The Eastern Conference Finals are tied up. The Toronto Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in quite a series.
After many expected a possible sweep after LeBron James and the Cavs were up two in convincing fashion, the Raptors won game 3 in Toronto. Two days later they do it again in a much closer exciting game.
After averaging 25 point margin victories in game 1 and game 2 it was hard to say that the Raptors would not get swept. That was not the case.
What it is is that the Raptors took game 3 in convincing fashion with a 15-point win.
What it isn’t is the Cavs winning the series in 5 after losing game 3. Game 4 would not be the same.
What it was is that the game was a hard fought battle in the second half. The Raptors were up as much as 18 points before the Cavs began chipping away at the lead.
At one point the Cavs were up by as much as 3, before Toronto’s All-Star’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were able to put it away with clutch shots.
The Cavs went 13 for 13 from the field at one point in the third that brought them back. Kevin Love went down after accidently stepping on a referee and hurting his ankle. He did not return to the game.
Kyrie Irving and James tried to pick up the load, but the rest of the team for the most part was non-existent. Channing Frye had some clutch three-pointers that brought Cleveland back in the game.
James led the team with a game high 29 points; Irving had a 26 point game. Only two players had more than 10 besides James and Irving. The rest of the team failed to score more than 10 including Love.
Kyle Lowry had one of his best games of the playoffs with 35 points, and a blow by of JR Smith late in the fourth that put the Raptors up by 6 and ultimately was the dagger in the game.
What it really is a new series is in the horizon. This series is heading back to Cleveland with a 2-2 tie. It is anybody’s series now after the Raptors showed they could take a punch or two in this case to bounce back and perform the way they have.
What it really isn’t is that it’s all but over. We have a whole new series in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavaliers are no longer the favorites to win it all, let alone even come out of the East after the two losses.
And that is what it is, and what it isn’t in the Eastern Conference Finals.