A three-pointer is worth 50% more than a regular field goal, so even though Toronto has averaged an extra 9.5 attempts per game in this series so far, Cleveland's three-point shooting clinic (and 63-39 free throw attempt edge) easily negates Toronto's extra shot attempts. The fact that Toronto was down only two before Norman Powell converted their first three-point attempt with 3:09 remaining in the third quarter speaks to just how disinterested the Cavs played for most of this night.
Last year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers had their postseason win streak end in Canada.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Cory Joseph.
After sailing to a first-round sweep of the Pacers, the Cavaliers were supposed to be heading into choppier waters in an Eastern Conference semifinals matchup with the Raptors. They trailed by only two after three quarters before the Cavaliers quickly blew open the game. The amount of breakdowns we had, you can't win that way. They take a lot of time out of their day to try to figure out how to get my attention away from the game.
Joseph believes the Raptors can improve significantly in terms of contesting Cleveland's outside shots, thereby making it more hard for them to connect. In those third quarter minutes Lowry played with the wounded ankle, it was clear he was a step slow or tentative with his movements. Contest more of the open ones as well, and the Raptors could be on to something.
Irving has been sharing the ball more in this series and it will be encouraging for coach Tyronn Lue to see his point guard take on more of the playmaking responsibilities.
When the Raptors and Cavs squared off a year ago, the early results were quite similar. After winning the first two games this season, the Cavs went back to Toronto trying to avoid the pitfalls of past year.
Will deal with only triple talaq due to paucity of time
But even when it expires, making the divorce official, the couple can remarry, unless he declares it again, known as " triple talaq ".
Should we expect a bounce back game from DeRozan? "We got to go to Toronto with the mindset that this is a business trip, we have to take these guys serious". (Maybe?) There's no real way to stop LeBron James, but he and his cohorts can have an off night.
It's hard to believe that the Pacers-Cavs series was the closest four-game sweep in National Basketball Association history.
Nobody on the Cleveland side is going to give an honest answer to that one, but it sure appears to be the case.
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.
I can understand why the Raptors would be upset by it, but I really don't think James was pondering to himself in the middle of the game, "Oh, here's a chance for me to disrespect the Raptors".
"I know he was working to get it going, see how he felt shooting", DeMar DeRozan said of Lowry. Lowry is the team's best three-point shooter and its second-leading scorer and his absence was a factor. We knew they were going to give us everything they had, no matter who was in the lineup.
James, of course, went to the line 21 times in Game 2. The Cavaliers went into the fourth quarter with a 2 point lead. He has only done it four other times in his career ... And now the Toronto Raptors are one loss away from elimination. On the way back to the hotel, we could hear them screaming, "Let's go Raptors", repeatedly ...