Raptors ready for third shot at Cavaliers

Noel Cummings
May 2, 2018

James is one of the best players to ever grace the National Basketball Association and as dominant, singular forces go, he's right up there with Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and in-his-prime Shaquille O'Neal.

He's heading to Toronto, bringing a Cavaliers team that isn't done yet.

"I'm burnt right now", James admitted after the game.

The Cavs defense on Victor Oladipo was up and down, but I actually think he is a better player than DeRozan already. "I want to go home". "I think the days off will definitely have helped us a little bit".

"You can watch TV all you want, but you don't know how strong he is until you get out there on the floor and have to guard him", Siakam said.

James, meanwhile, has shouldered a heavy load for the Cavs, scoring 40 or more three times in the first round. Let's break this series down and take a peek at the series odds to see if we can make a few bucks on this semifinal matchup. "He's the best in the world, and that's what the best does and now I gotta work to get on that level".

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Game 2 at The Q, a 108-89 Cavs victory, was a showcase for the Cavs' defense and the firepower of the "Big Three" of Irving (26 points), James (23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) and Love (19 points). James, at 33 years old, this year passed Tim Duncan for top spot on the list of career minutes played. I remember a couple plays past year where Love beat Ibaka off the dribble. He fought through the fatigue. Could this be it?' That's just human nature.

Pushing the pace on offence would go a long way toward weakening what James can do at the other end. LeBron is going to go after whoever is covering him and try to draw as many fouls as possible.

James did get some help in Game 7 against in from Toronto-native Tristan Thompson, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Early betting action on Game 1 is almost 50-50 on the spread but heavily on the over 215.5-point total. Of course, these aren't the same Cavaliers we are used to seeing. The Cavaliers have been a mercurial team with a revolving door of roster moves leaving King James without a court. The series will rely primarily on how well the Cavs respond to their respective matchups on offense, and whether they can get over the anemic displays of the previous round to give their leader enough support this time around. The Cavs had a 44-37 rebounding edge for the game. They can not lose in the first round and expect to keep LeBron James.

His stay in Cleveland isn't quite complete. Toronto's only win was in the first meeting when the Raps decimated the Cavs 133-99 back on January 11 at the Air Canada Centre.

"Just gotta be smart about the situation", Lue said.

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Despite the loss, the Pacers felt great about their season. "Nobody thought we would be here".

Cleveland is 20-27 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.

"This team was fantastic", he said.

"Toronto, here we come, baby; Toronto, here we come". There was no drama all season and everybody kept a positive attitude at all times.

Pacers: Both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis fouled out. That's a 12 point difference at the line in a four point game. James Harden scored 41 points as the Rockets romped to a 110-96 victory.

As for all-time playoff marks, James took sole possession of first in steals with his four Sunday as he snapped a tie with Scottie Pippen and is now one shy of 400. Celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the "Miracle at Richfield" in 1976, when the Cavs defeated the Washington Bullets in Game 7 of the conference semifinals.

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