LeBron James, Cavaliers sweep Raptors to reach Eastern Conference finals: Takeaways

Rodney Hood will apologize to the Cavs after refusing to play in garbage time of Cavs' Game 4 win

Well, we might just find out Wednesday night in Game 5.

James has been reluctant to discuss the Cavs' chances to win a title or get back to the Finals for the fourth straight year, but his confidence has grown with each victory.

The Raptors defence was shredded with the Cavaliers racking up 100 points in the first three quarters on 63.9 per cent shooting.

Leading Cleveland to yet another sweep, James set even more playoff records.

It took forever to get here, but it was worth the wait. They will play either the No. 2-ranked Celtics or the No. 3-ranked 76ers.

With Kyrie Irving out of the picture, Love is now firmly the Cavs' second-best player, and the series against the Pacers showed how much Cleveland struggles if its All-Star forward doesn't perform.

The contributions from Cleveland's supporting cast came two days after "Saturday Night Live" poked fun at the team in a skit entitled "The Other Cavaliers", which didn't air but went viral on social media. The stats were good, but the extra level, the total domination of the game at both ends of the court, the look in his eye, it just wasn't there."Every time we come to the playoffs he has that edge", coach Tyronn Lue said after James' stunning, buzzer-beater of a shot that won Game 3 against the Raptors. He's averaging 34.8 points, his highest in the playoffs since 2009, with 9.5 rebounds and a career-best 8.8 assists. It's not a coincidence that Cleveland's offense seems to be at its best when the veteran point guard is in the game.

There's no way around it: LeBron James is inside the heads of the Toronto Raptors. Love averaged 20.5 points against Toronto, and four more Cavs joined him in averaging double digits: Kyle Korver (14.5 points), JR Smith (12.5 points), Jeff Green (12.3) and George Hill (10.3). "And wait for the time to come to be able to get this feeling off you". "We had a lot of challenges, considering the dominance (Toronto) had in the regular season".

LeBron James hits the winning shot in Game 3. The Cavs didn't let up, pushing their lead to 30.

Four games with Toronto straightened them out. "So I tried to follow their lead going into Game 2 and all the way through Game 4". The Cavs connected on 80 percent of their free throws as a team. The Cavs were tested to the point of exhaustion by IN, and they responded.

This opens all kinds of possibilities for the next series, and, potentially, the one after that. "He's super-athletic, super-strong. He can shoot the ball so I think those things are just going to continue to build".

The Raptors were swept 4-0 by the Cavaliers despite starting the National Basketball Association playoffs as the number one seed in the East. Although Lue cleared the bench, allowing ever player to play at least three minutes Monday night, Hood didn't see the floor and was the only member of the wine and gold to do so.

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