Cavs Fans Bring Brooms in Cleveland's Game 4 Win and Cover

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Doug Upstone

Sunday, May 6, 2018 4:24 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 6, 2018 4:24 PM UTC

If Toronto fans hate LeBron James, it's understandable. Much in the same way Cleveland fans always hated Michael Jordan for making game-winning shots that obstructed their path in the playoffs.

Toronto players and fans may never see it this way but sometimes fate steps in and there is nothing one can do. In Game 1, the Raptors never trailed in regulation but ended up losing in OT. In Game 3, Toronto never led and had a true hope of winning twice, when it 0-0 and with seconds left at 103 to 103, neither proved good enough.

Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

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Free NBA Pick: ClevelandBest Line Offered: at Betonline

After two gut-wrenching losses in this series, what plausible explanation is there that the Raptors might be a good choice for NBA picks with the NBA odds having them as a six-point road underdog? Not many.

Toronto In Impossible Situation

As anyone as who's ever watched the NBA Playoffs, you've heard no team has ever won a series when done 3-0 and Toronto will not be the first team to do so. The Raptors have been plagued by ill-timed cold spells when shooting, a mismatch with Kevin Love they cannot solve and a -21 turnover margin in the series.

DaMar DeRozan is Toronto's best player and an All-Star, but he's not played like it once in the series. His shooting numbers the first couple games were adequate, but hardly a difference-maker. On Saturday night, DeRozan was a complete non-factor with 3 for 12 shooting, eight points and three turnovers and certainly was among the reasons why his team trailed by 17 at one point. Coach DeWayne Casey benched him and the Raptors made a comeback which led them to the cusp of victory. In this series, DeRozan's the worst plus/minus rating of any player averaging 20 or more minutes per contest.

If Toronto's best player lacks the right attitude, what chance does the team have?

Cleveland Goes For The Jugular

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After LeBron James made the game-winner, he said: "I live for these moments". But like all great athletes, James despises losing. Winning is wonderful, but when he was talking about the moment, he brought up the game should not have come to that point because of the mistakes his team had committed that led to his shot. Once in a generation players hate losing more than enjoy winning unless the actual championship is on the line.

LeBron has not let his team lose when it mattered and he's headed back to the Eastern Finals yet again.

One other observation, those trades Cleveland make with Sacramento and the Lakers to change their team, it turns out George Hill, the veteran, is the only one doing anything in the postseason. As long as LeBron, Love and one other player make a considerable contribution, the Cavaliers have a shot to win.

What to Expect for Outcome

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue knows his team has matchup edges he can exploit. After three games Toronto has few answers. With the chance to end the series at home, look for Cleveland to be very focused and if they build up a 10 or 15 point lead this time, they are not going to give it back and win and cover.

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