Stop me if you've heard this one before, Toronto couldn't beat Lebron James. Last nights game should have been a cake walk for this deep Raptors team and in my opinion it was a “must win” for them as well. This entire year we've seen how deep and ready this Toronto squad was ready to finally get over the hump (Lebron James) and compete for a title. The East was suppose to be there's. Then…Game 1 happened and everyone who thought Toronto would walk to the Eastern Conference Finals was given a reality check.
Toronto had a 14 point lead after the first quarter, they were up 13 with 17 minutes left and still up 10 with 10 minutes left. Yet they lost by 1 in overtime. This shouldn't have happened, but Toronto choked their lead away and missed their last 11 shots in the 4th quarter. They let Lebron take a ridiculous Hail Mary last minute shot somehow, thankfully it missed. Once overtime started Cleveland put their foot down and never let up.
By “Cleveland”, I mean Lebron James. Lebron posted his somewhat normal triple stat line but was also a horrid 12-30 from the field; he also was 0-4 in overtime. The rest of the Cavs squad was alright at best, granted they couldn't have possibly been worse as compared to last round. Jeff Green stepped up and dropped 16 points and finished with a +10, Tristan Thompson started to earn his massive contract again, JR Smith decided to actually learn to shoot again and Kyle Korver continued his sharp shooting ways. Kevin Love meanwhile slept through the first three quarters and only awoke for the 4th quarter and overtime. Larry Nance warmed the bench and Rodney Hood, along with Jordan Clarkson, looked lost. Ty Lue is again trying to figure out his rotation; I expect his rotations to be very short this series.
Game 1 should have been Toronto's coming out party against Cleveland. This single game should have been the one where they can erase all their past demons and show the East it's theirs. Instead, I think this series is pretty much over already. If Toronto can't beat an exhausted and duct taped together Cleveland roster, the alarm bell should be ringing in every Raptors' players head. Lebron can smell that there's blood in the water; don't expect another poor shooting night from Lebron.