LeBron, Cavs Stingy...Take Both in Toronto

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The Cleveland Cavaliers win a decisive Game 2 against the Toronto Raptors to take both home games from the Raptors to take a 2-0 series lead. After being down by two at the half, the Cavs were a plus +20 in the second half. The Cavaliers actually having time to put in a game plan for this game after not having much time at all, if any to prepare for the Game 1 win as they had less than 48 hours after finishing off the Pacers in seven games last round.

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Kevin Love showed up and was they All-Star LeBron and his teammates knew he could be. He had 31 points and took advantage of the one-on-one match-up all night. He only attempted six three’s because he didn’t have to attempt many because the Raptors were not able to handle him. He also had a team high 11 rebounds. LeBron James had a game high 43 points and was vintage LeBron hitting one tough shot after another. He hit fadeaways, got to the basket and took control of the fourth quarter and let the crowd know it. He made 19 of his 28 shots and dished out a game high 14 assist and also snatched 8 rebounds with just 1 turnover for the game. He was the LeBron the Raptors fans were fearful of and it’s now reality for the Raptors.

The Cavs continued to get helped from the others not named Love or James. JR Smith has taken on the task of defending DeRozan in the first two games and put up 15 points hitting 5-8 from three in Game 2. Jeff Green once again off the bench leading all scorers with 16 points hitting 4-6 from three. If James continues to get the All-Star Love and the solid steady play from the others this may not get back to the Air Canada Centre.

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The Raptors who were favorites coming into this series now face a 0-2 deficit going to Cleveland. They were led by their back court Demar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry but once again was not enough. DeRozan had a team high 24 points but needed 23 shots and made 11. Lowry had 21 points (18 in the 1st half) and 8 assist. Jonas Valanciunas had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Their bench showed up in this one doubling up the Cavs 42-21. They had 11 turnovers while the Cavs had only 3. They might be looking up and facing reality that LeBron just owns the East until we see otherwise.

Game 3: Saturday 5/5 5:30 PT

What To Watch For: Will the Raptors allow James/Love to play one-on-one?

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