DeMar DeRozan says Toronto Raptors thrive off adversity

DeMar DeRozan says Toronto Raptors thrive off adversity

It was another stellar effort from LeBron James as the Cleveland Cavaliers [Cavs] won Game 2 in their best of seven Eastern conference semi-final series against the Toonto Raptors on Friday morning. The only way for the Raptors not to be considered pretenders again is for them to dethrone King James and they're running out of time.

Whether Tuesday night proved that LeBron can't win a series by himself or that the Cavs aren't as bad as some think remains to be seen, but James will need all the help he can get if he is to drag Cleveland to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.

The Cavaliers had an 11-point lead when LeBron James made his second jump shot of the third quarter. James had 43 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. But LeBron James and Kevin Love were anything but normal in Game Two. Even with a system that encourages other players to step up, Toronto needs more from its star guards than that.

And rubbing salt into the Raptors wound, James credited Toronto coach Dwane Casey for forcing him to becoming a better player after the 2011 National Basketball Association final that saw the Dallas Mavericks, whose defence was orchestrated by then-Mavericks assistant coach Casey, beat James' Miami Heat in six games.

And while plenty pointed to the positive takeaways of a heartbreaking Game 1 - the Raptors missed shots they normally make!

"We've just got to keep chipping in as much as we can", he was quoted as saying by ESPN. He's also chipping in 9.9 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.0 block per game for the Cavs, who can take a 3-0 lead on the Raptors on Saturday night.

"It's the first one to win four", he said. It's one game at a time.

"I wasn't that good of a player in that series [against the Mavericks]", he told reporters after Game Two, as per Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. DeRozan had 19, but Kyle Lowry really struggled with five points on 2-for-11 shooting.

First quarter and first half of the match was won by the Canadians 29:26, 63:61.

The Raptors went into the game 6-1 all-time in playoff Game 2's at home, winners of four straight of those games.

Jayson Tatum scored 21 points to lead six Boston players in double figures as the Celtics remained unbeaten on their home floor in these playoffs. But sometimes you're going to butt heads, and I mean, my entire life and my entire pro career - this is going to be my 10th year - I've spent the majority of my time at the 4 position and the power forward position. He was steadfast in picking the Raps to advance past the Cavaliers, and, like many Toronto fans, thought that this year's team was different than in years past.

The Cavs shot 59 per cent on the night, including 73 per cent in the third quarter.

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