Key points to another Cleveland Cavaliers sweep

The Cavaliers have won 11 straight playoff games and were only nominally tested in round two. Here's a breakdown of how Cleveland closed out the series.

The Cavaliers have LeBron James. All conversations about how Cleveland wins a game or series should start and end there. Countless writers on countless sites will tell you about how incredible LeBron James has been this postseason, and they're right, but you already know about it.

You know he's averaging 34 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, 1.5 blocks, and is shooting 47% on threes. You know he's been every bit as dominant as those numbers suggest. You know he's making the "is this guy the best player ever?" conversation a bit louder. You know he's so good that he inexplicably went 3-3 from the field in game three with his left hand. The superlatives almost never end, and that's the way it should be.

Even so, he didn't win all four games against Toronto by himself. 

I wrote before the playoffs started that Kevin Love would be an enormous factor in how the Cavaliers fared in the postseason. The Cavs played such a ridiculous second-round series that he (temporarily) proved me wrong. Love only averaged 12 points and 8.5 rebounds in the Toronto sweep, thanks largely to him averaging fewer than 30 minutes per night.

The reason Love played fewer minutes than normal is simple: The Cavs bench was phenomenal in the Toronto series. Kyle Korver became a terrifying player in the NBA for two stretches in the final two games of the series. He scored 16 (!!) in the second quarter of game four after scoring nine points in a 90 second stretch of game three.

There's something transcendent about a Kyle Korver three-pointer. When LeBron/Kyrie/Love/Frye hit a three, it's exciting. Before Kyle Korver even starts his shooting motion, you start to lose your mind. You see him either coming around a screen or waiting in the corner with his hands ready and you get excited. He wants the ball. He wants the shot. As soon as he gets the ball, it's inevitable that the shot will go in, regardless of statistics. As he starts that lightning-quick release, the tension builds. It's gotta go in. There's no way his shot can doink off front-rim and future articles will be written about how rarely he missed to either side. He cannot miss this particular shot. As the ball flies through the air (did you miss the release? I told you it's fast), your arms go up in anticipation. The announcing team prepares for the inevitable - voices rising in anticipation. Teammates relax their shoulders as the ball is halfway home. The Cavaliers bench is on their feet. Defenders already begin moping, regardless of how well they defended the shot. If he has an inch, they know that was too much space to give Korver.

The shot goes in. It always does. Business as usual.