How to watch Cavs-Raptors Game 3

"I want to be out there 100 percent with my teammates, playing and trying to win games, protecting home court", said Lowry, who did not practice Thursday or participate in shootaround Friday morning beyond talking with reporters.

LeBron James is delivering devastation to the Raptors and the Cavaliers is running away with the Eastern Conference semifinals. Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James, center, drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in Toronto on Friday, May 5, 2.

Given that this is the biggest game of the season for the Raptors, look for Lowry to do everything in his power to get on the Toronto hardwood.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey said Lowry - who prides himself on his toughness when it comes to playing hurt - will have the most to say about his availability for Game 3.

LeBron will get old someday and have to relinquish the crown, but there's no telling when that actually happens.

"It sucks", Lowry said. There was the fact the Cavaliers crushed the Raptors the first two games. They were down 79-77 when the frame began, but a 17-1 run for the Cavs turned a close game into another blowout.

Two nights earlier, James shot a three-pointer over Toronto shot-blocker Ibaka, but not before pausing to spin the ball twice in his hands, as if he was lining up to shoot a free throw. Point guard Kyrie Irving set a personal playoff high for assists (11 in Game 2) for the second straight contest and is averaging 23 points and 10.5 assists in the series. If the defense doesn't respect us collapsing them all in, then we're going to score. The narrative arc of a series can pivot on a single game, and a strong Game 3 performance would help buy back some of the goodwill the Raptors lost at Quicken Loans Arena this week. "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".

If the result of this series hasn't already been engraved on the Raptors' tombstone, the stonemason is certainly sharpening his chisel.

James scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

By shooting 9 for 16, James (2,047) passed Shaquille O'Neal (2,041) and took over third place for career postseason made field goals.

Raptors: Joseph started for the first time in 70 playoff appearances. The Raptors moved the ball well at times only to miss the shot.

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