The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are bound to clash again in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals but this time, the Raptors will be having the home court advantage.
The Cavaliers continue their postseason run unscathed, posting a 10-0 record. They are completely dominating the Raptors on both ends and if they will not do certain adjustments, the Raptors may end up to be another prey for the Cavs.
The absence of Jonas Valanciunas in the Toronto Raptors lineup came to be a big factor in the results of the game. There are predictions saying that Valanciunas can be the man who limits LeBron James in the offensive end. Going back in the Valanciunas-Whiteside match up, it was obvious that the Raptors center emerged as the series’ most dominant big man and his presence in the game was completely irreplaceable.
Bismack Biyombo may be a huge factor in their success against the Miami Heat, but facing the Cavaliers is a very different thing. The reigning Eastern Conference champions have all their players healthy including their ‘Big Three’, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.
If the Raptors focus their defense with James, Love and Irving will surely be the one attacking them. James’ presence in the Cavaliers court is an obvious reason the Raptors are struggling in winning the game. However, with the addition of Love and Irving, the things seemed to be a ‘punch to the moon’ for the Raptors.
“They’re in such a great rhythm that I can pick my spots,” James said via NBA.com. “It’s always difficult to deal with me. I think it adds even more when you have two All-Stars with you.”
Many have noticed Kyle Lowry’s poor performance in the past two games against the Cavaliers. Lowry seemed to be very frustrated with the way they played. Is it because the Cavs’ home court advantage? Or the Eastern Conference finals pressure?
Whatever the reason is, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the team should exert more effort in Game 3 or the Cavaliers will get their 11th straight win.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will be on Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET at Air Canada Centre with broadcasts slated for ESPN on TV, plus WTAM 1100-AM and LA MEGA 87.7-FM on the radio.
Cavs vs Raptors Game 3 Live Streaming: WatchESPN
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