Toronto Raptors Once Again Blow It When Playing Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors Once Again Blow It When Playing Cavaliers

Superstar LeBron James, entered Thursday leading the Cavs in playoff scoring, rebounding, and assists, and fed Love passes early in the first quarter, but the six-foot-11 centre missed several early shots. The star was casually clipping his nails.

James finished the game with 43 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds.

As LeBron was making shot after shot after shot in the Cavs game two victory, you could see the will of the Toronto Raptors breaking.

Those concerns could reappear as soon as Saturday's Game 3 in Cleveland, but they seem much less significant now.

"This was a complete team effort", James said.

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

Sounds like a good combo for Games 3 and 4 in this series too. If the game becomes a lot more physical, knocking down free throws will be key. The Raptors were, frankly, road-kill on their home court.

"I definitely wasn't as efficient as I would like to be", James told reporters after the game. Who knows if there was something psychological going on with the Raptors last night, but we do know that they need to figure it out if they hope to regain their footing and have a chance at taking out the Cavaliers in the playoffs once and for all.

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The Cavaliers are in complete control with the series now shifting back to Cleveland for two games.

"I've always tried to do the best I can in, I guess, the area of willingness to sacrifice for this team and sometimes we're going to have a little bit of pushback and I think that's in some cases healthy", Love said.

"But for me personally, my mental edge is how I prepare myself every night, how I go about the game plan, try to not make mistakes".

"That's kind of what won the game for us", Lue said of Cleveland's big third quarter. George Hill had 13 points, Jeff Green had 14 points off the bench and Cleveland took nearly no low-percentage shots (outside of James' contested fadeaways, which were high-percentage shots on Thursday).

It was a fairly close first half where the Raptors were the better team but the Cavaliers hung around. That's what point we're at now.

The Raptors went into the game 6-1 all-time in playoff Game 2's at home, winners of four straight of those games.

If there was any confidence to begin with, it was mostly gone minutes into the third quarter when James and company put on a spurt the Raptors had no answer for.

During the current playoffs, LeBron James has often looked like a man carrying the weight of a franchise on his shoulders, but on Tuesday night his teammates helped him out when he needed it most.

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