Raptors hoping to get back into series with Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers can all but put this series to bed by winning here and taking a 3-0 lead. Cleveland hit 5 of 5 shots from 3-point range in the opening 12 minutes, and shot 70.6 percent (12 of 17) from the field and 83.3 percent (5 of 6) from the free-throw line.

Toronto Raptors' Cory Joseph (6) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers' Deron Williams (31) during the first half in Game 2 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Cleveland. I like the Raptors to win this game outright, but with the way these playoffs have gone, nothing will surprise me anymore.

"When we lost by (31) here previous year, everyone knocked us and said it was over with", Casey said. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 43.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.4 rebounds per game.

However, they won't have James, who has won a road game in 27 consecutive series and appears determined to toss Toronto aside. Through six playoff games, King James is averaging a gargantuan 34.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.8 blocks per game, all while shooting 56.6 percent from the field and 48.4 percent from downtown. "So, for us not to have him anything close to 100 percent, it would be hard on us".

First, the Raptors hope that All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will be able to play after suffering a sprained left ankle in Game 2 Wednesday.

Jonas Valanciunas paced the Raptors with 23 points and five rebounds.

"They're defending champs and that's what they look like right now", Lowry said. Lowry spent the fourth quarter in the locker room icing his ankle.

James came in needing 25 points to pass Abdul-Jabbar, and he overtook the Hall of Fame center with a 3-pointer in the third quarter, when he scored 17 and helped the Cavs open a 26-point lead.

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

"That play, throwing it off (the glass), having a beer on the sideline. all of those things should get you upset to compete, not to compete but to make it a physical contest", Casey said. And considering that Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said James' production has been triggered by Smith guarding the opponent's best player though the first two rounds, perhaps Smith's defense stands alone as the main catalyst to the Cavs' title defense looking so strong.

"We can't", Casey said. He's halfway there, and the way the Cavs are playing, he could have No. 4 before long.

Unsurprisingly, Cleveland has been to the charity stripe a lot more than Toronto.

Casey, though, is confident his team can go home like it did a year ago and even the series. "If I didn't see it, I would have drove it and if I didn't have the drive, I would have (given) it up and let one of my teammates attack".

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