Toronto bitter after Raptors end season with blowout loss to Cavs
Well, that was fast. The Raptors officially ended their most-recent quest for an NBA championship last night with a 128-93 loss against the Cavs in Cleveland.
It wasn't pretty, but it was merciful in the sense that Torontonians never really had the chance to get their hopes up, I guess.
Fans weren't overly optimistic going into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal — not after watching Toronto inexplicably lose the first three games of the series.
LeBron James, who earned the nickname "LeBronto" for our city by eviscerating the Raps in Game 2, has time and time again proven impossible to beat.
The Raptors, on the other hand, are known for choking in the playoffs, especially when LeBron (who I think might be part robot or a low-key Monstar) is involved.
Not even some of the best Raptors we've ever seen in regular season play can take down the mighty LeBrontosaurus, it seems, and Toronto is both sad and ticked.
How The NBA feels about the Toronto Raptors pic.twitter.com/TX40UwtsPk— L.O.W. (@LegendOfWinning) May 4, 2018
Some (okay, lots) are blaming the NBA's referees for setting the Raptors up to fail.
The #Raptors lost Game 1 by one point in OT and Game 3 by two points at the buzzer and the refs/calls favoured the Cavs in both games, so let’s not pretend these were blowouts. If you think otherwise, you’re just a worthless troll.— Patricia Cancilla 🏒 (@PatCancilla) May 6, 2018
This is far from the first time NBA refs have come under fire for appearing to have some sort of beef with Canada.
Others were simply sad about the way this season ended.
Heading into the playoffs, the Raptors were the top seeded team in the Eastern Conference.
Losing in a four-game sweep to the Cavs feels extra harsh when our team was on fire just weeks ago.
Adding insult to injury, last night's 35-point loss was the worst margin of defeat in an elimination game by a #1 seed against a lower seed in the history of the NBA.
Thanks for that gem, stats people.
Maybe next year is Toronto's year. Maybe LeBron will decide to retire.
Until then... uh, baseball?
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