Raptors, Yet Again, Are Swept Out Of The Playoffs By Lebron
Before I get into this, I’m just going to leave the link to my previous article right here. This was written before the Raptors vs. Cavs series even started;
The funny part about that article is…….I actually gave a little more respect to Toronto than I should have. I predicted them to only lose in six……..when in reality, they got swept AGAIN!
Throughout the four games, the Raptors lost by a total of 474-418, with their biggest defeat coming in Game 4 by a 35 point margin. Granted, they kept it close in Game’s 1 and 3, BUT “playoff Lebron” helped to destroy that.
And to top it all off, the stars of the Raptors DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry hardly showed up in the closeout game of the series. They each shot the ball poorly, and combined for only 18 of the Raptors 93 total points.
How do you expect to even contend in a series when your leaders can’t show up in the biggest game? When the lights are the brightest? I mean, I’m surprised that their faces weren’t plastered on milk cartons all over Toronto after that putrid performance in Game 4.
(Actually, to any companies that ship milk around the Cleveland area, I think I just found a new design for your containers. #You’reWelcome)
But what now? Where do we go from here?
Honestly, it’s tough to say. I personally think they just need to trade away Lowry and DeRozan and start from scratch. They need to just get a HUGE bundle of players for each guy, and build their squad for the future. The DeRozan/Lowry led Raptors are just not cutting it, and Toronto needs a way to make it over the hump in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
The problem with that method of thinking is that they’ve really just been having trouble with Lebron. If Lebron were to leave the Cavs this summer for a Western Conference team, then the Raptors won’t really need to think drastically like that. They can do a little more building around their two stars, and try to fend off the remaining teams in the East.
BUT, if Lebron were to stay in the East and join somebody else, then trading away DeRozan and Lowry would be something to consider. With the amount of contenders he could go to in the Eastern Conference right now, the Raptors would stand NO CHANCE of making it past him.
Overall though, this can all be answered when Lebron makes a decision on his future. Wherever he decides will alter the league, and the Raptors, drastically.
But what do you think about the Raptors? Do you think they need to make such a drastic move? Or do they just need to do a better job in free agency? Let me know in the comments below!