WKSU commentator Terry Pluto said Kevin Love, George Hill and J. R. Smith stepped up in the conference finals.
Any choice between the James or Jordan as an NBA GOAT is muddied because of the differences in their games, Woods said. DeRozan and Lowry have already thrown support for Casey out there, but it sounds like the Raptors could choose to go a different direction. "I think those things we need to re-visit and then get on with it". "Whatever happens you've got to be ready for this time (of) year, the physical strength".
As he led the Cavaliers to a 10th straight play-off triumph over Toronto and eliminated them for the third straight season, he even made high-arching fade-away jumpers from mid-range look cool as he used DeMar DeRozan's signature shot to give the Raptors guard a taste of his own medicine. The Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers are both ascendant teams, with young stars who will surely improve with age.
LeBron James (23) of the Cleveland Cavaliers in action during the National Basketball Association game between Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena on December 9, 2017 in Cleveland, United States.
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.
But despite cries to bench Love or move him back from center to power forward, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue stuck with him, and in doing so may have prolonged Cleveland's season. However, they ended up right where they were a year ago 10 games into the playoffs. "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".
Reports are indicating that head coach Dwane Casey's future is in serious doubt and the Raptors fueled these rumours as he and president Masai Ujiri didn't address the media.
Fellow all-star Kyle Lowry offered little from the podium, a baseball cap jammed low over his eyes as DeRozan fielded questions. "It's a matchup nightmare for anybody".
The Raptors averaged 13.8 turnovers per game against the Cavaliers, and Cleveland turned those mistakes into 17.8 points per game . "So we're just trying our hardest to be that one team that comes back", he said. "When we're getting stops, we're able to get out in transition and able to get pace, we're really good". That was disappointing. We can't let this series define us. "Having four or five guys in double figures every night is big for us". The Raptors had a double-digit lead in the second quarter and James wasn't dominating the floor. The officials reviewed the play and changed the foul call to a flagrant-2 foul, which comes with immediate ejection.
Rapaport went public with his thoughts on James afterward and, surprisingly, praised the 15-year veteran as perhaps the best player in league history. If there's a ceiling on the number of 3-point attempts and makes, it hasn't been discovered yet.