Why should the result be any different than the six-game series the Raptors and Cavaliers played a year ago with the Cavs moving on and the Raptors longest playoff run in team history coming to an end a leg before the NBA Finals.
This series rates to be similarly paced to each of the team's last series, with the Cavs playing a bit faster than the Bucks, but the Raptors playing a bit slower than the Pacers. "Closing out and the rest that comes with it far outweighs the other potential scenario".
Love, who averaged 15.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting and 9.3 rebounds in the first round against in, would appreciate a similar bounce back in his game, at least offensively, as the Cavs open up the second round. Things turned around for him in Game 5, however, as he pumped in 25 points in 24 minutes, going 8-for-10 from the field as the Cavs swayed the series back in their favor.
It's worth noting here that as much as the Toronto offence flies against current National Basketball Association trends, it has also been quite effective. Down, 2-1, in the series against Milwaukee, Casey pulled center Jonas Valanciunas from the starters and inserted small forward Norman Powell, moving Serge Ibaka to center. "We have to worry about Game 1 first".
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - The Cleveland Cavaliers open their Eastern Conference semifinals against the Toronto Raptors at home on Monday, but LeBron James would be just as comfortable - if not more - playing Game 1 north of the border.
Toronto: Similar to the Wizards, the Raptors are led by a young and outstanding guard tandem (Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan) and blooming as expected, (yes, they actually had a better record last year, but they were also healthier and the conference was weaker) leading a resurgence of Eastern Conference teams to challenge whatever team LeBron is on that year. "But there's no back-to-backs". "We understand what type of team that we're playing", reserve shooting guard Lou Williams told the Houston Chronicle. In addition, getting Kyrie Irving going offensively will be a welcome development for this series and future ones. OKC was plus-15 with him on the court and minus-58 with him off of it. "You're going to have to go out there and really put in a good effort, put four good quarters together and just go win the game". "A lot of guys are taking care of their body".
Prediction: The Warriors are so good that if they added Blake Griffin in the off season, he'd be their fifth best player. The improvements on defense to go with this great scoring team should make Toronto a team to watch out for. So, if Bron plays 46 minutes and [Kyrie Irving] plays 45 minutes and we win, then it's worth it.
The wins and losses aren't as profound as their record-breaking season previous year at 73-9, but it is the same the Warriors had in their 2014-2015 championship season.
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"He's given us a huge boost", said James. "Anything can happen as long as we continue to stay positive and play as hard as we can". Everyone else's minutes were great outside of LeBron. Snell really gets after it and moves his feet defensively and has improved his perimeter shooting. He was able to roam off guys during the series and, so, it was good for him. The Spurs clearly plan to play him 40 minutes a game or so in close games as well, but he was unable to pay 5x points per game in any of the 6 games against Memphis. Because he's used to it. For me, I just go out and try to win every game and do whatever it takes to help our team be successful. The final score in Game 4 was 100-98.10.
Say what you will, but it's seldom to see James not show up in the postseason. I dont think anybody will ever have that impact again..
This wasn't hyperbole by James. James, though, was head and shoulders above everyone in that group in terms of production.
"Look how much he has played", said Joyce.
James has a knack for succeeding as the underdog in the playoffs.
"I don't think his game changes", said Tucker. But we leave the minutes situation to T-Lue in terms of the rotation.
After watching the regular season, as well as the first four games of the playoffs, I have to ride with the Warriors.