Raptors alter starting lineup ahead of Game 3

Raptors alter starting lineup ahead of Game 3

"We would've at least gotten ourselves back into the game and made it a fight'". He said of sitting out down the stretch, "It was extremely hard".

"He's the engine, the toughness, that little birdie on the shoulder", Casey said. "Our season is on the line for the next game". James finished with 38 points and Kevin Love 21.

In game two, James scored a game-high 43 points and the Cavaliers, who were 7-point underdogs, beat the Raptors 128-110. LeBron James knows that history says the Cavaliers will likely eliminate the Toronto Raptors. "I was able to hit a floater off the glass". At 33, he continues to dazzle with a seemingly endless arsenal. And to make matters worse, the players they expect to be stars are lesser versions of themselves when it counts.

"The play-by-play sheet hardly did the highlight justice: ":00.0 L.James 10' driving back shot".

"The level of difficulty of that shot, it was very hard", he said with a smile. "Don't try it at home Jeff". It's also the fifth time he's hit a postseason buzzer-beater since 2009.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion clinched his first playoff buzzer-beater in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Orlando Magic in 2009, but Cleveland was eventually eliminated by the Magic. But they are still left amazed.

"I've seen Jordan, I've seen Kobe, I've seen Bird", Casey said. The coach said the lack of focus after halftime of Game 2 was particularly troubling. But the rest of the Cavs are finally showing up. Kyle Korver had 18 points, and George Hill 12.

Casey said his team played with "our trousers on fire defensively", but struggled to take care of the ball on offence.

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After the Raptors tied it on rookie OG Anunoby's 3-pointer with eight seconds left, James took the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court and rose off the floor on the left side of the basket just feet from Toronto's bench. Just a special shot. Remarkably, the mid-range specialist has now gone 13 consecutive playoff games against Cleveland without a single three-pointer, shooting 0-16 in 480 minutes combined in those games, dating back to 2016.

The Cavs are 15-0 in the playoffs when they've opened a 2-0 lead. They have a 9-0 series record when up 3-0.

Guard Fred VanVleet was inserted into the starting lineup in place of usual starter forward Serge Ibaka. We're supposed to be out there right now.' We all understand that we lost the series and there were self-inflicted mistakes on our part.

It was more of the same in the third. Against Cleveland, DeRozan's bread-and-butter has dried up: He's attempted a total of seven free throws in three games after averaging seven attempts per game for the season.

Both teams are relatively healthy.

In the closing minutes, Ibaka was called for a foul on what appeared to be a clean block on James.

The over is 4-0 in the last four Cleveland games. The result was a 16-2 run for the Cavs, a 15-point halftime lead, and a spike in the heart of Toronto's playoff chances. Still it maintained its lead.

"You know he's going left", a dejected Kyle Lowry said afterwards. "That's what we're going to do". There have been questions about the Raptors in the playoffs and turnovers is undoubtedly an area they struggle with.

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