Welcome to the Eastern Conference Finals as the top seed, Cleveland Cavaliers battle the Toronto Raptors, who comes in as the 2nd seed. These two teams definitely followed different paths to get to this point as the Cavaliers swept both the Pistons and Hawks to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. The Toronto Raptors had to go seven games with the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland comes into this series as the most rested team in the league, plus they have a new found confidence in their three point shot as they made over twenty 3s in the final two games against the Hawks. LeBron James comes into this series having help from everyone like Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith and Channing Frye. Can Kyle Lowry continue having the hot hand that he’s had the past three games and lead the Raptors to a huge upset over the Cavs? Will DeMarr Derozan step up and prove why he’s an all-star to help them advance to their first NBA Finals?
We all know that LeBron made comments about wanting to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals and it seemed like it lit a fire under the Raptors. It was pretty much expected for the Cavaliers to reach this point, but I actually had the Heat beating the Raptors in the prior series. The Cavs come into this series with Toronto dropping two of the three games against the Raptors this year with all the wins going to the home team. Can Cleveland continue their hot-hand from three point land? Will the supporting cast continue to play like they did in the Atlanta series? On the other hand, one of the biggest questions is the health of Jonas Valanciunas as he’s already been ruled out for Game 1 and doubtful for Game 2. Bismack Biyombo has started in his absence, and finished Game 7 with 17 points and 16 rebounds. The Raptors are a much better defensive team than the Hawks, so they should defend the 3-ball better. This series hasn’t been talked about as much, but this should be an exciting series and in the end, I’m going with the Cavaliers to reach the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year.
Cleveland Cavaliers Win Series 4-2 and Advance to the NBA Finals
How do you see the Eastern Conference Finals playing out? Do you think the Cavaliers will sweep the Raptors? Do you think the Raptors have a chance of pulling off the upset? Head to the comments section below and give me some feedback on how you think this series will play out.