And yet the Cavs still won, as they often do when they square off against Toronto in postseason play.
Playoff success has been hard for Toronto to come by throughout its existence as an National Basketball Association franchise, but James expressed his belief that the 2017-18 Raptors represent a departure from the norm: "They're a more well-balanced team this year and they showed it in their record, they showed it in their ability to win games and they showed why they're the No. 1 team in the East". James finished with a triple-double scoring 26 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and adding 13 assists.
Thompson started alongside Love in Game 7 against the Indiana Pacers in the first round, and it yielded positive results, with Thompson recording 15 points and 10 rebounds. But some of it was the pressure that comes from a team knowing it's in excellent position to win a game at home and set a tone for the series - and also being haunted by past failures. "They were there when I wasn't at my best". They know they can beat the Raptors.5.
"[Jonas] Valanciunas is going to go to help and try to block shots". In an agonizing sequence starting with seven seconds left and the score tied, Fred VanVleet missed a 3, and DeMar DeRozan, C.J. Miles and Jonas Valanciunas all missed fairly easy put-backs.
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In the postseason, however, he hasn't been as productive as he's posted just 10.9 points in eight games. Embiid and Simmons, in particular, have showcased the ability to play at a high level on both ends, and they will likely be teammates or playing on the same court in next year's All-Star Game. Per @ESPNStatsInfo on Twitter, the image below shows the Raptors shot 3-18 from the floor and were 0-5 from three point range in the final four minutes of regulation and overtime. The Raptors shared the rock, found the open man easily, and were a handful for opposing teams to prepare for.
The Cavaliers looked overmatched at times against the top-seeded Raptors in Toronto, but again pulled a victory from somewhere to take a one-game-to-none lead. "They come in and play with the same aggression and the same focus and the same confidence as the first unit".
LeBron James isn't complaining, but he's not exactly content with the way his team's schedule is breaking down in the second round of the playoffs.