You know the story. The Raptors have a franchise best season, meet up with the Cavaliers in the playoffs, get sent home. Rinse. Repeat.
Though this year seems different, LeBron James and the Cavaliers have gone through a few different transformations this year in terms of roster. They haven’t had quite the stability that they’ve had in past years, and it seems like its really effecting the team’s ability to play as a winning basketball unit. Cleveland is coming off the greatest first round challenge that they’ve seen in recent memory, barely scraping by Indiana in a grueling 7 game series.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Raptors have had a story book season, once again breaking the franchise record for wins. This year though seems different than years past. The way they’ve been winning is more about ball movement, and less about isolation play. For the first time it didn’t really seem like the Raptors fan base was worried in the first round, despite dropping two games to Washington.
If there ever was a time for the King to be put in check, it’s now. We’re out here looking for revenge.