That came midway through the third quarter and the Raps would get only one more the rest of the night.
Still, his absence would affect Toronto's game plan "a lot", Casey said. "We have to make him uncomfortable". Kyrie Irving also scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 points while going 4-for-6 in 3-point attempts. Making a Game 3 prediction that includes a Raptors' victory wouldn't be based on much logic, and Toronto will be lucky to steal a win before they are eliminated from contention.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers are playing in the East playoffs, they go for sweeps. Tonight we competed extremely well, but it sucks to get down late in the game. "But next guy, everybody else gotta do something a little bit more to fill whatever void it is he can't fully do out there on the court".
Game 3 is on Friday night at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
"You don't want to get swept", he said.
The Cavaliers have been very vocal in their confidence of winning this series, and now likely have at least one eye on the Wizards-Celtics series, scouting who they will play next.
The Cavs now have a commanding 3-0 lead over the Raptors.
You don't give that type of money to someone who has failed to prove he can shine and come up big in the postseason. We're coming home, let's take care of home. James had eight rebounds and seven assists.
"When we lost by (31) here past year, everyone knocked us and said it was over with", Casey said.
Cavaliers: Cleveland finished 13 for 23 from 3-point range. He put up 37 points after scoring only 5 in the previous game.
All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry missed the game with an ankle injury, leaving a gaping hole in Toronto's attack. After a trip to the locker room, he returned to the floor shortly thereafter, but was unable to finish the game. "He was limping badly". "He just couldn't go". "He wanted to. The medical people said he shouldn't try to go".
While James scored 35 points for the Cavs, Lowry did not play at all for the Raptors because of a sprained left ankle.
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The two wins we've had have shown great character", said the former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers boss. Rovers were relegated from the Championship on goal difference, despite winning 3-1 at Brentford .
Past year in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavs led 2-0, but the Raptors claimed the next two games before being eliminated in six. "It's huge. Because we need every one of them".
"He did miss six free throws", cracked Toronto's Kyle Lowry. That's my whole mindset, 'How can we get this win? DeRozan scored 15 points in the third quarter, but when the period ended, the Cavs were back on top, 79-77, behind a spurt of 3-point shots by Korver.
"With our rebounding, especially with Tristan and Kevin, when they play small, we can pound the glass", Lue said.
As a team, the Cavaliers dominated on the rebounding front, holding a 49-25 advantage.
Once upon a time, maybe this kind of Raptors team could be successful. Technicals-Toronto defensive three second, Toronto team.
Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Toronto. "It's tough to win a game when you only make two 3-pointers". Total Fouls-Cleveland 20, Toronto 21.
DeRozan attacking the defensive strategy by splitting the double-teams or moving before the trap arrived.
Percentages: FG.513, FT.857.
Blocked Shots: 6 (Korver 2, Frye, Love, Smith, Thompson).
Percentages: FG.437, FT.941.
The Raptors went up by three again when DeRozan's free throw completed a three-point play.
Turnovers: 4 (Powell 2, Valanciunas, Wright).