"If the game is tied or the game is on the line, we got a great person to go to down the stretch". But look what the Cavs had achieved thus far: Oust No. 4 IN in an epic seven-game struggle before eliminating Toronto via a sweet sweep.
Dribbling the length of the floor while outmaneuvering a Toronto defense created to stop him, James got to a spot where he felt comfortable, rose off his left foot and with his right hand softly dropped a shot he's practiced hundreds of times for this kind of moment.
James has been performing at a sensational level in the postseason, averaging 34.3 points, 9 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game while being on the court for 41.4 minutes through 11 matches.
The Raptors were the top seed in the East with 59 wins, but the duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were once again not enough to move past "The King".
After having a very quiet first round, Kevin Love found his mojo in Game 2. "There's a different level and you just saw it tonight", the coach of the year candidate admitted.
However, despite the 33-year-old being on the verge of reaching an eighth consecutive NBA Finals, Smith doesn't believe it should be too surprising if the Cavaliers do make it to the championship series. Four other Cavaliers starters cracked double digits, with Kevin Love scoring 23 points and Kyle Korver 16 points.
Although both the Celtics and Cavaliers rosters have changed dramatically from the season before, the series could be somewhat similar to what we saw back in late May of previous year.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, James has made five go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of regulation or overtime in the playoffs - two more than Michael Jordan - and he might not be done.
After hitting game-winning shots in Game 5 against in and Game 3 against Toronto, James has five career postseason buzzer-beaters.
The Cavs have now eliminated Toronto in the last three seasons-sweeping them in the last two years-and in the process looked a much better team than the one who needed seven games to beat the Indiana Pacers last round. DeRozan's series was summed up with 24 seconds left in the third quarter of Game 4 when was ejected after received a flagrant two on a Jordan Clarkson layup.
The Celtics could have clinched a 4-0 sweep but instead the Sixers' win ensured there will be a game game five in Boston today.
He's only four wins away from going to his 8th consecutive NBA Finals, but in completing a sweep of the Raptors, he added to an fantastic collection of sweeps in his career.
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