2017 NBA Playoffs
2017 NBA Playoffs

Numbers preview: Cleveland Cavaliers (2) vs. Toronto Raptors (3)

John Schuhmann

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Apr 29, 2017 10:21 PM ET

The Raptors were able to win two games against the Cavaliers in last year's East finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' defense remains a question mark and they didn't play their best basketball against the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. But they still got through with another sweep, the first step toward defending their 2016 championship.

The next step should be tougher.

The Cavs are 28-4 in Eastern Conference playoff games since LeBron James returned to Cleveland. Two of those losses were in Toronto last year, but James didn't seen that as a adverse situation.

These Raptors are different than the team the Cavs beat in last year's conference finals. Having made a couple of rotation upgrades at the trade deadline, this Toronto team is more versatile and better defensively. It is, arguably, the best team in franchise history. And after some early-series struggles, the Raptors took care of business in the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Of course, that doesn't mean that will be good enough to beat James and the defending champs four times in seven games. But maybe this is the year James, after six straight trips, finally exits the postseason before The Finals.

Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for Cavs-Raptors, with links to let you dive in and explore more.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31)

First round: Beat Indiana in four games.
Pace: 97.6 (7)
OffRtg: 115.9 (2)
DefRtg: 111.0 (13)
NetRtg: +4.9 (5)

Regular season: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups
vs. Toronto: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups
Playoffs: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups


Cavs first round notes:


Toronto Raptors (51-31)

First round: Beat Milwaukee in six games.
Pace: 92.5 (11)
OffRtg: 101.5 (14)
DefRtg: 100.7 (2)
NetRtg: +0.8 (7)

Regular season: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups
vs. Cleveland: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups
Playoffs: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups


Raptors first round notes:


The matchup

Season series: Cavs won 3-1 (2-0 in Toronto)
Oct. 28 @ TOR - Cavs 94, Raptors 91
Nov. 15 @ CLE - Cavs 121, Raptors 117
Dec. 5 @ TOR - Cavs 116, Raptors 112
Apr. 12 @ CLE - Raptors 98, Cavs 83

Pace: 96.9
CLE OffRtg: 106.0 (11th vs. TOR)
TOR OffRtg: 108.6 (16th vs. CLE)

Matchup notes:

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