The Cleveland Cavaliers could use a win here after losing six of their last eight games. "We've still got how many more games to go".
So, what has been James' biggest beef with Cleveland's last two losses? The Cavaliers' regular-season play has gone in patches of mediocrity and stretches of brilliance so far, but there is still the sense that they are just waiting to explode in the postseason. "We know that. But, until we play better defensively, I think offensively sharing the basketball, everyone on the same page and, if guys have agendas, we've got to get rid of our agendas and play the right way", he said. "Right now it's just tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel but it is there".
We thought that the Minnesota Timberwolves smashing the Cleveland Cavaliers by 28 was as very bad as it could get. Cleveland never led, and, thanks in large part to a 35-point third quarter, the Raptors took a commanding 25 point lead into half.
The reason he averages all these points, rebounds, and assists is that he could. In the first quarter he was 0-for-6, making him 2-for-18 in that period in his four games, including 0-for-8 on 3-pointers.
"The way Golden State moves the ball, I mean, Cleveland moves the ball well but Golden State is different", said DeRozan. Not to mention, the Cavaliers only scored 88 points in a loss against the Boston Celtics last week.
The Clippers led 106-92 early in the fourth before the Kings rallied to go ahead 113-112 on Bogdan Bogdanovich's layup with 2 minutes, 10 seconds remaining. Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the second night of a back-to-back to protect his hip, has struggled in four games with 12.3 points per game and a 35.3 field-goal percentage.
"We haven't been able to stop (teams) as of late", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told ESPN after the Minnesota loss. "He's going to have to work out some kinks, but he'll be fine".
On Monday, Kyle Lowry suffered a lower back and tailbone injury in the Raptors overtime win over the Brooklyn Nets. Lowry participated in shootaround Thursday morning but is still too sore to play. Toronto forward Serge Ibaka will return from a one-game suspension, the result of an altercation against the Heat.
Leading 30-24 after one quarter, the Raptors extended their lead in the second thanks to their bench.
Despite all of this DeMar DeRozan managed only 13 points but he led all players with eights assists.