BY ZACH SHAEFFER
On May 1st, Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference semifinals starts with the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. The Toronto Raptors at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Last year on May 17, 2016, the Cavs dominated the Raptors by a lead of 31 points with a final score of (84-115). Although last year’s game 1 of the semifinals with the Cavs vs. The Raptors was a total blowout, the game could be a closer matchup this year.
Just last Valentine’s Day, the Toronto Raptors decided to make a trade with the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibanka. With the Raptors having a new power forward on the team, they could win against the Cavs this year.
In 23 games throughout the season, Ibanka had an average of 14.2 points per game and about 40 percent shots from the three point line.
Ben Huskins (11) from Wadsworth High School shared his predictions for the Cavs vs. Raptors game saying, “The Cavs have had a whole week to rest and more than enough time to practice and to prepare for the next series. I believe that the Cavs will beat the Raptors with ease and come out on top. We beat them last year (4-2) and I feel we will definitely sweep them this year again.”
While the Raptors acquired a new player this season, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue thinks so too.
“A great one-on-one defender and he can also make a shot. He can make a 3-point shot now. His mid-range game is very nice also, so he adds a different dimension to their team and I know they was talking about being better defensively, so adding Ibaka and adding P.J. Tucker really helps that for them.” said Lue when asked about Serge Ibanka according to Cleveland.com.
Ryan Larj (11) another Junior from Wadsworth High School, shared his predictions for game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals stating, “I think the Cavs will probably win tonight against Toronto. I think that they are even more prepared this year than they were last year and have a deeper bench. They are going to win it all again.”
Although the Toronto Raptors have a new power forward on their lineup we will just have to wait and see who comes out on top for game 1 of the 2017 Eastern Conference semifinals.