Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

DeMar DeRozan says Toronto Raptors thrive off adversity

Biggest part of Raptors Cavaliers chess match may be frontcourt matching Biggest part of Raptors Cavaliers chess match may be frontcourt matching
Jeannette Daniel | 04 May, 2018, 13:54

He connected on 19 of 28 attempts, while Love shot 11 for 21. He did LeBron stuff after a competitive first half from both sides, he assisted on or scored the Cavs' first seven field goals to start the second half, then had a personal 7-0 run a few minutes later. If the duo continue to not only score but be efficient as well, the wine and gold will be hard to stop, no matter who their opponent is.

It's not a reach to say this game was won before halftime with that run. That comes one game after they shot 40 percent from three-point range in the first game of the series. While it isn't unheard of for Carter to turn to Twitter whenever James had himself a monster of a game, it was especially amusing on Thursday because LeBron was so beastly that he was almost anointed King of the North. Game three will be played Saturday night in Cleveland. He's a capable shooter out beyond the three-point arc.

ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones trolled the Toronto Raptors and their fans during their Game 2 loss of the playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. And ESPN's moniker of "LeBronto" should serve as a perpetual reminder that they won't get out of the Eastern Conference so long as he occupies it.

Cleveland coach Tyrone Lue suggested his team's momentum started with the Game 7 win last Sunday over IN - a statement bounce-back victory after a 34-point loss IN Game 6. It may be just a fluke, but if James can find his groove (again) on the free-throw line, he will become even more unstoppable offensively than he already seems to be. When he beat Poeltl off the dribble, as expected, James fired to an open Rodney Hood in the corner.


James was held to 26 points in the opener in a game he called one of his worst offensive shooting performances of the season. Who knows if there was something psychological going on with the Raptors last night, but we do know that they need to figure it out if they hope to regain their footing and have a chance at taking out the Cavaliers in the playoffs once and for all.

The Celtics overcame that early deficit to win, 108-103, and go up 2-0 on the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

When 76ers jumped out to a 22-point lead on Celtics midway through the second quarter in Game 2, it looked like the talented young team some picked as a dark horse to win the National Basketball Association title. When asked where he has seen the most improvement out of his team in the playoffs, Lue simply said that the offense has picked up.

"We came out with a sense of urgency", said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue afterward.

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