Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

LeBron James Should Know Cleveland Officially Sucks … For Families

LeBron James Should Know Cleveland Officially Sucks … For Families

There are a lot of people who are counting out LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in their series against the Toronto Raptors, especially after the showing the Cavs put up in the first round. The bad news is that the Raptors won more games than the Golden State Warriors this season. "He's one of the best players to play". The Raptors must at least slow down the Cavs offense and contain LeBron James. They must hold onto home court advantage by starting the series off right with two wins. Even this year, did they really need to use six games to beat the Washington Wizards four times? They can not match the Pacers' youth and tenacity.

Cleveland centre Tristan Thompson, making his first start of the series, delivered a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It turns out that in the right circumstances one man can actually deliver a playoff series win with no significant help.

As a team, the Raptors are now first among surviving playoff teams in 3-point percentage at 41%. "That's how he's made his name in this league, by just being high motor and being able to outwork who's ever across from him".

It's time for the third edition of Raptors vs. Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs.

In the past two postseason meetings between these two Eastern Conference heavyweights, the Wine & Gold came into the series without having dropped a single game.

Toronto's second unit gave the Cavaliers fits over the regular season, outscoring Cleveland's reserves by an average of 59.0-30.0 - buoyed by the January 11 drubbing in Canada when Toronto's bench - led by VanVleet's 22 points - outscored the Cavaliers', 74-48.

Of course, James is also a legendary worker, and, much like the Raptors have spent the past year preparing for this opportunity to finally advance past "the King" in the post-season, James too has been preparing for this exact scenario of sustaining an incomparable amount of wear and tear while still performing at a Hall of Fame level.

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3-1 - Toronto's record against James in his rookie year. Cleveland usually matches up against Toronto better than they do against Indiana.

Expectations for the Raptors have never been higher, which means the pressure is all on them.

The Cavaliers have just looked vulnerable. Maybe so. But as the top seed with a history of losing to the Cavs, Toronto must reckon with their sense of destiny as well as exorcise the demons of the past few campaigns. That relates to what seems to be the key for the young Raptor: his positioning, which forces opponents into more hard shots. "I felt like I wanted to do that again in this series", said James, who is now 5-2 in game sevens in all rounds of the playoffs.

Anunoby can bother James at the initial point of attack, as he did John Wall, Bradley Beal and even James Harden during the regular season, but he still hasn't mastered pick-and-roll defence, so that's an area of concern, since James is such a lethal pick-and-roll player.

After a quick search over atSportsbook Review, the sports betting industry's watchdog that has a library of the best online sportsbooks replete with rating guides to all the best books on the planet, we see that the Raptors are the third favorite to win the National Basketball Association championship at +975, trailing Golden State and Houston, while the Cavs are now fifth of the eight teams now still in postseason play at +1800.

LeBron was magnificent throughout, leading the Cavs in points, minutes, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, but his teammates pulled off the kind of disappearing act that would make David Copperfield jealous.

The Cavaliers' longer odds are also a testament to the maturation of the 76ers, who have been showing off more poise than process lately.

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