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Raptors 105, Cavs 99; Jason Lloyd's 26 thoughts on Kevin Love, defense and a series that resets 2-2

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 24, 2016

TORONTO: Twenty-six thoughts for 26 points from Kyrie Irving in Monday’s 105-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors, evening the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2…

1.      All of the problems that plagued the Cavs throughout the regular season have returned at an inopportune time. That 10-game winning streak to start the postseason is gone, replaced by a team that can’t defend, can’t consistently make open 3-pointers and can’t get much production out of Kevin Love.

2.      There is still time to fix this. The Cavs are going home with the series tied and still hold home-court advantage. But the pitiful defensive effort displayed in the first half, coupled with the inability to make open shots has made this series far more interesting than it appeared to be when the Raptors were blown out by a combined 50 points in the first two games.

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Cavaliers say defensive aggressiveness lacking after Lowry, DeRozan combine for 67

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 24, 2016

TORONTO: Channing Frye could not have been more blunt about the state of the Cavaliers’ defense.

Asked what was happening with it in Monday night’s 105-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at Air Canada Centre, Frye said, “Obviously nothing.

“They shot 54 percent. We’ve just got to look at the film and do better. That’s some bulls---.”

But a series-high 54 percent from the field after the Raptors hit 40, 46 and 46 in the first three games wasn’t the only alarming number.

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LeBron James scores 29, but Cavs fall to Raptors 105-99 to even series at 2-2

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 23, 2016

TORONTO: The Cavaliers watched the film from Game 3 and entered Game 4 confident there wasn’t much to fix. They might want to take another look.

That easy path to the NBA Finals just became much, much more difficult.

LeBron James scored 29 points and Kyrie Irving scored 26, but shoddy defense, poor 3-point shooting and an early hole led to the Toronto Raptors’ 105-99 victory Monday night at Air Canada Centre, evening this series at 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday in Cleveland.

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Dahntay Jones insists his groin punch to Biyombo was not intentional

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 23, 2016

TORONTO: Dahntay Jones insisted Monday his groin shot on Bismack Biyombo at the end of Game 3 was not intentional and he was surprised by the one-game suspension he’ll serve during Game 4.

Asked if he meant to punch Biyombo below the waist, Jones responded, “Not at all.” He said it was his responsibility to pick up Biyombo on the play.

“I was ready to catch him, the shot went up, I went to go box him out, keep him off the boards and that was it,” Jones said. “The league contacted me to get my side. Then they contacted me back and said it was a unanimous decision that there was considered to be intent.”

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Raptors 99, Cavs 84; Jason Lloyd's 28 thoughts on Jay-Z, fines and the first loss of the postseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 22, 2016

TORONTO: Twenty-eight thoughts for 28 baskets in Saturday’s 99-84 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, pulling the Raptors within 2-1 in the series…

1.      LeBron James was hit in the jaw by his own teammate, deserted by the Cavs’ two other stars, clubbed in the head by Bismack Biyombo and closed his evening by quoting lyrics from Jay-Z while explaining why he doesn’t retaliate to physical/dirty play on the court.

2.      All of which overshadowed a night the Cavs just didn’t play very well. They were outworked, outrebounded and outplayed by a Raptors team that swore for 48 hours they weren’t quitting despite two lopsided losses to start this series, then they went out and proved it. All the talk of 16-0 dropped as quickly as James did when Thompson caught him with a wild forearm while trying to get away from a scrum with Biyombo and his good friend Cory Joseph. Adversity, folks, has arrived.

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Cavaliers' Kevin Love experiences playoff firsts, none of them good, in Game 3 loss to Raptors

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 22, 2016

TORONTO: Kevin Love experienced several career firsts Saturday night, none of them memorable.

He had never lost in the 14 previous playoff games he had started with fellow Cavaliers LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

He had never scored in single digits in a postseason game he finished.
He hadn’t lost in the playoffs this season.

Then there was his ugly stat line – three points on 1 of 9 field goals, 1 for 4 from 3-point range, four rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in 30 minutes – as he sat out the entire fourth quarter. His extended time in the cold tub had to feel even colder after the Cavaliers’ 99-84 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at Air Canada Centre.

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Cavs go cold in 99-84 loss to Raptors, suffer first loss this postseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 21, 2016

TORONTO: Kyrie Irving walked off the court and crouched down like a catcher along the baseline early in the fourth quarter Friday. Tired and battered, it was one of the few times on this night Irving was left all alone.

The winning streak is gone, replaced by a taste of adversity the Cavs have yet to face in these playoffs. LeBron James had 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both struggled through miserable shooting nights in a 99-84 loss to the Toronto Raptors, their first of this postseason.

The Cavs now lead their Eastern Conference finals series 2-1, with a pivotal Game 4 Monday night at Air Canada Centre. The Cavs won 10 straight to open the postseason, falling one shy of the NBA record done twice by the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Matthew Dellavedova will be game-time decision with sore ankle

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 21, 2016

TORONTO: Matthew Dellavedova will be a game-time decision tonight when the Cavaliers play the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Dellavedova stepped on another player’s foot and turned his left ankle during the Cavs’ Game 2 win in Cleveland. Coach Tyronn Lue said Dellavedova would test the ankle in shootaround, but he left the locker room without it taped and likely won’t really test it until pregame Saturday night.

Mo Williams will serve as the backup point guard if Dellavedova is unable to play.

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Video: Cavs douse Tyronn Lue with water after winning Game 2, breaking record held by Pat Riley

By Dan Kadar Published: May 20, 2016

Following a win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers doused head coach Tyronn Lue with water. 

It wasn't just a prank. The team was congratulating Lue on breaking the record for most consecutive wins by a rookie head coach. Lue now has 10 in a row, surpassing the record held by Pat Riley.

The video was done for Uninterrupted, the series of online videos for athletes, which is run by James' SpringHill Entertainment,

 

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