Lowry & DeRozan combined to take 0 trips to the free throw line. This hadn’t happened before in the 298 games the duo have appeared in together.
Although its impossible to control the whistle, Toronto knows they have to be more aggressive when attacking the basket & they hope to set the tone early in Game 2.
Bringing energy from the start
Although Toronto got off to a solid start in Game 1, when Cleveland started to roll, they were unable to match their energy level. Perhaps it had something to do with the 9 days of rest the Cavs had coming into the game, or it may have been adjusting to a different opponent & style of play.
Whatever the reason or combination of reasons, Toronto believes it will have a better feel for things come Thursday night.
Cleveland outrebounded Toronto 45-23 in Game 1. Toronto had done a solid job on the glass coming into Tuesday’s game, & with Cleveland dominating the game across the board, rebounding numbers were just one of many areas where the team will look to improve on Thursday.
Also on the agenda is helping on defence, defending the paint, and eliminating easy buckets.
Toronto is 6-0 in the postseason in games following a loss. Although Cleveland isn't Miami nor Indiana, Toronto has done a good job of leaving both wins & losses behind them & focusing in on the game at hand this postseason.
Despite the rough start to the series, Toronto is worried only about Game 2 & how to clean up some of their mistakes. What’s being said about or around them isn’t of concern to the players in the locker room.
“We’re resilient,” Carroll said. “We’re a resilient group. We have a lot of fighters. We don't care what people say, what the media say, what outsiders say. We just care about those guys in [the locker room], & the staff. That’s what matters the most to us. We’re just going to go out & compete for ourselves & try to do it at a very high level.”
Re: 2016 3rd Round Series: Toronto (2) vs Cleveland (1)
Game 3: 99-84
.......It was the 1st time in the series Toronto didn’t give up any backbreaking runs; there was no loss of focus. It was a game to be framed.
They played lock-down defence. DeRozan was at his shot-creating best on offence, Lowry survived his foul trouble and they got contributions from all over the lineup in roles big and small. And Biyombo was electric.
Was it perfect? No game is. But the ACC crowd? It was without flaw. Of this there is no doubt. If you’re a Raptor, it’s always good to be home & if you’ve been here, you’d understand.
managed to get inside the building last night. All thanks to a STH.
What an atmosphere!!
Originally Posted by Himan12
... competitive series...
agreed. it was never going to be easy.
this level of play is obviously uncharted territory for this franchise.
Final 4??? Saturday's intensity must be replicated to be competitive.