This was probably the worst possible way the Raptors’ season could have ended
LeBron James sent Toronto home for the third straight season as the Cleveland Cavaliers triumphed over the Raptors with a 128-93 win in Game 4 on Tuesday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. Even though the Raptors tried a new system to overcome the King and the Cavs, it still wasn’t enough as they suffered yet another defeat at the previous season allowing the Cavaliers to march onto the Eastern Conference finals for a fourth straight season.
It was just last Sunday when The Cavs managed to avoid elimination against the Indiana Pacers that James was seen limping to the locker room. However, the Toronto Raptors were just what The King needed to get back up after the previous two seasons. He proved the title of the King after these 4 games though the highlight of his talents was undoubtedly in Game 3 where he secured the win in the final few seconds. He did finish this weeks game with 29 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and a block – nothing too impressive for his standards to say the least.
The Raptors cannot seem to find their feet against the Cavaliers as they averaged 13.8 turnovers per game – and you can rely on the Cavs to make the most of their mistakes by turning them into an average of 17.8 points per game. This was what actually made the difference in Game 3 when they lost by only two points.
One of the ways the Cavs managed to take the lead was by blocking LeBron’s marker allowing him to land a few of his famous passes and shots. The 33-year-old turned around too quickly for the defence to react giving Cleveland a 27-point lead and the right to rest on the bench at the end of the game, knowing he had done his job once again.
For the Raptors, it was a horrific end to a season in which they won 59 games and earned the number 1 seed.
Now, Cleveland will face Boston for a second straight year in the Eastern Conference finals next Sunday where James will take part in his 10th conference finals in the last 12 years. Despite having a successful season, The Celtics will surely suffer against the Cavs without the likes of Irving and Gordon Hayward.