Then like he has done throughout his career, James put the dagger into the hearts of the Raptors with an unreal shot to win 105-103 and take a 3-0 series lead.
“Casey tried everything and put us in some dilemmas at times”, said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. “We had no more timeouts”.
“Coming out of the locker room, that’s just inexcusable, to come out of the locker room and have a turnover, and being relaxed defensively, or let Korver come off a pindown and get a wipe open shot”, Casey said. But he said that, after watching film of the Raptors, he was confident he would be able to hit those shots based on mismatches with Toronto defenders. I predict this series is over on Monday and the Cavaliers will begin preparing for their Conference Finals matchup against the Boston Celtics, who are up 3-0 on the Philadelphia 76ers.
Given that the second round of playoffs is between the Cavs and Raptors, it makes sense that some Drake music would be getting played during the game. Kevin Love inbounded to James, who dribbled the length of the court and, while leaning slightly left, raised first his right foot and then his left while delivering the victor off glass.
“Listen, tie game, down one, whatever the case may be, I live for those moments”, he added. “I won’t, so that’s going to trickle down to everybody else”.
After making his 21st point to give Toronto a 98-94 lead, Valancianus would not score again.
Kyle Lowry had 27 for the Raptors with DeMar DeRozan sitting out the fourth after contributing just eight points. In Game 1 of the second round last night, in his least impressive performance of the playoffs so far, James earned his 21st postseason triple-double and made the basket that would send the game into overtime.
As the final seconds ticked off the clock, James planted off his left foot and elevated while still on the move, his momentum carrying him slightly away from the hoop as he squared his shoulders for a running mid-range jumper.
I can not wait to see it happen. “He’s a special player, we all know that”. “That’s what we were trying to create”.
Back from LeBronto, as some have nicknamed Canada’s multi-cultural metropolis, James and the Cavaliers featuring a rejuvenated Kevin Love will host Game 3 on Saturday night. George had just five points and Anthony seven on Friday. For the season, Toronto has defeated opponents by an average of 7.0 points. The only teams below them are Portland, Minnesota and San Antonio, all of which did not get out of the first round. He has led Cleveland in points and assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the longest such streak in postseason history. “He’s our All-Star power forward”.
The decision to go small didn’t pay dividends until the fourth period, when Toronto outscored the Cavs 38-26 and almost stole a victory.
The Toronto guard finished the game with just 10 points, shooting 3-12 from the field. Sharpshooter C.J. Miles said Friday he had done the same when a media member asked if he had an inkling of what was happening online.
If his tribute to James didn’t push Raptors fans into a state of despair, there were plenty of other memes to help pile on.
Thaddeus Young floored LeBron James with an elbow, opening a cut above the future Hall of Famer’s left eye.