Raptors PG Lowry will opt out of final year of contract

Rufina Vignone
Mag 15, 2017

"There's desperation at their end and desperation at our end".

"Winning close-out games is always tough", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "That's why he's here, and that's why we've got so many shooters around 'Bron and Ky, so they can make plays". "They made threes today, it was tough on us". In the second round of the 2011 postseason, the Heat defeated Boston in five games. Those rumbling started up once again after he lost to James in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last six years and George voiced his frustration on facing James year in and year out after the Pacers loss in Game 4.

"I haven't thought about any of that", he said.

Lowry said he and Casey have butted heads but added the coach allowed him to "become a three-time all-star and allow me to become the player I am and have a voice". I think I can do that anywhere I play.

"(The Cavaliers) present so many problems offensively, they have so many weapons.

With James and the rest of his teammates burying opponents with a barrage of 3-pointers, Casey said it will take "a Herculean effort" to unseat the defending champs.

James will be playing for a seventh consecutive National Basketball Association finals appearance, having had four in a row with Miami and the past two with Cleveland, and his eighth overall.

"I thought teams would compete a little harder", Green said.

"It's not satisfying, but it is rewarding when you can advance", said James, who will play in his ninth conference finals in 14 seasons. The only guards on the roster thus far are DeRozan, Joseph Cory, Norman Powell and Delon Wright. "Once you talk to him about his shot, he dissects people's shots better than any person I've ever seen, even with mine, so it's great to have him".

"A lot of the offense was on LeBron's shoulders", said Irving, who was willing to share the load.

Kyle Korver added 18 points, including 4 of 6 on 3-point attempts, for the Cavaliers off the bench, and Channing Frye contributed 10 points. Toronto will be selecting at 23, a pick they got from the trade deal involving Normal Powell and Serge Ibaka.

"Even when we had our bad days, our good days, we stuck by him", DeRozan said. "You look around the league, the great teams, the teams that are still playing, they have great shooting".

"They're a hell of a team for a reason". Back in the early 2000's, the Pistons were one of the most physically dominant teams in the National Basketball Association and, even without a superstar on the roster, had a tight grip on the Eastern Conference for much of the decade.

The Eastern Conference finals will ensue on May 15 if that series goes six games, or May 17 if it goes to seven.

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