James stays flawless in first round as Cavs advance

Wednesday, 02 May, 2018

The Cavaliers owned a 2-1 regular-season series advantage over the Raptors, defeating them on the road in their last meeting by the score of 112-106 and also 132-129 at home in their previous game. As great as he's been, relying on that kind of production is unsustainable, and a team as deep and versatile as the Raptors are better equipped to maximize on Cleveland's vulnerabilities. They have to trust the vets who've been there before. In fact, only cramps would stand in his way of playing all 48 minutes.

Not everyone on the TNT panel could go out and make a prediction for this series, Kenny Smith had to be pushed by Barkley to make a choice and in the end, he's riding with James and the Cavs.

It was Thompson's 15th double double in the playoffs for his career.

Two years ago, Toronto won 56 games and clinched the second seed in the East. It is only playoff games, in particular elimination games. If the Cavs are playing from behind in this series the drama around LeBron will build. Kevin Love, who may have nightmares about Indiana's big men for some time, hit a 3-pointer, and George Hill, in the rotation after missing three games with back spasms, attacked the rim. He kept Cleveland's odd season alive - for the time being - but it took everything the 33-year-old and the Cavs had to hold off the Pacers, who came in confident after a 34-point win in Game 6. My mom and dad know when I get in this state of mind to just let me be. Defensively, Larry Nance can do a little bit to help the Cavs, but isn't going to enough to alter the scoreboard.

That's a stark contrast to 2016, when Cleveland had eight days of rest before facing a Toronto team that had played consecutive seven-game series. Now Lue, who has used 34 different starting lineups this season, has something to fall back on if things don't go as planned against the Raptors. O.G. Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Jakob Poeltl have developed into productive role players. Jordan Clarkson' favourite play is dribble seven times and take a contested jump shot. Irving had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

IN has looked just as good, if not better, than the Cavaliers for most of this series. There is no point worrying, "How far can LeBron carry the Cavs?" as so many think pieces are trying to determine. They share the ball remarkably well as a team and improvise on a per-game basis in half-court sets to bring the best out of each individual on offense. For context, that's longer than similarly high-usage stars like Russell Westbrook (39 mpg) and Anthony Davis (37.8 mpg), and almost four minutes more than the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, who ranks fourth in the National Basketball Association in usage rate this post-season.

Why? I do it out of the kindness of my heart for those around me. Now what we have to do is draw the line where it's a foul and not a foul, and understand how the officials are gonna call it and adjust, and not complain, not look at 'em for help, take care of business ourselves. "We've got to do the same thing". "We're going to be". James was in the locker room either getting or refusing an IV (it's not clear - he said he refused one when offered), and then he returned to the bench.

The Raptors also dropped two of three to the Cavaliers during the regular season, capped by a pair of SU and against the spread losses in Cleveland over the final three weeks of the campaign. It was 12 when Love knocked down another 3 50 seconds later.

Thompson said James inspires everyone around him.