"It's tough", DeRozan said. It's not looking great, but I'm not giving up on it. You could see how the Raptors could see the silver lining of two blowout losses in Cleveland. He suffered the injury in the early stages of the third quarter in Game 2. They've made 17 three-pointers in three games. Those numbers weren't sustainable.
In this series, with open looks, with shots contested, the Raptors had no real answer.
Cory Joseph was 0-for-4.
"You don't get to play in the fourth quarter unless you play defence. They just took advantage of it". The Cavs went scoreless for a span of 2:34, which also included two James turnovers.
The Raptors were without starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who was resting an injured ankle.
Toronto did lead for a good chunk of the game, building a 52-49 halftime lead and led for most of the third quarter behind DeRozan's spectacular scoring. The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points, but was unable to overturn a 2-0 deficit. But the Cavs were never truly bothered. Tristan Thompson added nine points and 12 rebounds. DeRozan didn't score his first field goal until the fourth quarter of Game 2 on May 3 at The Q. Total Fouls-Cleveland 20, Toronto 21.
James with 35 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Kyle Korver with four 3-point shots led a monstrous second half comeback and silenced the crowd in the Air Canada Centre. The Cavs have a bad habit of playing down to their competition, and with Lowry not playing in this game, it appears that was the case again tonight. The Raptors came back to take the lead when DeRozan made a free throw to complete a three-point play.
The 3-0 hole the Raptors find themselves in is the first since they were victims of a sweep two years ago in the first round in Washington. "We are in the semi-finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs and yeah we are struggling against probably the favourite to win our Conference". Over the course of an 82-game season, that's a 73 win pace. "We shoot threes. We play fast". "That's the makeup of our team. Especially playing without Kyle".
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"We're getting stops and [LeBron] is able to get in transition and run", Lue said. "If you're able to get a lead, you got to try to put the game away". "If we're getting stops we're a risky team".
Finally, while a traditional NBA League Pass package is no longer available for purchase, there is NBA League Pass Audio. "We just couldn't get nothing to fall, and they turned it up offensively and ran away with it".
"Production from our bench, (it) has to come in and give us a boost, and for whatever reason they couldn't get started", Casey said. We knew if we just played our game, paid attention to the details, we'd have an opportunity to win the game. "We had different expectations, each and every game was different". However, it was LeBron who dominated the start of the fourth, and this shot later in the quarter may have been the dagger. LeBron, who is left-handed, was asked afterwards why he chose to play the sport right-handed.
"I think we as a franchise need more firepower to get to the next level", Ressler said. "I guess I thought it looked cool". Toronto lost three in a row from February 8 to 14.
If the Raptors swung at all, they didn't hit anything.
Though officially listed as day-to-day, Lowry didn't sound particularly optimistic about Sunday's game.
TV viewers watched as one of Thomas' front teeth flew out of his mouth in a collision Sunday with Washington's Otto Porter Jr.in Game 1. "They understand you have to have some pride not to get swept even though (the Cavs) have already been crowned so-called Eastern Conference champions".
Meanwhile, LeBron and the Cavs just keep rolling along.