The LeBron James led Cleveland Cavaliers completely owned the Toronto Raptors for three straight playoffs. Let’s take a look at how Toronto became LeBronto.
It all started in 2016 when the Cavs and the Raptors met in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs were the first seed, and the Raptors were the second seed. The Cavs won the first two games at home, and the Raptors responded, winning the next two at home. The Cavs closed out the series winning the next two games handily. LeBron had a solid series averaging 26 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.7 assists, but that was nothing compared to what was to come.
The following season, the Cavs and Raptors met in the second round. The Cavs were the second seed, and the Raptors were the third seed, although both teams had the same record. The Cavs absolutely dominated this series, sweeping the Raptors and moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. LeBron averaged 36 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. The King had once again dominated the Raptors, but this was not the final time.
The 2018 playoffs are where LeBron put the nail in the coffin. The fourth seed Cavs faced off against the first seed Raptors in the second round. Both teams had long first-round series’, with the Cavs winning theirs in seven and the Raptors winning theirs in six. Things looked good for the Raptors, they had played one less game in the first round than the Cavs and had home-court advantage. Although things looked good for the Raptors on paper, on the court was a different story. The Cavs once again swept the Raptors, ending their season for the third straight year. LeBron was magnificent all series, hitting a ridiculous game-winner in game three and averaging 34 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 11.3 assists.
After the defeat, the Raptors decided it was time to shake things up. They fired their head coach who had won coach of the year that season and traded their best player, Demar Derozan, for Kawhi Leonard. LeBron moved out West the next season, and without having to face him in the playoffs, the Raptors went on to win the NBA finals.