The Toronto Raptors are 3-0 against the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, joining the Miami Heat as the only team to have beaten the Cavs three times this season. Not a big deal, except the Heat have more than twice as many wins as the Raptors and more than 20 percent of Toronto’s season win total has come against Cleveland. It’s a mystery no one can figure out and some of the brightest minds on Earth have given it a shot. Stephen Hawking, Alex Trebek, Garry Kasparov — all those guys came up empty-handed.
And so did Antawn Jamison. He’s completely befuddled with regards to the Raptors, as he told reporters following last night’s loss to the dastardly dinosaurs. From the AP:
“Man, I don’t know,” Jamison said. “I’m so frustrated right now. I can’t put my finger on it.”
He’s not the only one who is confused. Even Cavs coach Byron Scott doesn’t understand what’s going on.
“I have no answers,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “Certain teams just have your number. I guess they have our number.”
It is quite the tough nut to crack. The Raptors have 36 wins combined in the past season-and-a-half with nearly a sixth of those coming against the Cavaliers. Obviously, the Cavs haven’t been world beaters in that time — they have 35 wins in the same stretch — but it’s weird that things wouldn’t be a bit more even. The two teams both stink, so why are the Raptors 5-1 over the last two seasons?
There’s at least one guy who seems to have figured out this riddle. His name is DeMar DeRozan and he really understands the effect personnel changes can have on a team.
“LeBron ain’t here,” the Raptors guard joked.
Oh, right. Makes sense. Good point, DeMar. Case closed.