Tonight’s ” What We Learned” is written by Zach Shafron filling on for the always great Jackson Flickinger.

The Cavs headed north of the border to face off against the Toronto Raptors in what ended up being an intense Eastern Conference battle. Despite a gallant effort from the home team, the final score was 120-112 with the Cavs being on top. Here’s what we learned:

LeBron wouldn’t let us lose – Even with the giant comeback by the Raptors, who at one point were down 19, LeBron made sure the Cavs walked out of there with a victory. He scored 15 of his 29 points in the 4th quarter, including a couple of giant three pointers to push the Cavaliers back ahead late in the game.

The Cavs bend but don’t break – A true sign of a championship team, the Cavaliers may give up leads (which happens to every team) but that doesn’t stop them from regaining their composure in order to win games. With so many weapons on this squad, someone is always able to make that shot that stops the run and turns the momentum back in our favor. Tonight, it was J.R. Smith and James Jones, each of whom made big three pointers down the stretch.

The Cavs showed signs of domination – Yes, the Raptors are a contending team in the East. Yes, their star point guard in Kyle Lowry was out. However, for a big portion of the game today the Cavaliers showed who’s boss in the East. If we see the Raptors come playoff time, it should go in our favor.

James Jones still has it – They call him Champ for a reason, and tonight that nickname was perfect. Jones knocked in four threes en route to 14 total points. He drilled a three late in the game to help stunt the Raptors’ run. He’s sat many games on the bench, but clearly has always stayed ready. An impressive surge by the savvy veteran!

The Big 3 was big, and now that’s the norm – Our three stars combined for 77 points on 24/43 (56%) shooting. The team as a whole is locked in, and it all starts with the stellar performance of James, Irving, and Love. No team can consistently stop the Cavs with these three out on the floor.

According to, We’re .04 percentage points away from 2nd place – Right now it has Chicago at two with .623, Toronto at three with .623 and Cleveland at four with .619. However, if the Cavs keep playing basketball the way that they are now, percentage points won’t matter and that two seed will be ours.

Go Cavs! Keep playing great basketball!


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