Wasn’t it just last week we had a shovel and a hole dug ready to bury the Cleveland Cavaliers? Turns out the demise of the Cavs was premature as they return home to play Toronto up 2-0 in the series.
The Toronto Raptors shot 54.3 percent from the field, 40 percent from behind the arc and made 10 off 11 free throws on Thursday at home against Cleveland. And they still lost by 18.
We will get to LeBron in a second, but Kevin Love’s 31 points were eight more than the Raptors starting frontcourt scored. ESPN had an article about how much Love has given up in order to be paired with James. And in this series, coach Tyronn Lue has asked Love to play center, rather than power forward for schematics reasons and Love admitted he wasn’t crazy about but now he understands why.
LeBron, he just had 43 points and 14 assists and during the game Twitter was alive with NBA players flat out amazed what the King was doing.
The Cavs are back home trying to build a virtually insurmountable 3-0 lead and the NBA odds have them as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 217. This will be on at 8:35 Eastern on ABC.
So much for all the qualities for those who picked Toronto to win the series. Point guard Kyle Lowery has in partially correct. “Just needed more effort,” Lowry said. “Way more effort. We have to play harder.