Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Raptors' comeback gets tougher with Lowry questionable

Raptors' comeback gets tougher with Lowry questionable

The Cavs lead 3-0 and no team has ever dug out of such a hole in the National Basketball Association playoffs. If Toronto are going to turn this domination into a more competitive battle, they'll need better performances from just about everyone.

James also became the fourth player with 300 career 3-pointers in the postseason, joining Ray Allen (385), Reg-gie Miller (320) and Manu Ginobili (312).

James was instrumental in the comeback, scoring 13 points in the final quarter. Cleveland trailed at half and led just 79-77 after three. Kyrie Irving also scored 16 points and Kyle Korver had 14 points while going 4-for-6 in 3-point attempts. "I didn't get an opportunity to actually watch him play growing up, but I just read about his accomplishments and things he was able to do, so, it's pretty cool".

Kyle Lowry didn't practise due to his sprained left ankle, and is questionable for Game 3.

Given the lopsided of nature of this series heading into play Friday, the Raptors were already running out of options.

"I liked our fight, I loved the way our guys competed", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. There were long stretches where he willed the Raptors to wins they had no business getting. Toronto doesn't have a prominent contributor who's shooting at least 40 percent from three-point range. Then when the Raptors begin trying to swing the ball, James picks off passes in full flight like a large National Football League cornerback. The Raptors went 14-7 while he was out. "It's tough to win a game when you only make two 3-pointers".

Playing without its All-Star point guard, Toronto gave the Cavaliers all they could handle for the first three quarters.

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The Raptors were miserable from the 3-point line, which is where, arguably, they lost this game.

Toronto can not lose this game, as being down 3-0 to Cleveland heading into Game 4 nearly ensures a sweep.

But on the day after another brutal night at the office and the night before having a chance to make things right, regardless of the odds, DeRozan could only wait, the weight of his predicament on his chest, for the moment unmovable. But J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert made his life absolutely miserable in Game 2 - limiting the Eastern Conference's second-leading scorer to a career Playoff-low five points on 2-for-11 shooting. The Raptors may not win more than one game in this best-of-seven series, but Game 3 on Friday night is their best shot at getting back in the series.

Game 4 of the series takes place on Sunday night, as Toronto look to lengthen their season.

This time, Cleveland came across the border and kept right on rolling.

But history has shown us that DeRozan can change in a heartbeat, just as he did a year ago with a pair of 32-point games in the third and fourth games of the series. And like last year's Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs head north up 2-0. Cleveland has won nine straight playoff games dating back to previous year, and they might not suffer a loss anytime soon.

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