Road sweet road: LeBron relishes away games in playoffs
May 06 2017 by Joshua Bennett
Kyle Lowry, who sprained an ankle seconds into the third quarter of Toronto's eventual 125-103 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of their National Basketball Association playoff series on Wednesday night, spent Thursday afternoon having a deeper examination of the injury and coach Dwane Casey said Lowry is "questionable" for Friday's Game 3 at the Air Canada Centre.
Lowry told reporters he is dealing with mobility and pain threshold and that his ankle hurts on the bone.
He's dealing with a sprained left ankle and skipped the morning shootaround. "He should spin the ball, he's comfortable, we can't let him be comfortable, we have to make him uncomfortable", Lowry said.
Cory Joseph, who had 22 points in Wednesday's loss, likely would start if Lowry is unable to play in Game 3.
If you expected anything different out of the first two games, the Cleveland Cavaliers must have you feeling pretty foolish right now.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a 2-0 series lead to Toronto, after blowing out the Raptors in the first two meetings. But it's been nearly a direct barometer in both last year's Playoffs and this year's.
The first two games of the series went very much the same way. That's a steep drop from his regular season numbers of 46.7 percent shooting and 27.3 points per game. Toronto scratched and clawed to a halftime lead, only to see it erased when Cleveland cranked up their three-point shooting and the Raptors could only clank theirs. He scored 19 points, a low number considered the Raptors primary scorer. It's not his fault, but the Raptors need him close to his best if they want to extend this series beyond four or five games.
On Wednesday night, he continued writing his name into the history books and was essentially a one-man wrecking crew on both ends - finishing with a game-high 39 points, going 10-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from long-distance, to go with six boards, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocks.
"It hasn't worked out the way we wanted it to", DeRozan said of the hole his Raptors are in.
So the odds are long, perhaps astronomical, for Toronto to come back and win this series, barring a catastrophic injury on the Cavs. But as games continue to go by and records continue to fall, it'll only get tougher and tougher to not give the King his due.
"We won our first two games here previous year, then went up there and got our butts kicked", head coach Ty Lue said before Game 2.
With the victory, the 32-year-old James also moved five wins away from reaching his seventh straight NBA Finals dating back to his time with the Miami Heat from 2010-2014. We'll see if anyone takes that offer, though, at 7 p.m. ET on Friday when the series goes back to Toronto.
The three-time all-star missed 21 games late in the regular season after undergoing wrist surgery. "They're a good team and we know that".
Now, the Raptors return home for Game 3. "Throughout playoffs or period", James said.
Game 4 is Sunday afternoon in Toronto.
The Raptors missed the first 12 three-pointers they attempted, not seeing one go down until Norm Powell took the lid off the basket with a make on attempt No. 13 by the team. "We've just got to continue it and make sure we have that consistent effort going into Game 3".
That was nine points in 77 seconds. P.J. Tucker, another player who the Raptors need on the court for his defense, was 0-of-3 with another potato in the scoring column.