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Toronto Raptors' season of promise ends in ugly blowout in Cleveland

Toronto Raptors' season of promise ends in ugly blowout in Cleveland

Toronto Raptors' season of promise ends in ugly blowout in Cleveland

For the second straight year, the Toronto Raptors were thoroughly embarrassed by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers by being swept out of the playoffs four games to none. "His future is now, actually", the Cavaliers star said after dispatching Toronto in a 128-93 blowout to cap a four game sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

LeBron James didn't need almost the playing time or drama called for in Games 1 and 3.

Once again it was LeBron James who landed the fatal blow in Game 3, sealing the Raptors' defeat with a game-winning two-pointer at the buzzer. And while the undermanned Celtics have looked great thus far in the postseason, many believe they ultimately would get trounced by James, who's playing on an otherworldly level during the playoffs.

Love, who struggled in the Pacers series, averaged 26 points with the Raptors. Yes, he provided 10 assists, but you expect more than five points in a do-or-die game, with the season on the line.

No team has ever mounted a successful comeback from a 3-0 series deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs, a reality that is not lost on the oddsmakers.

The Raptors needed big games from their All-Star backcourt if they were going to have any choice of returning to Toronto for Game 5.

"Losing the game, they were still shellshocked in Game 2, they got beat down".

Casey, looking for a spark to save the season - and maybe his job - switched starting lineups for the second straight game. Toronto's game plan, in their third annual clash with King James and the Cavaliers, went something like this.

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"They wanted it more than us", Valanciunas said.

Kyle Lowry called the entire situation "frustrating" and said that the fact they lost by 35 points makes it just as frustrating as losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers by any number of points.

And surely Casey, if he parted ways with the Raptors after seven seasons and an impressive 51 playoff games, would be a favourite to immediately land one of the handful of coaching vacancies around the league.

Still, the thought of it is nearly as incredible as LeBron's latest "Wait, did he just do that?!?" moment.

With their effectiveness, the starters help lead the Cavs to shoot nearly 60 percent from the floor and 46 percent from three-point range Monday night. A photo on the front of the Cleveland Plain Dealer sports section Sunday shows the stunned Raptors contingent as the ball is about to leave James' right hand.

James was also kind in victory, saying the Raptors were "a very well-balanced, put-together team this year".

Lue himself couldn't have scripted a better first two series to prepare his team for Boston (probably).

J.R. Smith celebrating things is always the best - remember how he didn't wear a shirt for like a year after the Cavaliers won a title? Love became the fourth player in Cleveland history with 500 career playoff rebounds, joining James, Thompson and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.

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