It's hard to blame Toronto fans for fearing the worst because the Raptors have never overcome a 0-2 postseason deficit and are 9-1 at The Q over the past three seasons. Love's breakout game in Game 2 continues the trend of other Cavaliers besides James stepping up and providing the support he's been looking for all season. At the beginning of the second period, the three-time National Basketball Association champion had scored 17 points and had made all his seven shots, while the rest of team combined had 18 points and shot 6-of-18.
A person with knowledge of the details says the Knicks have agreed to hire Fizdale to replace Jeff Hornacek, who was sacked last month after two seasons. "It's the first one to win four". The most jarring example of this came during his first season in Miami, when the Heat made the NBA Finals and were taken down in six games by the Dallas Mavericks. But LeBron James and Kevin Love were anything but normal in Game Two.
Steals: 5 (Korver 2, James, Love, Smith).
"This is only our ninth game in the postseason together", James said in a postgame interview with ESPN while referring to the roster that was revamped prior to the trading deadline. Every single guy on this team, we thrive off it. The Cavs have now won eight consecutive playoff games against the Raptors dating to 2016 and have won five straight at Air Canada Centre. LeBron is 21-0 when leading 2-0 while teams who lost their first two home games to start a series, like the Raptors just did, are 4-32.
In addition to his 43 points, James collected 14 assists and eight rebounds in 40 minutes.
"We thrive off adversity". "We can use him in different situations like running wide pin-down [screens] for him like he's a guard and curling him out of corners with bigs guarding him".
Casey echoed the hope of his players.
"Seeing the mismatches tonight, I tried to take advantage of those in the post and just went to work", Love said. Cleveland was without a handful of injured players as well as Coach Tyronn Lue (illness). "We'll find some answers, whether we change the lineup, whatever it is, to keep the offence moving, keep the game moving, and keep the pace going". Jonas Valanciunas was getting run off the floor again, Serge Ibaka was a clattering boneyard - 'Serge hasn't been himself, ' said Casey - and even OG Anunoby, who might not blink alone in a room with a tiger, looked shook.
"I think, obviously, [the Celtics] have a game plan, I know what their game plan is and I've got to play my game". All the positive things we've got to have. "It's a moment where you start thinking a lot, 'I wish I could be out there playing the best game I can to help my team.' It sucks, man". On another play, Love passed out of a double team in the paint to an open teammate and an easy jump shot.