Cavs vs. Raptors Game 3: What We Learned

Cavs vs. Raptors Game 3: What We Learned

Cavs vs. Raptors Game 3: What We Learned

The Raptors came back to take the lead when DeRozan made a free throw to complete a three-point play.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is active but was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of Toronto's playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "Right now they are doing what they want to do to our defence and that is unacceptable and we can do better".

The Cavaliers were not that interested in this game, but they won anyway. They can do that here in Sunday's Game 4.

"I just wanted him to get up".

That won't be easy against the Cavaliers, the first team since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1949 and 1950 to win their first seven playoff games in consecutive seasons. "This year we understood what mindset we had to come in, especially in a rowdy arena like this".

Cavs forward Kevin Love, who had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and point guardKyrie Irving, who had 16 points but shot just 7-of-21, did not play in the fourth. He's quick. He's one of the best in the league with the basketball.

"They're into him, they're bodying him", Casey said. 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.

"It sucks", DeRozan said, per ESPN.

However, without Kyle Lowry - who sat out due to an ankle sprain he suffered in Game 2 - Toronto didn't have enough firepower to keep pace with the Cavaliers. He worked out a few hours before Friday's game and was on the court during warmups but limped back to the locker room before the national anthems.

"He was limping badly", Casey said. "He was in so much pain he just couldn't go". "He wanted to. The medical people said he shouldn't try to go". Cory Joseph started for Toronto. With no Energizer Bunny and no surprise cameos waiting in the shadows to jumpstart the Raptors this time around, the Cavs took advantage of the Lowry-less Raptors late and now stand on the brink of a third straight Eastern Conference Finals appearance. Those first two quarters proved to be markedly different for the Cavs offense.

Charity Stripe: The Cavs shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line, hitting 24-of-28.

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"We were fighting", said Valanciunas. They'd missed their first 12 three-point attempts before Powell finally ended the long-range drought with 3:09 to play in the third quarter. Thompson grabbed 12. Their 25 caroms matched the entire Toronto team.

The Cavaliers, who entered the playoffs on a four-game skid, is now unbeaten in seven playoff games, closing in on another series sweep after disposing of the Indiana Pacers in four.

James top-scored once more for Cleveland, shooting 35 points.

The Raptors have lost three straight for the first time since the All-Star break. Toronto couldn't buy a three-point basket, going 2 of 18 on the night. Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Toronto. In less than two minutes, a two-point deficit swelled to eight points.

Cleveland took a 20 point lead midway through the third and never let the Raptors back within striking distance. With the NBA's most famous global team ambassador in attendance, Toronto seemed to find new life early on.

Percentages: FG.513, FT.857.

James also became the fourth player with 300 career 3-pointers in the postseason, joining Ray Allen (385), Reg-gie Miller (320) and Manu Ginobili (312).

Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 16 (11 PTS).

Percentages: FG.437, FT.941. So far LeBron James, 32, and his crew have absolutely destroyed Toronto 2-0 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals round at Quicken Loans Area, now the action shifts to Air Canada Centre, a.k.a. Drizzy's second home! He's halfway there, and the way the Cavs are playing, he could have No. 4 before long. DeMarre Carroll and Patrick Patterson have been the kings of the open shots missed.

Valanciunas finished with 19, Powell 13 and Ibaka 12.

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