James finished with 29 points, 11 assists and spent some of the final 7:38 dancing near the bench during Cleveland's 10th straight playoff win over Toronto, which changed its system, its roster and its approach but still can't beat the game's best player. "They've built a very good team that can succeed in the postseason". "That's what I always feel, so a wasted year for me".
Cleveland.com's Troy L. Smith noted James' wearing the cap was "a clear message for people to relax as the Cavs make their way through the Eastern Conference".
The 35-point victory in Game 4 was more than just a stepping stone to the Eastern Conference finals against the victor of the Boston-Philadelphia series. 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. "No matter what, I'm always going to have the utmost respect when it comes to coach Casey".
"They wanted it more than us", Valanciuas said.
But they seemed to get stronger leading into what will be James' eighth straight appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Cavs didn't stumble and had one of their best all-around games of these playoffs after so many tight ones. However, the postseason has never been kind to the Raptors, and for all the talk about how things would be different this season for a variety of reasons, the end result was the same.
And as rumors swirl about Casey's future, Lue said Toronto would be foolish to do anything rash.More news: Golden Knights blank Sharks for series win
"I felt pretty confident that we pretty much shredded every bench in the National Basketball Association in the regular-season and we just didn't get it done in the playoffs", said VanVleet.
The 24-year-old guard and Nogueira are the Raptors' only free agents this off-season. "I always look at life, not just basketball, the toughest things you go through will turn you into something greater than you could have ever imagined". Last season for the Thunder, he put up 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes while appearing in all 82 games in the regular season.
Either the Celtics or the Sixers are going to have trouble doubling James if Hill and the rest of the supporting cast continue to play as it did in closing out the Raptors.
The bench, whose consistent play made them the best in the league during the regular season, faded during the playoffs, other than the Raptors' Game 6 win over Washington.
Raptors: DeRozan was tossed after hitting G Jordan Clarkson in the head on a layup. DeRozan was also ejected from the game after a flagrant two in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers don't return to practice until May 10.