Will Raptors finally get past LeBron James, Cavaliers?

A third meeting in three postseasons. Let’s get

A third meeting in three postseasons. Let’s get

Defensively, he frees Kevin Love of the burden to guard the opposing team's center, something which looms larger in this series because of the width of Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas compared to the leaner tandem of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis for the Pacers.

James scored 26 points to propel the Cavaliers to a 54-43 halftime lead.

James is not used to such adversity in the first round. "It'll be a chess match, trying to stay a step ahead of what they're trying to do".

"I'm burnt right now", LeBron James told reporters when asked about his upcoming matchup against the Toronto Raptors following the Cleveland Cavaliers' game seven victory on Sunday afternoon. It turns out that in the right circumstances one man can actually deliver a playoff series win with no significant help. These guys aren't expected to play a lot in this series. The better overall squad will advance to the Western Conference Championship round. Yet, despite Indy's youth and admirable resilience the higher seeded team won largely at the hand of the best active player on the planet. Cleveland's perimeter shooting is worse: while they are making 10.4 three pointers a night, they're shooting just 32.2 percent from beyond the arc.

One thing which James did mention, which could play a huge factor, is the Raptors' bench. The Cavs have eliminated Toronto in each of the last two years, however, we can't forget the roles are reversed in 2018 and Toronto having the home court could help them finally break thru. That kind of thing can give the Raptors an edge, but it can lead to a tense crowd.

Last year, the Raptors hung on for dear life as they blew a 25-point lead in less than 15 minutes of game time in the second half before recovering to defeat Milwaukee 92-89.

Raptors comfortable with who they are - For all the success Toronto have enjoyed this season, the prevailing belief north of the border is this postseason will define this franchise for years to come.

For the game, the Cavaliers had 12 turnovers, one more than the Pacers. George Hill, JR Smith, and Kyle Korver scored 9.3, 8.6, and 8.3 points per game, respectively.

"They're a great basketball team". The Raptors have home court advantage. It was evident on Sunday that the Utah Jazz just couldn't keep up with the potent Houston Rockets in their Western Conference second-round opener. If the Cavs are playing from behind in this series the drama around LeBron will build. Toronto averaged 111.5 points per game in the regular season compared to Indiana's average of 105.2.

Unfortunately for Cleveland fans it is now incumbent upon James to not only carry the load but do the digging, the rigging, and the excavating in order for the Cavs to be successful.

It's unclear if this lineup will continue to log heavy minutes - or continue to be productive - but it appeared to bring stability to an uncertain Cavs team in a must-win game 7, and could anchor the team as it continues to figure out its chemistry in the second round. He's shown he's gonna score his points. They have had much success against the Raptors previously, but the Cavs have been an eyesore. "If you know him, he's a unique individual".

They probably won't even slow him much in this series, which tips off Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre. The Cavaliers blew a 14 point lead and saw IN briefly take the advantage before regrouping.

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