Fans can watch the Cavaliers vs. Raptors game live online as the teams face off in Game 4 and Cleveland responds to the only blemish on their postseason resume to date.
After reeling off 10 consecutive victories to start this year’s NBA Playoffs, the Cavaliers finally suffered their first loss in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors, falling 99-84. The Cavaliers were flat, shooting just 35.4 percent from the field and 34.1 percent behind the three-point arc.
They will now try to respond in Monday’s Game 4 from Toronto. The game starts at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN, but will also be available through live streaming video for those watching online (a link to the video can be found below).
For the Cavaliers, Monday is a chance to put their one playoff loss behind them.
“We just had a bad night,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said, via USA Today. “Our team knows that we can play better than we played.”
The Cavs were trying to spin the loss as a positive, a chance to see how they handle the adversity that inevitably comes from the playoffs.
“It’s good for them,” LeBron James of his teammates. “First little adversity, first individually in a long time, and it’s good for them. Obviously, we don’t want two of our big guys not to shoot the ball. It’s going to be difficult for us to pull the game out like that.”
James said his team failed to set a good tone for the game, getting outmuscled early and letting Toronto amp up their raucous home crowd.
The woes continued after that poor start, James noted.
“Also I think we lost track of some of our keys that we came into the game with,” he said. “Allowed us to kind of get sidetracked throughout the course of the game. Then in the second quarter, our second-quarter lineup didn’t do a great job of paying attention to detail, and they were able to bust the game open and score 33 points in that second quarter. They had 39 for the whole second half. Allowing them to score 60 in the first half is not the type of game that we want to play.”
Fans who watch the Cavaliers vs. Raptors game live online will also see a Toronto team hoping to seize advantage of a short-handed Cleveland squad. Cavaliers guard Dahntay Jones has been suspended one game for a low blow to Raptors forward Bismack Biyombo late in the game, Cleveland Plains Dealer noted.
But the only player that likely matters for the Cavaliers is LeBron James. After the Game 3 loss, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue blamed himself for not finding a way to get James more involved in the offense, and he vowed to get James the ball more in Game 4.
Lue said on Sunday that he needs to “put the ball in LeBron’s hands a little bit more to let him create and let him draw double teams.”
But the win in Game 4 could also bring out a new Toronto Raptors team, one that has a boost of confidence after two grueling playoff series to reach the Eastern Conference Finals. Forward Luis Scola said the Raptors were able to make the Cavaliers “look human” in the Game 3 loss, taking away the sheen of invincibility they had gotten through two series sweeps.
Fans who want to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Toronto Raptors game live online can click here for streaming video of Game 4.
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