The Toronto Raptors leveled the series with the defending Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland Cavaliers, after beating them for two consecutive games at the Air Canada Centre. And now that the Game 5 is on, the Raptors will be playing again inside the Cavs’ territory and the game pressure is expected to be more intense.
Before the Eastern Conference finals started, various predictions said that the Toronto Raptors would not win even a single game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first two games proved how strong the Cavaliers are. However, the Raptors did not let the Cavaliers continue to embarrass them as they strive harder in order to win Game 3 and Game 4 and tied the series.
The homecourt advantage became a huge factor in the Eastern Conference matchup especially for the Raptors since it is their first time to appear in the third round of the postseason. The presence of Raptors stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are the main ingredients for the Raptors’ success. Their outstanding scoring performance can be compared to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love of the Cavaliers.
Jonas Valanciunas is expected to be back in Game 5 and give a boost in the Raptors’ frontcourt. He said that he is ready to do anything in order for the Raptors to win the series.
“I ran, shot, jumping, I did everything,” Valanciunas told Toronto Suns inside the Raptors locker room prior to the game. “We practiced yesterday I was doing the same stuff as I did today as yesterday, I felt great, I felt comfortable, ready to go.”
On the other hand, Kevin Love, who suffered an injury in Game 4, stated that nothing can prevent him from playing.
“I’ll be fine. Probably sore tomorrow. Just got to play,” Love said via USA Today. “Nothing that will prevent me from playing.”
The Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals is expected to be more intense than the past four games especially with the addition of Valanciunas in the Raptors’ frontcourt. Will the Raptors be able to get their third-straight win? Or will the Cavaliers prove that they are still the better team?
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals will be on Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. at the Quicken Loans Arena. Broadcasts are slated for ESPN on TV, plus WTAM 1100-AM and LA MEGA 87.7-FM on the radio. Fox Sports Ohio will carry pregame and postgame shows.
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