Cleveland Wins Game 1
In the words of Nicki Minaj “Not that I don’t got good vision, but I don’t see competition.”
Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers showed that the path to the NBA finals are still a sure thing. Monday, the Cavs defeated the Toronto Raptors 116-105 in game one of the Eastern Conference playoffs second round.
Cleveland had challenging games in the first Round against Paul George and the Indiana Pacers. But still ended up with a clean sweep of the series. Now after many days of rest, they seek to demolish yet another team’s spirit.
Toronto was coming from a hard fought out series against a young and talented Milwaukee Bucks team. The series seemed unclear with the Bucks winning on the road early. But the Raptors ended the series in six games.
Now the Cavs took control of the game from the jump. They ended the first quarter up 30-18 according to ESPN. Not to mention the thunderous slam from Iman Shumpert. He made Raptors’ Serge Ibaka look foolish for attempting to block his shot.
Then Cleveland busted the game wide open. They never trailed in the game again. In fact, they ended the third with a 73-96 advantage.
Toronto never stood a chance. James even attempted to take a little sip of the good stuff to cool himself off. The Cavs had total control.
They were so livid that bench player, Dahntay Jones was ejected for taunting. It happened only 18 seconds left in the game.
James finished the game with 35 points and 10 boards. His running mate, Kyrie Irving, showed up as well. He dazzled the crowd with 24 points and 10 assists.
If that wasn’t enough, Tristan Thompson had a double-double as well. He ended with 14 rebounds and 11 points.
The Raptors did give some effort to the loss. Kyle Lowry obtained the teams only double-double with 20 points and 11 dishes. Demar DeRozan helped with 19 points and seven boards.
Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey expressed his thoughts after the game in Associated Press.
“They were well-rested, flying around – almost like a half a step quicker than we were all night,” said Casey. “We’ve got to make adjustments as far as how we want to guard the paint and then get out to the 3. Offensively, get cleaner looks.”
This rematch of the Eastern Conference finals last year may just end up in the same results. The Raptors need to show fight the next game to show otherwise.
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