In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Toronto Raptors – the East’s top regular-season team – should have won Game 1 of their series at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the Raptors collapsed in almost spectacular fashion and lost in overtime. That seemed to take all the wind out of the Toronto players’ sails and the team was shockingly swept by LeBron James and company.
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Now, we aren’t saying that the Cavaliers are going to be swept in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, but Cleveland should have won Game 1 as a huge road underdog yet lost in devastating (and for J.R. Smith, embarrassing) fashion. That seemed to totally deflate the Cavaliers in Game 2 as they never led in a 122-103 loss. Of course, this is the fourth straight NBA Finals meeting between the teams and that was the first game in which the Warriors led wire-to-wire.
Up 2-0, Golden State can all but end the series on Wednesday night in Cleveland as a 4.5-point favorite. No team in NBA history has rallied to win a series down 3-0. Frankly, it’s hard to imagine the Cavs beating the Warriors four of the next five games to win the title barring an injury to Steph Curry or Kevin Durant.