Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Toronto Raptors: Three Takeaways From Game 2 Vs. Cavaliers

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But they couldn't get stops (Love had 18 in the first half, LeBron was attacking off the pick-and-roll) and it was a two-point game at the half, 63-61.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made an incredible comeback to force overtime in game one on Tuesday. The star was casually clipping his nails.

Following what he described as one of his "worst games of the season", LeBron James put on a performance for the ages.

What three things can the Raptors take away from their Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers?

Now all the pressure is on Toronto for Thursday night's Game 2 at Air Canada Centre, as DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry must avoid falling into an 0-2 series hole before the series shifts to Cleveland.

"I had to learn (to play the five regularly) on the fly", said Love, who finished 11-for-21 with 11 boards and two assists and was plus-21 - a team high.

"Serge hasn't been himself", Casey said.

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"I don't know. I have no idea", he said. Not an ideal place to be in, and there's a chance that the toughest test Cleveland will face on their way to the Finals was their opening round series against Indiana.

"We were able to get some shots, we're making some shots, playing with more pace, and I think our offense has just picked up", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "We understand where we're at, and we're going to fight". The Raptors would pull within 13 points on a basket by Valanciunas midway through the period, but had zero answers for James who was scoring seemingly at will.

Cleveland coach Tyrone Lue suggested his team's momentum started with the Game 7 win last Sunday over IN - a statement bounce-back victory after a 34-point loss IN Game 6.

The Cavs shot 59 per cent on the night, including 73 per cent in the third quarter.

"You've got to win four games to get out of a series and it starts with the next game, so I will be as sharp as I was tonight [in the rest of the series]".

The Raptors are the 1-seed in the Eastern Conference but dropped the first two games of the series at home, including blowing a big lead at the end of Game 1. "We just want to continue to try and improve each and every game". That's what point we're at now. "We'll find some answers whether we change the lineup, whatever it is, to keep the offence moving, keep the game moving, and keep the pace going". While it isn't unheard of for Carter to turn to Twitter whenever James had himself a monster of a game, it was especially amusing on Thursday because LeBron was so beastly that he was almost anointed King of the North.

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