They still have two homes game left in the regular season. That, of course, would be a Toronto NBA title. Toronto dropped another game to Cleveland and now the team will undoubtedly hear it's toughness and playoff abilities questioned. "Sometimes, it's weird how they did those rotations, but I've just got to take those shots".
Whether carrying momentum into the playoffs matters, whether momentum even exists at all, is open for debate.
"Raptors pass test against league's best", one local headline had read a week earlier, after the home team had beaten the Houston Rockets to end their 17-game win streak.
The last time the teams played, James had 35 points, 17 assists and no turnovers.
The Raptors solidified their standing as the No. 1 seed in the East with their win over Boston.
Toronto lost their last game to the Boston Celtics, 110 - 99; Celtics close game on 20-7 run. "There's no "my bads" or 'I'll get the next one.' These four games are critical and us playing extremely hard and having a rhythm and understand that our confidence has to be at an all-time high headed into next week". If they hadn't, their rate would be up to win games.More news: Raikkonen on top for dominant Ferrari in Bahrain practice
The Cavs (48-30) maintained third place in the East by a half-game over the Philadelphia 76ers (47-30). This is the third straight season that the Raptors will finish the regular season with 50+ wins in the regular season. He's more economical with his movements and the skills just continue to get refined a little bit each year.
However, any thought of resting guys or holding anything back for Tuesday's game - not that it was especially likely anyway - went out the window when they lost on Saturday. "We want home court". Butler was a full participant in yesterday's workout, and his surgically repaired right knee was expected to be evaluated again today.
Still, Jackson said over the weekend he was proud of the Pistons for hanging in the way they have. While Love is healthy, George Hill and Kyle Korver are both dealing with injuries and questionable for Tuesday's game.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he did not know whether Rozier could play Wednesday.
"We don't know what we can become", James said.
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Minnesota at Denver, Thursday.
Toronto ranks sixth in assists per game (24.2) while Cleveland ranks 26th in assists allowed per game (25.6).
In that regard, Wednesday's game should be a great test for Casey and for his team - a chance to see how he counters Steven's adjustments and how well they execute the game plan.
"I feel great", he said.
Austin hosts South Bay on Thursday in the Western Conference finals, while Raptors 905 visits Erie on Friday to determine the East victor.
Toronto was still within 11 in the fourth when James drove the baseline, hung in the air and spun in a reverse layup while being fouled. They have also won 10 of the past 12 meetings straight up in the series, including the playoffs, going an impressive 8-3-1 against the spread in those games, according to the OddsShark NBA Database. The best-of-three G League finals begin Sunday.More news: Magnitude 5.3 quake strikes off Southern California coast
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