James banked in a running one-hander at the buzzer, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win over Toronto on Saturday night in Game 3 and shoving the Raptors to the edge of their most devastating playoff exit.
James inspired his side to a 128-93 victory in Cleveland on Monday, sealing a 4-0 series win and a place in the Eastern Conference finals. I was able to hit a floater off the glass."In the other second round National Basketball Association playoff game Saturday, the Boston Celtics also took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 101-98 overtime win over the Philadelphia 76ers".
"I don't know who the pressure is on", Lue said Sunday after the Cavs convened for a brief film session, "but it's a tough game because it's either win or go home for the team down 3-0".
"We keep going back talking about the IN series, I think it prepared us for this series", Lue said. "You never know. But you always think about the fact that you want to give yourself the best shot every single night and there's some plays that didn't always give us the best shot".
"To be able to put ourselves in position where we can represent the Eastern Conference in the Finals, that's all you can ask for", James said. No NBA team has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series. The Cavs have beaten Toronto in 10 straight playoff games.
LeBron James vs OG Anunoby - It seems repetitive to say it, but this will once again be comfortably the most important matchup of the game. Before the Cavs demolished the Raptors by 18 in Game 2, James hadn't scored 40+ and his team won by over five this postseason.
And while it's true that James has carried the Cavaliers for most of his 11 seasons with them, he's had to shoulder a heavier burden over the past 92 games.
"He's a great player", Casey said. The Celtics lead their series, 3-1, with Game 5 set for May 9 in Boston. And the King - with norms of 34.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 54.7% from the field - is pretty darn close to upping the ante to a 35-10-9 on 55% shooting. He extended his National Basketball Association record to 12 consecutive playoff games of leading his team in points and assists. Exactly one year since they were last swept by James, he did it to them again.
Teams that trail 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have forced a Game 7 three times. "You do that and you get a lot of rest".
"It's 0-2 period", Toronto forward C.J. Miles said.
The Cavs opened the game shooting 10-of-12 and led by as many as 10 in the first quarter.
The Raptors, who went 59-23 in the regular season, lost DeMar DeRozan late in the third following a flagrant foul on Jordan Clarkson.
As reported by Ashley Bastock of NEO Sports Insiders, Casey discussed James' in-season evolution by comparing his form in the regular season and in the playoffs.
"The big difference between the Cavs this series and going back to IN, is they actually passed a lot of ball on the box". With Toronto still losing the game, it is not the best look for a head coach in Dwane Casey whose job could be in jeopardy.