Toronto Raptors give Cavaliers a taste of their own medicine

Toronto Raptors give Cavaliers a taste of their own medicine

The Cavs had attempted just seven three-pointers all half - and missed every one.

It's been a awful stretch of games for Cleveland, as they now find themselves 6.5 games behind the Boston Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference, and 3.5 games behind the Raptors in second. Does he "like" seeing his former team in disarray, or does he "like" seeing his former teammate stepping up as a leader to get his team back in order?

The Raptors were missing an injured Kyle Lowry and suspended Serge Ibaka, yet still had little trouble with the Cavaliers.

But the Cavs have often looked old, slow and disinterested this season - which is precisely how they looked Thursday night.

"This is just us during the regular season", James said hours before the Cavs' 133-99 loss to the Raptors. Raptors fans expecting to be awed by a championship-calibre Cavs squad that had added in Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade this season got no such show. "Obviously, they're a really good team, but we know the real trophies are handed out in June". Jonas Valanciunas was a monster in the paint with 18 rebounds (12 defensive, six offensive) and 15 points. It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it. We came here and talked about it, and that's what happens at times. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times. The Raptors made 53-of-106 attempts from the floor for 50 percent and 18-of-42 shots from three-point range. They rank third in the National Basketball Association in offensive efficiency with 110.8 points per 100 possessions.

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"The way we've been playing, we don't have to remind [the players] of anything", Lue said with a laugh.

"We're a veteran team and we know what we're capable of, and it can't be so easy for us to get in those lulls and not try to dig ourselves out of them", Love said.

"I think that was one of our advantages tonight, especially the second unit, was playing it fast when we were able to get stops", said VanVleet, who had forward Jakob Poeltl calling him the "GOAT", in the locker-room while guard Lorenzo Brown put the scrum on his Instagram story. Boston can't do it two years in a row, due to league rules, so it's just Cleveland Toronto is jockeying with for that honour. He finished 2-for-15 and went 0-for-6 from 3-point range.

It was the first meeting between the two since the Cavaliers easily swept the Raptors out of the Eastern Conference semif-inals last May. That's the kind of latitude seven straight Finals trips allows - just as Toronto's repeated failures in the playoffs the last four years means no one will give them the benefit of the doubt that they can duplicate Thursday's performance for an extended period in the postseason.

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