Recap: Cavs 113, Raptors 101 (Or, how to succeed against a horrible defensive team without really trying)

April 6th, 2010 by John Krolik

Overview:

The Cavaliers ran a layup against the Toronto Raptors, who lost Chris Bosh due to injury early in the first quarter. Seven Cavaliers scored in double figures, and 38 of the Cavs’ 47 field goals were assisted.

Cavs-Related Bullets:

-Defense. The Raptors don’t play it. The Cavs know that, and made the extra pass time and time again to get easy layup after easy layup. The only way to lose to the Raptors is to get caught up in one-on-one play. The Cavs didn’t do that. Because of this, they won easily.

-Mo Williams! 6-9 from the field. He was constantly attacking the basket, and looked feisty on defense. He knocked down shots and finished with 12 assists. If Mo is this aggressive and confident in the playoffs, life will be good for the Cavs.

-The formula to figure out if LeBron is trying hard = Half-court drives/(Deep jumpers+hot-dog assists.) LeBron was not trying hard tonight, but he was certainly effective. He converted transition opportunities when they were there, and put together an absolute highlight reel of passes. I’m a little sad he’s conceding the scoring race to Durant, but he played very well for a guy with nothing to play for.

The good news: LeBron went 9-10 from the line, and broke out some nice post moves. The spin move from the mid-post on DeRozan was particularly nasty. If he gets that move down, forget about guarding him.

-Jamison and Varejao both burned the Raptors. The Raptors don’t rotate, and Jamison and Anderson live off weak-side cuts for baskets. The result? They combined to go 15-26 from the field.

-Anthony Parker was fired up. It looked like he was back in Israel. He drained contested threes, took the ball to the hole, and finished with 18/8/6. Maybe AP’s most assertive game of the year.

-Ultimate Jawad returns! 28 minutes, 5-8 from the field, no overdribbling, and 3-5 from beyond the arc. Great stuff. The sad part: 0 minutes for Boobie in a game Delonte wasn’t active for.

Bullets of Randomness:

-The Raptor bench easily outscored their starters on Tuesday. Easily.

-Who did Hedo hurt more with his huge series against the Cavs: Cleveland, because he beat their team, or Toronto, because he parlayed that series into a disastrous contract?

-“Fractured face” does not sound good. Hopefully Bosh has a speedy recovery.

-Seriously, there is no excuse for an NBA team to be this bad at defense.

-The “LBJ for unanimous MVP campaign” is the only thing keeping me interested in the regular season. If the Thunder had pulled it off tonight, I think Durant would’ve gotten a vote. Now I’m just hoping the fan vote doesn’t muck things up. I’m very Hobbesian when it comes to these things.

-Three offensive rebounds. 62 points in the paint. Seriously, the Raptors don’t play defense.

-Alright, sorry for the short recap, but that’s all I have for tonight. Until later, Campers.