NBA Playoffs Game 7: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers


The fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers are on the road as they play Game 1 of their best of seven series with the top-seeded Toronto Raptors Tuesday night. Hill has been ailing with a bad back, then got put in for some of the second half of the Cavs' Game 7 win over in and immediately changed the game.

It took everything James and the Cavs had to hold off the Pacers, who were swept by Cleveland a year ago and came in confident after a 34-point win in Game 6. Let us not forget the strides made by a very young team in the Celtics either, considering they are missing major pieces.

Both exhausted teams will get a barometer of where they're at when we tip off on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. Throw in Jeff Green, who recovered from a disastrous start to the series and gave Toronto all kinds of problems in the last two games between the two teams, and you have the seven players Lue and James know they can count on moving forward.

LeBron James has been tremendous throughout this series, but hasn't been able to finish off the Pacers yet. James had 45 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in Sunday's 105-101 Game 7 home win.

The Cavs breezed to a 115-84 victory in Game 1 at The Q. James and Irving led a balanced attack with 27 and 24 points, respectively.

DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors looks on during the game against the Washington Wizards.

Having reserve guard Fred VanVleet was a huge boost after he was limited to three minutes in the first five games with a nagging shoulder injury. And meanwhile he was back up to a basically unfair 48 per cent on three-pointers, which is how someone can average 36 points per game seemingly without much effort. But after this they proved their resilience, winning the next two games and moving up to a 3-2 lead over the Pacers heading into game six after a historic performance and game-winner from King James [VIDEO].

James was at his scintillating best in the first round against the Pacers and he had to be in order to help the Cavaliers progress to the Eastern Conference semi-finals. Better offense. Better defense. The Cavaliers won't survive a game 7 unless someone on their roster steps up and helps LeBron James score points.

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Four-time All-Star guard DeMar Rozan said the Raptors must look for any edge they can, even if that means going at a exhausted James. He was the only other scorer in double digits, at 11.4 points per game on 33.3 percent shooting.

LeBron has ruled the Eastern Conference for years.

If Thompson starts again in his Toronto homecoming, he'll take on the man that was drafted one spot behind him back in 2011 - Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors have been building toward this moment for years. Make him work for his points.

"It looks like LeBron finding a lot of guys for open threes and we'll see if they hit them". The second worst out of 185 cities in the state. As great as he's been, relying on that kind of production is unsustainable, and a team as deep and versatile as the Raptors are better equipped to maximize on Cleveland's vulnerabilities.

Outlook: The Raptors evolved offensively and improved their bench to be better equipped for this matchup than in their last two playoff exits to the Cavaliers.

Especially since Toronto boasted one of the top attacks in the National Basketball Association this season, while Cleveland ranked 29 out of 30 teams defensively. He had played every second of the first half and had 26 points by intermission, but the stubborn Pacers sliced a 14-point deficit to 76-74 entering the final period.

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