Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

Sore ankle keeps Raptors G Lowry out of starting lineup

"They really locked in on us", said DeRozan. How can we play? Kyle Korver found his stroke in this one, scoring 14 points on 5-7 shooting and 4-6 from three to lead the Cavs' bench in scoring.

The Cavs continued to double-team DeRozan, just as they did in the first two games. Game 3 is set for Friday night at Air Canada Centre.

"Without having Kyle, that made DeRozan more aggressive and he was able to find a rhythm", Lue said.

"You don't want to get swept", he said.

The Toronto Raptors, down 3-0 and on the brink of extinction, may not have their point guard yet again when they play Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. "You train, you hit the heavy bag and you bounce out and you come out and go to the rope-a-dope instead of throwing a punch". "Next man mentality and we're all playing good together". On the other hand, the Raptors shot 50 percent in the first half in total, but what stands out is that they shot 22-35 (62.8 percent) from two point range.

"We came in here (last year) and weren't prepared", Kyrie Irving said. "For whatever reason, it's escaping us right now".

Kyle Lowry?didn't participate in the Toronto Raptors' shootaround Friday morning and will be a game-time decision for Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to a left ankle sprain. He worked out a few hours before Friday's game and was on the court during warm-ups but hobbled back to the locker room before the anthems.

Casey said DeRozan needed a rest. "He just couldn't go". "He wanted to. The trainers told him he shouldn't try to go, because he was in so much pain".

"Cory Joseph was a bright spot (Wednesday) night, the confidence he played with, the force he played with, the way he shot the three ball", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

With two minutes left in the half, Toronto finally earned its first lead since the opening moments of Game 1. The 34-year-old was injured in the fourth quarter of Game 2.

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Korver opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer.

If last season is any indication, the Raptors certainly have a shot to win Game 3.

The Cavs did just that in an area where it counts the most - rebounding, demolishing Toronto on the boards, 49-25.

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 averaged 15.1 points in 38.7 minutes per game.

By shooting 9-for-16, James (2,047) passed Shaquille O'Neal (2,041) and took over third place career field goals made in the postseason. It was the first time Toronto had lost three straight games since February. Toronto lost three in a row from February 8 to 14.

The Cavaliers, who entered the playoffs on a four-game skid, is now unbeaten in seven playoff games, closing in on another series sweep after disposing of the Indiana Pacers in four. In Game 2, DeMar managed five points on 2-of-11 shooting, with, if you can believe this, the majority (4) of his points coming in late garbage time.

Valanciunas finished with 19, Powell 13 and Ibaka 12. The Cavs had James on the floor and in just two minutes, with DeRozan sitting, Cleveland pushed a two-point lead to eight points. After making the trek to Cleveland, only to see their club crushed, large swaths of fans didn't go quietly into the night.

Wednesday's loss was Toronto's fifth straight post-season rout in Cleveland. With the NBA's most famous global team ambassador in attendance, Toronto seemed to find new life early on.

Percentages: FG.513, FT.857. The Warriors now have a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference.

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