Cavaliers vs. Raptors Game 1

Cavs head into Game 7 with season franchise on the line

Your statistical reminders LeBron James is really good at PLAYOFF basketball - With his Game 7 performance, James now has 22 40-point games in the postseason and moved ahead of Michael Jordan for the highest Game 7 scoring average in NBA history at 34.9 points per game.

"Whenever we win, the city feels it, you know what I mean?"

Stealing game one in Toronto would not only give the Cavs a 1-0 series lead but it would also plant the seed in the Raptors head of "oh no, here we go again". Strapped with his worst supporting cast since his first Cavs tenure, LeBron had to do almost everything - in the first round.

The Cavaliers won their way into the second round by defeating the Indiana Pacers in seven games with LeBron James producing 45 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while playing 43 minutes in the decisive game Sunday.

James still managed to produce because, well, he's a legendary talent who can push himself beyond the physical limits of most athletes. Two years ago current Nets player DeMarre Carroll was James' primary defender and the Cavaliers' offense was explosive against Toronto when that was true. In three games against the Cavs this season, they made 10 more 3s.

They tried to make James more of a scorer last spring and, while he had 17 turnovers against 21 assists, he nailed 48% of his three-pointers and 57% shooting overall, averaging 36 points a night in the easy Cleveland victory.

WKYC digital producers Ben Axelrod and Matt Florjancic previewed the 2018 Eastern Conference Semifinals with today's edition of "The 3-Point Play".

The Cavs bettered the Raptors in the 2017 Eastern Conference semifinals and 2016 Eastern Conference finals, both times having home-court advantage.

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IN has looked just as good, if not better, than the Cavaliers for most of this series. The Cavaliers won't survive a game 7 unless someone on their roster steps up and helps LeBron James score points.

The Raptors are 1-2 against the Cavs this season which could have been easily 2-1 if the Raptors didn't blow a 15-point lead. In last year's four-game sweep, Love doubled-up in Game 3 with 16 points and 14 boards but was held pretty much in check in the rest of the series.

Elsewhere on Sunday, James Harden scored 41 points as the Houston Rockets secured a dominant 110-96 victory over the Utah Jazz in the first game of their Western Conference semi-final. James was in the locker room either getting or refusing an IV (it's not clear - he said he refused one when offered), and then he returned to the bench.

The Raptors have been building toward this moment for years. In the final stanza, the Raptors outscored the Wizards 29-14, taking the lead for good at 81-80 with 9:03 to play. He's expected to opt out of his contract in July to test the market, and there's already a line of teams stretching from Philly to L.A. looking to sign the three-time champion. Cleveland's defence? Second worst in the league.

The Raptors had 79 points at the half in Cleveland in this game (March 21st). Is this the season the Toronto Raptors finally vanquish the Cavaliers, or will it be more of the same.

Cleveland's second unit was a disappointment in the First Round. Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love appear to be playing through bruises that are affecting their games.

P.J. Tucker and his quick hands, veteran savvy and brute strength isn't around to guard LeBon one-on-one, but OG Anunoby is game and said Monday that he believes he is strong enough to hang with the powerhouse.

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