Hail to the king: Raptors coach says team can't watch LeBron

The second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs continues in Cleveland on Wednesday night, as the reigning champions Cavaliers host the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of their series at Quicken Loans Arena.

James moved ahead of Abdul-Jabbar (5,762 points) with his 27th point in a 125-103 Cleveland win over the Toronto Raptors in game two of their best-of-seven playoff series. Lowry was down on the court for several minutes before limping to the locker-room.

Cleveland handled the Raptors in the series opener on Monday, 116-105 - led by James who poured in 35 points, shooting an efficient 56.5% from the field, snagging 10 rebounds. "When we play with pace and get up and down the floor, we're really tough to beat and we're pretty effective and very efficient offensively".

Projected Cleveland Cavaliers Lineups: PG Kyle Lowry, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF Norman Powell, PF - DeMarre Carroll, C Serge Ibaka.

The old coaching adage was Casey's way of communicating that his team still has confidence entering Wednesday's Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 at Quicken Loans Arena against the defending National Basketball Association champions.

DeMar DeRozan, who is seeing a whole lot of J.R. Smith and Kyrie Irving every time the ball finds his hands, was held to just five points on 2-of-11 shooting and was taken out of a game nearly completely for the second time in this playoff season.

"The game is changing", Casey said.

Lue favors a nine-man rotation in the playoffs, which left veteran Richard Jefferson on the bench until garbage time of Game 1. He was aggressive attacking the rim as he attempted 21 free throws, just the third time in his postseason career that he took at least 20 free throws. I think we're in for a great series. They will enter play on May 2 having won eight consecutive playoff games, which is a rare occurrence.

"They were well-rested, flying around — nearly like a half a step quicker than we were all night", said Toronto coach Dwane Casey.

Whether that guarantees a win or not, I'm not going to say that.

"We used to do that with Michael Jordan", Casey said. "Even at 32, I've been this league for 14 years (and) I just don't take the opportunity for granted". They swept the first three rounds before dropping Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals to the Allen Iverson-led Philadelphia 76ers.

The Cavs outscored the Raptors by 39 points from 3-point range, making 18 3s to Toronto's five.

NEED TO KNOW: The Cavaliers are 5-0 in this postseason and 29-4 against Eastern Conference opponents dating to 2015.

DeRozan said Monday's defeat didn't sting quite as much.

What will be interesting to see is how both teams look in Game 2. "But lose by 40, lose by two, at the end of the day, it's a loss". Cleveland comes into tonight's game 56-31 overall, 34-10 at home and 39-45-3 against the spread. "We've been here before and we know what it takes, especially after Game 1, being down with our foot in a hole, so we've got to go out there and leave it out there".

  • Julie Sanders