Toronto went into their first home game of their second round relatively optimistic despite being down to the Cleveland Cavaliers two games to none. After the 115-94 loss, all of that early optimism had faded and it became time to ask if they could rally to take a single game.
DeMar DeRozan gave the Air Canada Centre something to cheer about as he managed to score 37 points on 12-of-23 shooting and enjoyed a perfect outing from the free throw line. Even his herculean efforts weren’t enough to down the Cavs in a hostile environment.
The city turned out for their team and the biggest star in the stands had to be platinum recording artist Drake. As the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors basketball club, he makes it a point to be present for the big moments that the franchise has.
He quipped at Cavaliers players including his good friend LeBron James as the game wore on and seemed to be disappointed with the loss. Unfortunately, Cleveland has LeBron and that seems to be a cheat code as far as the Eastern Conference is concerned.
King James’ squad had a narrow lead after three quarters and a quick run at the start of the fourth period ended all hopes of a comeback. A unit led by James and a number of veteran bench players turned up their defence and never looked back.
After the game, Toronto’s players were back in their locker room and in a pretty somber mood as Sunday looms large. Drake wasn’t allowed in their area, but ended up running into The King outside.
LeBron called out to him that in honor of Cinco De Mayo, drinks would be on him this evening and that Drizzy would only have to name the time and place. The fact that he was focused on celebrating tells you all that you need to know about how this series went down.
In this instance, the popular rapper understands that his hometown roster could use a pick-me-up after losing three games in this fashion. He may try to do some off the field work to take the Cavaliers star out of his game, but it will be doubtful that ends up working.
A focused James is certain death in the East for the past seven years and that looks to be certain as this year has unfolded. He is playing some of the greatest postseason basketball of his entire career at age 32.
His insane efficiency has Cleveland one step closer to celebrating their second straight sweep and there is not much Toronto can do about it.News Now - Sport News