The Toronto Raptors have beaten the Cleveland Cavaliers two out of the three times they have met this season. I’d be careful trying to extrapolate from regular season matchups what would happen in the playoffs, but if these two meet in the Eastern Conference Finals it may not be the whitewash some fans expect.
To get the Raptors win Friday night took a career-high 43 points from Kyle Lowry. He did everything for Toronto, including defending Kyrie Irving well and dishing out nine assists. It was a monster performance.
I know there is a “wait and see” attitude with some about the Raptors, who have won just one playoff series in their franchise history (back in the Vince Carter era), but this is the season they should advance to the second round. Or beyond.