It was the second time in less than a month that Ibaka's temper has gotten the better of him.
"I was surprised", Stephenson said about LeBron getting a tech.
The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't been the most consistent regular season team in recent years and that is understandable given the way the team prioritizes playoff success over exploits in December and January.
"I should have known", said James, who finished with 27 points on 25 shot attempts to go with his 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Adding to the urgency of the situation is a Martin Luther King Day game against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena. They lost the lead and went on to drop the game by five.
But it's a good guess that the following defensive blunder by Kevin Love right before the timeout was what set LeBron off at this time specifically. In the moments after, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey immediately pointed to the large disparity in 3-point shooting between the two teams, speaking about trying to evolve in the summer.Change was necessary. They've got a guy on their team that understands what it takes.
"But at the same time, he can't lose his fire".
Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan also only had 13 points as most of the damage came off the bench.
Handy is the Cavs assistant coach who probably had the closest relationship with Irving.
Need More winners against the spread? Fred VanVleet poured in a career-high 22; C.J. Miles and Pascal Siakam had 16 each. The Milwaukee Bucks have yet to win back-to-back games in 2018 and are six-point underdogs to the Warriors.
"We're adjusting a little bit better offensively to be effective and efficient every night", he said.
That's why two teams played two very different games Thursday night, but left Air Canada Centre in the same exact place: Waiting for the spring, when the real versions of both will emerge.
- Oh, no, I'm anxious.
"We've all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we're doing for one another", he told reporters after the game. He did, however, dish out eight assists. He said the second-year player carries himself with a maturity and a hard-nosed mentality not usually associated with a player so young.