Cleveland Cavaliers, last year's NBA Champions now lead their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Raptors 3-0. If they do that at home, they stand a chance.
CLEVELAND For LeBron James, traveling isn't a violation, but rather a delight.
Maybe the power of Drake can help lift the Toronto Raptors up over the Cleveland Cavaliers in game three of their National Basketball Association playoff series. Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Cleveland 49 (Love 13), Toronto 25 (Valanciunas 8).
"But I've still got more time".
Toronto star guard Kyle Lowry sprained his left ankle Wednesday night in Game 2 against Cleveland. To play like I did. But as soon as he stopped and it did stiffen up, that would be it for Lowry. "So for us not to have him anything close to 100%, it would be hard on us". Bismack Biyombo wasn't there to turn to when they needed him most, and the Raptors had no one waiting in the wings to fill his shoes.
The Raptors didn't start Jonas Valanciunas, but he led them with 23 points.
The three-time all-star missed 21 games late in the regular season after undergoing wrist surgery.
"It was close [Friday], but I think I made it worse by trying to work out a few times", Lowry said. "It's not going to be like that every night, but when it is, it becomes one of those nights for us". The King followed up his 35 point effort in game 1 with a 39-point explosion, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 2nd on the all-time playoff scoring list. All year long, we've always had the next man up mentality. Somewhere along the line, it behooves Patrick Patterson, DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph, and P.J.
Kyrie Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers James had eight rebounds and seven assists. "They're in sync on both ends". The Raptors missed 11 of their first 12 field-goal attempts in the fourth. He has been the interim coach the past four games, in which the Warriors are 4-0.
What he sees are the opportunities just sitting there, waiting to be acted upon.
However, DeMar DeRozan endured a horrific night, scoring just five points and failing to make a single shot in the first half. "Be shot-ready and be prepared when it hits your hands to be ready to shoot it and take it". "We kind of made them stagnant, gave them a different look".
"With our rebounding, especially with Tristan and Kevin, when they play small, we can pound the glass", Lue said."We have to bear down defensively and hold down the fort during the first half".
It won't be easy against a team operating at peak efficiency led by a future Hall of Famer playing at his peak, but Raptors can't allow Cavs to have it all.
There has been some talk that this was a sign of disrespect to the Raptors, as James was basically treating the middle of a playoff game like a shootaround, but according to The King, he meant no disrespect. Totals 38-87 16-17 94. Well, if Toronto is going to get back in this thing, this is a must-win game.
Before the game, Toronto vowed to be more physical against the Cavs. He also moved Serge Ibaka from power forward to center. He averages 32.7 points in games after sub-10 point performance, and was true to form, shooting 12 for 23 and making all 13 free throw attempts.
Be the ones initiating the physicality for a change.
Cleveland won the first two games of the best-of-seven series at home. Return the favour now that he's a visitor. "Those things, you can't make mistakes on them". Tucker did it on occasion in Cleveland, but this has to come from all parts of the roster.