The Toronto Raptors are on the verge of getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers as tonight marks the fourth game in their playoff series. If that happens, it will be the second straight time that the Cavaliers sweep the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The odds will be against the Raptors as they have to face the Cavaliers and their fans at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The first game of this series took place on May 1 when the Cavaliers pulled out a 113-112 overtime victory over the Raptors in Canada. During that game, LeBron James scored twenty-six points, grabbed eleven rebounds, dished off thirteen assists, committed one steal, and blocked two shots while DeMar DeRozan finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and three blocks.
The second meeting was held on May 3 as the Toronto Raptors fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-128. That matchup was also played at the Air Canada Centre as LeBron James recorded forty-three points in that game, along with eight rebounds, fourteen assists, and one steal. DeMar DeRozan settled for only twenty-four points and three assists.
The series would shift over to Cleveland, Ohio, as the third game was played on May 5. The home team would sneak away with a 105-103 win, thanks to the buzzer-beating floater made by LeBron James. During that game, though, LeBron James had thirty-eight points, six rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and one block while Kyle Lowry scored twenty-seven points, grabbed three rebounds, dished off seven assists, and committed two steals.
Malachi Richardson (3.4 PPG, 1.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 33.3 FG%, 30.0 3P%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (1.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.1 APG, 53.3 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
Rodney Hood (coach’s decision; 14.7 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 42.9 FG%, 38.1 3P%)
Okaro White (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kendrick Perkins (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
The Cleveland Cavaliers would have complete control of the game in the first half as they shot sixty-two percent from the field, limiting the Toronto Raptors to fifty-one percent. J.R. Smith got hot for fifteen points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. He also connected for three three-pointers while Kyle Korver contributed with thirteen points. Korver also had three three-pointers as he shot eighty-three percent from the field. Kevin Love saw to it that he got eleven points while recording two defensive rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. LeBron James scored only ten points in the twenty-three minutes that he played but did manage to chalk up six defensive rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. Jeff Green played the most minutes off the bench but was held scoreless.
As for the home team, Jonas Valanciunas dropped ten points off the bench as he shot a high sixty-three percent from the field. DeMar DeRozan earned himself nine points and five rebounds while four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry scored five points with a three-pointer early in the first quarter. He also had four defensive rebounds and seven rebounds while C.J. Miles chalked up six points. Former Oklahoma City Thunder center Serge Ibaka scored eight points which included two three-pointers. Fred VanVleet played thirteen minutes off the bench as he received five points but it was the Ohio team who went into halftime with a huge 63-47 advantage.
The home team would close things out in the second half as they went on a 65-46 run, shooting fifty-seven percent from the field. During that run, LeBron James would heat up for nineteen points while recording two defensive rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Love earned himself twelve points while drilling two three-pointers in the third quarter. He also had four defensive rebounds while Green contributed with eight points off the bench. Delon Wright scored ten points off the Toronto bench but it was enough as the Cavaliers hold off the Raptors, 128-93, completing a sweep and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron James finished the game with twenty-nine points, eight rebounds, eleven assists, two steals, and one block while Jonas Valanciunas had eighteen points, five rebounds, two assists, and three blocks (tying his playoff career-high).