Eastern Conference Semi-Final Preview- Raptors vs Cavaliers


Former University of Wyoming standout Larry Nance Jr. grabbed four defensive rebounds and scored a point for the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 105-101 home win in Game 7 over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. This is the third postseason series between the teams, all coming in the last three years: Cleveland took the first two, winning eight of the 10 games contested. Instead of facing that uncertainty, the Cavs and their fans can turn their attention to the trip to the East's top seeds Toronto Raptors after edging a plucky Pacers team that outscored Cleveland by 40 points over the seven games.

Joe Ingles' Utah Jazz have been brought back to earth by a 110-96 loss to the Houston Rockets in the opening game of their National Basketball Association playoffs western conference semi-final series.

The Wizards' execution in clutch situations let them down in games 1, 5 and 6, while their bench got thoroughly outplayed by the Raptors' bench mob, who averaged 35.2 points per game. On radio, Sportsnet 590 The FAN will broadcast Game 4. In Toronto on Tuesday, they'll face a Raptors team whose depth allows them to throw fresh bodies on the floor and keep up a pace that few teams - especially Cleveland - simply can't match. James broke the record in his 237th game. Thursday, May 3, 6 p.m.

Game 1 between the Cavs and the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre is set to tipoff at 8:00pm ET tomorrow, airing on TNT.

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The Cavs have shown that they're vulnerable this season, so this might be the Raptors best shot to beat them.

The win also gave nervy locals a temporary reprieve from growing fears that James, born in nearby Akron, might elect to leave his home-state franchise for the second time when he has the right to become a free agent on July 1.

Cleveland point guard George Hill, who missed the previous three games with back spasms, did not play in the first half but scored 11 points in the final two quarters.

LeBron James has had one hell of a postseason so far, leading his Cavs to a first-round victory over the Indiana Pacers in seven games. Cleveland won their four games in the series by 14 points. They may have to if they hope to have success in this series. DeRozan led all scorers with 23 points and Lowry added 20 as the Raptors shut down Irving, limiting him to 13 points on 3-of-19 shooting.

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DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the game against the Washington Wizards.

Korver said after Game 7 that "I don't think (James is) appreciated enough for just how much energy he puts into every single game to do what he does". In three games against the Raptors during the 2017-18 regular season, Love averaged 17.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27.7 minutes.

And the Raptors were No. 1 in the league in defending transition, which is where Cleveland generates much of its offence.

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