In the Eastern Conference finals of the 2016 NBA Playoffs, the Toronto Raptors surprised everyone when they stole not one, but two games against a Cleveland Cavaliers team that should never drop a pair of contests to a squad like Toronto.
The difference between them is roughly the difference between a Nerf hoop and an NBA hoop, and before you point to the regular-season record — the Raptors were the second seed and finished one game behind Cleveland — we’ll direct you to the fact that the Raptors play in the Atlantic, which is easily the least-competitive division in the league (save Boston).
All said, the Cavaliers looked good in the third and fourth games, but they entered Game 5 looking like the sort of team that hadn’t lost a playoff game until they wound up in Canada — and ultimately won 116-78. Yes, you read that score correctly. Talk about a monumental beatdown.