Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1

Judy Cobb
May 2, 2018

But James finished off their season and went on to win the title. James's teammates, through the first six games of the series, had combined to post a P.E.R. of 9.0, which would represent the lowest combined P.E.R. for one of James's supporting casts in his 42 career playoff series.

"I'm burnt right now. I don't believe it", the Toronto Raptors head coach said. "It's what I had to do to help us get to the second round and we're anxious about the second round now that we're here".

In the first round, James logged more than 41 minutes per game.

Historically speaking, James is one steal away from being the first player in National Basketball Association history to snag 400 steals in postseason play and he's eight rebounds away from becoming just the seventh player in league history to grab 2,000 boards in the playoffs. "He's the best in the world, and that's what the best does and now I gotta work to get on that level".

The Cavaliers are fresh off a seven-game gauntlet with the Indiana Pacers that left James openly admitting to exhaustion.

Four games later, after a Cleveland Cavaliers sweep, the only time James had seem particularly bothered was when a local beer outfit gleefully posted photos on their social media accounts of him holding one of their products courtside during a game.

James played 43 minutes, leaving late in the third quarter and heading straight to the locker room to be treated for cramps. Toronto has seen the over go 6-1 in their last seven with at least three days of rest, 6-1 in their last seven conference semifinal contests and 4-1 in their last five after an ATS win. He fought through the fatigue.

"We've been in situations before", James said of the Game 7 starters. Could this be it?' That's just human nature. James wouldn't let that happen.

"What we're doing, we're trying to bring something to the city where we are going to have like a weekly event here, like when we do an Edgewater live", Hester said. Especially since Thompson only played just 23 minutes combined in the prior six games.

James did get some help in Game 7 against in from Toronto-native Tristan Thompson, who had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Cavs are coming off an extremely close series against the Indiana Pacers and will be hoping for an easier time versus Toronto. Of course, these aren't the same Cavaliers we are used to seeing.

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"Best receiver in the NBA", Korver said of James.

Cavs minute: This is the third consecutive year in which they've played Toronto in the playoffs. Yet, 33-year-old LeBron James is in a class of his own, and any defense eventually falters against a player of his caliber. The Cavs had a 44-37 rebounding edge for the game. When the Cavs lost to IN, it was largely because James got little help from his supporting cast. They prevailed in that series, 4-1, then were beaten by the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, 4-1.

His stay in Cleveland isn't quite complete.

Despite the loss, the Pacers felt great about their season.

Hill had one of his best games with Cleveland against the Raptors on March 21, scoring 22 points. "Nobody thought we would be here". However, Indiana had eight turnovers while Cleveland had zero in the first half.

"This team was wonderful", he said. "We're going to be".

James improved to 13-0 in the first round and kept Cleveland's unusual season alive - for the time being.

Pacers: Both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis fouled out.

These Cavs don't have All-Star guard Kyrie Irving anymore, either, while Toronto has flourished with a new emphasis on ball movement and 3-point shooting. No one knows how much energy LBJ has in him after the draining Pacers series. James averaged 29.3 points, 8.0 assists and 6.7 rebounds. He entered the game tied with Scottie Pippen (395) for the most postseason thefts.

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