The Toronto Raptors aren’t “supposed” to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Yes, the Raptors have made significant improvements with the additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker and that certainly levels the playing field considerably. With that said, Toronto is without homecourt advantage and, quite obviously, Cleveland deploys the best player in the series in the form of LeBron James.
To that end, Game 1 went a lot like many would have predicted, with the Cavaliers virtually cruising to a 116-105 victory that included a 25-point lead at one point in the contest. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, though, did not see it as a situation in which his team was unceremoniously blitzed and he pushed back on a reporter indicating that with one particular word.