The Cavs abused the Raptors for the second year in a row, finishing off the sweep yesterday. You have to figure without Kyle Lowry and without DeMar DeRozan playing his best, the Raptors probably weren’t going to be competitive. And they weren’t.
They were supposed to be a much tougher matchup for the Cavs than Indiana was in the first round. A much tougher out than the Pacers were. But they weren’t.
So the question is, have the Cavs found the switch and are they peaking at the right time. Or, did they just run into a Raptors team that continues to underachieve in the postseason. Have the Cavaliers ratched up their defensive intensity, finally, or did they just run into a soft Toronto team.? I’m not sold yet on the Cavaliers yet. Especially on the defensive end where they were one of the league’s worst in the second half of the season. LeBron is playing as well as he ever has in the postseason, and they are unbeaten in the playoffs, but I still have to see them do it against someone who matters. Someone other than Indiana and Toronto.
Good news, for LeBron and his crew, they get more time to recover while Boston and Toronto beat the hell out of each other. The Cavs certainly don’t look as shaky as they did when they couldn’t get a defensive stop or protect a lead, but as of right now, the Warriors are still the team to beat. Too deep. Too talented. Too many ways to hurt you. And too focused.
The Cavaliers can certainly trade with them and score with them, but I still don’t think they can beat them. Especially now that Kevin Durant has finally joined the party.