So, if you were wondering whether having eight full days off between sweeping the Atlanta Hawks and opening the Eastern Conference finals against the Toronto Raptors would lead to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers looking rusty rather than rested ... well, just ask DeMarre Carroll.
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That, friends, was one megaton-payload tomahawk dunk. It was also LeBron's sixth successful basket in six tries to open Tuesday's Game 1, in a first half that has seen him bully Carroll and whichever other Toronto defenders have the bad luck of crossing his path on the block and in the paint seemingly whenever he gets the ball.
Speaking of the ball: LeBron dunked so hard on this play that he bent it.
Look closely at that basketball.
That's how vicious LeBron's first-half dunk was in Game 1. (via Tony Dejak/AP) pic.twitter.com/G29V5cJqwA
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Playoff games can turn quickly, of course — just ask the Warriors — but the King and his court looked like they spent the last week off getting themselves ready to hit the ground running once the Raps came to town. They maintained that breakneck pace for the duration of Tuesday's Game 1, blowing Toronto's doors off in a 115-84 victory.
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