LeBron On Fire As Cavs Tear Toronto Apart

04 May, 2018, 13:51 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • Jordan Clarkson Cavs Raptors

To put it bluntly, LeBron James gutted the Toronto Raptors in Game 2.

Fred Van Vleet shook off some missed opportunities from game one to score 14 points in game two against Cleveland Thursday night, but the Cavs dominated the Raptors 128-110. Leading a team that is not as deep or talented as recent Cavs squads, James looked unstoppable on Tuesday. They won the No. 1 seed and looked like the best team in the East all year.

The most impressive stat of the night for Cleveland: It committed just three turnovers, including just one from James. His fadeaways, his spin moves, his layups, his dunks...he was unstoppable. It was his 21st career postseason triple double. It's not like James hasn't done this before in other games, but it was pretty fitting for this game in particular. The great Hall of Famer, Hubie Brown, was working last night's game and noted early that: "This team might be developing some chemistry right in front of us". He basically did whatever he wanted offensively, while being super efficient as well. Entering Game 2 on Thursday, the Cavs are shooting 34 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers.

Love has responded well, scoring more points (10) in the first quarter than he had in all of Game 1 (7). As Cleveland's second option offensively, they needed him to step up.

After Game 1, Love suggested that his defensive engagement left him sensing an offensive turnaround was just around the corner. Hopefully he can build on this and continue the momentum into not only the rest of the series, but the rest of the playoffs as well. The Cavaliers completely dominated game two in Toronto, and when LeBron James is on his game as seen in game two, the Cavs are almost unbeatable. Meanwhile, LeBron James now has 35 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the Cavaliers opened up a 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Because their remaining, healthy star, Al Horford, is doing the one thing in these playoffs that he has spent so much of his time in his National Basketball Association career not doing: scoring. Kyle hit a big shot, Kev hit shots.

Game time for tonight's game is set for 6:00 pm ET and ESPN and ESPN3 will also provide live coverage on television and online.

In fact, Love took the public behind the scenes to before tip off, when James basically predicted what he was going to do to Toronto. It was only once they got into the fourth quarter that things started to turn sour for them.

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5 - Expected to be two major parts of the deadline deals, Jordan Clarkson (2-of-5) and Rodney Hood (0-for-2) continued to struggle.

James was on target in Cleveland's game-changing third quarter, connecting on seven of 10 attempts and scoring 15 points. He was able to get some going on the run.

The Raptors have lost all six times it went down 2-0 in a series.

The Raptors are in a must win situation as they can not allow to trail 0-2 as the next two games will shift to Cleveland.

Toronto played well for most of the first half, building a nine-point lead just inside the five-minute mark.



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