Sixers linked to impending free agent PG Kyle Lowry

At this point, if LeBron James found a cure for world hunger, Skip Bayless would probably find something wrong with it.

With Sunday's win over the Raptors, the Cavaliers became the first team in the 2017 NBA Playoffs to clinch a spot in the conference finals.

Some will talk about the season that was, other will talk about the offseason to come, but we're here one last time to talk about one game and the numbers that stood out.

It's not a cop-out. Down 0-3, it's impossible to win, I guess (according to) the odds. "It's gong to take a Herculean effort to beat them". It really takes you away (from the basket). Korver had 16 points, including 16 in the second quarter, while Deron Williams and Channing Frye each had five points. And now here goes Kyrie (Irving). Cleveland was the bar in which they would be measuring themselves - more specifically, James was the bar - and they happened to draw them in the second round.

"You're going to have to have very flexible defenders", Casey said, "and you're going to have score 117, 118 points a night".

For the third game in four, Casey switched up his starters, this time returning Norm Powell to the bench and inserting Tucker into the starting five.

Ibaka, who was acquired with Tucker at February's trade deadline to inject some much-needed toughness, said he hasn't thought about his future, but that "I have fun here". Or to wish that the grit shown in Game 4 had come earlier.

Here's one: How do you measure 82 games of regular season success vs. a humbling playoff exit?

He was locked in and he was not going to be denied, not even for a single game which, in his mind, might be the difference down the road when the playoffs get tougher.

"They've got LeBron James", Lowry told The Vertical late Friday night.

Toronto's Serge Ibaka, who played with Okalahoma City when the Thunder lost to James' Miami Heat in the 2012 Finals, said he's never seen LeBron better than right now. "I feel like it's a part of any sport, especially this competitive". And if Ujiri can figure out what the Raptors were, he can decide what he wants to do with them next.

There are questions to be answered just as there are any time a season falls short of the ultimate goal.

"Have you ever watched me play?" he shot back with a laugh.

Playing without All-Star Kyle Lowry (sprained left ankle) for a second consecutive game, the Raptors rebounded from a 69-53 deficit in the third quarter and had a 93-92 lead with 6:38 in the fourth quarter. The Cavs took advantage of DeMar DeRozan's reliance on the midrange game to squeeze Toronto into tight spaces, and Dwane Casey took a little too long to adjust to the pace of the series with his lineup combinations.

"I tried to get him out for a couple of minutes, but he said, 'No, I'm fine, '" added Lue, who did make sure that James got a bit of a breather by calling a timeout on the heels of a Toronto 20-second timeout. "That's on upper management".

"Want to try again?" laughed Lowry, who had a player option for next year worth US$12 million, but stands to earn significantly more.

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