Being a Cleveland sports fan, there's a sense to take every game very serious. Whether it's game one of the regular season or Game Seven of the NBA Finals, there's always a sense of "WE HAVE TO WIN THIS GAME."
That only gets magnified when a Cleveland team you root for is one of the best teams in the league, as is the case with the Cleveland Cavaliers. We know that we're not gonna win every game, but each loss gets equally as magnified by seemingly everybody. Throw in a loss to the second-best team in the Eastern Conference in a game that the Cavs were leading for all but a minute and some change, the reaction to this can be much more than dramatic than need be.
My dad, contrary to how I was feeling during this game, wasn't one to worry. "You guys get so worked about a February game! It's one game in the course of an 82-game schedule -- nothing has changed from before the game to after the game, other than we lost and they won."
As often as that comment is made about regular season games, it's a reminder that you can't get worked up about these types of games. Yes the Toronto Raptors, the No. 2 seed in the East, won a game against the top seed in the East. Yes, the Cavs dominated the majority of this game and somehow ended up losing. Yes, Kyle Lowry slashed (and got some help from the officials) the Cavs defense for a career-high 43 points, including the game-winning jumper with 3.9 seconds.
Yet for all that seemingly went wrong for the Cavs and cost them a chance to lengthen their lead in the East, a lot of things still went right for them. They did dominate for most of the game, and for almost all of the second half, holding multiple double-digit leads in the second half, including a 14-point lead late in the third quarter.
The one thing the Cavs couldn't do was put the Raptors away, as shown by their large leads being constantly answered by a Raptors run. It happened in the first half and it happened in the second half, lead both times by Lowry, who went 15-of-20 on his career night.
For as good of a game as this was between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, this game was equal as weird. The Cavs did dominate, but didn't really have any great games outside of LeBron James, who had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Kevin Love did have 20 points, but struggled from the field, hitting only 5-of-his-15 shots. Kyrie Irving struggled as well from the field and also only had 13 points.
As much as we do get worked up about these types of losses, the point remains true -- nothing has changed for the Cavs. They still have the best team (and the best player) in the Eastern Conference, and a two-point loss on the road to the second-best team in the conference doesn't change that.