How many games shall Cleveland Cavaliers take to wrap up the final series of the East? Experts see LeBron James and company rout Toronto Raptors in the finals. And the way Toronto crumbled in the first game, such prediction inches closer to reality.
LeBron James waited for a tussle with the Miami Heat in the finals. He expected his close friend Dwyane Wade and his team-mates to progress swiftly. But the Raptors proved him wrong by eliminating James’ former team.
But the Raptors have run out of steam in the process of reaching the Conference finals. An injury-riddled Toronto is no match for the kitty Cleveland, feels the experts.
Can Toronto stun the planet by dethroning LBJ & Company? Outside Toronto, the consensus is a convincing “no”. ESPN polled 18 experts, and none of them voted in favor of a Raptors’ victory. 14 see a five-game final. 4 others think the Raptors can stretch maximum to game six. None though predicted a clean sweep.
So, Dwane Casey’s men will be lucky to end this season by pulling off one surprise win in the conference finals.
“Toronto’s best shot is to ride its home crowd to one victory.” Wrote Steve Aschburner of the NBA.com in support of his five-game Cavs pick. Even to snatch one mean, the Raptors require Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan to post a stellar show in back-court, as analyzed by the experts.
Moreover, a much healthier Cavs team, high on team spirit is way ahead of their challengers in the finals of East. These facts were evident when the Cavs thrashed the Raptors 115-84 in game 1 on Tuesday at the Q arena. Seeing LBJ and Company playing consecutive NBA finals seems like just a matter of time.
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