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Sports Bruce Arthur: Celtics’ gains adds to Raptors’ pains

06:16  17 may  2018
06:16  17 may  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Bruce Arthur: The Raptors gave Cleveland hope; now they have to do the same for themselves

  Bruce Arthur: The Raptors gave Cleveland hope; now they have to do the same for themselves What you probably remember were the last shots, all of them. Fred VanVleet wide open, three offensive rebound tips, and in overtime, VanVleet again. Any of those shots go in — one flipped coin out of 91 — and the Toronto Raptors are not trying to get over the worst loss in franchise history. “I’m going to take those shots every time,” VanVleet said Wednesday, the morning after an incomprehensibly bungled 113-112 overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Raptors’ best-of-seven second-round series. “If you don’t want me to take them, don’t put me out there, don’t pass it to me, because it’s going (to be) up to me if it does, and it’s the right shot.

So, what do the Boston Celtics have that the Toronto Raptors didn’t against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers? And now the Bucks have Mike Budenholzer, the coach the Raptors were after. The losing never ends, Bruce Arthur writes.

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It seems strange to say, but one round after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors are losing the Eastern Conference final. Sure, on the scoreboard it says the Boston Celtics lead the Cleveland Cavaliers two games to none, and who are we to argue with that? The games are on television and everything.

But the subhead is that the Toronto Raptors look ever more like chumps, more like suckers, than they did when they were swept out of the second round as the No. 1 seed. The Celtics are tough, smart, fearless. The Celtics are a gang of handsome teenagers who ride motorcycles in formation and get straight A’s. Boy, they’ve been good.

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Bruce Arthur : Celtics ’ gains adds to Raptors ’ pains . It seems strange to say, but one round after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors are losing the Eastern Conference final. Sure, on the scoreboard it says the Boston Celtics lead the Cleveland Cavaliers two games to none

Bruce Arthur : Celtics ’ gains adds to Raptors ’ pains . Boston Celtics second-year shooting guard Jaylen Brown may have had the quote of the night when he proffered his thoughts on teammate Marcus Smart ’s effort in the Celtics ’ gritty Game 2 win: Per ESPN‘s Chris Forsberg: “[ Smart ] was born with

LeBron James, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers have dug a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference final, after sweeping the Raptors in round two.© Maddie Meyer LeBron James, Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers have dug a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference final, after sweeping the Raptors in round two.

Meanwhile, LeBron James and his ragged band of work colleagues have been made to look, in no specific order: uncertain, tired, disjointed, divided and insufficient. Some of the sharpest Cleveland observers see an exhausted team with a star who could leave. They see a franchise ready to implode.

In other words, the Celtics, without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, have performed the simplest trick there is: They made the Cleveland Cavaliers look like their actual selves.

And in the land of the exiled, the Raptors are losing status every day. They were highly interested in former Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer, but Budenholzer signed Wednesday with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have a superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo and upside. That left the Raptors with a second choice — likely assistant Nick Nurse, who redesigned Toronto’s offence this year, but has never been an NBA head coach. There are a lot of positive words for Nurse among some coaches. But with the top, most experienced option off the board, everything is a risk.

Bruce Arthur: Raptors’ demise triggers mirth of a nation

  Bruce Arthur: Raptors’ demise triggers mirth of a nation Bruce Arthur: Raptors’ demise triggers mirth of a nation“How embarrassing is it, though? You change everything about yourselves to beat this one person, and he’s howling with laughter at you, shooting basketballs out his butt into the basket?” said Le Batard.

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Contact details and recent articles for Bruce Arthur , TorontoStar (email, Twitter, and Facebook). So, what do the Boston Celtics have that the Toronto Raptors didn’t against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers? They play smarter and tougher, and have won close games all the way along.

Meanwhile, Boston was making them look bad. Going into the second round the Raptors knew LeBron was tired; they knew they had to cut off his teammates. They knew they had to be aggressive and physical, as Indiana had — to play, as many in the organization agreed, “f--- you basketball.” None of this was a secret.

And they blew it. They blew it in Game 1, letting the Cavaliers play free and easy after a hot Toronto start. They blew it by missing their final 11 shots from the field in regulation, missing 19 of 24 in the fourth quarter, choking. Real toughness isn’t fighting; it’s competing with poise in every facet, under pressure or not. Toronto wasn’t competitively tough enough. And from that moment the Cavaliers were a flame that had been given all the oxygen it could inhale.

Boston, though, have snuffed out the flame. When LeBron tortured the Raptors in Game 2, splashing unnecessary fadeaway after unnecessary fadeaway, he finished with 43 points on 28 shots, plus 14 assists and eight rebounds. The Cavs won by 18. In Game 2 against Boston, LeBron finished with 42 points on 29 shots, plus 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The Cavs lost 107-94. One elite, top-ranked defence held up. Toronto’s, ranked fifth in the regular season, collapsed.

Bruce Arthur: Raptors melt away in Game 4 blowout loss to Cavs

  Bruce Arthur: Raptors melt away in Game 4 blowout loss to Cavs CLEVELAND—By the end the Toronto Raptors had become a punchline. On the flagship ESPN show Pardon The Interruption, Tony Kornheiser called them the Washington Generals. On ESPN’s nationally broadcast Dan Le Batard radio show, as the Raptors faced elimination at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in Game 4 Monday night, Le Batard and his crew were having a ball.“How embarrassing is it, though? You change everything about yourselves to beat this one person, and he’s howling with laughter at you, shooting basketballs out his butt into the basket?” said Le Batard. They cackled at Drake being chirped by LeBron’s eldest son on Instagram.

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So what does this series, only two games in, teach us about the Raptors?

Witness the differences against the Celtics. Instead of a Valanciunas-killer, Jeff Green is every guy who looks great in warmups and is an absolute dog during the games. Instead of being a glue guy, George Hill is an afterthought. Instead of being a space-creating killer, Kyle Korver is being hunted. And instead of being a cocky shot-maker, J.R. Smith is back to being the soup-throwing goofball about whom, as he and ex-Raptor James Johnson chatted during a warmup before a playoff game two years ago, a sharp league observer wondered, “are they comparing how much money they’ve left on the table during their careers?”

There are personnel differences, of course. Boston’s young wings, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, are who OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam have to hope they become. Boston doesn’t have a DeMar DeRozan to hide on defence, but has guards Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier growling away. Instead of a creaking Serge Ibaka as a Kevin Love-guarding, switching power forward, Boston has Al Horford, who does it all with ease.

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  Raptors fire head coach Dwane Casey Raptors fire head coach Dwane CaseyThe most successful coach in Raptors history was fired today after Toronto was eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third consecutive season in a four-game sweep.

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But more, the Celtics have been smarter and tougher, and have won close games all the way along. The defining characteristic of these Celtics might be that nobody is afraid.

They still went seven against pedestrian Milwaukee, so maybe it’s not that simple. Dwane Casey was and is a deeply admirable man whose love of this city’s best qualities was beautiful, and who commanded the big strokes of the job in his peerless Raptors coaching career. But Boston’s Brad Stevens is making every other coach in basketball look bad, with his players publicly proclaiming his genius every second game.

So can a new Raptors coach make players tough? Or challenge DeRozan’s defence more than Casey did? Or evoke in the Raptors what Brown said of Smart: “He was born with his hands dirty”? OG is tough. Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry are different kinds of tough. There are a few others.

What’s clear is the gap between Toronto and the next level up exists, and it could grow. Outside of their four-game sweep of Toronto, the Cavaliers have lost five of nine and have been outscored by 78 points. The Raptors are out of the playoffs, but the losing has yet to end.

Bruce Arthur: LeBron James doesn’t break anymore .
Bruce Arthur: LeBron James doesn’t break anymoreWhich by itself should be enough. Sunday night, LeBron James played 48 minutes in Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, in his 100th game in the 15th season of his mountainous career. And LeBron dragged a band of vagabonds and fugitives, relics and spare parts, to the final. It’s not the first time; it’s more like the third. It’s his eighth straight shot at a title.

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