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Raptors vs. Cavaliers Game 3 Thread: Pre-game updates, TV info, and more

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The series shifts to Cleveland as the Raptors try to give themselves some hope in an 0-2 series.

NBA: Playoffs-Cleveland Cavaliers at Toronto Raptors Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The eulogies are being written. With their season slipping away, the Raptors head into Cleveland tonight looking for some kind of foothold. Down 0-2 after losing both of the first two games in Toronto — one painfully close, one blowout at the hand of a demonstrative LeBron James — tonight is really the last chance the Raptors have.

To try to psych out their opponent, who have been able to score at will through the first 96 minutes, Raptors coach Dwane Casey has alluded to a new starting lineup for Toronto, but as of yet has not revealed it.

Smart money says that they will move Jonas Valanciunas to the bench, who has had a rough time defending the small Cleveland starters with Kevin Love at centre. It also means the Raptors don’t have to hide Serge Ibaka on a guard (he has been guarding J.R. Smith), and Toronto can just shift everything down. If there is a change tonight, bank on starting a Pascal Siakam/Ibaka frontcourt being it.

Otherwise, we all know the stakes. For the full game preview, read Ben Scott’s piece from this morning. Here’s the rest of the details.

Where to Watch

Canada - Sportsnet One
United States - ABC/ESPN
8:30 PM ET

Lineups

Cleveland - George Hill, Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Kevin Love

Toronto (last game) - Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, OG Anunoby, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

Injuries

Cleveland - none

Toronto - none