LeBron James says the Cavaliers will be ready to handle adversity when it happens

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are on fire in the postseason and the Toronto Raptors became the latest team to learn this after they were on the end of a huge 115-84 beating in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tyronn Lue's team are now 9-0 in this year's playoffs and came into the game on the back of an eight-day break which was evident as the Cavs had a real spring in their step.

The Raptors - whose previous two series went to seven games - had no answer for the home side who continue to get better with each game, increasing the optimism in the city that a first championship is within sight.

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Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 27 points and LeBron James added 24 points in a blowout victory which saw the pair sit out the entire fourth quarter.

The Cavaliers have passed every test put in front of them thus far with flying colours - they swept both the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks en route - and it appears they'll have no such problems with the Raptors.

The Wine and Gold have become the fifth team in NBA history to begin the postseason with nine straight wins.

After the Cavs set an NBA playoff record with 77 three-pointers in their series win over the Hawks, Toronto set out to run them off the perimeter and they succeeded to an extent as their opponents went 7-of-19 from downtown.

However, this only served to benefit LeBron and co. in other ways as driving lanes opened up for them to dominate the paint. 

All of James' 24 points came via layups or dunks and Irving had joy constantly driving to the basket as the team scored a total of 56 paint points and won the rebounding battle 45-23. 

It seems the Ohio-based franchise can do no wrong at the moment and are getting almost everything they want. It's a playoff run that even they couldn't have imagined would go this well. 

Matchups are always expected to get tougher the deeper you get, but it appears to be working in reverse for Cleveland. 

As good as the Central Division outfit has been, it surely can't continue forever and they are expected to hit a stumbling block along the way. 

How they react to a setback will determine just how good the Cavaliers are and it'll be a real test of their character, but that's something they'll think about when they get there.

"I don't think we have complacency on our minds right now," James said. "We have a goal, and our goal was not nine wins. It's just not my focus. I've won nine games in the postseason before, won 14 games in the postseason before.

"As the leader of this team, I'm going to continue to make sure that these guys understand what our goal is, and they know. They know what our goal is and tonight was another step in the direction that we want to head into.

"And we will face some adversity. We will. And we have to be able to handle that, which I think we'll be ready for."

The Raptors will hope the reigning Eastern Conference champions cool off in game two at the Quicken Loans Arena so they can pull off an upset and steal a game. 

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