Stay or go, DeMar DeRozan says he'll support Kyle Lowry's decision


Seven days. In what felt like a blink of the eye, the Cleveland Cavaliers first dismantled the Toronto Raptors, and then the Cavaliers hung on to finish the sweep and end the Raptors season, and perhaps the team as now constituted as well.

And as the playoffs intensify in the Eastern Conference Finals, which get underway in a week, the Cavaliers are again going to look to Korver for a spark.

The Cavs finished off the Raptors about an hour before Game 4 between the Celtics and Wizards tipped off in Washington. Beefed up by late-season deals for Ibaka and Tucker, Toronto expected to push Cleveland a little harder this year, but showed it still couldn't handle the Cavs.

"We know we can play a lot better individual defence", Mills said.

And then, after a tougher-than-it-needed-to-be first-round series with the Milwaukee Bucks, it all ended so quickly. They were wrong. After stealing two games from the champs a year ago, Toronto was swept and there's just no sugarcoating the reality: the result - and, most importantly, what led to it - should be considered a major disappointment. But the media learned that Kyle would be sitting out Game 4 with a sprained ankle. His 3.3 threes per game is what truly made him unguardable throughout this series.

The Raptors gave up 54 wide-open looks to the Cavaliers in these playoffs (the National Basketball Association categorizes an "open look" as a shot with the nearest defender being at least 6-feet away). But they collided with Cleveland earlier than expected, and the mood around their Biosteel Centre training facility Monday was one of unrealized goals. Korver jumped from 5.3 to 10.3, scoring 32 points in the final two games against the Raptors.

After eight games and two rounds of the National Basketball Association playoffs, the answer is a resounding "YES!"

That's a question for Adam Silver.

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Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri meanwhile said the franchise was preparing for a critical summer as they looked to remain competitive. There's no easy answer and there might not be a right answer either, because James will continue to be in the way for the foreseeable future. The Raptors responded, and a three in front of Cleveland's bench cut the deficit to five points with 25 seconds left, but a pair of Korver free throws sealed the Raptors' fate.

Toronto posted back-to-back 50-win seasons for the first time in franchise history and reached the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

No, you don't want to be on "the treadmill of mediocrity" in this league, but the Raptors are not mediocre.

"They're a hell of a team for a reason".

By the time Sunday's Game 4 began, with Toronto on the brink of elimination, the Raptors had turned in just three competitive quarters over the course of three contests, all of which were decided by double figures.

Whether Lowry chooses to stay or leave, DeMar DeRozan said he'll support whatever decision his friend and teammate makes.

Opting out of the final year of his contract has been the plan all season long for Lowry. "I'm glad that he's on our team this year and that other teams have to scheme for him". If so, what becomes of Jonas Valanciunas?

There are the decisions about the restricted free agents - Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson.