The Toronto Raptors have been rather upsetting the past few years in the playoffs. Over the past four seasons, they’ve been kind of like the nerdy kids that couldn’t win the talent show. Every year they try a new magic trick, and every year that kid “Lebron” surpasses them with something extravagant.
Sadly enough, that will be a similar fate this year as well. Even though they are the number one seed and have been HOT as of late, they will evidently end up hitting the “steamroller” known as Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But let’s start with the first round.
The Raptors will be playing the eighth seed Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs. Even though they finished the season with a 43-39 record, they are still a pretty good basketball team. Beal and Porter average 23 and 15 respectively, while Wall is on his way back with a vengeance. Then don’t forget Morris in the post, and guys like Oubre coming off the bench to help solidify a pretty solid roster.
Also, don’t forget the Raptors over the last four postseasons can’t escape the first round without going more than five games. A solid team like Washington coming back from injury has an opportunity to be a thorn in their side. Look for this series to go six games, with Toronto squeaking out a victory.
The problem with that though is, they now have to face the Cleveland Cavaliers and “playoff” Lebron James.
Now, “playoff” Lebron over the last few seasons has been no joke! For some reason, he finds this switch that he flips on and completely annihilates the opposition.
Annihilate might be an understatement, but trust me on this………he KICKS ASS!
Just look at his last two playoff series against the Raptors……
In the second round of the 2016-2017 NBA Playoffs, Lebron averaged 36 points PER GAME against the Raptors in a series where Cleveland swept them up four games to nothing. Then just a year earlier, he put up 26 ppg to go along with his 7 assists and 9 boards too.
Basically, to sum it all up, “playoff” Lebron is a FORCE to be reckoned with. You need ALOT more than just Lowry and DeRozan to win this game. That’s why if Lebron gets even an OUNCE of decent help from the rest of his squad; I have the Cavs taking out the Raptors in 6.
But, how far do YOU believe Toronto will go? Can they make it past the Cavs? Or will they fall ONCE AGAIN? Let me know in the comments below!