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Report: Cavaliers suggest Serge Ibaka snapped because they keep beating Raptors

Report: Cavaliers suggest Serge Ibaka snapped because they keep beating Raptors
Published On: Tue, Mar 12
May 10, 2016; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) reacts after a shot against the San Antonio Spurs in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

In the aftermath of Monday nighta€™s game, players were still trying to process what happened between Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss -- a brief moment late in the third quarter that exploded quickly, led to punches being thrown and a pair of ejections.

On the record, nobody was willing to say much.

Kyle Lowry played coy. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse spoke to Ibaka, but didna€™t ask what led to the incident. Kawhi Leonard said he couldna€™t comment, acting like he was protecting a state secret. There were a few jokes after the game between Kevin Love and Lowry, but nothing revealing.

The theory privately held inside the Cavaliers locker room: Four years of pent-up frustration from a mountain of playoff losses against Cleveland finally spilled over, causing Ibaka to snap.

The Cavs swept the Raptors in the conference semifinals the last two years. They have booted Toronto from the postseason in three consecutive. On Monday, the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference was pounding the Raptors by 14 at the time.

a€œThat might have been exactly what it was,a€ Love said to cleveland.com when the conversation about Clevelanda€™s past dominance over the Raptors came up.

Chriss had left the arena by the time reporters entered the locker room so he didna€™t speak. Only he -- and Ibaka -- know for certain.

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