Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

NBA Playoffs: Last time the Raptors-Cavaliers met in the postseason

NBA Playoffs: Last time the Raptors-Cavaliers met in the postseason

Of course, that's all of the Eastern Conference since 2011.

The Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers meet up in the postseason for the third season running, and for the second consecutive time at the Conference Semifinals stage. Meanwhile, the Cavs had their hands full with the Indiana Pacers and needed a four-point win in game seven to narrowly escape the first round.

In Game 3 of this series, James will pass Tony Parker for fifth with his 227th career playoff game. The Cavs' average margin of victory in the series previous year was 15.3 points and they made at least 13 3s in all four games. One of the most interesting has to be the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors series.

IN used an 18-2 run to take a 61-58 lead in the third quarter.

Those ballooning figures are largely a reflection of the Cavs' struggles against the Pacers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Cavaliers came out on top behind the mega efforts of LeBron James. Speaking of 3s, the Raptors shoot them now.

James can create open look after open look for his teammates, so the Raptors likely only blitz him if they believe Love has been rendered ineffective by his ailment and if they don't believe the supporting cast is capable of making them pay enough. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday, May 7. He added eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a brilliant performance that once again showcased his versatility and dominance. George Hill is working to come back. For the fifth-year guard, this series was a strong success and litmus test for his bright future.

The Raptors will be the more rested team, having wrapped up their first-round series against the Washington Wizards in six games on Friday. The Raptors pick up the win at home. Toronto was down 10 after the opening quarter, by three at the half and by five after three quarters before their depth pulled through.

The Celtics, who are without star players Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward due to injury, take on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after the 76ers claimed a 4-1 series win over the Miami Heat. "I want to go home". Dropped to 3-6 in Game 7s, with all of the losses coming on the road. Toronto was 15 of 19 at the line, won the rebounding battle 47-42 and turned the ball over just six times. He's shown he's gonna score his points. Especially considering how much Cleveland struggled against IN in Round 1. The Cavaliers seemed to get the Raptors to play more isolation, something the Raps had been trying to drill out of themselves for the entire season.

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Cleveland was blown out in Game 1 of their first-round series, despite a triple-double by LeBron James.

The Pacers series underscored the Cavaliers' major weaknesses including inconsistent rotations, lack of a dependable second scorer, and an over-reliance on number 23. And if there was any suggestion James is worn out, the Raptors are fully expecting the 33-year-old to be at his best despite logging 41 minutes a game through the first round. "They're another team, like IN, that can play a number of different ways". The Cavs ran roughshod over the Dinosaurs, sweeping them in four games with Game Four held back at the Air Canada Centre. They can not win unless someone not named LeBron James scores at least twenty points. The Raptors' bench is finally whole now with the return of spark plug Fred VanVleet and that will help immensely.

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