Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Do the Toronto Raptors need to hit the reset button?

Do the Toronto Raptors need to hit the reset button?

Irving scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 for the Cavaliers, who have posted three straight double-digit wins over Toronto.

Kawhi Leonard added 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. The NBA's best player for the last decade is somehow getting even better in year No.14, completely dismissing concerns that his growing number of minutes over the course of his career might slow him down in the postseason. Other than him, only Serge Ibaka (12 points - all in the first half), Norman Powell (13 points) and Jonas Valanciunas (18 points) scored in double digits. "We wouldn't be talking about it", James said. "We tried to mix it up and in the fourth quarter, he got out of rhythm".

"It's tough to win a game when you only make two 3-pointers", DeRozan said. This is the team they provided Dwane Casey with. "He was in so much pain he just couldn't go". "The medical people know the severity his ankle".

The Raptors called Lowry active despite not starting him, but once youngster Delon Wright checked in for starter Cory Joseph it was apparent that Lowry wouldn't be playing.

The Cavs are having few problems against the Raptors and went 3-0 up in the Eastern Conference semi-finals with a 115-94 win. "It's not going to be like that every night, but when it is, it becomes one of those nights for us".

Two nights earlier, James shot a three-pointer over Toronto shot-blocker Ibaka, but not before pausing to spin the ball twice in his hands, as if he was lining up to shoot a free throw. Cleveland outscored Toronto 20-3 to start the fourth quarter and the crowd in Air Canada Centre fell silent. Houston shot just 36.4 percent from the field and failed to rattle San Antonio, which was playing without injured point guard Tony Parker.

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Valanciunas took the message to heart, sending James sailing into the court-side seats after the two got tangled up.

The Spurs were playing in the postseason without Parker for the first time since 2001, ending an National Basketball Association record of 221 straight playoff appearances for the Frenchman.

Lowry suffered the injury in Game 2 in Cleveland when Cavs forward Tristan Thompson shoved Toronto's Norm Powell, who hit Lowry sideways as he fell. Kyle Korver ended the quarter with back-to-back threes to give the Cavs a 79-77 lead after three quarters. Toronto lost three in a row from February 8 to 14.

Game 4 will be played Sunday afternoon in Toronto, with the home team looking down the barrel of elimination. He finished with 35 points, 7 assists, and 8 boards. The narrative arc of a series can pivot on a single game, and a strong Game 3 performance would help buy back some of the goodwill the Raptors lost at Quicken Loans Arena this week. Ariza totaled 17 points but had two after the intermission.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have jolted the Toronto Raptors thus far in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game of the 2017 NBA Playoffs series. Perhaps most impressive, James was a relentless 15-of-16 at the foul line, the only recent hole in his game. Kyrie shot 7-of-21, struggled with shot selection and did a poor job executing Cleveland's preferred strategy of doubling DeMar DeRozan. Technicals-Toronto defensive three second, Toronto team.

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