LeBron James: No disrespect by ball spin before shot

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts after stealing the ball next to Toronto Raptors forward PJ Tucker in the third quarter in Game 2 of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on May 3, 2017.

Lowry may make some miracle recovery and play in Game 3, or Game 4 on Sunday afternoon, but he was certainly struggling in the immediate aftermath of the injury.

DeRozan averaged 27.3 points during the regular season but has just 24 points in two games against Cleveland. DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points to led Toronto, but he ultimately didn't receive enough help down the stretch. So it's a challenge even when you're healthy.

James, who scored 74 points combined in Games 1 and 2, was asked about the Ibaka play after Friday's shootaround.

"We don't want to give up and-1's or three point fouls". The Raptors need to cut down on the threes and make it more hard on Cleveland when it shoots from long distance.

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey noted that outside shooting has been a strength of his team all year, "but for whatever reason it escaped us".

Cleveland has been pretty nonchalant about this series, which has caused Raptors players to feel disrespected.

Coach Tyronn Lue opened the fourth period with Tristan Thompson, Deron Williams, Iman Shumpert, Korver and James. They hope to replicate last season when they've been in the same situation but somehow managed to pull the series even, but the Cavaliers are also aware off it and will look to take at least one away game and close another series as quickly as possible. The Cavaliers looked like a team that had been resting after a long layoff, while the Raps resembled a team playing a back-to-back set.

"And when Kyle gets hot, you've got to keep giving him the ball". "That should get your hair up on your neck". "When he's able to fly around and he's able to play with the kind of pace... it's tough (for opponents)". "It's not hockey, where you can take your gloves off and do something about it", he said, and later slipped into what one assumes was a metaphor.

"You work all year to go against the champ in a boxing match".

If Cleveland's defensive effort continues to show up during the rest of the series, I would be inclined to say no.

"This one is a little bit different", Lowry said.

After all of that talk, the Raptors mostly lived up to the promise in the opening half, forcing eight Cleveland turnovers and holding the Cavs to 40 per cent shooting instead of the gaudy numbers they posted at home.

Valanciunas took the message to heart, sending James sailing into the courtside seats after the two got tangled up. Nearly any of them.

The Lowry uncertainty just seems to be piling on at this point when it comes to the issues facing the Raptors' as they attempt to come back from a 2-0 deficit against the defending world champs.

But all those missed shots, the punches of which Casey had spoke, loomed like something that would come back to haunt them.

Toronto Raptors Game 3 (live stream online and score below) of the Eastern Conference semifinals resumes tonight with the Cavs leading the series 2-0 in the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs.

Down 2-0 after being bulldozed by James in Cleveland, Toronto needs to make some adjustments heading into Game 3 or summer vacation will arrive early again.

Not very often, it turned out.

Dominating the Raptors is nothing new for James and the Cavs. He's now seventh on the career scoring list with 28,787 points in the regular season. The bearded big man attempting just 3 further shots, finishing with 23 points, and did not check into to the game until five minutes into the third quarter.



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