The Raptors lost the first two games of the series and would like to have their standout floor leader for a game that is considered a must-win affair. Kyle Korver scored nine points in a 90 second span over the end of the third quarter into the beginning of the fourth.
“Hopefully some things change, but right now I don’t think I’ll be able to play”, Lowry said, per ESPN.
J.R. Smith, the primary defender on DeRozan through the first two games when DeRozan struggled, got into some early foul trouble just because DeRozan was so aggressive.
Lowry warmed up prior to the start of Game 3 to test his ankle out, but he was unable to give it a go and sat on the bench the entire game. “We knew we were going to get their best shot and we were able to get it done when it counted”.
“The production from our bench has to come in and give us a boost”, Casey said.
A year ago, the Cavaliers beat the Raptors in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals and then lost the next two games in Toronto before taking Game 5 in Cleveland and Game 6 in Toronto to advance to the NBA Finals.
LeBron James scored 35 points while Kevin Love added a double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) as the Cavs maintained their 100 per cent record in this year’s post-season.
The first two games of the series went very much the same way.
“It is a quick turnaround, early game on Sunday. I was surprised when he came back out, but they were telling me the best thing for him to do was to continue to play, because if it cooled off it would really be bad”. “Nothing could fall for us, especially playing without Kyle”. The Raptors missed their first 12 attempts from beyond the arc and did not make a 3-pointer until midway through the third quarter. He’s been more of a scorer against Toronto, and he totaled 39 points on just 14 field goal attempts in Game 2.
“The cuts, playing defence, the sudden reactions will be the tough part”. “It’s not looking great, but I’m not giving up on it”. The effort was there (Friday).
James, who has won a road game in 27 consecutive series, appears determined to toss Toronto aside.
Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and eight rebounds, with Norman Powell chipping in with 13 points and Serge Ibaka scoring 12.
The Raptors missed their first 12 shots from 3-point range before Powell connected with 3:09 left in the third.
The Hawks also say Budenholzer will remain involved in personnel decisions.
“. At one point, we were one of the better offensive teams in the league, depending on the 3s, knocking down the 3, and now we have to transfer it from regular-season basketball to playoff basketball”.
Trying to get to his seventh straight NBA Finals, the 32-year-old James now only trails Michael Jordan, who scored 5,987 points in just 179 postseason games. “When you see them knocking down 3’s left and right, getting to their spots, it’s kind of deflating”. “He wanted to. The trainers told him he shouldn’t try to go, because he was in so much pain”.
“Just to have that feeling again, people counting you out, whatever negative comes with losing, being down two games, that definitely sucks and it’s something that we’re gonna have to use tomorrow night”, DeRozan said.
“I knew it was bothering him, but I didn’t know till late, till they did starting lineups, that he wasn’t gonna go”.