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Considering James and the Cavaliers have run off eight consecutive playoff victories over the Raptors, one could argue Toronto is shook.

For those unaware, Carter is a longtime friend and business partner of LeBron James.

Even ESPN got in on the joke, telling viewers they would be coming back to LeBronto as it cut to a commercial after a third quarter that saw Toronto outscored 37-24 as the Cavs shot.727 from the field. "Defensively he's gotten better, guarding smaller centres", Raptors coach Dwane Casey before Thursday's game. Both teams scored at least 23 points in every quarter, and the Cavaliers scored at least 30 points in three.

The Raptors' defensive comportment was poor in the first half and somehow got worse in the second half. That needs to change soon, or else.

Serge Ibaka shot 0 for 5 and scored just two points in 12 minutes, and did not return after making a turnover and missing a shot in the first two minutes of the third. They had 14 assists on 25 baskets.

With the Raptors getting crushed in their own building by a familiar foe, there will surely be noise about them being the "same old team" that was swept by the Cavaliers previous year. Yet, at this point, it feels like that is the most likely outcome.

After a rough series opener, Love scored 31 points on 11-for-21 shooting in Game 2, adding 11 rebounds for good measure.

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With that, we have Toronto heading to Cleveland down 2-0 in the series.

Toronto's vaunted "cultural reset" this season had two parts. Hornacek never had a chance in NY, spending his first season working under Phil Jackson and his second under new general manager Scott Perry. "It's our job to pick him up".

There are several things the Cavs need to do better in game 2. Two years ago the teams met in the conference finals, while this is the second year in a row they're meeting in the conference semis.

He made amends in a big way in Game 2 with 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. Cleveland was 16 of 22 from the field in the quarter.

The Raptors, who let a 10-point lead slip away in a 113-112 overtime loss in Game 1, were up 54-45 midway through the second quarter but saw their lead dwindle to 63-61 at halftime. Again. The only person on the sideline who spent as much time on his butt was the Raptors global ambassador, Drake, who barely fidgeted in his seat (let alone stand and preen) after that silliness with Kendrick Perkins in Game 1. The Cavaliers have been waiting for Love to get into a groove. So how are they doing it? Cleveland was down by double digits several times. Mid-week he told reporters he'd rather play his natural position - power forward - but was willing to line up wherever coaches thought the team needed him most. He's an excellent passer. They allowed an average of 103.9 points in regular season play, placing them seventh overall.

The series against the Pacers marked the first time LeBron won a playoff series without having a single teammate contributing 20 or more points in a single game-a rather incredible figure, given he the first-round matchup was the 42nd playoff series of his career.

Cleveland coach Tyrone Lue suggested his team's momentum started with the Game 7 win last Sunday over IN - a statement bounce-back victory after a 34-point loss IN Game 6. It's the first team to win four. "Now we have to get our minds right for Game 3". Now he faces a tricky offseason. NBA Podcast: USA Today's Sam Amick on the West playoffs, what's next for Paul George and Portland The banged-up Celtics aren't as talented as the Sixers. "Why is there a snake on the Philadelphia 76ers" court? "I wasn't a complete basketball player", said James, holding the microphone in his hand as is his post-game want. They likely won't be able to. It appears they made a mistake.


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