That should answer the question of rest or rust for the Cavs after having nine days off. The rest obviously did them some good. Especially LeBron, who had another great postseason game, going 35, 10 and 4.
And you know he was feeling good and headed for a big night, when he took a ball off the glass and threw one down left handed in the first quarter. You knew right then, he felt great, after getting some valuable rest at a critical part in the season. And he wasn’t the only one as the big three combined for 77 points in a much easier than expected win in Game 1 against Toronto. The Raptors should be a much tougher matchup than the Pacers and they were still blown out in game one. And that game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated.
I’m still not convinced they can beat the Warriors, but given all the concerns about their defense, and their inability to hold leads, they are 5-0 in the playoffs. And you can also save all that nonsense about LeBron playing too many minutes, having too many miles on him, and the fact that he clearly has lost something. He hasn’t. The guy is still playing at an extremely high level and could probably get the Cavs out of the east all by himself.
Then again, we already knew that. They’re still the favorites to win the east, as they’ve always been, but that’s not what they’re looking to do.