Eastern Conference Semi-Final Preview- Raptors vs Cavaliers

Posted May 01, 2018

They stick with what has gotten them to this position, Lowry and DeRozan need to be the players that they are capable of and they do that best when they aren't playing hero ball.

How They Got Here: Toronto beat No. 8 Washington 4-2, and Cleveland beat No. 5 IN 4-3. "At best maybe an 8-seed, but far and away this team surpassed expectations." .

The Cavaliers will now face the Raptors, whom they took two of three against during the regular season. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 94.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 100.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting. The Cavs scored 10 points off those turnovers.

Thomas had missed the first half of the season while recovering from hip surgery. Then the Cavs overhauled their roster prior to the trade deadline. Toronto is deep, athletic and their second unit is deadly: look for the Raptors to utilize their depth and home court to take Game 1 of the series.

The statistics say LeBron James has never received less help in the National Basketball Association (NBA) play-offs from a group of team-mates than he did in this first-round marathon against the Indiana Pacers.

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".

Raptors Guard DeMar DeRozan had a business as usual approach to the bench's contributions throughout Game 6. The Warriors outrebounded the Pelicans 65-46 and limited their usually frenetic offense to just 11 fast break points. Tristan Thompson, who was anchored to the bench for most of the series, finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds as he got the start. The Raptors are also a solid 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games.

James still managed to produce because, well, he's a legendary talent who can push himself beyond the physical limits of most athletes. Kevin Love added 16 points and 14 rebounds. James averaged 29.3 points, 8.0 assists and 6.7 rebounds.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will tip off the Eastern Conference semi-finals on Tuesday night north of the border. They may have to if they hope to have success in this series. The Cavs had a 44-37 rebounding edge for the game. The defense was stout, limiting Lowry to eight points on 4-of-14 shooting.

The Raptors are shooting decently in the postseason, hitting 47.3 percent from the field.

And if James isn't exhausted yet, the Raptors plan to make him work. The Cavs defeated the Raptors 4-2 in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals and 4-0 in last year's Semifinals. The Cavs were shredded by Lowry and DeRozan to the tune of 35 and 32 points, respectively.

The Toronto Raptors haven't played since Friday and are coming off a six-game series against the Washington Wizards.

The Cavs returned to Canada and were even more impressive in Game 6, ending the series with a 113-97 smackdown of the Raptors.

Since joining the league, James has played 1,143 regular season games and 224 playoff games - both tops among all players.