Van Vleet, Raptors swept out of playoffs by Cavs

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CHICAGO, IL – FEBRUARY 14: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors brings the ball up the court against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Raptors defeated the Bulls 122-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, […]

Stunned.  That might be the best word to sum up the Toronto Raptors after they were swept out of the second round of the playoffs Monday night in Cleveland. It was a big broom that the Cavs used.

The Cavs exploded in the second half for a 128-93 win. It’s the third straight year that the Cavs have knocked the Raptors out of the playoffs and the third straight year that they done so with a sweep. This one hurts more than ever for the Raptors because they were the number one seed in the Eastern Conference coming into the playoffs.

Van Vleet came off the bench. He played 21 minutes and he scored five points on a fast break layup and a three-point shot late in the first quarter.  Van Vleet also had two rebounds and one assist.

“Obviously we’re all disappointed,” Van Vleet told reporters after the game. “It’s not the way you want to go out. Going and get swept. Going and get your butts kicked like we did tonight but it happened. We’ve just got to move on. It doesn’t define our year in hole. Obviously we had an awesome regular season but the postseason is different and we didn’t get the job done.”

Everyone was clicking for the Cavs. They shot 59.5 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from behind the arc. LeBron James led the way with 29 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Kevin Love had 23 points, Kyle Korver 16 and J.R. Smith 15.

The Cavs now advance to the Eastern Conference finals to face either Boston or Philadelphia. Van Vleet becomes a restricted free agent this summer meaning the Raptors can match any offer he receives from another team.

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