Cavaliers cruise past Raptors without breaking a sweat
Ever had to warm up and mentally prepare yourself for an upcoming obstacle or event? Whether it be an intense workout, you’re preparing for a marathon, college exams, dance rehearsals etc. You get the point. This is exactly what it feels like watching the Eastern Conference Finals. Even through two game the Cleveland Cavaliers are just on a whole other level as they prepare themselves for the finals at the Toronto Raptors expense, and they’re not doing a damn thing to stop them. Exactly like game 1 the results were the same. Lebron James torched the Raptors tallying a triple double (23 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) and passed Shaquille O’neal for fourth on the NBA’s All-time postseason scoring list. For an ECF series the Cavaliers are making it seem like a cakewalk after having more of a challenge in rounds 1 and 2. Regardless, the Cavaliers are still undefeated in the 2016 NBA playoffs.
Cleveland continued to bully Toronto in the lane as Kevin Love remained in sync with 19 points. Kyrie Irving continues to play at an elite level even with Lebron in all the headlines as he finished with 26 points. Channing Frye and J.R. Smith also scored in double digits in their game 2 victory. As for Toronto, they continue to struggle and mentally seem to be falling apart. Right before halftime Kyle Lowry had checked out the game with 4:00 mins remaining in the 2nd qtr, so he can go to the locker room and decompress, because he was so frustrated with his poor play. Mind you the game was tied at 46 a piece when he checked out. Lowry did manage to get 8 points after he cooled down, but took 8 shots to get him there. Lowry finished with 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. DeMar DeRozan on the other hand finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists, but didn’t get much help from anybody else.
For their first time in franchise history playing in an Eastern Conference Finals series, Toronto is doing the exact opposite of what they had in mind coming into the series. To be fair Jonas Valanciunas remained in a suit yet again in the series, but that won’t be enough to dethrone the Cavaliers in the east, as it appears they’re just killing time till the finals. If Toronto expects to see a game 5 they’re going to have to get past the last two beat downs and come into game 3 focused and fearless as the series heads to Toronto for the next two games.
Orlando covers the NBA for MFST and you can follow him on Twitter @itslandoyo.