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Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 open thread: Raptors vs. Cavaliers

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers host Kyle Lowery and the Toronto Raptors in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals today at 5:30 PM PST.

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The Toronto Raptors took two out of three games against Cleveland Cavaliers in their regular season series, but the playoffs are a beast of their own. Each of the Raptors' first two playoff series went seven games while the Cavs swept their opponents in the first two rounds and have not played a game in nine days.

Cleveland is looking to make their second straight trip to the NBA Finals. Toronto big man Jonas Valanciunas will not play in Game 1 according to ESPN, but the seven foot center is not yet ruled out for the entire series.

Golden State is 4-0 against both Toronto and Cleveland this season, winning each game by an average of 12 points per game. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 PM PST on ESPN.