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!
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)
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