Why Stephen A. Smith Believes 'Rough Rider' Celtics Can Beat LeBron James

Why Stephen A. Smith Believes 'Rough Rider' Celtics Can Beat LeBron James

Rather, the way LeBron James led the way and others followed on both ends of the court. He's the ultimate grandmaster.

Many recognize LeBron as the better all-around player than Jordan and recognize him as one of the best all-around players of all-time if not the best. LeBron James' free agency decision will surely play a major role in the fate of DeRozan and Lowry in Toronto.

TORONTO (AP) - To DeMar DeRozan, regular-season and playoff basketball are as different as checkers and chess. Lowry did dish out 10 assists, but as a leader of Toronto's top-seeded team, he fell short in rallying his troops this series.

The Warriors and Cavs are seeking to rematch in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season.

"I hold LeBron's third and fourth cell phones", said one of his spoofed teammates. "You see (Toronto) the last couple of games, trying to get physical and trying to pressure the ball. It's a great feeling that I'm able to just kind of rebound and dish to guys, and they can be great". "That was our goal".

By that stage in the game, the damage had already been done by a Cavs side up 3-0 and determined to finish off the series in style. They'll try to make it 10 straight by riding the momentum from James' buzzer-beater in Game 3 into the closeout opportunity. He wasn't much better in Game 1 of their second-round series against the Raptors, but he looked more like a five-time All-Star in Games 2-4.

Neither Casey nor team president Masai Ujiri spoke to reporters Tuesday.

"We had a heck of a season as far as the regular season is concerned", Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. DeMar DeRozan was a punchline in this series (more on him later), but Kyle Lowry was excellent.

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"Defensively, we're playing pretty good", Lue said. With the season officially over for the Raptors, they are expected to evaluate their future this summer.

After all the injuries, the failed Isaiah Thomas experiment, the roster overhaul at the trading deadline and other distractions, the Cavs, who can get some rest while waiting for the Philadelphia-Boston victor, are peaking at the right time.

Not to mention, the Cavs have now won nine straight postseason games against the Raptors, dating back to the 2016 Eastern Conference finals.

"They happened to run into LeBron", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said of the Raptors.

Yet James said that doubt and negativity never crept into his mind. We've continuously failed against the team that made the Finals the last three years.

Either the Celtics or the Sixers are going to have trouble doubling James if Hill and the rest of the supporting cast continue to play as it did in closing out the Raptors.

"We pretty much shredded nearly every bench in the National Basketball Association throughout the regular season", VanVleet said.

And this quote from Kyle Korver was one of the best things we read on a play that was so good that there's already been several oral histories written about it: "In the moment, that's a tough shot, but I've watched him shoot that shot countless times in shootaround and practice, just messing around, shooting off the wrong leg". He's one of the more clever power forwards in our league right now, and versatile.