Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Raptors got off to a good start against the Cavs. DeMar DeRozan had 7 points, while Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet both went for 5 points. Although Toronto started off well, the Cavaliers started even better. JR Smith led the way for Cleveland with 12 points in the period. The Raptors never capitalized off of Cleveland's turnovers, giving the ball right back with turnovers of their own. Toronto trailed the Cavs 26-30.
Cleveland overpowered the Raptors in the 2nd quarter, outscoring them by 12 points. LeBron James and Kyle Korver were a one-two punch for the Cavs as they combined for a total of 16 points in the quarter. Jonas Valanciunas had a team high 8 points for the Raptors. The Cavs out-rebounded Toronto 11-7, which was a main reason why they had such an substantial lead. The Raptors were behind 47-63 going into halftime.
LeBron absolute dominated the 3rd quarter of the game. James scored 15 points like it was nothing over the Raptors, showing no mercy whatsoever. Jonas Valanciunas dropped 8 points and C.J. Miles put up 7, but Toronto still trailed heavily despite their efforts. With 23.6 seconds, DeMar DeRozan tried to block Cleveland's Jordan Clarkson's layup attempt. DeMar hit Clarkson in the head and he landed hard on the floor. DeRozan was given a Flagrant 2 foul, and he was ejected from the game. The Raptors were down 28 points as the score was 72-100 heading into the final quarter of the game.
Both teams knew that this game was over going into the 4th quarter. The Raptors cleared their bench and allowed their reserves to finish out the final game of the season. Delon Wright put up 8 points, while Norman Powell dropped 5 points. The Raptors were defeated by the Cavaliers 93-128 as Cleveland advances to the Eastern conference finals. (CLE wins 4-0).
Impression: Cleveland absolutely destroyed the Raptors in this series. After a historic regular season, Toronto saw devastation caused by LeBron James. The Raptors have now been eliminated by LeBron 3 straight years. It's obvious that if we can't beat LeBron in playoffs, we will never be able to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy in June. Although this season came to an unfortunate end, the Raptors will be back.
Jonas Valanciunas: 18pts, 5 rebounds
DeMar DeRozan: 13pts, 5 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 13pts, 3 rebounds
Delon Wright: 10pts
Pascal Siakam: 9pts
Kyle Lowry: 5pts, 4 rebounds, 10 assists
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