In a humorous attempt to turn things around, fans started blaming Kyle Lowry's turtle neck and poor fashion choices on the loss. However, getting swept in the second round by the team you've had in the crosshairs all season doesn't do much to boost confidence.
On Sunday afternoon, instead of taking a step forward after last year's result, the Raptors had become like every other team in the East, accepting defeat at the hands of a Goliath in LeBron James. Maybe he knows he can more money from Toronto. The postseason was a different story, though, as the All-Star guard only averaged 15.8 points in the eight games he played in. Lowry's salary this year was $12 million and he is certain to double that on the free agent market. Does keeping Serge Ibaka (another unrestricted free agent) and playing him at center raise the Raptors' ceiling?
National Basketball Association champion Cleveland Cavaliers powered into the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday, downing Toronto Raptors 109-102 to complete a four-game sweep of their playoff series.
GameTime's chime in on the future of the Toronto Raptors' roster.
Toronto has Ibaka's Bird rights and will have the capability to re-sign him along with Lowry.
And while Kyle didn't play yesterday in the final game of the season, he showed up to support his team. I put a lot of pride and joy into how hard I work, so I know I've just gotta work harder. He's not the rebounder Valanciunas is but, as has been seen in these playoffs, that's a skill that plays less importance.
While it is well publicized just how absurd James was in the three-game comeback performance, the best player in the league hasn't stopped there and it can all potentially be traced back to an opponent challenging his manhood to some extent.
The problem is finding a team to take Valanciunas. And once again I'm part of a team that's been able to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. But that - good but not good enough - has become the theme of this era of Raptors basketball, which may or may not be over.
The difference in these playoffs has been shooting and versatility.
In a closeout game, Lue said, "he tries to go as far as we need him in that fourth quarter". In fact, the Cavaliers feasted on the Toronto Raptors more comfortably than they did IN, claiming another sweep against their foes from north, but this time with an average margin of victory of 15.2 points.