LeBron and Cavs maintain sway over the Raptors

  • LeBron and Cavs maintain sway over the Raptors

LeBron and Cavs maintain sway over the Raptors

However, it's not as if the Cavs did themselves any favors by taking their series against IN all the way to Game 7 while the Raptors finished off their series IN six games.

Is this just a flash in the pan, or has the Thompson of old returned? After another slow start which saw the Cavs fall down 33-19 after the first, the Cleveland defense improved as the game went on and the offense caught up.

The near-fight occurred during Tuesday night's Game 1 involving the Cleveland Cavaliers playing the Raptors in Toronto. To a man, everyone on the 76ers should shoot better from 3-point range in Game 2, and Belinelli is the most likely of the bunch to have a big effort. Lance Stephenson continued to be a nuisance.

For anyone who knows the history between these two teams, it would be tough to argue otherwise. "Considering the circumstances, we definitely stole one", coach Tyronn Lue said after the game.

The Raptors need to display utmost urgency and execution in Game 2 tonight (6 p.m.) in Toronto. He played in 53 games and started only 22.

Curry played for the first time since March 23, and it was as if he never left.

Cleveland has eliminated Toronto from the postseason in each of the past two years. But he's one of the few players on the planet who can have an terrible game by his standards and still end up with a triple-double - something he did in Game 1, when he finished with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.

Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson knows he was a little too amped up as he made his National Basketball Association playoff debut. The Raptors must make somebody else beat them. He had a triple double, but his.400 shooting percentage was a playoff low this season, and he was 1 for 8 on 3-point attempts. He played in Game 7 against in and was very aggressive driving to the rim. He is stronger, quicker, and has a more developed and refined offensive game.

James can not be expected to keep carrying his team to improbable victories, and even if the Cavs have the Raptors' number, the Boston Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers will be formidable opposition in the East final. He's not going to develop an outside shot, so nothing can really be done, but it's still an issue. Based in Los Angeles. Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Arizona's DeAndre Ayton, Michigan State's Jaren Jackson III, and Texas's Mohamed Bamba would all be able to contribute to the Cavs immediately and give the team a young star to build around for the future. Cleveland is once an underdog for Game 2, but the Cavs are now favored for the series.

But none of this matters right now.

That the Cavs, who entered this year's Eastern Conference Semifinals as a betting underdog, took Game 1 and homecourt advantage would have been noteworthy enough.