Forgotten Raptors Playoffs: Can we blame the 2017 Cavs sweep on Lowry’s bum ankle?

The Cavs continued their dominance by sweeping Toronto in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. But… but Kyle! Welcome to Forgotten Raptors Playoffs! All throughout the 2019 NBA Playoffs, we’ll be looking back at past Raptors series — going all the way back to 2000 — and digging into the hidden, underrated, forgotten or straight-up wacky subplots and memories!
Today we’re looking back at the first of two consecutive 4-0 Cavs sweeps: The 2017 Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The Situation
Toronto Raptors (51-31, 3rd seed) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (51-31, 2nd seed)
The Outcome
Cleveland sweeps Toronto 4-0 in the best-of-seven series.
What Everyone Remembers
The birth of LeBronto, aka LeBron James averaging 36 points on 57/48/83 shooting splits — while drinking a beer on the court and spinning a basketball in Serge Ibaka’s face.
What You Should Probably Remember Instead
Kyle Lowry was hurt goddammit.
The other day I wrote about the on-the-fly construction of the 2017 Raptors, and how they never really gelled. Still, after emerging from the Bucks series at full strength, we as fans had some confidence that we could hang with the Cavaliers. We had (allegedly) the more mobile front court (with Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker) that could slow LeBron down, and Kyle Lowry …

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Author: Josh Kern / Raptors HQ

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