In the wake of Thursday's game - in which the Cleveland Cavaliers took a commanding 2-0 series lead against the Raptors - social media users wasted no time rubbing salt into the fresh wounds of Raptor fans.
"It's an experience to watch", teammate J.R. Smith said Friday after the Cavs went through a light practice in preparation for Game 3 Saturday night at 8:30 at Quicken Loans Arena. "They spoke up in the film session, spoke up in our practice this morning", said the coach. "We're professional people. We should use execution, physicality, toughness as our motivation and understand what we need to do from there". "A lot of us (have) been through the series that went down and lost, and with that we gained a tremendous amount of experience of understanding what comes with it, what it takes to be the team at that level, and I think we worked our butts off this past summer, this whole year, to be in this position we're in now". "I don't know what it is". We should have that to motivate us. "We have some matchup issues all over the court".
But if we've learned anything from the first two games, it's that James is going to score regardless of what the Raptors throw at him.
For his part, James said he and his team mate were not about to get complacent even though they are heading home with a comfortable series lead. I've never felt so attached to a team in my many years of following sports, and I really, really don't want this season to end. We're locked into the playoffs. "I tell them not to read or hear or listen to (things)". I've been tuned out to most of the outside world, to be honest with you. "We've been in tough situations before and. that is what brings out the best in you and that's the point we are at now". "Make them wrestle, make them fight". I always say if I'm going to go down I'm going to go down with all my bullets gone. "And that's the way it's got to be".
No NBA team have successfully recovered from being 0-3 down in a best-of-seven play-off series but Raptors' DeMar DeRozan was still defiant despite the uphill task. The second half was a back and forth affair, and the Sixers had a five-point lead with under six minutes left in the fourth. We can not ask for anything more from the King.
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He only played 14 games in the regular season and scored five points in his first three postseason games against the Miami Heat. Tatum has been lighting it up in the playoffs while Fultz has not played a single minute in the series.
He added eight rebounds, narrowly missing his second straight triple-double, and connected on 19 of 28 attempts in a performance so dominant that the beleaguered Raptors' city was being called "LeBronto" by the time the night was over.
The Cavs now hold a 2-0 series lead.
A person with knowledge of the details says the Knicks have agreed to hire Fizdale to replace Jeff Hornacek, who was sacked last month after two seasons. "There's a reason why we're in the position we're in. He knew us getting another one at their place was going to be huge for us, and he came out and played that way from the jump tonight", the Cavs forward said. Obviously it hasn't been our best showing, down 0-2. That Game 1 win was just two days after James played 43 minutes in Game 7 of the first round.