Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry gametime decision for Game 3 against Cavaliers
- Author: Tabitha Byrd May 15, 2017,
May 15, 2017, 11:25
They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers blew open the game.
The Cavaliers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. "It was an all-round good game for us rebounding, offensively and defensively so we just have to keep that up". "But next guy, everybody else has to do something a little bit more to fill whatever void it is he can't fully do out there on the court".
Various media reports said Kerr is unlikely to coach this series, but the team said he has not been officially ruled out to return this round. "You don't want to get swept, especially in your home building". The Minneapolis Lakers are the only other team to start the postseason by going 7-0 in consecutive seasons. The last time Toronto lost three consecutive games was February 8-14.Last season when the teams met in the Eastern Conference finals, the Raptors won Game 3 and Game 4 at home after the Cavaliers won the first two games in Cleveland.
"DeRozan was fantastic, he gave everything that he had", James said.
Kawhi Leonard was the star once more with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. "Some of them are pretty good". Meanwhile, the Raptors missed their first 12 three-point attempts until Norman Powell hit one with 3:10 left in the third quarter.
"It's about us", Casey said. "For whatever reason, it's escaping us right now". They finished just 2-of-18 (.111 pct.) from long range. Totals 38-87 16-17 94. After a trip to the locker room, he returned to the floor shortly thereafter, but was unable to finish the game. 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. "He just couldn't go". "So, for us not to have him anything close to 100 percent, it would be hard on us". Joseph replaced Lowry in the starting lineup, and after a strong offensive showing in Game 2, Jonas Valanciunas was re-inserted into the starting lineup.
The Cavs allowed the Raptors to hang around, committing 14 turnovers over the first three quarters and letting Toronto take wide open three after wide open three.
Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but he stepped up in the wake of Parker's season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away.More news: South Korea Presidential Election: Moon Jae-in Claims Victory
DeRozan's night was perfectly summed up when he, a career 82% free throw shooter, missed a pair of free throws to end the first half.
With 36 through three quarters DeRozan sat down to begin the fourth and normally doesn't get the call back in until at least the half way mark of the final quarter. On Wednesday, Cleveland was moving the ball around nicely and getting high-percentage shots.
Raptors: Joseph started for the first time in 70 playoff appearances. Toronto is 55-35 overall, 30-14 at home and 48-41-1 against the spread.
The Cavaliers can complete a sweep of the series in Game 4 on Sunday in Toronto.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after stealing the ball next to Toronto Raptors forward PJ Tucker in the third quarter in Game 2 of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on May 3, 2017.
The Cavaliers led 28-24 after the first quarter and the Raptors led 52-49 at the intermission. Toronto can't seem to find a way to be competitive in Cleveland, where the Cavs are tough for anyone to beat.