LeBron James won't say he mentally owns Raptors

LeBron James won't say he mentally owns Raptors

"We thrive off of adversity". Seven measly points. "Everyone was: 'that's more like Kev, and it was ... but, yeah, we needed Kevin to get going", Korver said Thursday night. Instead, it's been to do everything else that's necessary to help his team win.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10).

The Raptors are in a must win situation as they can not allow to trail 0-2 as the next two games will shift to Cleveland.

After dropping Tuesday's game in heartbreaking fashion, Game 2 for the Raptors arguably the biggest game in the franchise's history. "Yeah, we gotta play harder". But at the same time when they do give you that demand, just get it to him. "Defensively he's gotten better, guarding smaller centres", Raptors coach Dwane Casey before Thursday's game.

"I'm just so disappointed in myself in that moment", Ibaka said on his benching.

Any team losing at the hands of LeBron James in the playoffs can never truly be characterized as a surprise, but it's also never less impressive to observe. Cleveland took a 98-87 lead into the final frame. They only scored 47 points in the second half in game two, and in game one they missed their last 11 shots in regulation. But there was no answer for James, who by then was scoring seemingly at will, many of his shots falling - agonizingly - at the shot-clock buzzer. J.R. Smith and Jeff Green continue to turn in useful minutes.

James was asked about having the mental edge against Toronto in the postseason and deflected in his response.

"I don't know. I have no idea", he said.

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James and Love combined for 24 of Cleveland's 37 points in the period - matching Toronto's third quarter total.

This series is far from over, but the Raptors have to figure things out on the road in Cleveland. The nine-year veteran center only scored seven points in game one, and he is now posting 13.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in the playoffs.

By the end of the third quarter, he had already racked up 27. The Raptors shot 54 per cent.

Game 3 is set for Saturday in Cleveland (8:30 p.m. ET on ABC), and the National Basketball Association world will once again be watching to see what James can do for an encore. He hit the 40-point threshold for the fourth time in these playoffs, made tough shots look routine and got the better of every single defender the Raptors threw at him.

Take Care, Toronto, you may not be able to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers in person until next fall.

Drake left the arena with two minutes to play on Thursday. The Raptors entered 6-1 all-time when playing Game 2 at home. Even Kendrick Perkins found a way to be useful in the Game 1 of the series. They won the No. 1 seed and looked like the best team in the East all year. He began Game 2 going 4-for-9, scoring 10 points to go with three boards.

In the process, the Cavs managed to accomplish a lot: Kevin Love (31 points, 11 rebounds) appeared to get his groove back after a vote of confidence from Ty Lue.

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