Same ol, same ol for Cavs vs. Raptors
DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors has seen enough.
The Toronto must feel like the kid who gets beat up by the bully every time on hs way to school, and on Monday night took another on the chin from the Cavaliers in a 116-105 thumping that was much worse than the final score.
Cavs coach Tyron Lue told the Call & Post that he didn’t see anything bad or ugly, just the good in the victory in game one of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Why should he. The Cavs big three of LeBron James, Kevin Love and Krie Irving combine for 7 points, led by James 35 and Irving’s 24.
It marked the 10th consecutive Game 1 loss for the Raptors, including seven in a row under Coach Dwayne Casey since 2014.
James scored 30 or more points in a playoff game for the 88th time and is just 25 points from passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for No. 2 on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.
He also had 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. James made it look easy, even grabbing a beer bottle from a courtside server on the sideline and pretending he was going to take a sip.
Irving added 10 assists, Love had 10 rebounds, and Tristan Thompson had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan had 20 and 19, and Serge Ibaka added 15.
The teams will meet again on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena as the Cavs go for their sixth consecutive playoff victory.