Fans can watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors live online as the teams tip off in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and the Raptors hope to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole against the defending conference champions.
After two grueling series to reach the conference finals, the Raptors have been outmatched in the first two games of the conference finals, with the Cavaliers cruising to victory in both games. The Raptors now hope that a raucous home crowd north of the border will help turn the tides.
The teams will tip off Saturday at 8:30 p.m. from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and also available in live streaming video for those hoping to watch online (a link to the live video can be found below).
Though they are already in a deep hole against a team that’s now 10-0 in the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors aren’t ready to pack it in. Guard Kyle Lowry struggled in the first two games, making eight of 25 shots including 1 of 15 from behind the arc but said the team is ready to turn things around in front of their home crowd.
“I think we’ll be better at home,” Lowry said Friday (via ESPN). “We’re supposed to be better at home. We’re down 2-0 but we haven’t played on our home floor yet.”
The Raptors have certainly been better at home, ESPN noted, going 6-2 in the playoffs and 32-9 during the regular season.
The Raptors could use a boost from Lowry, the All-Star guard whose playmaking ability helped his team seal up the No. 2 overall seed in the Eastern Conference this year. Raptors coach Dwane Casey noted that his team has been able to do well on Lowry’s off days, but they will need him playing back to his potential in order to take on the Cavaliers.
“It’s always important to have your top player but, again, we’ve been here before,” coach Dwane Casey said. “There’s nights he has hasn’t played well.”
Fans who watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors live online will see a Cavs team hoping to dictate the pace. Guard Kyrie Irving said it will be key for the Cavs to force the Raptors into a more grinding contest.
“We want the Raptors to play our style of play, whether that be in the half court, hard screens, being physical offensively and defensively,” Irving said. “When we’re getting our run in, it starts with our defense, and myself or Bron are pushing on the break.”
Fans who watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors live online for Game 3 will also see if LeBron James can continue to deliver on his late-season promise that his team was ready to tear through the playoffs. The Cavaliers had just suffered a fourth-quarter collapse to the reeling Chicago Bulls in the waning days of the season, ESPN noted, and LeBron was asked if his team was ready for the rigors of 20 to 25 games in the playoffs.
James predicted it wouldn’t take anywhere close to that long.
“Twenty-five games?” James answered, turning to teammate Tristan Thompson.
“Tristan, how many games do we need to win in the playoffs to win a championship?” he asked.
“Sixteen,” Thompson said.
“Exactly,” James answered. “Sixteen.”
The ESPN report noted that LeBron James had a tone that was more playful than defiant, but so far his prediction has been spot on. The Cavaliers swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round followed by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, and already have the Toronto Raptors in a 2-0 hole. A win in Saturday’s Game 3 would give them a stranglehold on the series and likely set up a matchup with either the Golden State Warriors or Oklahoma City Thunder.
Some critics have asked whether all the winning could be setting the Cavaliers up for disappointment when they face the superior Western Conference competition, and that losing a game now could help the team adjust.
“No, I don’t think we have to lose,” James said after shootaround Thursday. “We don’t want to lose. That’s what we’re here to do. We want to win every game that we step on the floor.
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