King James doesn't have to tire himself unduly in this scenario, and indeed he looked fresh at game's end.
In the press conference after the game, Kevin Love said that LeBron James told him that morning what he was going to do in the game. James made an array of spinning shots, turnaround jumpers and fadeaway shots. "No one is going to feel sorry for us". He came out and he played that way from the jump. You'll need to sign in to a cable provider in order to watch these streams, but if you don't have that, you can sign up for one of the above options and then use your Hulu or DirecTV Now credentials to sign in and watch on ESPN's platforms.
The Raptors defense had no answer for LeBron James in game two, and they have committed a total of 25 turnovers in this series compared to only 10 from the Cavaliers. But they also shot the lights out themselves, hitting 59% from the field and making 42% of their three-point attempts. Yet, despite tossing in 43 points, dishing out 14 assists and grabbing eight rebounds, James spent a good portion of the postgame interview extolling the contributions of his teammates, specifically citing the effort of Kevin Love.
"I definitely know how important each possession is in the postseason", James said. "He's our All-Star power forward".
In Game 1, LeBron was more effective as a distributer than a shooter.
Ibaka has expanded his offensive game since coming to Toronto without question, but he has to defend and rebound for the Raptors to be a good team.
Of course, Casey can't get up on a podium after his team's latest demoralizing loss and say things like that. Instead, both were ineffective on the court and brought issues to the locker room. He scored 31 points and he added 11 rebounds.
To hear him after the National Basketball Association (NBA) game, though, the only reason Cleveland won was because of his team-mates.
The Celtics overcame that early deficit to win, 108-103, and go up 2-0 on the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Cleveland is now up 2-0 in the series and is heading home with Game 3 Saturday.
Game 2 is at 6 p.m. Thursday at Air Canada Centre.
Twice already Toronto has been dispatched by Cleveland in the post-season. "We've been in tough situations before. If we've got to adjust at some point, we will, but his presence off the bench has been huge". They needed someone who could guard Love while the rest of the Raptors tried to figure out James.
Toronto began the half with a two-point lead but the Cleveland ambush began immediately to open the third quarter.
The Toronto Raptors started the game as the better team by a whisker, but Cleveland took the game into their control in the 3rd quarter and never relinquished the lead, shooting up to a lead of as many as 23 points in the 4th quarter. The two teams have frequently met each other at some point in the playoffs, and the Raptors have just as frequently blown up their chances to advance farther into the next rounds.
The Raptors shot 60 percent in the first half and had a two-point lead. The problem, of course, is the same one the entire conference has been trying to solve for the last eight seasons: How do you stop a LeBron-led offense?
Well, he played the first three quarters and then missed a couple minutes because he had cramps.
"One thing you have is pride, to go into Cleveland and play for pride", Casey said.