The Cleveland Cavaliers are awaiting the winner of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder matchup in the Western Conference Finals. Who will prevail and who will go home? The Warriors pulled off another victory to tie the series at 3 games apiece. The Thunder should be wondering what went wrong, otherwise it’s the defending champions at work showing OKC who can really put the basketball in the basket.
The Cleveland Cavaliers blew out the Toronto Raptors on their home floor for Game 5. The final scoreboard read 116-78. Cleveland had to show Toronto whose home court it is, since they lost two road games in Toronto with the series tied at 2 games apiece. Golden State won their Game 5 to avoid elimination by the score of 120-111 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. It was a terrific game with defense and scoring, as the game was close.
Oklahoma City rolled into Game 4, showing these mighty and daring Golden State Warriors what it takes to win a basketball game. OKC ran with the Dubs and eventually ran away with the game. The final score read 118-94 and I couldn’t say it any clearer: it’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s time to shine. The game was in favour of the Oklahoma City Thunder for a reason. The Thunder showed the Warriors they can run with them and can outplay and out shoot the a team that gathered 73 wins over a single regular season.
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.