Are Raptors extinct if they fail to overcome LeBron?

02 May, 2018, 01:50 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Despite its regular season success, the Raptors struggled at times in the six games it took to defeat the Washington Wizards in the first round, and questions persist regarding how serious of a threat the Raptors are. The Raptors have been off since a Game 6 victory over Washington last Friday night finished their first round series, while James and the Cavs were pushed to the limit in grinding out a Game 7 win over in on Sunday. The Pacers came into the playoffs extremely confident, and their confidence has allowed them to push the Cavaliers to the brink. Can we? I'm exhausted.

LeBron averaged 45.0 points per over the last three home games of the series against IN and posted a triple-double IN the opener.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James survived a bout with cramps in a 105-101 Game 7 win over the Indiana Pacers, finishing with 45 points on 16-for-25 shooting, to go with 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals.

James is now averaging 54.8 FanDuel points per game this season.

That's a stark contrast to 2016, when Cleveland had eight days of rest before facing a Toronto team that had played consecutive seven-game series.

The Cavs breezed to a 115-84 victory in Game 1 at The Q. James and Irving led a balanced attack with 27 and 24 points, respectively. And as a price of tumbling to the fourth seed, the Cavaliers drew the number one squad: the Toronto Raptors. "We know the head of the snake is DeRozan & Lowry but those guys off the bench come in with the same attitude & the same confidence as the starters". The now known "Bench Mob" opened the fourth quarter with a 23-10 run giving the Raps a lead that they wouldn't look back on clinching the series avoiding a game seven. If the Raptors are going to finally find a way to overcome LeBron James, they'll need to get over some serious mental hurdles.

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James was at his scintillating best in the first round against the Pacers and he had to be in order to help the Cavaliers progress to the Eastern Conference semi-finals.

"If y'all don't respect the Indiana Pacers now, I have no respect for you", Oladipo said.

In the first round, James logged more than 41 minutes per game. Or a year ago, when the Cavs got a week off while waiting for Toronto to complete a six-game victory over Milwaukee in the opening round. That seed of doubt could be all Cleveland needs to knock out the top-seeded team in the conference.

Tristan Thompson made a rare start for the Cavs - Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue used his 34th different starting lineup this season - and added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

If Thompson starts again in his Toronto homecoming, he'll take on the man that was drafted one spot behind him back in 2011 - Jonas Valanciunas. While the Raptors won a closeout game on the road in the first round for the second straight year, the scenarios of each victory were a study in contrasts. They were the only National Basketball Association team not to lose three straight this season. The second worst out of 185 cities in the state. Lowry also has a post-season high of 8.3 ASTS, having 3 more assists than previous year in 83 less minutes. LeBron is also 18th in career regular-season minutes played, despite being 54th in career games played.

VanVleet is an essential part of that second unit and the Raptors success in general. Jordan Clarkson, the league's second-highest bench scorer during the regular season, topped double-figures just once against IN, as did Rodney Hood.

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