Title: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors series preview with Blake Murphy
Date: April 30, 2017
Original Source: Fear the Sword
Synopsis: I made a guest appearance at Fear the Sword, helping preview Raptors-Cavaliers. (This also appeared at Raptors Republic.)
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors will begin the Eastern Conference Finals rematch on Monday. In order to break down this series, I exchanged messages with Blake Murphy of The Athletic Toronto, Raptors Republic, Vice Sports, and Sportsnet (like the Raptors, he’s also a try-hard).
This exchange was also published on Raptors Republic. So you can also check it out there with all the pretty additions Blake made to it.
Justin Rowan: The Toronto Raptors first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks was… uneven. To start things off, how do you feel about the state of the Raptors?
Blake Murphy: Man, that is a loaded question, because the Raptors, as always, can’t get out of their own way. When I picked Raptors in six, I gave the Bucks one “Giannis game” and one “WTF Raptors” game. They very nearly turned in three of the latter, and for as high as people can get about the Raptors’ ceiling, it’s the consistent downturn in their performance that causes a crippling, unyielding anxiety. On the bright side, that catatonic state of impossible day-to-day evaluation is now the norm, so I guess I feel just fine about them. More specifically, I don’t think DeMar DeRozan has ever been this good this consistently, Kyle Lowry looks alright by his postseason standard, and the new pieces that were meant to life them higher have fit well. This roster in other uniforms would be cause for more excitement, because, you know, Raptors gonna Raptors.