He reiterated DeRozan's thoughts on the season.
"You still can't take away everything we accomplished this year", DeRozan said after Saturday's practice.
"Tonight we competed extremely well". You've read all the takes already suggesting why this was the case. "Especially playing without Kyle". Meanwhile, the Raptors missed their first 12 three-point attempts until Norman Powell hit one with 3:10 left in the third quarter.
The loss of Lowry was a huge blow to Toronto.
TORONTO - Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue made a notable change to begin the fourth quarter on Friday night.
"I liked our fight, I loved the way our guys competed", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "The medical people know the severity his ankle". "He just couldn't go". It's reminiscent, he said, of last season's Eastern Conference finals when the Raptors were routed in the first two games to Cleveland and were all but written off before rebounding to win two games at home.
So, to recap, the Raptors set out with a goal of playing more aggressive defence, they juggled the starting lineup to give then more players who could manage that aggressive style, they went out and played more active defence ... and the Cavaliers still beat them by 22 points and fell one point shy of scoring 100 in the first three quarters alone. The Cavs lowered the boom in the fourth quarter as Korver nailed three straight 3-pointers and James lowered his head and started attacking.
DeRozan truly proved his worth when he was on the bench to start the fourth.
Trevor Ariza tallied 17 points for Houston but had just two after halftime.
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Did he need the breather?
"He was limping badly, he just couldn't go", Casey said. "At this point in time, there's no need for rest". "We played our best basketball when we needed to". The 6's favorite son will likely be sitting court side cheering on his beloved team and taunting the Cavs as much as he can.
It was a similar story in Game 1, with James instructing point guard Kyrie Irving to toss the ball off the backboard for an alley-oop dunk you'd normally only see in an all-star game. The Cavaliers went on to win the series in six games. I expect DeRozan to step up today, but I don't think it will be enough as Cleveland seems to be clicking.
The 3-0 hole the Raptors find themselves in is the first since they were victims of a sweep two years ago in the first round in Washington. They have no answer for James, and the Cavs keep finding different players to help their star glittering even brighter. It's also hard to believe Toronto's spirit isn't broken right now.
"I'm very blessed and I'm taking advantage of the opportunity I've been given", James said. Do they try to find some other core mix of players?
"I don't know, man", said James, who is 19-0 when leading a series 2-0.
Lowry was arguably Toronto's best player in the two losses to Cleveland, scoring 20 points in both games.
LeBron James' sensational form in the NBA Playoffs has continued with a 35-point haul against Toronto on Friday night. They headed into the locker-room at the break up 52-49. The Cavaliers lead there 2-0.
If a fifth game is necessary, it will be played Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.