Published: Mon, May 01, 2017
Sports | By Angel Morales

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The two star-studded teams expected by many to face off once more in the NBA Finals each swept through their respective first-round playoff series in four games, leaving ample time for the Cavaliers and Warriors to rest up, heal up and prepare for the next opponent. "Closing out and the rest that comes with it far outweighs the other potential scenario".

Obviously the biggest challenge for the Raptors is slowing down the freight train that is LeBron James, who averaged 26 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.7 assists in last year's series against Toronto. Things turned around for him in Game 5, however, as he pumped in 25 points in 24 minutes, going 8-for-10 from the field as the Cavs swayed the series back in their favor. There is also the fact that NBA Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner Draymond Green is guaranteed to defend Leonard throughout the series.

"I mean, I don't understand why people make a big deal out of minutes", Lue told reporters Wednesday, when his team had its first full practice session as a group since sweeping IN on Sunday.

The fight between these two teams should make for an exciting series, and the action starts on Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

The 2017 NBA Playoffs rolls on Sunday with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards followed by Game 7 of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz.

The Cleveland Cavaliers dispatched the Toronto Raptors in six games in the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals last season en route to a championship.

Cleveland is 7-3 SU and 6-4 ATS over its last 10 games against Toronto, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, and 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS over their last six meetings. "But there's no back-to-backs". Two players coming of their bench, Lou Williams and Eric Gordon are good enough to start on most other teams and one of them will win the 6th Man of the Year award.

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They have had a tough schedule and will be coming off the back of the Anderlecht game on Thursday, but United should still have enough to get the win.

Usually, teams are not supposed to place their success on a single player, however, in the Cavs' situation, it is nearly kind of hard not to.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook averaged 38.8 minutes per game in the Thunder's five-game loss to the Houston Rockets.

The points are going to come from Toronto's risky backcourt - each capable of big scoring nights. OKC was plus-15 with him on the court and minus-58 with him off of it. Yes, Beverley is a tough match-up for opposing point guards, but we need to do more than just extrapolate his regular season stats to evaluate what kind of play he makes.

"I think a lot of guys are capable of doing that", Lue said when asked what percentage of players could play 40-plus minutes and not have a significant drop off in performance.

"He takes such great care of his body", said Dambrot. They haven't played in seven days, and they are healthy and confident. "We had to go out and really fight and get our hands dirty, which in the past hasn't been one of the things you would say about the Raptors". So, if Bron plays 46 minutes and [Kyrie Irving] plays 45 minutes and we win, then it's worth it.

You are a fan of the Raptors and you're wondering why you should believe anything has changed from previous year to this.

"Right now, it's LeBron "The King" James going up against the inexperienced Raptors", Mahabier said.

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"I just like the adversity of the road", James said after practice Friday. He didn't really have a defensive assignment. Thats what makes him so good.

Over the course of his 14-year career, James has logged more than 41,000 minutes in the regular season alone.

ROAD WARRIOR: James loves the road, where he has won at least one game in a record 27 consecutive playoff series. Because he's used to it.

"No built-in advantage", James said.

"I always looked at it from an offensive perspective and how I could impact the game from the offensive end", he added. "If we come together out there on the floor no matter what happens, as long as we come together, we can compete with anybody". I can't imagine that will be any different here, and that alone makes him an interesting play.

This wasn't hyperbole by James.

The elephant in the room is James' production when having to stay out there for so long. "But you see that break and you're excited about it, just to get that time to rest and get everybody back as close to 100 (percent) as possible for the next round. But I love playing out on the road more than I love playing at home", James said.

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