made it to the eastern conference finals last night! For the fourth consecutive time. What an accomplishment.

The last night compete as gladiators and so far they are completing a 4-0 sweep against the Toronto wich send on fire to approach the Eastern Conference finals for a fourth straight season with eventually some days for more training and adjustment to launch their journey for another Eastern Conference Championship title.

But what makes become so bold in game 4 against the ? I invite you to appreciate some from USA TODAY Sports.

 Make it 130-0 for teams with a 3-0 series lead winning an NBA playoff series. One of these days a may come from a 3-0 deficit and win a series. Monday wasn’t that day.

With this in mind, swept Toronto for the second consecutive season. Finishing off the 128-93 in Game 4 on Monday. Cleveland brought the offensive firepower to Game 4. 59.5% from the and 46.2% on three-pointers and outscoring Toronto 70-46 in the second and third quarters.

Meanwhile, have beaten Toronto for the third consecutive postseason – 4-2 in the 2016 conference finals, 4-0 in last season’s conference semifinals and 4-0 in this season’s conference semifinals.

To put it differently, it’s now 10 consecutive playoff victories for Cleveland against Toronto. This defeat is deflating for the Raptors. Because it changed its style play following last season to better compete with Cleveland. It was a -season . They finished with a franchise-record 59 victories and the No. 1 seed

But in the playoffs, the Raptors came up way , even with a one-point loss in Game 1 and a two-point loss in Game 3. Until this series, the Raptors had not lost more than two consecutive this season.

By all means, changes coach? roster? Could be coming to Toronto in the offseason, and Cleveland is headed to the conference finals for the fourth consecutive season, getting the winner of the -Philadelphia series.

Five the Cavs are moving on and the Raptors are headed home.

1. ’ playoff excellence

Consequently, would have recorded his 22nd career playoff triple-double had the Cavs not been up 110-80 in the fourth quarter when he went to the bench for the rest of the game. He had 29 , 11 assists, and eight rebounds, and for the series, he averaged 34 , 11.3 assists, and 8.3 rebounds and shot 55.3% from the .

Nevertheless, James wanted to finish this series off and get rest. He started the series exhausted coming off a seven-game series against the Pacers. However, the conference finals won’t until Sunday at the earliest. He sensed the moment and didn’t squander the chance to get a break between series. Cleveland is 10-0 in a Game 4 with a 3-0 series lead – all with James.

Consider this big-picture accomplishment: James’ teams have now won 23 consecutive conference series, and Cleveland is 44-8 in the conference playoffs since he returned to the Cavs.

And he is four victories from reaching the Finals for the eighth consecutive season.

2. The Other Cavaliers

Saturday Night Live in a skit over the weekend poked fun at Cavs players not named . The skit featured guest host Donald Glover along with cast members.

“Everybody knows about LeBron. But don’t forget about , The Other Cavaliers, and whatever LeBron needs, we’ll get it done as long as what he needs isn’t ,” Glover and cast members to say it’s . But The Other Cavaliers were strong in Game 4 and throughout the series.

J.R. Smith had 15 (made all six shots), Kyle Korver 16 (4-for-5 on threes), 23 and Hill 12.

3. Cleveland’s three-point

The Cavs shot just 32.2% on three-pointers against in the first round. They found their three-point against the Raptors, making 41.1% in four .

In Game 4, they made 6-for-12 in the first and finished 12-for-26. When the Cavs make threes like that, they are one of the most difficult teams in the league to defend.

4. Not DeRozan’s finest series

All-Star DeMar DeRozan averaged 16.8 this series (six below his season average) and shot just 44% from the , was 0-for-9 on three-pointers and attempted just 11 free throws.

He sat the last 14 minutes, 16 seconds of Game 3 and was on the bench while the Raptors made their comeback and tied the score in the fourth quarter. He was ejected in the second of Game 4 after a flagrant-2 against Hill.

The most telling number: The Raptors were outscored by 74 points with DeRozan on the court, by 29 in Game 4. DeRozan’s All-Star backcourt mate Kyle Lowry had just five points on 2-for-7 shooting.

5. Another lineup change for Raptors

Therefore, for answers to Cleveland’s rotations, Raptors coach Dwane changed his starting lineup for the second consecutive game. C.J. Miles started and Fred VanVleet was to being a reserve, and Serge Ibaka returned to the starting lineup in place of Jonas Valanciunas.

It worked to a degree. Valancuinas had 10 points, two assists, and two blocks in his first nine minutes and finished with 18 points. Ibaka had 12 points.

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