The Toronto Raptors finally found a way to defeat the Eastern Conference “giants”, Cleveland Cavaliers, after establishing a win in Game 3, making their first victory in their Best-of-Seven series.
Way back in their second loss, many had doubts if the Toronto Raptors can give a scratch to the 10-straight postseason wins of the Cavaliers. One of their key players, Jonas Valanciunas, is still questionable to back them up against the LeBron James-led Cavaliers. Fortunately, they have a player like Bismack Biyombo who stood up for the Raptors and saved the team from being swept in the Eastern Conference finals.
In their Game 3 win, Biyombo broke a franchise playoff record by having 26 rebounds. He stood up against the Cavaliers towering line up and let his team mate DeMar DeRozan do the scoring. Their first win just proves how deadly DeRozan is once he is at 100 %.
The Cavaliers were struggling to find their rhythm in the game after posting 35.4% from the field and 34.1% in the three-point area. However, LeBron James admitted their mistakes and said that they will continue to improve and be better in Game 4.
“It is a little adversity. Why not? It’s the postseason, and you lose a game,” James said via USA Today Sports. “This is our first loss of the postseason. I would count it as a little adversity.
“We’ve got to go back to the drawing board. Not fix everything, just fix a few things, and be much better on Monday.”
According to a report from ESPN, in Game 3, Raptors coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for his criticism of officiating and Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones was suspended for Game 4 for his low blow on Bismack Biyombo.
With the Raptors having their first win, did they already find the key strategy to defeat the reigning Eastern Conference champions? If they are really willing to win the series, they should expect and be ready to a more competitive Cavaliers in Game 4 and exert more effort in the offensive and defensive ends.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will be on Monday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. at the Air Canada Centre.
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