The Cavaliers completed the Raptors on Monday night and won the game 4 of their semi-finals in the Eastern Conference matchup. It was a devastating loss for a Raptors team that introduced a new system in the offseason to better prepare for LeBron James and the Cavs, only to suffer the same defeat as the previous season.
From Kevin Love's appearance to fall The best bench in the NBA, here are five stats you need to know from the series …
41.1: 3-point share of cavaliers
Since James returned to Cleveland in 2014, the Cavs have been successful in giving him the ball and always surrounding him with at least three 3-point shooters. It makes the Cavaliers vulnerable if his teammates are unable to cover the ground for him at a high rate ̵
After 32.2 percent of their 3-point attempts in the first round, the Cavaliers made 41.1 percent of their 3-point attempts as a team in the second round. Kyle Korver and J. R. Smith paved the way for them by combining 24 of their 38 attempts (63.2 percent) from the deep. Setting up screens for James before they came on the 3-point line was one of the options against the Raptors as the defense decided to put a less capable defender on James and give up a wide-open 3-point attempt.
13.8: How Many Sales The Raptors Averaged Per Game
Turnover turned out to be a major source of insult to the Cavs.
The Raptors averaged 13.8 per game against the Cavaliers, and Cleveland made 17.8 points per game. (From a perspective, the pelicans are currently the only team to sacrifice more points from second-round playoffs.) Even though the Raptors shot the ball at a similar pace in the regular season, it's just too much, to give up A team led by James
She was following the Raptors in Game 3, for example, when they gave 17 wins and only lost two points.
To make matters worse, the Cavaliers earned only 8.0% of revenue per game and limited it to less than one point per revenue. No other team has taken good care of the ball in the second round
0: How many 3-point DeMar DeRozan has done in the series
DeRozan turned out in the regular Season as a capable 3-point shooter. He made 89 3-pointers in 80 games and shattered his previous career high of 64 3-pointers in 79 games. He made only 31.0 percent of his attempts at distance to the season, but he was a legitimate threat to catching and driving (34.8 percent) compared to chin-ups (25.6 percent).
It was believed to be enough to solve some of the problems that plagued the Raptors in the postseason, as the teams previously could get away with leaving DeRozan on the 3-point line, knowing that he would not shoot , Unfortunately for the Raptors, DeRozan's success from the 3-point line did not translate into the second round of the playoffs.
DeRozan took nine 3-pointers against the Cavaliers, and he missed all these attempts – he was 0-for-5 on catch-and-shoots and 0-for-4 on pull-ups from around. Although it was more than he tried against the Cavs in the series last season, there were still several times when he put down three-point open attempts to settle for difficult pull-ups.
It brought back memories of the old Raptors, not the Raptors of new.
25.0: How many points Kevin Love averaged in games 2-4
The story after the first round of the Cavaliers was that James had no help. Especially the love fought against the Pacers, with averages of 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game at 33.3 percent, who fired from the field. He was not much better in Game 1 of their second round against the Raptors, but he looked more like a five-time all-star in games 2-4.
Love averaged 25.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in these games, shooting 54.2 percent from the field and 38.5 percent shooting from the area. His ability to place the floor in the middle opened the lanes to James and others, pulling out of Toronto's best rim guards and his ability to produce his own shot in the mail became a factor as smaller defenders switched to him ,
Another good sign for the Cavs? They outperformed the raptors by 8.1 points per 100 possessions when Love was on the court in these games without James. It was a very different difference to the first round when the Pacers outclassed the Cavaliers by 18.0 points per 100 possessions with Love on the court and James on the bench.
-8.4: Raptors & # 39; bank's net rating
With a net score of 8.3 points per 100 possessions, the Raptors had the best bank in the NBA in the regular season. Above all, the formation of Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, CJ Miles, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl in the overall standings destroyed the teams and made them one of the most dominant five-man units in the league. This led to a mesmerizing drop test that came into the playoffs, as the teams often shorten their rounds in the postseason and do not rely on their benches to play games in their favor.
In the end, the bank was unable to difference. The reserves were ineffective for most of their first round series against the Wizards (-2.6 netto rating) and were even worse against the Cavaliers (-8.4). The "Bench Mob" proved to be one of the most successful toronto's against the Cavs, and yet this group appeared only in two games and could not make up for the difficulties of the starters.