Game Review: Raptors vs Cavaliers - Round 2 Game 1

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Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)


DeMar DeRozan led the way with 11 points, while Kyle Lowry added on 8. Jonas Valanciunas had a great start to the game as he recorded 4 points and 5 rebounds. LeBron James put up 7 points despite OG Anunoby's excellent defense. Toronto ended the quarter on a 16-5 run. The Raptors were up 33-19.

The Cavaliers were led by two unlikely heroes in the 2nd quarter in JR Smith and Jeff Green. Smith dropped 12 points and Green dropped 11 points. LeBron was in control of the game as usual, recording 4 points and 4 assists. Fred VanVleet played excellent in the quarter as he put up 7 points. C.J. Miles went for 6 after knocking down 2 three-pointers. Toronto led 60-57 going into halftime.

Jonas Valanciunas was going off coming out of halftime. JV put up 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in dominant performance. The Cavs were scoring from anywhere they wanted to in the period. LeBron scored 8 points from all over the court while Kyle Korver dropped 10 points from deep range. The Raptors only led by 5 going into the final quarter of play, the score set at 87-82.

Not much action happened until the final minutes of the game. Toronto was atrocious on offense, going 1/13 on their shots in the remaining amount of time. With about 1:11 left in the game, DeMar caught an elbow to the face from Kevin Love. It was called a common foul, but that was not the popular opinion in the arena. At the 30.9 mark, LeBron hit a fadeaway jump shot over OG Anunoby and his great defense. The score was now tied at 105-105. With 7.5 seconds left, DeRozan kicked out a pass to Fred VanVleet, who took a wide open three-pointer. Fred missed the shot, and Toronto had gotten the rebound with 4.5 seconds left. Instead of gathering the ball and getting his feet set, DeMar promptly shot the ball before he even landed from his jump. Within the last 5.4 seconds, Toronto missed 5 layups that would have won the game for them. After a disappointing quarter, the game was going to overtime, the score still 105-105.

Kyle Korver hit a three-pointer within the first minute, which DeMar DeRozan then answered back with a mid-range jumper. JR Smith then hit a three-pointer, followed by a Tristan Thompson post up. Toronto trailed by 6 points with 2:17 to play. Then at 57.4 seconds, Kyle Lowry was fouled on a layup that he had made, and he knocked down the free throw for the and-1. After getting the ball back, the Raptors were down 1 point with 16.0 seconds remaining. Toronto let Fred VanVleet take the final shot, who again missed the game-winner. As the Cavs got the rebound with 3.4 seconds, LeBron knocked down Lowry as he went for the layup. The refs didn't even consider calling the foul, yet it seems like it would've been called if it were any player not named LeBron James. The Raptors were defeated in a disappointing fashion by the Cavaliers 112-113. (CLE leads 1-0)

Impression: Toronto played terrible in the 4th quarter and overtime. DeRozan took some questionable shots and letting VanVleet take both game winning attempts after re-injuring his shoulder was a bad idea by Coach Casey. Toronto also had 5 opportunities to make a layup at the end of the game to win, yet they missed every single time. Going against LeBron and the Cavs, you can never expect to get any calls in your favor. So many calls could have, and should have, been called, yet the refs didn't do anything about it. Jack Armstrong said during the game that in order to beat LeBron by 1 point, you have to beat him by 10 points. That perfectly describes how this series is going to be. Toronto NEEDS to step it up if they want to have a chance of getting to the conference finals.

6ix Best:
Jonas Valanciunas: 21pts, 21 rebounds*
DeMar DeRozan: 22pts, 7 rebounds, 5 assists
Kyle Lowry: 18pts, 10 assists
Pascal Siakam: 11pts
Serge Ibaka: 9pts
OG Anunoby: 7pts


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