LeBron James said he’s more of a red wine guy than a beer guy in his post game presser, referring to his pantomiming of taking a swig during a break in play in the third quarter of the Cavs’ opening game victory over the Toronto Raptors. If he continues to play at this rate, he might just be a champagne guy again at the end of the post-season. The King led all scorers with 35 points on 13-23 shots (including 2-5 from three and 7-8 from the line), and added 10 boards, four assists a block and a steal. The rest of his triumvirate also came through big, as Kyrie Irving had 24 points and 10 dimes, and Kevin Love had 18 points and nine rebounds. Tristan Thompson also had a double double with 11 points and 14 boards. The bench had a bit more trouble holding on against the Raptor reserves, but the Cavs did a terrific job of trapping Toronto’s big guns, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry for most of the game.
Nate, Tom and EG gathered around the podcast booth and raised a few toasts to the Cavs for their performance in this initial second round game (they’re now 16-1 at home in the playoffs the last three seasons). We speculated on what changes or adjustments the Raptors might make in Game 2, and whether or not they’d be able to make it a more challenging series. We took a look at some of the other series, including the now almost karmic cause in Boston and tonight’s carnage in San Antonio. We also debated if Mike Brown subbing for Steve Kerr would slow down the Warriors at all… which quickly devolved into Tom and EG arguing the legacy of the twice former coach of the Cavs.