Consistency is normally a good thing.
"They're still the champs", Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan said, according to the Toronto Star.
Kyle Lowry for his part averages 6.1 free throw attempts per game, and is coming off a slog of a series against Milwaukee.
The Cavs hadn't played since April 23, when they completed a four-game sweep of Indiana. There's a fine line.
When Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan are at their best, only the Warriors have a better backcourt with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. He was already on to game 2. "We have to find ways to eliminate the spurts", Lowry said. We have done it all year. "But the energy was phenomenal.it was a great start for us".
But the Raptors had no answer for the Cavs' three-point shooting - the No. 2 team in the league in the regular season went 14 of 34 from beyond the arc. Stephen Curry and company are -200 favorites on the odds to win the National Basketball Association championship and are back in action on Tuesday hosting Game 1. "I want to get going right away, but I've got to get my body and my mind ready for a playoff game".
"Dominate is a tough word", Casey began.
It happened in last year's playoffs, I swear! We didn't play to our game. "They're going to try to outscore you more than anything else", Casey said. Someone else said "disrespect".
One game down. A lot has changed, and nothing has. And yes, that can be good, but it can also leave a team stale. Once you are in the playoffs, they are still defending something they won past year. Nevertheless, averaging 13.4 points per game against the Cavaliers will lead to an early vacation for the Raptors as they will have no chance against the Cavs.
Trevor Ariza top scored for the Rockets with 23 points, with James Harden adding 20.
The rust versus rest theory leans heavily in favour of rest when it comes to James who was fresh and waiting on the Raptors for a second year in a row. DeRozan managed 19 points but was just 7-of-16 from the field.
Can they do it again, or will Toronto cause them problems?
"It's just another play in the books for me and Bron", he said.
If keeping the Cavs below 100 was a Raptors' goal, James shot that down with an 18-foot jumper with 9:03 remaining. And, once again, Dahntay Jones got in trouble while they were playing the Raptors in the postseason. Game 2 of the series is Wednesday night in Cleveland. It didn't matter. And I told him tonight, I said, 'Listen, Dahntay, now enough is enough. With the addition of Ibaka and Tucker the Raptors can go super small which will give them more shooting and flexibility with defensive assignments. James has scored at least 30 in 88 playoff games, tying Kobe Bryant for second on the career list.
"I'm not going to run over our beer lady", James said. You've got to raise your level and play in the playoffs.
"We've built who we are over the last eight, nine months". "I thought it was hilarious until I thought that if I did it, it wouldn't have been taken the right way". You make adjustments through the course of a playoff series, but at the end of the day, we are who we are. He's a quarterback, a point guard, a power forward. He's everything. The way you maneuver and match around him is so important. Want to guess what Toronto's #1 most common play-type is?
Asked what makes the Raptors risky, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said "The two-headed monster, Lowry and (DeMar) DeRozan".