The Cavaliers no longer have to wait to see who they will face in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. With a 92-89 win Thursday night, the Toronto Raptors closed their first round series against the Bucks and set up another matchup with the Cavs.
After dropping two of the first three games against Milwaukee, Toronto put together three straight wins to advance. DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto in the series, putting up a team-high 21.8 points per game. Deadline addition Serge Ibaka was also a difference maker, averaging 14 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game against the Bucks.
Toronto and Cleveland played each other four times in the regular season with the Cavaliers winning three of the four matchups. The Raptors’ lone win against the Cavs this season came in the final game of the year when Cleveland was resting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
Here’s the schedule of games for the series through Game 4, as per USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt:
Raptors-Cavaliers Eastern Conference semifinals series schedule/TV info through first four games: pic.twitter.com/f0XBojCPji— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) April 28, 2017
Cleveland and Toronto met in the postseason last year when the Cavaliers took care of the Raptors in six games to win the Eastern Conference Championship and advance to the NBA Finals for the second straight season.
The Cavaliers and Raptors will square off in game one Monday at 7 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.