Capsule preview of the Raptors-Cavaliers series

He's seen his field goal percentage jump nearly thirty percent on almost three fewer shot attempts per game. I kid, Canadian contingent. LeBron will make a plethora of highlight plays and probably have a few signature slams. Get started for free by clicking the button below. At times, those issues carried over to the first round. "We needed him. We're happy we got him".

In 2015, when the Warriors captured their first championship in 40 years, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving suffered a freak Game 1 injury when he fractured his left kneecap, and Kevin Love was already lost to a dislocated left shoulder.

The Raptors have a 3-2 series lead over the Bucks. So how do these teams match up individually?

When Ibaka and Valanciunas shared the frontcourt for the Raptors in the starting lineup, they were outscored by 12.2 points per 100 possessions by the Milwaukee Bucks. Like, what the heck?

It's true and I'm not sure how that's possible.

Standing in the Cavaliers' way is a Raptors team that has the pieces to win the series but will similarly need to take the next step in order to get past the East's top dogs. Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Jerry West are just four of the esteemed alumni.

"It's not an excuse, but we were emotionally and physically drained from two seven-game series", DeMar DeRozan said.

"I just like the adversity of the road".

I think you can consider Tristan Thompson based on round 1's minutes, but I'm not super excited. I dont think anybody will ever have that impact again.”.

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First off, disregard their regular-season meetings entirely. "You can see him gearing up for the playoffs". It was a low scoring series against the Bucks as both teams struggled with efficiency in most of the games. He's sort of an enigma to me. Gone is Matthew Dellavedova, a guy the Raptors put on the golf course in the first round, but has been replaced by a veteran who shoots the ball better, but doesn't screen or agitate near as much in Deron Williams. The Cavaliers head coach said as well that this is part of the playoffs, and some teams are "suffering" by paying attention to what the media says when it comes to the players' minutes.

Now here's a game I can sink my teeth into. The Cavs are the top offensive team (127 ORTG) and the Raptors are the best defensive squad (98.1 DRTG) with their reserves on the court. "So next [series] he might play 48 minutes". "Try to do that at least one time every series, between series". The coaches used tapes of the opener to reinforce the points they had been making for much of the season - the defense was sloppy. But in this series, I played a lot of minutes, and I felt great.

It's hard to know what to make of LaMarcus Aldridge here. "Now he is able to play those 42, 43 minutes", Cavs coach Ty Lue told ESPN.

It makes you wonder what the direction of that franchise is and if they're going to be able to pay their way into contention during Damien Lillard's prime.

The other Spur I'm interested in is Tony Parker, but I'm pretty darn interested. Over the last two games, he scored 74 points with 23 rebounds and 16 assists. "The ability for our guys to come in and come out and be ready and be the consummate professional, to come out with a win like that and for LeBron to put on a performance like that is nothing short of special". At this point, Lue has given up worrying about resting the superstar. In terms of the preparation that goes without people seeing, that's far, beginning in the summertime and including the regular season and amping it up a little bit in the playoffs as well as being smart. Lue even hinted James feels worse from not playing over the last three days than he did last week playing all those minutes against Indiana.

The shooting guard crew for Houston looks terrific to me as well. "Then I'll get caught up in it".

It's that time of year, National Basketball Association playoff time, and many are wondering whether the Golden State Warriors will take home the championship. We'd been losing, had a losing record since I was there.

And then there's Trevor Ariza. Let these games and the series begin.

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