The Cleveland Cavaliers are en route to their fourth straight conference final after completing the sweep over the hapless Toronto Raptors.
New year, same result. The Cleveland Cavaliers once again ousted the Toronto Raptors from the playoffs. This time around, the Raptors were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and had the claim of being one of the best overall teams the franchise has ever fielded.
However, it was still business as usual for the Cavs as they steamrolled over the Raptors in commanding fashion. The Cavs have swept the Raptors in back-to-back seasons and eliminated them for the third season in a row.
LeBron James, commander-in-chief of “LeBronto”, played like himself in this series but more-so to the nth degree. Many were skeptical as to how LeBron’s stamina would fare given the grueling seven game series the Indiana Pacers served him just two days prior to the beginning of this series. In typical LeBron fashion, he completely defied the naysayers by playing just as well this series as the last.
LeBron averaged 34 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists against the Pacers. He went on to average 34 points, eight rebounds, and 11 assists against the Raptors. Bron is no stranger to proving people wrong, especially in this season, as he played all 82 games in the regular season following people questioning how much he still has in the tank.
This season’s playoff run has been very different than that of last season. It’s been quite the roller coast which leads to the notion that things may not be smooth sailing for the Cavs moving forward regardless of their recent sweep of the one seed. The Cavs went from losing only one game leading up to the finals last season to going seven games in the first round. However, there is good reason for why this playoff run has went the way it has.