The Raptors just smoked the Cavaliers, but whatever it means will be lost come playoff time

DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors’ sixth-leading scorer against the Cavaliers on Thursday night with 13 points, a positive sign for a Toronto team trying to take the next step. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO — Before the Toronto Raptors faced the Cleveland Cavaliers here at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night, Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue was asked about the prospects of facing a Raptors team missing Kyle Lowry, its star point guard, and Serge Ibaka, its starting power forward and best shot blocker.

“The way we’ve been playing, we don’t have to remind [the players] of anything,” Lue said with a laugh. “We’ve got to be professional.”

Then Lue and the Cavaliers went out and were anything but.

The final score — Raptors 133, Cavaliers 99 — wasn’t indicative of the beatdown the Raptors put on the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions. Toronto finished with 31 assists and just nine turnovers, shot 50 percent from the field, 43 percent from three-point range, and out-rebounded Cleveland 63-35 — including 18 on the offensive end.

It was the latest impressive performance from a Raptors team that

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