Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan played the playoff game of his life. He logged 41-minutes of court time and scored a career playoff high 37-points, but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors lost to the Cavs 115-94
As we head to Game Three of this Eastern Conference semifinal between the Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers with a banged up Kyle Lowry questionable to play, why does it seem that the next two games of this series are going to be the last two games this season for the Raptors? Maybe the answer is obvious.
That was not the Cleveland Cavaliers team that went 21-20 in the second half of the season. The team that slipped defensively over last year. This team sure looked a lot like that Cavaliers team of the last two seasons in Game One versus the Raptors.
“Going out on a limb here and saying the Raptors steal Game 2. The role players hit their shots, Lowry and DeRozan have big nights, and this series is 1-1 heading to Toronto.” – Basketball Insiders David Yapkowitz
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey must ignore the traditional matchups and start Norman Powell over Jonas Valanciunas if he wants to win.
The Toronto Raptors have a chance against the Cleveland Cavaliers because president Masai Ujiri brought in Serge Ibaka from Orlando and P.J. Tucker from Phoenix at the trade deadline.
The latest round of ESPN layoffs included basketball icons Chad Ford and Marc Stein and while the names might come as a surprise, it’s just a sign of the times.