead the exasperated Raptors. "That was our goal".
DeMar DeRozan hasn't made a three-pointer in his last 10 playoff games against the Cavs. They needed a seventh game to eliminate the Indiana Pacers, needed overtime to beat Toronto in the first game of the semifinals and needed a buzzer beater by James to win Game 3.
On Monday night, while James and Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue both denied having seen the sketch according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, it felt like some of LeBron's teammates might have been familiar with what was being said about them. "These playoffs will be in the back of our minds all summer".
It was only in Game Three that he didn't achieve that-but only because James elected to attack the basket more in the face of Toronto's terrific bid to stop a third straight loss from happening; it was in vain.
The only other No. 1 seed to be swept at any point over the past 15 years was the 2015 Atlanta Hawks, who fell 4-0 to James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.
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"He's a handful because he's versatile", Casey said of Love.
"He's one of the best coaches out there", Lowry said.
These are the sobering, snarky or dare I say, smart thoughts that stick with me when I watch Raptors games. "We had to be patient and not feed off the physicality and continue to execute". "We've just got to do a little bit more, make a couple more plays and I think we'll be in good shape".
Sure, Terry Rozier has been a great surprise, and Jayson Tatum is one of the best rookies in the league, but neither of them will come close to stopping LeBron.
In the end, a couple of the few aspects of the Cavaliers that decreased in their second-round series actually centered around LeBron James. We've continuously failed against the team that made the Finals the last three years. Going into the series, it was a foregone conclusion that James would dominate. He's been basically carrying this Cleveland Cavalier team throughout the playoffs, which is something many believe Jordan couldn't do. Yet the tenacity they showcase in the regular season suddenly disappears in the playoffs. "We see them. It's not's like there's no door to get out of the room". "Kind of true to our team in terms of underperforming when it mattered the most".
Are the Cavs peaking at the right time?
"I mean we had three opportunities". "I'm definitely about to get some rest".
VanVleet plans to visit a specialist in New York City within the next week to ensure his playoff minutes didn't cause further damage to his shoulder.