Raptors bench runs wild on Cavaliers

Raptors bench runs wild on Cavaliers

Toronto, who were without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, finished with seven guys in double-figures.

Luckily for Lowry, the injury was determined to be a bruised tailbone and back spasms.

LeBron James had a meltdown in the midst of getting blown out by the Toronto Raptors, and Cavs coach Ty Lue is saying that the team needs to get rid of its hidden agendas - whatever that means. Then, after Collison made a free throw to give the Pacers a 97-95 lead, James' desperation 3 bounced high off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Thompson, who's 9.2 points and 8.5 rebound per game this season, would be hard to replace for Cleveland, which still has its sites set on yet another appearance in the National Basketball Association finals. But the Cavaliers could not keep up with the play of Toronto's bench.

The midseason addition of Isaiah Thomas to the lineup is clearly causing some growing pains. The pair were a combined 2-of-20 shooting with Smith being held scoreless. DeRozan said on Friday it's a game Toronto could have won, pointing out that they had a lead with less than two minutes remaining, and said the Raptors have grown within their new system since. So that will be a deciding factor in how long I'll play, but right now I feel great. "With how good we really are, we can't allow these types of games to happen". Time to get ready for the visiting Golden State Warriors and their multi-headed MVP candidates, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. It's going to start with us, and everybody getting back to what we were doing when we were playing good ball.

Although the sample size is small, it's obvious that the Cavs are in a rut and should not be considered one of the best teams in the league until they get things figured out. 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? Stephenson also baited James into a technical (James shoved him during a dead ball) in the fourth quarter, which led to an Oladipo foul shot. Cleveland's Dwyane Wade answered with a dunk before time expired on the period. Toronto had a season-high 18 threes on Thursday after shooting just 7-21 from beyond the arc in the loss to Miami.

Clearly, the Cavaliers have problems especially on defense. Mike Brown was sacked at the end of the 2009-2010 season after leading Cleveland to a 61-21 regular-season record, culminating with a loss in the conference semifinals.

While the Raptors were dropping in points easily, Cleveland struggled to get anything going offensively.

But Cleveland was indeed competitive for a change, almost rebounding from a season-worst 34-point loss Thursday in Toronto (and 28-point loss Monday in Minneapolis).

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