Cavaliers Sweep the Raptors to Advance to the Eastern Conference Finals

Lowry will certainly want to earn as much money as possible after playing out a bargain contract in Toronto, but the list of teams that can both afford him and call themselves actual contenders is a short one.

Toronto Raptor's DeMar DeRozan speaks during a end of seaso/ press conference in Toronto on Monday May 8, 2017. But, he is 31, and point guards don't always age extremely well, so taking a big investment in a guy like Lowry may not be the wisest choice.

Ibaka's three-pointer with 4:05 left in the first quarter - Toronto's third three of the game - had the Raptors up by 11, but James responded with a three to spark a 13-2 Cavs run, and the first quarter ended all tied up at 28-28. "If not, I'm open to seeing what else is out there". "Honestly, that is as far as I've gotten". "Well, I would, but I'm not this time".

The Raptors met with the media on their traditional post-season locker cleanout day.

But the Cavs shot better because the Cavs have better shooters and the best player in the world passing them the ball (and shooting 48 percent from 3-point range himself).

DeRozan was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if he agreed with his head coach Dwane Casey's contention about the way the series could have unfolded.

"It feels bad, it was ugly, but it shouldn't diminish the excellent regular season we had", Casey said.

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Say what you want about the Raptors' inability to look like any semblance of threat in Cleveland, or their constant inability to get out in front of a series, but there was no beating James this time around.

"You know what? That's a good question". Four. That'll be my fourth time. Only thing I've thought about is opting out. "It's probably our best stretch of basketball".

"We played inspired basketball for each other", said Wizards coach Scott Brooks.

"Ifs and buts and candy and nuts", Casey said, with a slight smile.

They finished off the Raptors about an hour before Game 4 between the Celtics and Wizards tipped off in Washington. Lowry's absence in Games 3 and 4 was a factor.

"It just sucks", Tucker said. "I wanted to be out there with my teammates and I wanted to play". It is likely they will get about a week off again until the Eastern Conference Finals begin.

"They're the champs", [Kyle] Lowry said. "It's going to be a decision on him that he's going to have to make, and I support him 100 per cent". Us as players, we've gotta be ready for whatever. "He's got to make the decision, as a friend I've got to be there to support him". He stayed with primarily six guys all night with Powell the only player off the bench getting substantial minutes.

Whether it's the city of Toronto, hoops fans, the franchise willing to do whatever is necessary to win, there are plenty of enticing factors to seduce a free agent.

With Russell Westbrook out of the playoffs, LeBron James is now the current points per game leader at 34.4. "I think we picked a team to go against that was a buzzsaw". The most dirty, rugged, nasty-looking stuff you've ever seen in your life.

"It's kind of like being in traffic", DeRozan said.

"If we had LeBron on our team too, we would've won", DeRozan said.

The three time All-Star has emerged as a dominating point guard over the last couple of years. That's all I've thought about.

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