Lowry misses practice with bad ankle, more tests scheduled

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Two nights after dropping the series opener 116-105, Casey had predicted more fight from his players in Game 2.

The Cavs are hoping to avoid repeating the same mistake.

On the Raptors- "I don't think they're good enough to do anything". Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. So far this series the Cavs have attempted 63 free throws, while the Raptors have attempted 39. They talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, the latest blown lead by the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs options without Tony Parker and the strong play of the Houston Rockets.

LeBron James scored 15 points in the second stanza of the game.

Led by James, the Cavaliers put their foot on the Raptors' collective neck and didn't let them up until the final horn.

The moves were meant to give Toronto more ball handlers and open the floor on offense. Toronto fell behind 30-18 in the first quarter but battled back in the second and third to within single digits before completely giving up in the fourth. It was later revealed he suffered a left ankle injury. He worked out a few hours before Friday's game and was on the court during warmups but limped back to the locker room before the national anthems.

For the Cavaliers, it will be about continuing their momentum.

The Raptors allowed Cleveland to put up 37 third quarter points compared to 25 and things only got worse. The highest postseason scoring average of his career came in 2008-09, when he averaged 35.3 points in 14 games. During the final 12 minutes, both teams emptied their benches. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love haven't even shot particularly well.

Kyrie Irving added 22 points and 11 assists for Cleveland, who also received 18 points from Channing Frye. Channing Frye was on fire off the bench splashing treys easily and finishing with 18 points.

On a hard night for Toronto the play of Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas was a big positive. Cory Joseph started for Toronto.

By an unofficial count, the Toronto Raptors franchise record for consecutive playoff games without an existential question about the future of the team stands at three.

"That's an issue", said Casey. The Raptors replied by winning Game 3 99-84 and Game 4 105-99. "I didn't get an opportunity to actually watch him play growing up, but I just read about his accomplishments and things he was able to do, so, it's pretty cool". But we haven't scratched the surface of where we can go.

Duane Casey was forced to make adjustments to the starting line up after game 1.

The last time the Cavaliers lost a playoff game, officials were getting Quicken Loans Arena ready for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Bill Russell, "Magic" Johnson, Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan - all superstars. DeRozan would end with 5 points on 2 of 11 shooting in 31 minutes. Today is Game 1. Eastern Conference teams since 2015. He scored six, three, 13 and five points in the four-game sweep of Indiana. But he doesn't see either continuing once the series shifts back to Toronto on Friday.

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