The end is drawing near for the top-seeded Toronto Raptors. After getting the best of John Wall and the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs, DeMar DeRozan and company have had no answer for LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round.
Facing a third straight loss against the Cavs in Game 3 in Cleveland, the Raptors were expected to come out with more fight and prove why they were the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately for Toronto, that wasn’t the case with their star guard struggling and LeBron putting on a show with another postseason game-winner. DeRozan talked about the loss and his benching during the game after it was all said and done, via ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“It’s extremely hard, extremely hard,” DeRozan said. “I just want to be out there helping my team, way more than anything. It definitely sucks to be watching … we’ve got to give credit to those guys. We fought hard and gave ourselves a chance to win.”
During the last 14 minutes of Game 3, DeRozan could only watch from the bench as his team ultimately lost their third game in a row to the Cavs. It was a rough night to say the least for the USC product as he struggled to get going all night long finishing with a playoff career-low eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Although it was a forgettable night for DeRozan, the Raptors had their opportunities to get back into the series with a win on Saturday. The Cavs planned to go at DeRozan as much as possible to force everyone else on the team beat them. Despite its effectiveness, Kyle Lowry still managed to score 27 points, but it just wasn’t enough as Toronto fell to Cleveland, 105-103.
On Monday, the Raptors will be facing elimination in Cleveland in Game 4. If things go as expected, LeBron and company will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals once again. DeRozan has one more opportunity to bounce back and help his team make this a series or they’ll become another notch on LeBron’s belt.