Cavaliers role players stepping up at the right time

Cavaliers role players stepping up at the right time

LeBron James hit 43 points last night as Cleveland recorded a convincing 128-110 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their series.

Unfortunately for the Raptors, James insisted the Cavs aren't satisfied with their 2-0 lead.

But Cleveland started the third quarter with an 8-0 run followed by an 18-5 spurt that built a 23-point lead.

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

J.R. Smith scored 15 points, Jeff Green had 14 and George Hill 13 as the Cavaliers posted their eighth consecutive postseason victory over the Raptors and halted Toronto's four-game winning streak in Game 2s.

Thus, his Game 1 appearance could "only" produce 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists for his 21st triple-double in the playoffs.

Toronto was swept by the Cavs last year in round 2, and were dispatched in six games two years ago by LeBron and Co.

The bottom line is that the Raptors can't win a game if LeBron both scores and serves as a facilitator. "How we get our minds right for Game 3".

DeRozan, along with CJ Miles, was one of the pair of defenders that Kevin Love exploited the most en route to 31 points after Love scored only seven points in Game 1. "Because of the injury I had in Game 7 [of the first round against the Indiana Pacers] I didn't have the opportunity to get on the court this morning and [Monday] as well, so, but at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is to try to get a win".

Toronto has gone 0-5 at Cleveland over the past two postseasons, losing by an average margin of 24.2 points per game. Uncharacteristically, he went missing in the crucial phase of the game.

While Al Horford spent the most time of any Celtics player matched-up on Simmons - 27 of 61 possessions - it didn't make a difference who was guarding the 76ers playmaker as he was blanked all night. Toronto was an excellent regular season team and has several nice pieces in place around Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

The Cavs' 37-point third quarter opened up its lead much in part to Love's efficiency and LeBron's monstrous second half. Technicals-Toronto coach Dwane Casey. He was steadfast in picking the Raps to advance past the Cavaliers, and, like many Toronto fans, thought that this year's team was different than in years past. He knew us getting another one at their place was going to be huge for us, and he came out and played that way from the jump tonight.

In the opening half of Game Two, the Raptors appeared to have exorcised the ghosts of Game One.

These are the playoffs, and if you aren't playing with maximum effort you already have lost. Making matters worse, the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday it was upgrading Love's elbow to DeRozan's head to a Flagrant 1 foul.

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