Raptors' Game 4 collapse might be coach Casey's last

James takes the crowd's cheers after putting the Cavs 3-0 up in their Eastern conference semi

CLEVELAND - LeBron James said he felt like critics were "burying my teammates alive" in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs, but after the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Toronto Raptors with a 128-93 Game 4 win Monday to reach the Eastern Conference finals, he and the so-called "Other Cavaliers" got the last laugh. "But we've been in all three games, we've had chances to win pretty much all three games, being up in some of the games. 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. But the 25-year-old, considered a threat from beyond the arc, struggled mightily against IN, making just two of his 12 attempted 3-pointers.

But if James and the Cleveland Cavaliers eventually meet the Boston Celtics in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, will "The King" have the same effect on Brad Stevens and Co.?

After hitting game-winning shots in Game 5 against in and Game 3 against Toronto, James has five career postseason buzzer-beaters. Whether it was their seemingly unstoppable offense or defense, it was hard to find a flaw in the Cavs' Game 4 performance. He may not have scored 40-plus like he has many times already this postseason, but No. 23 had an average 29 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, and one block in Game 4.

Every angle of LeBron James' iconic game-winner against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night, May 5, has been covered in the last 36-plus hours. Just like previous year, the Raptors were mercilessly swept by Cleveland in the second round even though the Raptors brandished a better defense, a more 3-point oriented offense, and one of the strongest benches in the league.

For the Cavaliers, Saturday's victory extended their current SU win streak to four games overall.

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"Tie game, down by one or whatever the case may be, I live for those moments", said James, who also practises for those moments.

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For any team that has LeBron, seeds are mere window dressing.

Toronto played a physical game, harassing and bumping James at every turn.

"Everyone had counted Cleveland out", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey, whose could be fired.

For starters, the Cavs starters have meshed into a wonderful two-way group that is playing both ends of the floor with equal efficiency. "We just lost our head".

"They're going to come out swinging like they did [Saturday] night, and when you have a team with a lot of pride that's well-coached, they're not just going to give in", Lue said on Sunday.

But despite cries to bench Love or move him back from center to power forward, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue stuck with him, and in doing so may have prolonged Cleveland's season.

It is the third straight year that the Raptors' have bowed out of the playoffs against the Cavaliers. There was more to cheer before Cleveland finished with the fourth-highest in points total in franchise playoff history.

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