Cavaliers vs. Raptors: Will LeBron Lead the Cavs past the Raptors?

Cavaliers vs. Raptors: Will LeBron Lead the Cavs past the Raptors?

Cavaliers vs. Raptors: Will LeBron Lead the Cavs past the Raptors?

The following season these two clubs rematched in the 2017 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. It took the Cavs seven games and numerous heroic efforts from James to dispatch Indiana. This unit worked in game seven so why not go back to it in the next series. The Cavs have eliminated Toronto in each of the last two years, however, we can't forget the roles are reversed in 2018 and Toronto having the home court could help them finally break thru.

In 2016, the Cavaliers defeated the Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals on the way to their first-ever NBA Championship, and a year ago, Cleveland swept through Toronto in the East Semifinals ahead of a third consecutive trip to The Finals.

In the First Round series against the Pacers, LeBron James became the first player since. well, LeBron score at least 40 points in three or more games in a single playoff series.

In the regular season, Anunoby - who tore his ACL playing for IN in January of 2017 and slipped to the 23rd pick of the draft as a result - emerged as Dwane Casey's primary choice to defend James.

The Cavs were pushed to seven games by the fifth-seeded Pacers. On the Toronto side, head coach Dwane Casey has favored a switching defense, but LeBron James consistently picks apart defenses that play that style. Even with a weakened roster missing Raptor-killers Irving and Channing Frye, Cleveland can still surround James with a bevy of knock-down shooters.

LeBron James is running on fumes, and the Raptors have their strongest team in over a decade.

They may not want to publicly admit it, but for the first time in a postseason matchup with James' Cavs, the ball is in Toronto's court - figuratively and literally.

"It felt like a Game 7", James said. James led the way with another huge performance putting up 45 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

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Understandably, some people will point towards James' age, together with the fact this was the first time he played in all 82 regular season games. Kevin Love scored 14 points, hitting four 3-pointers, for the Cavs.

How the series plays out The Raptors win if... Toronto was down 10 after the opening quarter, by three at the half and by five after three quarters before their depth pulled through.

"To have to go through a tough series against a team that played really well, it doesn't guarantee us to be better in the next series, but it helps us". "I want to go home", he added. That includes 41 percent shooting from beyond the arc while draining 11 threes a game. But at some point it's possible he shows he is a little mortal. Point guard Lowry topped the Raptors with 20 points. DeMar DeRozan chipped in 16 points, Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 14 points plus 12 boards and Pascal Siakam added 11 points with eight rebounds off the bench.

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He reportedly spends upwards of $1.5 million per year maintaining his body to withstand the physical demands of carrying a team through multiple playoff rounds each year. "You just got to continue to play hard and continue to do what he's doing. What you are trying to take away and what you are going to digest and live with?" James's teammates, through the first six games of the series, had combined to post a P.E.R. of 9.0, which would represent the lowest combined P.E.R. for one of James's supporting casts in his 42 career playoff series.

The Pacers series underscored the Cavaliers' major weaknesses including inconsistent rotations, lack of a dependable second scorer, and an over-reliance on number 23. "They're another team, like IN, that can play a number of different ways".

Cavaliers: James won his fifth straight Game 7. The Cavs ran roughshod over the Dinosaurs, sweeping them in four games with Game Four held back at the Air Canada Centre.

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