Top 3 Players The Cleveland Cavaliers May Target In 2018

The win in Game 1 has not only shifted the home court advantage to the Cleveland Cavaliers it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on the Toronto Raptors a team with a history of being knocked out by the Cavs

Just like that, the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Toronto Raptors are down 2-0 in their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers after they squandered two straight halftime leads at home. The only way for the Raptors not to be considered pretenders again is for them to dethrone King James and they're running out of time.

James scored 27 points on 13-of-19 shooting in the second half while taking over the contest.

"Just needed more effort", Lowry said when asked about the Cavs' killer 37-24 third quarter that put Cleveland up for good.

In the fourth, James closed the door entirely, putting on an exhibition from midrange with a series of unguardable daggers.

Great match held LeBron James scored 43 points and made 14 assists. Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet had 14 points off the bench. According to Kevin Love, it's something James told his teammates he'd do going into Game 2. James and his Cavs have now taken on the Raptors in three straight postseason, and have won eight straight games against Canada's lone National Basketball Association team and 10 of the last 12.

JJ Redick led Philadelphia with 23 points. So when we're productive, it allows everybody else to get into our comfort zone.

The Raptors haven't found a way to stop LeBron and, when his supporting cast is stepping up (in each win at least four other players have reached double figures in scoring), the Raptors look clueless and defenceless. Nine times on the night, he just went in isolation and that worked well, too.

The series now shifts to Cleveland for games three and four. 31 points, and less physical awkwardness, although James playing so well made it possible for him, and everyone else, to get involved and make a big difference.

Yes, as you might have known it here already, I am a LeBron diehard.

He led the Cavaliers to a 4-2 series win over the Raptors in the 2016 Eastern Conference finals as Cleveland went on to win their first championship, with Toronto then swept by the same opposition in the second round last campaign.

After an underwhelming start to the playoffs, Love broke through his shooting slump to help the Cleveland Cavaliers go up 2-0 on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

DeMar DeRozan paced the Raptors and Kyle Lowry added 21. "I don't know what the history of down 0-2 is but one thing I do know is tonight wasn't us, how we normally play for longer periods of time".

The Raptors lost Game 2 of their second round series against the Cavaliers on Thursday in blowout fashion.

Love's shooting ability provides spacing at the center position, and theoretically forces opposing centers to follow him out to the perimeter where Love has the advantage.

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