Stay or go, DeMar DeRozan says he'll support Kyle Lowry's decision

"Any time you lose, you don't feel good", said Tucker, who exited looking resplendent in a sports jacket over a vintage Iron Maiden T-shirt featuring the 1981 album "Killers".

Cleveland had Toronto's number from three-point range, outscoring the Raptors 183-81 from beyond the arc in the series. The team's best young player is Norman Powell, a second-round pick who won't likely change the landscape in the Eastern Conference. If the Wizards win, the Cavs will host the first two games. Tucker, acquired at the trade deadline to beef up Toronto's front line, are free agents. The Warriors still have a ways to go, but even with tougher competition awaiting, we should all keep in mind that they were missing their best player for several games, and are still without their head coach.

Golden State is looking to close out the Jazz Monday night, but this Cleveland team seems to be a bit more focused than a year ago and they have more shooters on the bench which makes them a threat.

Lowry, who watched Toronto's last two games because of a sprained left ankle, said he expects the July decision to be hard.

So, if it's not a rebuild, how do they retool knowing that the Cavs are not going anywhere anytime soon, LeBron is not going anywhere.

To their great credit, the Raptors did not respond to a 12-point halftime deficit by laying down and letting the offseason come to them.

It was as though every time Toronto slowed down one part of the Cavs' offence, two other people stepped in to score. The first two games of the series will be at the higher seeds home court.

Point guard Kyle Lowry insists he hasn't thought about his future with the Toronto Raptors.

That's a question for Adam Silver.

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri meanwhile said the franchise was preparing for a critical summer as they looked to remain competitive.

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And so, the only win for the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the playoffs was a moral victory. But is contending for a title the end-all, be-all in the National Basketball Association, where seven franchises have won 33 of the last 37 championships?

No, you don't want to be on "the treadmill of mediocrity" in this league, but the Raptors are not mediocre.

To be fair, if you put King James on any National Basketball Association team they could probably beat the Raptors.

As timing went, Tucker got lost in the numbers game with wing players such as Morris Peterson, Anthony Parker and Joey Graham getting more minutes.

Lowry's backcourt mate, DeMar Derozan, signed a five-year $139 million contract last summer. The last three years, in which the Raptors have scored an average of 9.7 fewer points per 100 possessions in the playoffs than they did in the regular season, would tell you that the answer is "no".

That's the harsh reality many franchises have been forced to face over the years.

Opting out of the final year of his contract has been the plan all season long for Lowry.

There's a chance that Kyle Lowry may not return if he opts out of his contract this summer (which he said he meant to do) and doesn't re-sign with the Raptors (though to be clear, despite the slight panic we have with this post, he totally could).

Dressing at his locker-room stall Sunday, Toronto centre Jonas Valanciunas politely asked a scrum of waiting media to clear a space.

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