If Toronto fans hate LeBron James, it’s understandable. Much in the same way Cleveland fans always hated Michael Jordan for making game-winning shots that obstructed their path in the playoffs.
Toronto players and fans may never see it this way but sometimes fate steps in and there is nothing one can do. In Game 1, the Raptors never trailed in regulation but ended up losing in OT. In Game 3, Toronto never led and had a true hope of winning twice, when it 0-0 and with seconds left at 103 to 103, neither proved good enough.
Ts in this series, what plausible explanation is there that the Raptors might be a good choice for NBA picks with the NBA odds having them as a six-point road underdog? Not many.
As anyone as who’s ever watched the NBA Playoffs, you’ve heard no team has ever won a series when done 3-0 and Toronto will not be the first team to do so. The Raptors have been plagued by ill-timed cold spells when shooting, a mismatch with Kevin Love they cannot solve and a -21 turnover margin in the series.
DaMar DeRozan is Toronto’s best player and an All-Star, but he’s not played like it once in the series. His shooting numbers the first couple games were adequate, but hardly a difference-maker. On Saturday night, DeRozan was a complete non-factor with 3 for 12 shooting, eight points and three turnovers and certainly was among the reasons why his team trailed by 17 at one point. Coach DeWayne Casey benched him and the Raptors made a comeback which lead them to the cusp of victory. In this series, DeRozan’s the worst plus/minus rating of any player averaging 20 or more minutes per contest.