The Cleveland Cavaliers are have not lost a game on the road this postseason. With their game four win over the Raptors on Sunday, this was the second straight series that the Cavaliers won all four games in a row. Dating back to last postseason, this is the first time a team has swept both first and second-round series two years in a row. Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry would not play due to an ankle injury he sustained in the second-half of game two. Cory Joseph replaced Lowry at the point guard position for Toronto and had a balanced game with 20 points and 12 assist
Before this series it was safe to say the Raptors would challenge the defending champs. The Raptors played their best in the series in game four. Keeping it close the whole way but wasn’t able to pull off an upset. Four of the starting five for the Raptors scored in double digits leading the way was Serge Ibaka with 23 points going 10-18 from the field. Toronto won the rebounding battle (38-36) points in the paint (36-32) these stats go unnoticed but if a team can win those battles they typically have a chance to win the game which Toronto did.
Head Coach Dwayne Casey struggled to find consistency at the small forward spot. Switching from DeMarre Carroll to Norman Powell to PJ Tucker. Carroll the regular starter struggled on the offensive end which could be a result of focusing on defending LeBron James. In game four coach Casey went with Tucker at the small forward spot. Tucker responded with a double double 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tucker is a physical forward that rebound extremely well for his height (6’6) Tucker seems to fit Toronto starting five better than Carroll and Powell which is surprising that Coach Casey did not insert him earlier in this series.
Teams tend shoot the ball better at home, that was not the case for Toronto. Give credit to Cleveland’s defense as they showed traps and doubles on DeRozan forcing the other players to knock down shots.
LeBron James had a great series. James lead everybody in scoring with 35 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assist. James is a man on a mission. James showed us his improved three point shot attempting 12 threes and making five. James at 32 years old continues to be impressed improving his game.
The next question for the Raptors in the off-season is the future of Kyle Lowry. Lowry is expected to opt-out of his player option and become a free agent. Could this be the last time Lowry is in Toronto? In this series the Cavaliers and LeBron James was just too much better. The Cavaliers will have another week off as the Eastern Conference Finals is scheduled to start on May 16th.