Friday, 22 February, 2019

NBA Roundup 2: Cavs take 3-0 series lead

Rita Gibson | 12 May, 2017, 10:39

Up, showered, dressed, breakfast devoured and out the door - all in 15 minutes.

The Cavaliers, who entered the playoffs on a four-game skid, is now unbeaten in seven playoff games, closing in on another series sweep after disposing of the Indiana Pacers in four.

LeBron James scored 35 points and added eight rebounds and seven assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 115-94 Friday night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series.

Cleveland Cavaliers, last year's NBA Champions now lead their Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Raptors 3-0.

"You still can't take away everything we accomplished this year", DeRozan said after Saturday's practice.

"For myself, I just focus on that game". "We figured out how to get into the paint and get some shots for ourselves and some better looks". "We shoot threes. We play fast".

James, who averaged 37 points in the first two games, was showing more of his superstar talent late as the Cavs wore on the Raps and built a 23-point fourth-quarter lead. Cleveland went on a 17-1 run at the start of the fourth quarter to build their first double-digit lead of the game, and never looked back.

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The Cavs earned a week off after sweeping IN in the first round.

After 82 regular season and nine postseason games, the Raptors are in a must-win situation on Sunday. The Cavs sent the double-teams anyway, trying to attack Toronto's only unsafe offensive option given Lowry's absence.

James said he will be thinking only of the game at hand, not necessarily getting a sweep. "It's not about how important it is". "We had to give DeMar and Jonas some kind of blow". After winning the first two games this season, the Cavs went back to Toronto trying to avoid the pitfalls of past year. No team in National Basketball Association history has successfully rallied from such a deficit to win.

"Without having Kyle, that made DeRozan more aggressive and he was able to find a rhythm", Lue said. The team said a timeline for Parker's return will be determined later. "At the end of the day you have Kevin on the block or LeBron on the block you have to send help so those guys do a great job finding our shooters and that's just them being confident and making shots. That's our main focus".

After totaling only nine points in the first two games, Korver closed the third quarter with consecutive treys and hit another to start the fourth. They'd missed their first 12 three-point attempts before Powell finally ended the long-range drought with 3:09 to play in the third quarter. Stephen Curry is leading the way with 22.5 points per game. The game became a back-and-forth affair in the third quarter, as it was about a one score game throughout the third quarter. "He wanted to. The trainers told him he shouldn't try to go, because he was in so much pain".

Lue had no choice but to replace his best defender. The Cavs only attempted 3 three pointers in the first quarter (an oddity for this team), but they shot an efficient 52.6 percent from the field in the first quarter while dominating the boards and shooting well from the free throw line. Green tweaked his left knee in Game 2 and left for a short time before returning in the fourth quarter. And with one quarter to go, there was no difference between the 51-win Raptors and the 51-win Cavaliers.


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