Twitter reacts ruthlessly to Raptors being swept by the Cleveland LeBrons

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

The Raptors were swept by Cleveland both in 2018 and 2017.

Toronto almost rallied to win Game 3, but James banked in a remarkable tie-breaking basket at the buzzer. They needed a seventh game to eliminate the Indiana Pacers, needed overtime to beat Toronto in the first game of the semifinals and needed a buzzer beater by James to win Game 3.

James and the Cavs slashed through all of Toronto's regular-season work in seven quick days, leaving the Raptors still shell-shocked the morning after their humiliating 128-93 blowout in Game 4 of their second-round series. In this series, every loss has been more deflating for Toronto than the previous one.

"We had a heck of a season", said Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

"It's a similar situation we are with Cleveland".

"LeBron's going to have to counteract that, unless he goes to Houston [Rockets], if he stays in the East, I think he's got to take a long hard look at Philly and I don't think NY has a shot".

I wrote about this about this time last season - but here it is again: There is no teammate duo more entertaining that Kyle Lowry and DeRozan (yes even when Dwyane Wade and LeBron James coined themselves peanut butter and jelly or when The 'Stache brothers was a thing in Oklahoma City).

Casey and his Raptors are on the verge of being swept after earning the top seed in the East with a franchise-record 59 victories. Of the 130 teams to take a 3-0, all of them have won the series.

James was once more the tormentor in chief for Toronto, contributing eight rebounds and 11 assists in addition to his 29 points. He had 12 points in Game 4 against Toronto to go along with five assists. James also has led the Cavaliers in points and assists in 11 consecutive playoff games, passing Oscar Robertson for the longest streak in National Basketball Association playoff history. He has taken just 15 three-pointers, making three.

Lowry and Casey had butted heads in the past, but the point guard said "I wouldn't ever be what I've become without him as my coach".

"I felt pretty confident that we pretty much shredded every bench in the National Basketball Association in the regular-season and we just didn't get it done in the playoffs", said VanVleet.

The Cavs battled through the regular season to finish 50-32.

Meanwhile, the Raptors have 42 total turnovers.

Love has balked at playing center, preferring time at power forward, his natural position.

"For me it was championship or bust, that's what I feel", Lowry said. It's not like we didn't want to (win). Lowry pointed to the young players such as rookie OG Anunoby, who was one of the few bright spots in the Cavs' series, plus Jakob Poeltl, Delon Wright, Fred VanVleet, and Pascal Siakam. He did not play in the fourth quarter as the Raptors made a late push.

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