This time, LeBron James is playing the role of Jordan, and the Raptors are the Cavs.
The NBA’s best player had 43 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists in a 128-110 victory in Toronto.
“Myself, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Tristan Thompson have to be as complete as we can be to have ultimate success”. Nobody went at him and made life hard, as Oladipo and Thad Young did in the first round. The most jarring example of this came during his first season in Miami, when the Heat made the NBA Finals and were taken down in six games by the Dallas Mavericks. James averaged 17.8 points on 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 32.1 percent shooting from three.
Pity the Raptors, who were saddled with the worst.
Perhaps its because the Cavs’ coach actually dialed up some plays for him, instead of relegating him to stand and wait for the ball on the 3-point line.
Fondly dubbed as ‘We The North, ‘ Toronto is heading south so fast that failure is inevitable.
Whether or not Simmons should be considered a rookie has been a hot debate this season, but the phenom looked every bit the part of a first-year player as the Philadelphia 76ers blew a 22-point lead in the 108-103 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 2.
It’s not impossible, but the COMELEC has a term for what the Raptors need to accomplish: a statistical improbability.
The Raptors, who earned the top seed in the East for the first time in franchise history as Cleveland struggled to find consistency throughout the regular season, insisted they can still make it a series.
The Cavs’ persistence paid off in the third quarter, when Love demoralized C.J. Miles in the post, and scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting as the Cavs outscored the Raptors by 13 points. Maybe this team they could take LeBron and Company down. Back in 2011, the assistant coach charged with the task of coming up with a defensive scheme to slow down James was Dwane Casey, the current Toronto Raptors head coach. Many around the National Basketball Association expected Cleveland to essentially mail in Game 2 knowing it already stole a game and achieved a split. Toronto was down 12 with under a minute left before making things somewhat interesting. In this new text-savvy world it was one of those SMH moments. Love finished the quarter with 10 points, three more than his entire total in Game 1, en route to a 31-point, 11-rebound night. Raptors in 7 games. What he saw was a room “without sound and emotion, without energy or explanation”. The Raptors had not lost consecutive home games since dropping Games 3 and 4 of the second round to Cleveland last May.
So, you get him to turn his back 15 feet or more away from the basket, stick tight as he turns and fires in one motion from various points on floor, and hope for the best. “I don’t think I’ve ever been more disappointed in a team than I am right now”.
“I definitely wasn’t as efficient as I would like to be”, James told reporters after the game.