One of the few bright spots for Cleveland was Tristan Thompson, back in his hometown, contributing eight points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Especially since they are playing a LeBron James run team. And, Toronto did all this without Serge Ibaka (suspension) and All-Star Kyle Lowry (back).
Luckily for Lowry, the injury was determined to be a bruised tailbone and back spasms.
The Raptors look just as likely as the Celtics to challenge the Cavs' dominance in the East, as they beat them senseless even without Ibaka and Lowry, as DeMar DeRozan continues to prove that even without being the most versatile star in the National Basketball Association, he's one of the league's most unstoppable weapons.
This game certainly shows that the Raptors are making strides but time will only tell whether they can continue this. Cleveland may well have done so anyway given the 28-year-old's torrid form over the past six weeks, but it was clear that the visitors were going to double up on their coverage of Toronto's talisman all night long. And it's not surprising this recent downturn has coincided with the return of Isaiah Thomas, who is trying to get up to speed after spending the past several months rehabbing his injured right hip. After the game against the Raptors on Thursday, head coach Tyronn Lue suggested the Cavaliers might be struggling because guys on the team have "agendas".
"This is not going to make or break our season, win or lose", said Casey before the game. It's things we can fix, that's the good thing about it, we just have to do it and we have to do it now. Saturday night's a good test. "[But] I think, big picture, we're headed in the right direction". Their lack of home games through 39 games will aid Toronto later on in the season, as they will have the comfort of having several extended home stands.
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The scoring came from everywhere on the roster, first Jonas Valanciunas who had nine points and nine rebounds six minutes into the game before he had to sit down with some early foul trouble.
Without Lowry or Ibaka playing the Raptors' bench stepped up, outscoring the Cavs' reserves 36-18 in the first two quarters of play for a 65-40 lead at half. JR Smith went missing again, shooting 0-for-5 (he was 0-for-7 against Minnesota). It led to James absolutely tearing into his teammates and coaches, ostensibly because he was not a fan of the team's defensive effort. In three consecutive games, Cleveland has allowed at least 127 points.
Following a film session on Wednesday, when Lue highlighted all the poor possessions the Cavs had against the Wolves when they simply didn't play hard enough to give themselves a chance, Cleveland appeared to be a loose group heading into the night.