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LeBron James Deserves Reverence, Even If He Leaves Cleveland

05 May 2018

Cleveland opened as a four-point favorite and now is laying 4.5.

But in the end, it didn't matter.

This Toronto team had higher hopes of overcoming their previous playoff shortcomings, though, after changing their approach this season with a more balanced attack and an effective bench that helped them finish top seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto would do their best to keep him out of the paint and force him to take jump shots.

"I'm not paying attention to it", guard Fred VanVleet said at the team's practice facility. But where was he in Game 2 when he failed to score a field goal for the first time? LeBron looked exhausted. The Cavs as a whole were pretty poor, and weren't really playing with any urgency.

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From there, the Raptors never lost the lead, but they never grew it significantly.

The Portland Trailblazers' CJ McCollum cited a moment where James held off All-Star DeMar DeRozan before hitting a shot to illustrate the 33-year-old's skills.

In Game 1 their offence was nowhere to be seen in the fourth quarter, allowing Cleveland to make a comeback.

"When you play a Game 7 on your home floor and you have the best player in the world, you like your chances", said Lue.

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Basketball is a five-man game and hopefully, some of his teammates step up in a big way if and when they go deeper in the playoffs. Demoted to the No. 3 option, sitting out in crunch time in the playoffs as they fell to Utah in the first round, he then blistered the Thunder for having "no strategy to me being here".

Essentially, the Raptors let Cleveland's supporting cast get going. Oh, the co-founder of AccuScore who specializes in sports simulations, projections and advanced statistical analyses, has nailed nine of his last 14 picks involving the Raptors - a cash rate of 64 percent.

LeBron James' performance Thursday night against the Toronto Raptors was one for the ages. With the Raps going small in the third quarter of Game 2, Kevin Love returned to his bread-and-butter in the post when presented with favorable matchups against the likes of C.J. "This morning you could just sense it", Love said. But the Cavaliers are beginning to smell blood (and the possibility of a couple days' rest) as they continue their run at the Ring. Even though impressive stat lines, triple-doubles and 40-point games have become commonplace for the Cleveland Cavaliers' star, no one could've expected what he would do in Game 2 of the second-round series.

On Wednesday night, the Utah Jazz played the Houston Rockets but James' strict preparations for his own game meant he didn't watch the match. Boston has won all 36 playoff series when it has a 2-0 lead. Once again, they weren't disciplined in their gameplan. "What do you say?" The best game by far for Love during these playoffs.

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He was also the first Dutch scorer in a Champions League semi-final since 2013, when Arjen Robben netted for Bayern Munich. Two late goals from Radja Nainggolan secured victory for the hosts on the night, but Liverpool progress 7-6 on aggregate.

"We just needed more effort", Toronto guard Kyle Lowry lamented after the game. The Rockets' Luc Mbah a Moute returned in Game 1 from the dislocated right shoulder he sustained last month. They've dug themselves a hole that very few teams are able to get out of, that no team has ever gotten out of against James.

LeBron James Deserves Reverence, Even If He Leaves Cleveland