Eastern Conference Semi-Final Preview- Raptors vs Cavaliers

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Since being referred to as "the other" by media when questioning the next National Basketball Association champions, the Raptors have felt pressure to prove otherwise.

After a 4-2 performance against the Washington Wizards, the Raptors are feeling pretty good about their chances. "In Game 4 the same thing happened again in the third quarter and we was able to keep our composure and end that quarter the right way and eventually win that game".

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue used four different starting lineups against the Pacers, but the one he went to in Game 7 might stick for a while.

Although the Raptors have changed the construct of their roster this past season, Toronto's big guns remain their All-Star backcourt duo.

They tried to make James a passer in 2016.

But fatigue could be a factor against a Toronto team that punched their second-round ticket on Friday.

In Game 1 at The Q, the Cavs raced to a 30-18 lead after the first quarter and never looked back en route to a 116-105 victory.

The depth of the bench is great, however, success in the playoffs is typically dependant on your star players.

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"To have to go through a tough series against a team that played really well, it doesn't guarantee us to be better in the next series, but it helps us". GS leads series 1-0. The Cavaliers came out on top behind the mega efforts of LeBron James. The rest of you can listen live with NBA League Pass, NBA Team Pass, or NBA Team Pass Audio.

The stories surrounding the Cavs-Pacers series all focused on what the Cavaliers can not do.

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. Especially since Thompson only played just 23 minutes combined in the prior six games. Tristan Thompson, who was anchored to the bench for most of the series, finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds as he got the start. Let's face it, though, the more likely scenario is that LeBron will have to carry Jose Calderon and JR Smith to the Conference Finals. The Raptors started off slowly but closed strong to earn the win. George Hill looks like a player that can play once every four days. "Just got to put it up there for him".

Cleveland has to consider itself fortunate to even be here after their struggles against a young IN team IN the opening round.

"We've got to take advantage of any and everything that we can", DeRozan said of James' fatigue.

"Where will LeBron James be playing next year?" But, can they take down the reigning Eastern Conference champs, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Less than 48 hours earlier, James sat at a postgame podium in Cleveland after logging 43 minutes in a Game 7 victory over in - a game in which he was hindered by cramping - and admitted he was too exhausted to even begin thinking about the Raptors. Toronto does well in the regular season but LeBron leads his team like Sidney Crosby leads his Penguins. For those of you unfamiliar with the sport, there can only be one single quarterback on the field at a given time, so this is far too many quarterbacks. The Cavs have eliminated Toronto in each of the last two years, however, we can't forget the roles are reversed in 2018 and Toronto having the home court could help them finally break thru.