LeBron not claiming 'mental edge' over Raptors despite stunning game two display
- Author: Regina Holmes May 05, 2018,
May 05, 2018, 1:39
Forty-one thoughts for 41 spectacular minutes from LeBron James in Thursday's 128-110 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals... The king can not stop destroying the Raptors. The Cavs have a huge decision to make with this draft pick as the player will either play alongside LeBron James or help lead the Cavs into the next generation of competition.
James and Love combined for 24 of Cleveland's 37 points in the period - matching Toronto's third quarter total. James had 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. LeBron James is averaging 34.4 points and nine assists while Kevin Love is averaging 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds.
LeBron James' friends were texting him during the Utah Jazz-Houston Rockets game Wednesday night and not getting any replies. Even with a system that encourages other players to step up, Toronto needs more from its star guards than that.
This isn't the first time Flair has laughed at the Raptors' expense, as the Cavs ended Toronto's season the past two years.
JJ Redick led Philadelphia with 23 points.
After scoring seven points in Game 1, Love poured in 31 points on 11-for-21 shooting from the field and 2-for-6 shooting from 3-point range in Game 2. That's where we're at now and it's the first team to win four.
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While Lue might have stuck to his guns when it came to Love, continuing to put him at the 5 for spacing reasons on offense, Love ended up being freed up from having to contend with the Raptors' 7-foot, 265-pound center, Jonas Valanciunas, anyway because of Toronto coach Dwane Casey's rotation in the second half.
In Game 2, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue chose to stick with Love as the starting center, rather than moving him back to the power forward spot, his natural position.
The Raptors will look to right the ship on Saturday night when they travel to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cavs in a pivotal Game 3.
James was a wrecking ball, just two days after a 26-point triple-double performance that he called "probably one of my worst games of the season". The Raptors now travel to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 in the hopes of extending the series and returning to Toronto for a potential Game 5 on Wednesday.
In the playoffs, Rozier has been at his best particularly in the fourth quarter, in which he has 56 points on 18-of-27 (66.7 per cent) shooting overall, including 13-of-20 (65.0 per cent) from deep, to go with 13 assists, 12 rebounds and no turnovers in 64 minutes. "At the end of the day, myself, Kev [Love], J.R. [Smith] and Tristan [Thompson], we have to be as complete as we can be in order for us to have ultimate success".