Even with all the disappointments, DeRozan does still see some light that has come out from yet another disappointing end to the season. He's the ultimate grandmaster.
"That's the first thing I would do, make him do something different besides going to that left". Which is why the way that Cleveland swept Toronto with an untested lineup is so surprising for the Cavaliers and so disappointing for the Raptors. "A great example for us on the difference between the regular season and a playoff run, and they're playing at a high level right now". DeMar DeRozan may have been named an All-Star four times in the last five years, but interested teams see his existing contract as too expensive for a wing who can't efficiently shoot from beyond the arc. The explosive backcourt duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry proved to be no match for LeBron James, who's the only legitimate superstar on the Cavaliers' roster.
"I thought they showed their championship pedigree", Casey said of the Cavaliers. "If you're LA and you get another starter with him, alongside that young nucleus, you'd be competitive in the west", Smith stated, according to a report from Express UK. "It's kind of the worst feeling". "That was our goal". Just part of the game. "We had opportunity after opportunity after opportunity".
Over the course of his career, LeBron James has hit seven game-winning shots in the playoffs.
All of a sudden, what seemed unlikely multiple times during this chaotic Cavs season, now seems more feasible than ever: a fourth consecutive trip to The Finals.
The Athletic first reported that Hood had angered teammates and others in the organization by rejecting coach Tyronn Lue's instruction to enter the game. Ujiri is expected to speak later this week, but no date has been set.
"Everyone had counted Cleveland out", said coach Dwane Casey, whose job could be in jeopardy.
Will Kyle Lowry be around next year? The big question is at what point did things really change for the team? "In certain situations, we didn't do exactly what we needed to do".
We have no idea if James can top what he's done the last 10 games, but we're certainly not ruling it out. Love was the only other Cavs player besides James to average double digits against Indiana.
Despite his disappointment, DeRozan said he won't shy away from the challenge of facing James. They'll have a long offseason to figure it out.
Three games into their Eastern Conference semifinal against Cleveland, the Toronto Raptors have yet to find the answer to the Cavaliers.
"The regular season doesn't matter", Lowry said. "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".
The 27-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent in July and while he admitted playing in his native state would be "attractive", he has also hinted he would like to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder, claiming the team "checked all the boxes".
VanVleet, who injured his right shoulder in the regular-season finale and missed most of the first round, admitted he dealt with lingering pain throughout the playoffs.
They were the number one seed and had home court advantage in both their playoff series.
VanVleet plans to visit a specialist in New York City within the next week to ensure his playoff minutes didn't cause further damage to his shoulder.
On Tuesday, DeRozan was asked what it was that derailed the Raptors during the postseason.
"I love it here", he said.
"It's gratification but you're not satisfied, that's the way I like to put it, " he said when the Raptors clinched first place in the East with three games remaining. "I'm a loyal guy".