Toronto Raptors: Three Takeaways From Game 2 Vs. Cavaliers

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But Rockets, which led the National Basketball Association with 15.3 made 3s per game this season, probably won't shoot a dismal 10 of 37 from behind the arc again.

The Toronto Raptors got run off their home court by the Cleveland Cavaliers so badly in Game 2 that ESPN play-by-play announcer Mark Jones dubbed the city "LeBronto" to reflect just how badly LeBron James owns the team.

Love said he knew at the morning shootaround that James was locked in when he predicted some of the improbable jump shots. His fadeaways, his spin moves, his layups, his dunks...he was unstoppable.

Toronto is in familiar territory, having lost Game 1 at home of a seven-game series six times.

We don't often enter Game 2 of a series and consider it an absolute must-win scenario for a 59-win one-seed. Kevin Love's playoff struggles continued.

And he gets there often. 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.

If the Raptors want to come back in this series, they simply can not allow Love to score 31 points to support James. As Cleveland's second option offensively, they needed him to step up. Perhaps his start to Game 2 will serve as the beginning of it finally happening. Hopefully he can build on this and continue the momentum into not only the rest of the series, but the rest of the playoffs as well. He recorded another triple double with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. The Cavs' All-Star had 13 rebounds but just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting and hit just one of his four three-point attempts.

VanVleet's last miss of a 3 was with three seconds left.

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The 76ers finally broke out to win 52 games this season. Cleveland must clamp down on defense and not allow wide open shots from beyond the arc.

Disturbingly for the Raptors and any future Cavaliers opponents, they did it without James shooting especially well by his standards.

The most impressive stat of the night for Cleveland: It committed just three turnovers, including just one from James.

Still Valanciunas saw little gap between the two teams on Tuesday in the 113-112 overtime loss, and plenty of reason to believe.

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And it provided yet another payoff for Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue's decision to play Love at centre for the second straight game.

The Cavaliers had tried different matchups on Valanciunas throughout the night - Love, Green and eventually Tristan Thompson, at times even LeBron James.

Toronto's vaunted "cultural reset" this season had two parts. Toronto shot just 11 foul shots in the game and made 10 of them. It (luckily) hasn't been a big deal so far, but one (or preferably both) will have to get in some sort of groove offensively going forward, especially as the Cavs go deeper into the postseason. Their matchup went all the way to Game 7, and most of the games were close.

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