Cavs without answers after 'ugly' lopsided loss

Cavs without answers after 'ugly' lopsided loss

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (bruised tailbone) has been ruled out for Thursday's matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron put on his coaching hat to get his teammates fired up.

For the first time in his career, LeBron James has lost consecutive games by 25-plus points.

It was the latest impressive performance from a Raptors team that is on pace for the best record in franchise history, and the latest clunker from a Cavaliers team that has now surrendered its three highest point totals of the season in its last three games, and sits 29th among the 30 National Basketball Association teams in defensive efficiency halfway through the season.

"We've got to be better".

The Raptors were without Lowry for a second straight game, still out with a back injury, while Ibaka was serving his one-game suspension for trading punches with James Johnson during Tuesday's loss to the Miami Heat.

In a video posted by EuroHoops from Thursday night's game James, not Tyronn Lue, looks like the Cavaliers' head coach.

"We're in a funk", James said. They now hold the best home record in the league at 14-2.

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Miles shooting the ball well and turning in what might have been his most complete peformance as a Raptor so far was a good sign, as was Norman Powell looking a little bit looser. "This is four years since I've been back and this is just us". Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times.

Maybe the defensive slippage is the biggest difference, but the Cavs have increased their defensive intensity, at least in the Eastern Conference playoffs, when needed.

"The way we've been playing, we don't have to remind [the players] of anything", Lue said with a laugh. Boston can't do it two years in a row, due to league rules, so it's just Cleveland Toronto is jockeying with for that honour.

The plan worked - DeRozan was just 1-for-6 from the field in the first half for two points.

After a tight first quarter, the Raptors onslaught began in the second quarter, outscoring the Cavs 35-16 in the period.

Right now, Cleveland will just have to address these internal issues at a later time as they have another game tomorrow against the 8-seeded Indiana Pacers to close out their forgettable 3-game road trip. "They good." It's true, the Raptors finally got a game on national US television and they put on quite a performance.

"We're a veteran team and we know what we're capable of, and it can't be so easy for us to get in those lulls and not try to dig ourselves out of them", Love said.

With only two losses at the Air Canada Centre this season, the Raptors are establishing a dominance that can make them a risky team if they can secure home court advantage.

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