Raptors: LeBron's behaviour disrespectful, but Toronto also playing "too soft"

Michele Moreno
May 10, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers have jolted the Toronto Raptors thus far in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game of the 2017 NBA Playoffs series.

Toronto did lead for a good chunk of the game, building a 52-49 halftime lead and led for most of the third quarter behind DeRozan's spectacular scoring.

Spurs 103, Rockets 92: LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and seven rebounds as San Antonio took back home-court advantage with a road win in Game 3 for a 2-1 series lead.

While James scored 35 points for the Cavaliers, Lowry did not play at all for the Raptors because of a sprained left ankle. One more win brings more rest and Game 4 on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) is an opportunity to once again take care of business.

Toronto shot only 2 of 18 from 3-point range while the Cavaliers were 13 of 23. And with one quarter to go, there was no difference between the 51-win Raptors and the 51-win Cavaliers. That production came on the heels of the Cavaliers stealing eight passes, forcing 12 turnovers and blocking four shots in the Game 1 victory.

"No it hasn't worked out the way we wanted it to", DeRozan said.

"Right now, I don't think I'll be able to play", Lowry said after Saturday's practice.

Various media reports said Kerr is unlikely to coach this series, but the team said he has not been officially ruled out to return this round. If Valanciunas opens game 4 with a lot of touches and points, Cleveland will be forced to send help defense. He participated in the warmup and was listed as active for the game, but Cory Joseph started in his place.

"DeRozan was incredible, he gave everything that he had", James said.

He averaged 4.7 points per game in 16.1 minutes a night in the regular season. Thompson had 12 rebounds.

After getting treatment nearly all of Thursday and most of Friday, Lowry tried to go through the pre-game layup line but left after just a few minutes.

Throughout the first half, the Cavaliers struggled with ball movement and had moments of sloppy play.

However, after getting completely shut down in Game 2, his backcourt partner DeMar DeRozan re-emerged by scoring 21 points during the first two quarters and finishing with 37 points. "We just tried to mix it up and keep him off balance, and in the fourth quarter he kind of got out of rhythm". And unlike previous year when they took the Cavs to six games, it's very likely a sweep is in order this time around.

A James three-pointer with just over six minutes left - the capper on his 35-point night - gave Cleveland a 15-point lead and zapped the final dose of energy out of the crowd. In Game 2, LeBron spun the ball a few times before hitting a three-pointer over Serge Ibaka. At a certain point, whether it was when he bombed threes easily, or hit a left-handed push shot, or ran the break at lightning-fast speed, there is no answer.

Double-Double: The only player for the Cavs to have a double-double was Kevin Love with 16 points and 13 rebounds. James bumped the lead to nine points on two free throws with 8:56 to play. I mean, that's it right there: They've got LeBron James and nobody's closing the gap on him. Cavs guard J.R. Smith had five fouls midway through the third quarter, repeatedly swiping at DeRozan as he wiggled past.

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