It's an odd sensation to feel this defeated at a point so deep in the NBA schedule. Toronto is about to play Game 3 of its first Eastern Conference Finals and it's hard to feel like it means a whole lot. Toronto is simply outgunned - a harsh reality that isn't so much an indictment of the truth or falsity of their 56-win regular season as much as it is an illustration of how damn good the Cavaliers are.
But if there were ever a time to get amped up in hopes of a shocking Raptors win, Saturday night is the time. With the Raptors returning home to what should be a raucous Air Canada Centre crowd, and staring down an 0-2 hole, it feels like if Toronto is going to fight to make this into a series, the most desperate and furious punch will come tonight.
Matthew Dellavedova will be available to help absorb any blow the Raptors throw - he said he's good to go after his status was unclear earlier today as he manages a sore ankle. On the Raptors side of things, Jonas Valanciunas' remains out of the lineup with a sprained ankle. But he's shooting!
Oh hey JV. #WeTheNorth https://t.co/DF9Tyu5J3N— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 21, 2016
No word yet on if there are any starting lineup changes for either team, but it appears like we'll see the same units we saw in Game 2 for both teams:
Cleveland: Kyrie Irving / J.R. Smith / LeBron James / Kevin Love / Tristan Thompson
Toronto: Kyle Lowry / DeMar DeRozan / DeMarre Carroll / Luis Scola / Bismack Biyombo
(UPDATE - These are the lineups, officially)
Y'all ready(to cry)? Comment away.