After winning the series' first two games in Canada, the Cavs came home and won a brawl with the Raptors, who just can't beat James. "I don't subscribe to ghosts", Casey said.
Casey said his team played with "our trousers on fire defensively", but struggled to take care of the ball on offence. 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.
What more can you say? Extremely hard. I never want to be over there watching, especially the competitor I am.
"I mean honestly, I wanted to have a chance to at least get a heave in and try to make it". Jeff Green switched onto him, using his length and athleticism to force DeRozan into tough shots. In Game 2, the Raptors shot better than 50 percent from the field while hitting 40 percent from long range.
Love finished with 21 points and 16 boards in another solid performance, while Kyle Korver went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers en route to 18 points. At times, they made LeBron uncomfortable. Just a special shot.
Raptors in tough spot with rebuild almost impossibleThe Toronto Raptors still have at least two more games to play this season, but after what has happened so far against the Cleveland Cavaliers, i... Still the Cavaliers led 24-19 at the end of a first quarter that saw Love collect six points and eight rebounds.
"There was way more time than I needed", he said.
James, though, spoiled a spirited effort by the Raptors.
Casey and team president Masai Ujiri both showed their displeasure at the officials during the game. OG (Anunoby) stepped up and hit some shots. "I told you (reporters) this morning the ability to have different things in my toolbox, in the repertoire that I have, throughout the game I can go through those", James said. He took 12 shots and that's a plus for us. I'll explain it to you later.
The Raptors would rally from 14 down in the fourth quarter to tie the game with eight seconds left.
But every time the Raptors made a push in the fourth, James had a response.
To start the second half, Toronto went on a run of its own.
The veteran then stole the ball from Joel Embiid on Philly's final possession and knocked down two free throws to ice the game after he was fouled.
I can not wait to see it happen.
After the game, Tyronn Lue was asked if he was surprised teams don't double-team James more often in those situations. They forced him off the court. It was just one of those nights for me, personally.