Cavs stomp Raptors in series opener
On a highly anticipated matchup coming in for both teams, the Toronto Raptors just couldn’t find a way to slow down Lebron James and company. On what seemed was going to be a very competitive game after the first quarter of play, as the Raptors trailed by five. Toronto just couldn’t find a way to stay in sync from there on out. Toronto got off to a to a hot start with a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in their very first Eastern Conference Finals game in franchise history, but then things quickly turned lopsided.
Toronto found themselves helpless trying to stop Lebron James (24 points) and Kyrie Irving (27 points) from getting to the rim. The Cavs didn’t have to depend on so many three’s in Game 1, as James and Irving combined for 51 points, and were 22-30 from the field through three quarters as both Cleveland stars sat out the fourth . Kevin Love also chimed in 14 points and was 2-4 from beyond the arc.
When it came to shooting the three ball for Toronto, they went ice cold as they shot 5-24 from 3-point range. Demarre Carroll was expected to have some success defending James as these two meet again in the ECF in back-to-back seasons. Carroll got destroyed by James and didn’t help the Raptors at all as he finished with 2 points and was 1-5 from the field, and 0-3 from 3-point range.
On the other hand, Kyle Lowry, after coming off two strong performances in back-to-back games versus Miami, only chipped in 8 points for his team and was 4-14 from the field, and 0-7 from 3-point range. Demar DeRozan had 18 points, but wasn’t able to get enough help from his teammates to keep it close. Jonas Valanciunas remains questionable for Game 2 on Thursday night as he missed Game 1 with a right ankle sprain.
Cleveland was a no brainier as they came in the series heavily favored to beat the Raptors, but no one saw this blow out coming. If Toronto has any realistic chance of making this a series, or pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history on the NBA, they’re going to have to erase Game 1 from their minds, and come prepared in Game 2 with a new approach and game plan.
Orlando Torres covers the NBA for MyFantasySportsTalk.com | Follow him on Twitter @itslandoyo