For the third straight year (and second in a row in a sweep), the Cleveland Cavaliers have sent the Toronto Raptors the fuck out of the playoffs and they did so tonight in embarrassing fashion. Not to mention, this win means the Cavs have beaten the Raptors 10 consecutive times in the playoffs dating back to the 2016 postseason. That’s haunting for #WeTheNorth.
Kyle Lowry told reporters during media questions yesterday the team would have to “rumble” to stay in the series and they did anything but that tonight.
With the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and a head coach, who was being hailed as a candidate for Coach of the Year, this Raptors team showed no fight and succumbed to the mental advantage the Cavs had over them.
LeBron James did not even have to do everything to win the game, only dropping 29 points, dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 8 rebounds. It was the other starters and bench that helped carry the load, with the likes of Kevin Love dropping 23 points, Kyle Korver going 4-5 from 3-point range and scoring 16 points, JR Smith going 6-6 from the field and scoring 15 points.
On the other side of the ball, Lowry did not show up offensively, finishing the game with 5 points. DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the third quarter for a flagrant 2 foul on Jordan Clarkson and their leading scorer was Jonas Valanciunas with 18 points off the bench.
Toronto has some big decisions this offseason, with people asking if they should blow up the team and possibly even firing Dwyane Casey. With the Eastern Conference only getting stronger, the window is quickly shutting on the Raptors. Who knows, it may have been shut after this series.