Cavaliers take game one against Raptors

Well that all looked too easy. The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a well rested team Monday night pushing their lead 100-84 with 8 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The big three lead the way for the Cavs combining for 77 points. Kyrie Irving 24 points 11 assist, Kevin Love 18 points 9 rebounds, LeBron James 35 points 11 rebounds.

LeBron James continued to show us his greatness in these playoffs. James finished the game with 35 points and 10 rebounds. James has also shot the ball from three pretty good in these playoffs not know for his three point shooting James shot 2-5 against the Raptors. James set the tone early from one man fast breaks to opening the game with catching alley-oop from Kyrie Ivring off the backboard.

Tristian Thompson played a very good game. Thompson is key for the Cavs. Thompson the rebounding specialist finished the game with 14 rebounds 11 points and 5-6 from the charity stripe. We know Thompson is going to rebound the ball but for him to go almost perfect from the free-throw line and able to play well against opposing center (Jonas Valanciunas 6 points 6 rebound) is a plus and will be needed through-out this series.

Toronto Raptors looked like the team that just finished a tough first round series, which they did. The Raptors showed some life in this game coming back from being down 18 points in the first half. Raptors kept it close for a while 41-39 at one point this was the score. Toronto will have to do a better job of containing the big three they can’t allow Irving to not only score the ball but dish out a playoff career-high 11 assist.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 39 points DeRozan (19 points) Lowry (20 points) Lowry also finished with 11 assist. Serge Ibaka and P.J. Toronto’s newest additions to help combat the Cavaliers stepped up to provide some support. Ibaka finished with 16 points six rebounds while going 3-3 from three. Tucker was also a positive sign in this game finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Remember when Ibaka was not shooting threes? If Ibaka can continue his shooting the Cavaliers defense will have to adjust giving the back court another option to pass to in the perimeter.

Jeff Billy Aristide
Baseline Times Staff Writer