LeBron James to pay teammate's $6K fine for Game 1 ejection
May 04 2017 by Dustin Murphy
The opening salvo from the Rockets included 22 3-point baskets and bolstered the club's already-high hopes of claiming the series from San Antonio.
The Cavs, who held Toronto to 18 first-quarter points on 7-for-21 shooting, sent a quick double team nearly every time Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan attempted to post up.
The Raptors, meanwhile, are trying to convince themselves that they can hang with LeBron James and company, despite a fourth straight thumping at Quicken Loans Arena in the post-season. Houston was active in rotating to San Antonio's shooters and had both defenders stay on Kawhi Leonard on screens.
Just look at what Isaiah Thomas did in Boston Tuesday night with his 53-point outburst.
Weve been in all these situations before won by a lot, lost by a lot, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. They know what it takes to win in the playoffs.
"I don't go out there with the intention to have zero assists", Irving said.
That held true in the first half, at least, when the Cavs built an 18-point lead only to watch the Raptors go on a 19-3 burst to pull within 41-39.
Its definitely tough to take. As I've said since the beginning of the season with this club, when they have constant ball movement, they are nearly unstoppable.
As long as the Cavs bring the same energy they brought to game one, this shouldn't be a problem.
"It wasn't as bad as it felt going through it (on film)", Casey said. We know that they are going to be a high-flying team that likes to get up and down.
James now said his agent and legal team are upset over Great Lake Brewing Company's use of his image with the bottle. We had the same record. "We have to go in with that confidence, that feeling of understanding say 'Hey look, they put their trousers on one leg at a time, too". The Cavaliers' defense was doubling and trapping Lowry and DeRozan, yet the Raptors were unable to make the Cavaliers pay. The Cavaliers are the defending champions with the best player in the world.
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"I'm not a beer guy", James grinned. Kyle Lowry continued to be aggressive and had some success attacking Irving and getting to the rim.
After Garnett said no, Cleveland signed Larry Sanders, waived him and signed 7-3 Edy Tavares, who has a contract for the next two seasons as well.
Watching the Rockets torch the Spurs defense from beyond the arc was incredible, in the most terrifying way possible. It's the small ones that turn a close game into a 25-point deficit - a 10-3 Cleveland run here, a 10-run there, a 21-9 run later in the game. These two guys will be the difference-makers in the series. Theyll respond, coach Mike DAntoni said. "They were well rested, they were moving, flying around nearly like half a step quicker than us all night".
Raptors - No injuries to report.
PRESSURE IS ON: LaMarcus Aldridge. Despite Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and Tristan Thompson not having their best shooting games, the team was still able to come away with a very comfortable win.
After the performance in Game 1, it's looking like no matter what the Raptors do, dethroning the King is beyond them.
So far, little has changed between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.
Just another day at the office for LeBron James: 35 points on 13-of-23 shooting, including 2-for-5 on three-pointers, with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block.
NOTES: The Raptors' last win in the first game of a playoff series was May 6, 2001, at Philadelphia in an Eastern Conference semifinal.
Toronto Raptors' P.J. Tucker, right, puts the stop on ClevelandCavaliers' J.R. Smith in the first half in Game 1 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Cleveland.