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

James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 27 and Cleveland swept Toronto, beating the Raptors 109-102 on Sunday to give James his seventh consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavaliers, who won the National Basketball Association championship last season, will play either the Boston Celtics or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.

But they came up short two years in a row, this season being farther away than last year, when they lost to the Cavs in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. Money is great, but at the same time I ask 'how much fun am I going to have? They took their shot and, like a number of others before them, they missed.

Cleveland Cavaliers became the first team to reach the third round of the NBA Playoffs after a 4-0 series win over Toronto Raptors.

Thompson's indication that the National Basketball Association is "a man's league" did not sit well with James and, during that same press availability, Thompson said that "his feeling just got hurt" with regard to the soon-to-be Finals MVP.

Led by Korver hitting 6-of-8 shots in the second quarter, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point line, the Cavs took a 61-49 lead into halftime. The Cavs were 16-for-41 from 3-point range.

If the Wizards win, the Cavs will host the first two games.

The future is bring, and for the Cavaliers, it will mean sweeping one more team so that the can rest before the alluring Finals trilogy. From the Gilbert Arenas-led Wizards to the Celtics big three.

"It doesn't matter to me", he said.

"It's on us to let this sink in and understand we've gotta come back better, individual and team-wise", DeRozan said.

Forward Serge Ibaka scored 23 points and guard DeMar DeRozan had 22 for Toronto.

Give the Raptors this much: they didn't roll over when the Cleveland Cavaliers took a 16-point early in the third quarter. The injury put those plans in question, but Gay is ahead of schedule in his recovery and looks to be back on the court next month and ready for the start of next season. Maintaining that cohesion through a lengthy and complicated design process is one of the hardest things to pull off as a group of developers. "We've got to learn from that".

Guard DeMar DeRozan, who signed a five-year, $135 million deal to stay with Toronto last summer, said he feels the Raptors are close to competing for a conference title. P.J Tucker had 14 points and 12 assists in his first career playoff start.

Beverley had 10 points while teammate James Harden led the way with 28 points and 12 assists. In addition to the three-pointers, Korver added a pair of jumpers inside the three-point arc. In the final 6:15 of the fourth Cleveland outscored Toronto 17-9, and during a crucial 11-2 Cavs run, Kyrie Irving scored all 11 Cleveland points. "We needed that. We needed to be tested throughout 48-minute games". "We just wanted to try to get defensive stops while he was in the zone and we were able to do that".

"I don't know when his prime is going to stop", Lowry told The Vertical.

Casey tried to preach the positives, but acknowledged that his team's performance hadn't been good enough.

NOTES: Toronto activated C Lucas Nogueira for Game 4 after PG Kyle Lowry (sprained left ankle) was scratched from the lineup.

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