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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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Cavs 108, Raptors 89; Jason Lloyd's 21 thoughts on streaks, history and facing the inevitable

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 20, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-one thoughts for 21 3-point attempts in Thursday’s 108-89 Game 2 victory over the Toronto Raptors for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals…

1.      In the pregame session prior to Game 4 in Atlanta during the conference semifinals, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer approached the podium like a man defeated. For three games, he tried everything he could think of to disrupt the Cavs’ rhythm.

2.      He switched defensive schemes, juggled his starting lineup and rotation. Some of it worked quite well.

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