DeMar DeRozan delivered for the Raptors with everything on the line

The Toronto Raptors dragged themselves through 48 minutes of mediocre, unspectacular basketball in Milwaukee on Saturday. In a few stretches, it would have been understandable if you wondered if either team even wanted to win. One player in Toronto clearly did, though. DeMar DeRozan made sure the Raptors wouldn’t lose in a Game 4 that kept their playoff hopes — and perhaps even their future together — alive.

The lineup made LeBron even more unstoppable.

It’s even tougher on defenses in isolation scenarios where James is looking to score. Few players can check The King on an island, and with four deadeye shooters lurking on the wing, the help must come from far away. That allows James to go to work and either blow by a slower opponent or barrel through a smaller one.

If you recall last year’s NBA Finals, Lue deployed a lineup against the Golden State Warriors similar to the one he used against Indiana in Game 3.

The Cavaliers ran James with Shumpert, Frye, Richard Jefferson, and Matthew Dellavedova, a lineup that posted the best net rating of last year’s playoffs and doubled that of the Warriors’ starters.

Julius Honka (soon) and Torey Krug prove that undersized defensemen with Tampa Bay Lightning Cheap Jerseys elite offensive skills and speed can thrive in today’s NHL. No wonder Makar has skyrocketed up draft rankings. The 5’11 defenseman lit up Canada’s lower junior league with 75 points (24 goals, 51 assists) in 54 games and will skate for UMass Amherst next season. Arizona has stockpiled elite forward talent, and now they can draft a defenseman to distribute the puck to them.

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