Injuries are part of the playoffs, and point guards are victims in this postseason. Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry sustained a sprained left ankle, was still in pain on Thursday and is questionable for Game 3 on Friday.
Already a bit behind the curve after missing a month following the All-Star break then stung by a bad back, Lowry’s contribution – or lack thereof – will go a long way in determining Toronto’s Game 3 productivity. It’s not his fault, but the Raptors need him close to his best if they want to extend this series beyond four or five games.
Not only do the Cavs take a lot of threes (33.5 per game in the playoffs), they make a lot of threes (14.3 per game) at a high percentage (42.8%). The Raptors need to cut down on the threes and make it more difficult on Cleveland when it shoots from long distance.
“It’s about us,” Casey said. “Making sure we take away something. Right now, we’re not taking away very much on the defensive end. Right now, they are doing what they want to do to our defense, and that is unacceptable and we can do better. There is a level of defensive focus and intensity and physicality that we got to get to and can get to and will get to.”
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