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ECF: Cavs have upper hand going into Game 6

In a series that begs the question; just how good is the home cooking? The Cavs lead 3-2 after a hard fought battle in Game 4 in Toronto and an absolute thrashing of the Raptors again back in the comfy confines of the Q in Cleveland in Game 5.

The season series has seen the two best teams in the East never lose at home. A good sign, if you’re a Cavs fan, having home court advantage. It also has you wishing this team could go up North and stick their foot on the proverbial throat and end this in Game 6.

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Game 2

In much the same fashion as game 1, the Cavs routed the Raptors in front of their home fans. After winning game 1 by 31 points, the Cavs came back and smashed Toronto again. This time by 19, leading throughout and winning 108-89. This was the first time the Raptors had lost back to back games in the postseason after having battled it out with both Indiana and Miami.

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WOW!

What else can you say after watching the way the Cavs smashed the Raptors in Game 1 of the Eastern conference finals?

Toronto started off with a 7-0 lead to begin the game and it went back and forth until the end of the first quarter.  It was in the second quarter when the Cavs went small and into their bench with a lineup of LeBron James, Matthew Dellavedova, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

ECF: Calo’s Take

Twenty years ago, the Toronto Raptors were completing their inaugural season under then-head coach Brendan Malone with star player Damon Stoudemire taking home the Rookie of the Year award.  Flash forward two decades.  The classic “Dino” uniforms are now an occasional throwback, Malone is now an assistant under Stan Van Gundy at the Detroit Pistons and Stoudemire is nearly a decade retired and the head coach at Pacific University.  The Raptors are also in the Eastern Conference finals.

NBA Playoffs Update

We are just past the midpoint of the Conference semi-finals and have been witnesses to some incredible post-season basketball.  From the late-game heroics of Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce and LeBron James to the villainy of hack-a-whoever in the Rockets-Clippers series, these playoffs have had it all.