Five keys to Raptors' success in Round 2 series against the Cavaliers

Cavs head into Game 7 with season franchise on the line

Cavs head into Game 7 with season franchise on the line

But James remains the most unstoppable force in the game and is a matchup nightmare for Toronto.

James Harden scored 41 points as the Houston Rockets dominated the Utah Jazz 110-96 on Sunday in the opening game of their NBA Western Conference second-round playoff series.

After squeaking by the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the first round, the Cleveland Cavaliers are advancing in the NBA Playoffs to face the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors hope to get off to a running start with wins in Game 1 and 2 in Toronto. James leads in rebounds with 10.3 and in assists with 7.6.

The Pacers were mired in a pick-your-poison scenario, hesitant to double-team James in fear of him getting his teammates going, but the strategy backfired, as a determined King James notched three 44-plus-point performances in the seven-game series, ultimately eliminating in from playoff contention. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors to victory in game 5, and that seemed to be the turning point of the series which had played out predictably till that point.

Game 6: Raptors at Cavaliers. Hill has been ailing with a bad back, then got put in for some of the second half of the Cavs' Game 7 win over in and immediately changed the game. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 109.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting.

Toronto owned the second-best record in the regular season, but if history has shown us anything, beating the Cavaliers won't be easy.

While John Wall was arguably the best player in the series, his team lost out to the deeper, slightly more talented Raptors roster over the course of a 6-game series. Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka have to play with precision and passion.

The Cavs, who finished the regular season with the No. 4 rank, will be facing the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. This time around, results could go in the Raptors favor if they stay true to their new-found principals and strike fearlessly as Casey wants them to.

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