The Toronto Raptors can believe now. They are within 2 victories of the NBA Finals and they can help lead a franchise that has never won an NBA title. Behind Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors have made sure they wouldn’t stay down before Lebron James and his Cavaliers. Back to Cleveland for Game 5. Will Toronto take advantage for a 3-2 series lead?
Billy Donovan, head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, knew his team had to generate points in a hurry if they want to win Game 3. He was right. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook deferred to their teammates and they won in a blow-out. The Golden State Warriors should be concerned about this loss, although history shows that when they face adversity last year being down 2-1 against Cleveland and Memphis last year in the 2015 NBA playoffs they usually come up with future series wins. Let’s see if the Dubs can repeat that feat this year.
The Toronto Raptors came back home for Game 3 to host the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boy, were they prepared. Behind Bismack Biyombo, their backup center, the Raptors showed Cleveland who’s boss. A Game 3 win sealed a 99-84 victory for these Raptors who’ve been down and out while Cleveland blew them out at home. Toronto won because Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan stepped up to lead the Toronto charge.
Lebron James wanted Toronto to know that this is his throne and he wants the NBA title. By the end of the game, the score read 108-89 and that may mean futility for these Raptors if they can’t find an answer to beat the Cavaliers. It was a balanced effort for the Cavs as they led an offensive attack headed by James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving. Cleveland is unstoppable when they get their scoring going. They will be dangerous to stop when they reach the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Golden State Warriors brought their game today. It showed. The scoreboard read 118-91 by the end of the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry scored 28 points and Oklahoma City wilted down the stretch. The Warriors made the right play, made the extra pass, and went the extra mile on defence to beat these Thunder. At the end of the day, the Warriors are happy campers because they took back home court advantage and now travel into Oklahoma City tied at 1 game apiece.
Cleveland won Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors 115-84 in a thumping that showed that Lebron James won’t be denied another trip to the NBA Finals. James showed trust in his teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to make shots and make the right play and they did. In the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder showed the Golden State Warriors who was making the big shots down the stretch. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant showed the Dubs that they want the NBA title too. In the Thunder’s 108-102 Game 1 win, OKC wanted even more to show the Warriors how much they want to win the eventual series opener. They did. Now it’s on to Game 2.
The Atlanta Hawks have been swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-99 and marks the second time that these Hawks have been eliminated by a Lebron James-led basketball team for a second straight time. Atlanta is built for playing a certain pace in basketball, however they were not meant to play at a superstar’s pace like Lebron James. Toronto and Miami are tied at two games apiece and Kyle Lowry has to have big games against Dwyane Wade. Lowry in the clutch will overcome Wade’s shooting performances, I guarantee it. Wade does shoot clutch, but Lowry relies on his spacing to get off his shot. The Golden State Warriors welcome back Stephen Curry, as the Dubs beat the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime to take a 3 games to 1 series lead. As the NBA playoffs winds down to the final four, OKC wins Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead against San Antonio. I can see a Warriors-Cavs NBA Finals matchup shaping up.